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Zanzibar: Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson

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Activity provider: Zanzibar Local Experience

Zanzibar: Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson

Activity provider: Zanzibar Local Experience

From US$ 75 per person

Visit a real spice farm where you can see, smell, and taste the freshest, top-quality spice plants. Join a cassava leaf harvest, and enjoy lunch on the spice farm after a traditional cooking lesson. Purchase fresh spices to take home with you.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Swahili
Pickup optional
Pickup from your beach hotel anywhere in Zanzibar.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Smell some of your favorite spices in fresh plant form
  • Savor a local lunch that you helped prepare
  • Taste some fresh jackfruit, the largest fruit in the world
Full description
Visit an organic spice farm on this 3-hour guided tour to learn about one of Zanzibar’s most popular industries: spices. Discover how the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, and more. See why the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, is sometimes called the "Spice Islands".   When you arrive, the spice farm guide will describe how the spices are grown and used as medication and flavor in dishes. See spices like vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, and many more. You’ll be able to touch, smell, and taste the spices and herbs directly from plants—you’ve never smelled spices as fresh as these before. Along with these fragrant plants, there will also be some fresh tropical fruits to see and taste.     Later, take the opportunity to join a cassava leaf harvest, make coconut milk, and practice some cooking. Then, a coconut tree climber will pick some fresh young coconut fruits for you to try. End the trip with lunch at the spice farm and the opportunity to purchase spices from the shop.
  • Pickup from Stone Town meeting point
  • Pickup from Zanzibar beach hotels
  • Local guide
  • Contribution to the local community
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women

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Meeting point

In front of the Old Fort in Stone Town, Mizingani Road, Zanzibar at 9:00AM.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Spices can only be purchased with cash.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 24 reviews

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Spice Farm tour was thorough and engaging. Not only did I learn about the different spice plants, but also go to experience traditional Zanzibari cooking with the spices from the farm. Visiting the spice farm was one of the highlights of my trip to Zanzibar. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about spices and their many uses.

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October 16, 2022

The spices and fruits of Zanzibar, really wonderful. Even the smallest piece tasted rich and delicious. The lunch you prepared for us was also delicious. It was a very interesting tour. However, the many gifts at the end (woven leaf baskets, crowns, bracelets, necklaces, etc.) were just too much. I am a traveler, so I didn't want to add to my luggage and I can't take the plants back to my country. It was hard to throw away the baskets and crowns on the way back. I would have preferred to be given a few spices as a gift rather than a basket or crown. Then, in addition to the guide, there are assistants and others who join the tour and charge a tip at the end of the tour. My country does not have a tipping culture, so I was not happy with the unplanned expense.

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August 23, 2022

A fun morning out with Khamis (Thursday) and Juma (Friday) it was fun knowing that. Highly recommended outing... But not with just any old guide. These guys are hilarious and Khamis knows all his fruits in Afrikaans! He even knows what "fokken duur" means (you're welcome for the free information my friend ). You'll also notice that I'm in most of the pictures because Juma is a great photographer. Handed him my phone and had the opportunity to really enjoy myself instead of taking pictures! I had a 4year old randomly latch on to me... Just confirmation that I am in the right line of work!! I was allowed to participate and try out whatever I wanted... Also didn't follow instructions and cut myself on the coconut cutter. Pavarotti Batman grabbed us some coconut from a tree top while performing (wow, the voice ) All I can say is, fresh is better. Literally every smell and flavour I experienced was ou

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July 11, 2021

Product ID: 289170