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Zanzibar: Stone Town & Spice Farm Tour with Lunch

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Activity provider: Zanzibar Local Experience

Zanzibar: Stone Town & Spice Farm Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Zanzibar Local Experience

From US$ 73 per person

Discover the unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European influences on a private tour of Stone Town and its main sights. Visit a real spice farm where you can see, taste and smell the freshest products before savoring lunch at a local restaurant.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
In front of your hotel.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover an array of aromas at a real organic spice farm
  • Visit a local food market and observe the live fish auctions
  • See popular sights in Stone Town like the Palace Museum and Old Fort
  • Taste fresh coconuts harvested straight from the tree
Full description
Begin your private tour in Stone Town, a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying Swahili culture, giving a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Start by exploring the Old Slave Market site and Anglican Church, before strolling through the narrow streets towards the City Market. Marvel at the fresh products and fruits and watch how locals buy and sell anything here. Observe the hustle and bustle of the fish auction. After this, take a sightseeing tour of the main buildings in Stone Town including the Palace Museum and the House of Wonder, which is the largest and tallest building in the town, also known as Bait-al-ajab. Continue on to see the Old Fort, Tippu Tip, and of course, the most famous, Freddie Mercury’s House. Also visit the Peace Memorial and Natural History Museum, amongst other attractions.  Next, learn about one of the main industries in the region: spices. Discover how the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, is sometimes called the "Spice Islands". There are many spice farms in Zanzibar and for the next portion of the tour, you will visit a real organic spice farm. 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. It will be possible to touch, smell and taste the spices and herbs directly from plants. Later, take the opportunity to join a cassava leaf harvest, make coconut milk, and practice some cooking. Even more, 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 (cash only).
  • Entrance fees
  • Private guide
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
  • Hotel transfers (if option selected)
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    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    In front of the Old Fort in Stone Town, Mizingani Road, Zanzibar at 9AM. One of the representatives will be waiting for you

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunscreen
    • Cash

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags
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    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 24 reviews

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    The Spice Farm was by far the best part of this tour. The guides were very knowledgeable and funny. They have dozens of different spices and fruits to see and try. The meal cooked for us was amazing too. Really special. The Stone Town was okay but the guide spoke little English (which is fine as it wasn’t his natural language) so it made asking questions difficult. Our transfer was straightforward from our hotel too.

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    October 19, 2022

    The tour was a stroke of luck. We had booked the group tour but were traveling alone. The taxi driver picked us up at the hotel on time and drove us to the plantation. The guide there lives for the cultivation of spices and knew something to say about everything. His English was always easy to understand and we walked calmly through the organic plantation, which looked more like a jungle. At the end there was a delicious lunch. After the taxi brought us into town, we were greeted by another guide. He was a bit hectic, but also very nice. At his sporty pace we saw a lot of the city and learned about the different (occupation) eras and slave history. There was still time to go to the shops that interested us. We weren't pushed anywhere to buy anything. Rather, he helped us trade. The only mini minus point: was not informed about the pick-up time 24 hours before departure, she had to ask.

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    September 11, 2022

    Very well structured tour from start to finish. The tour of the spice farm was very extensive, you could smell and touch everything. There was also a home-cooked lunch with spices and fruit from the farm. The tour of Stone Town was very flexible and our wishes were always taken care of. Therefore, it is best to think beforehand what you would like to see/know.

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    July 7, 2022

    Product ID: 275667