ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar Excursions

About Zanzibar

Zanzibar, a part of the United Republic of Tanzania, is a series of many islands, the main ones being Unguja and Pemba. The more populated of the two main islands, Unguja, is better known as Zanzibar Island and is home to Stone Town (also known as Zanzibar Town or Zanzibar City), a historic, bustling city of narrow alleyways and stone coral buildings.

In addition to the two main islands, there are many other islands and islets in the Zanzibar archipelago which stretches from the top of Pemba to the south point of Unguja

For a small island in the southern waters of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar has a long and unexpected history. Easily accessible for the people of the African mainland, the Zanzibar islands are believed to have been settled first by Africans, some three to four thousand years ago. Centuries later the island began a history of hosting foreigners from Egypt, Greece, Persia, Arabia, India, China and Europe.

 
Travel Tips
Geography & Climate
Zanzibar is a few degrees south of the equator and enjoys a tropical climate that is largely dominated by the Indian Ocean monsoons. The kasikazi winds are from the north and occur in the winter months bringing the short rains. The long rains, arrive in March and last until late May or June every year. January through March is generally hot and dry with little rainfall.
July through October are ideal months for visiting Zanzibar because the average temperature is 25 C, the air is dry and breezy and there is little rainfall.
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Festivals & Events

Tradition, culture, music and sports are just a few of the subjects covered by Zanzibar's wide selection of Festivals and Events. Among others are famous Mwaka Kogwa festival, Zanzibar Marathon and Triathlon, Zanzibar Festival of the Dhow countries, Sauti za Busara music awards and other religious festivals

Embassies
There are a small number of consulates in Zanzibar but the capital city of Dar-es-Salaam is where you need to go if you wish to consult an embassy. Incase of passport loss you will be required to visit the Ministry of the Interior in Zanzibar to prepare temporary travel documents to get off the island.

Banks & Money
In the last few years Zanzibar has opened up dramatically to the free world, resulting in some changes in the rules for tourists and currency. Clients are no longer required to carry large sum of hard currency for every purchase. Travelers’ Cheques and credit cards are accepted at major hotels and some restaurants and boutique shops
There are also a number of Foreign exchange centers and banks available within Town


ZANZIBAR EXCURSIONS
Stone Town Tour
Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar. Very little has changed in the last 200 years. A Guided tour to see the former slave market site, fish market, Sultan Palace, House of Wonders, Old Arab Fort, National Museum, Catholic Cathedral and many amazing scenery. You can spend many idle hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand old Arab houses and Palaces. A half day visit that will take you to experience the unforgettable ambiance and workmanship particularly reflected in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors all over Town with more than 500 different examples of this handiwork.
Stone Town was recently deservedly declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Spice Tour
A Spice tour takes you to local farmlands in the central parts of Zanzibar where there is abundance of vegetation. You will be introduced to most of Zanzibar's grown spices and other exotic seasonal fruits. Clients will also have a great opportunity to meet indigenous population in their traditional African dwellings. Many spices planted on the islands were introduced from different countries like Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Seychelles due to the high fertility of soil.
Zanzibar Excursions
Among the spices grown are cloves (huge production), cardamom, cinnamon, ginger root, lemongrass, nutmeg, pepper and chili, also common exotic fruits such as, jackfruit, durian, custard apple, mangoustine, star fruit, tangerine and varieties of mango species
The tour includes a stop at Livingstone House and Maruhubi Palace Ruins for a little piece of history. Transfer back to your hotel at the end of the tour.

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The tour takes you from your hotel to the former slave market site, a guided visit of the old church and slave chambers. Afterwards drive north of the island for a visit of the busy Mkokotoni fish market and dhow harbor. Leisurely photographing.
Early afternoon proceed to Nungwi village with a brief stop at Fukuchani ruins. Here a guided visit to the dhow construction yard and Swahili village followed by lunch at one of the local restaurants.
Rest of the day is spent at leisure on the white pristine beaches of Nungwi. Return to your hotel at the end of the tour.

Jozani Forest
A Half day guided tour of nature trails and mangrove swamp. Home to the family of rare specie of red colobus monkey and few dikdik population. The monkeys are highly endangered, numbering around 1,500. The Forest contains about 100 tree species from a total of 43 families. It has a gazetted area of over 2512 hectors that includes the whole ground water forest, coral rag forest and salt marsh area. The area together with the adjacent Chwaka Bay forest have recently been converted into a reserve known as Jozani Chwaka Conservation Area. A little paradise for nature enthusiasts.

Adventure Afloat
Full day sailing excursion from the fishing village of Fumba, aboard traditional motorized dhows. Clients are picked from the hotel to arrive at the coastal village within Menai Bay Conservation area. The bay has a number of beautiful uninhabited islands and sandbanks frequently visited by humpback and bottlenose dolphins. Professional guides are responsible to give briefings and life jacket demo before the start of the tour.

Set off to explore the Menai Bay coral reef on a first stop. Coconut drink provided on a sandbank after the snorkeling session.

Later embark on the dhows to another sand bank for barbeque lunch.
Lunch is a traditional Zanzibari buffet including grilled fish, lobster, calamari, chicken and variety of coconut sauces, vegetarian recipes served under the fixed shaded tents.
Also on the menu is a gastronomic selection of seasonal fruits, soft drinks and beers.
Later in the afternoon sail through the beautiful lagoon and mangrove forest using local outrigger canoes “ngalawa”. Return to Fumba shore by sail as sun begins to set.

Prison Island
This is a half day tour on motorized boat departing from Stone Town waterfront.
Also known as Changuu, the island was originally used by Arab rulers as a detention centre for disobedient slaves. In 1893, a prison was built here but instead it was used as a quarantine station for the whole of East Africa. It is endowed with natural attractive features observed while on a guided walks around the island.
Apart from the ruins of the old prison, there is a large population of protected giant tortoises, brought from Seychelles in the 18th century. The island has a restaurant and small coral reef for snorkeling and is popular with day trippers from a number of Stone Town Hotels.

Chumbe Marine Park
Accessed using a motorized boat from any Stone Town Hotel, a full day trip is just the ideal option.
Chumbe Island is situated eight miles off the coast of Zanzibar main Island. It is a small uninhabited island dominated by coral rag forest and bordered, on its western shore, by a fringing coral reef of exceptional bio-diversity and beauty.
Chumbe Island was gazetted as a Reef Sanctuary by the Government of Zanzibar in 1994 with minimum and controlled vessel movements.
Well trained rangers conduct all the excursions with great efficiency and knowledge.
Lunch is included on the tour and is served on the island’s only eco- friendly lodge.

Mangapwani Caves
A short drive from your hotel to Mangapwani village famous for its coconut and clove plantations. Because of location, the tour is recommended for clients staying in Stone Town or as an en route visit to north east hotels.
Visit the coconut plantations to see cultivation, processing and consumption. Also included is a visit to slave caves and chambers
Barbecue lunch is served at a beach restaurant.
Rest of the day, relax on the beautiful sandy beach with optional sailing, kayaking and snorkeling.

HOTELS’ LOCATIONS ON THE ZANZIBAR ISLAND

Stone Town Hotels:
Zanzibar Serena Inn, Tembo Hotel, Dhow Palace Hotel, Chavda Hotel, etc.

West Coast Hotels:
Mtoni Marine, Mbweni Ruins Hotel, Zanzibar Beach Resort, etc.

North Coast Hotels:
Mnarani Cottages, Flame Tree Cottages, Nungwi Beach Village, Z Hotel, etc.

North East Coast Hotels:
Shooting Star, Matemwe Beach Village, Ocean Paradise Resort, etc.

East Coast Hotels:
Zanzibar Safari Club, Pongwe Hotel, etc.

South East Coast Hotels:
Karafuu Hotel, Hakuna Majiwe Beach Hotel, Sultan Palace, etc.