This tour takes you through fabled Stone Town where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People's Palace), Dr Livingstone's House and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar's bustling fish and vegetable market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques!
A visit to the site of the former slave market site at Mkunazini should also be included and rounds off an insight into Zanzibar's huge history and vibrant culture. Stone Town has some excellent gifts shops with plenty of souvenirs and handicrafts to choose from. The tour ends for a shopping spree.
The visit to Zanzibar would be incomplete without seeing the cloves and many other spices which brought the Sultans of Oman and the beginnings of the infamous slave trade.
The tour starts with the visit to the Livingstone house, followed by a stop at the ruins of the former Palace of Sultan Barghash then the Persian baths and afterwards into the villages Spices can be seen in the plantations just outside and a good tour includes opportunities to dazzle the senses with fresh spices and tropical seasonal fruits like mangoes, bananas, pineapple, jack fruit, coconut, breadfruit, dorian, ramboutants, mangoustine, avocados, star fruits, cocoa.
A detailed description is given about a variety of spices, cinnamon, cardamom, lemongrass, ginger roots, cloves, turmeric, nutmeg, pepper and different kinds of oils and their uses in cooking and cosmetics. Visitors will be fascinated by the sheer number of spices produced and their incredible value for many ailments. This is also the cheapest place to purchase spices and spice oils.
Situated on the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins which can often be sighted following a short boat trip from the village. If you are lucky, you may be able to swim quite close to the dolphins which can be a very rewarding experience. Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa, and is thus worth a visit for both natural and cultural reasons.
The excursion begins from the fishing village of Fumba, 20 minutes drive from Stone Town. Fumba is situated in the southwest corner of the island and is an ideal starting point to explore Menai Bay, now designated as a Conservation Area. The bay has a number of uninhabited islands and sandbanks and is frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins.
On arrival at Fumba the clients are given a briefing on the excursion and a life jacket demonstration. We then board the dhows and set off to explore the bay and find the dolphins. We estimate that we are lucky enough to see the dolphins on 85% of our trips. Later in the morning we stop at one of our selected snorkeling locations. For experienced groups we may snorkel from the boats otherwise we land on a sandbank and snorkel from there. The clients are accompanied by a guide who can show points of interest. We have inflatable snorkeling vests and give tuition to beginners. We provide high quality snorkeling equipment that is in good condition and have a large stock of sizes available.
After snorkeling we offer fresh green coconuts before we move to another island or sandbank for lunch. During the morning our catering boat has gone on ahead to prepare lunch, which is served on our teak picnic tables beneath smart canvas sunshades. As an aperitif we offer a selection of chilled home made fruit juices. Lunch is a traditional Zanzibari meal and typically includes a selection of barbecued fish and other seafood such as slipper lobster, squid, rice, lentils, octopus stew, and grilled chicken.
A selection of tropical fruit follows and the crew prepares and explains between 10-15 different types of fruit. Cold drinks are available throughout the day and include mineral water, bottled soft drinks and beer. Coffee and Amarula liqueur are served after lunch. In the afternoon there is an opportunity to join our experienced crew and sail on an "Ngalawa" or outrigger canoe made by hand from a single mango tree. In addition clients can swim, snorkel or just relax. When the tide allows we visit a beautiful lagoon where we can swim through the mangrove forest.
We return to Fumba by sail, wind permitting and arrive back at Fumba at around 1630hrs. We then drive back to the hotel and retire to the rooms for refreshing.
Also known as Changuu Island... is famous for its main attractions - the giant tortoises imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century and the prison Ruins built in 1893. One can spend the day having fun with the giant tortoises, visiting the ruins, and swimming, snorkelling, wind surfing in the crystal blue waters of the unspoilt white sandy beach!!
It was once the site of a jail for misbehaving slaves, the island lies just off the old stone town. It is fringed with a beautiful coral reef, ideal for snorkeling, and has a lovely white beach (Pictured opposite) for sun-bathing. This island is ideal for a day-trip with refreshments available throughout the day. It also has a small restaurant where you can enjoy freshly caught fish.