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 market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and
studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques.
A trip to the site of Sultan Barghash’s harem at Marahubi 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.
A visit to Stone Town is not complete without a stop at the Forodhani Night Food Market.
We suggest you arrive before dusk, and watch the space fill up methodically with chefs dressed
in whites and tall hats setting up stands and grills. You’ll be able to test fish, squid, prawns,
lobster, crab claw and seafood kebabs.
Freshly pressed juices, like sugar cane juice and cassava, fried potatoes, chapatis, salads, beef skewers, falafel and Zanzibar ‘pizzas’ are further temptations.
Forodhani Market is frequented mostly by locals. Forodhani has a festive, carnival-like atmosphere, so do not miss out to experience this event.
Once the site of a gaol for misbehaving slaves, the island lies just off the old stone town.
It is fringed with a beautiful coral reef, ideal for snorkelling, and has a lovely white beach
It is also home to a family of giant tortoises, imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century.
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.
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 Jozani Natural Forest Reserve is located in the central east region of Zanzibar island and is home
to the rare Red Colobus Monkey (pictured opposite), which is endemic to Zanzibar. These monkeys are full
of character, and roam freely. They can also be seen at very close quarters just outside the reserve’s perimeter
and are incredibly photogenic.
Jozani is home to other species including Syke’s monkey’s, small buck and bushpigs. The elusive Zanzibar leopard (last sited several years ago) is said to feed here at night – perhaps this is why the reserve is only open during the day.
Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative.
Tours to the unspoiled north coast always end up at Ras Nungwi, a sleepy fishing village on the
northern tip of Zanzibar island. It is the dhow building capital of Zanzibar, so you will be able to
see the traditional methods of dhow construction in action.
This area of Zanzibar has some fantastic beaches and nearby coral reefs which are ideal for diving and snorkeling.
The local villagers have built a turtle sanctuary where injured turtles and other marine animals are nursed back to health before being released back into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
If you have been looking for that unique moment to be spent with nature, Nungwi may be the place to be. Visit the two Turtle aquariums in Nungwi, Mnarani Natural Aquarium and Baraka’s Turtle Aquarium and be prepared to make an experience that you will remember forever. You will have the chance to see Hawksbill turtles (ng’amba in Swahili) and Green turtles (Kasakasa in Swahili).
If you are first time on Zanzibar, spice tour on Zanzibar is one of the more interesting and educating tours about Zanzibari spices,
flavours and fruits.
Spices have played an important role in Zanzibari culture and history. Arabs started large spice plantations making Zanzibar the world’s biggest exporter of cloves at the time.
On an almost four hour guided walk through Kizimbani spice plantation you will see various fruits like jackfruit, breadfruit, pineapples, passion fruit, durian, aloe vera, bananas and coconuts, henna bushes as well as wide range of aromatic plants like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, nutmeg, ginger, lemon grass, saffron and clove – the signature spice of Zanzibar.
It is really informative and interesting to learn about how each spice grows, is harvested and later used. In addition, everything you will see on spice tour on Zanzibar you will have a chance to taste or smell!