Zanzibar is an archipelago of historic Indian Ocean islands, awash with atmosphere, intrigue, and idyllic beach experiences. There are masses of accommodation options across the price spectrum, and plenty to see, do and discover. As the birthplace of the Swahili, site of Sultans’ Palaces and renowned for its spice plantations, the little island republic of Zanzibar features larger-than-life on the world map and is a must-see at the end of any trip to Tanzania.
There are some fabulous beaches on the islands of Zanzibar, and many choices for an ideal spot to sit back and watch the white dhow sails cruising the startling blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Whether it is for a Zanzibar holiday, honeymoon or some post-safari relaxation; whether you prefer the blissful privacy of a private island or the amenities of a larger hotel; and whatever your preferred activities (diving and snorkeling, eating, sleeping, playing tennis, reading on a lounger…), there are good options for every traveller.
Visitors to Zanzibar tend to arrive and leave via Stone Town, the island capital and an historic hub of commerce and culture. This ancient centre was the seat of the Sultans, whose crumbling palaces, bath houses and mosques are a legacy of this opulent and vibrant time at the heart of the gold trade.
Off the shores of Zanzibar are many little islands offering a more secluded and remote beach experience away from the main attraction of Zanzibar. Some of these islands are only accessible at certain times of the day according to tide levels and these smaller sandbanks and spits are excellent for sailing excursions and picnics. Then there are some permanent islands like Mnemba and Chumbe Islands offering accommodation to travelers.
Zanzibar has a wide range of hotels to suit all budgets and interests.
TOURS AND EXCURSION IN ZANZIBAR
A tour through the spice plantations to witness the numerous exotic spices, herbs and tropical fruit trees of Zanzibar. You will have the joy to sense black pepper vines, Cardamon bushes, Cinnamon trees, Nutmeg trees, Clove trees and Vanilla Vines, just to name a few. A cup of spice tea will be served during a tour; also you will have a chance of trying climbing a coconut palm after learning from spice boys! The tour will be combined with a visit to the Persian bath of Kidichi, which were built for the second wife of the first Arab Ruler Said bin Sultan one who lived at the Mtoni Palace Ruin. This is a half-day tour.
Stone Town Tours
Historical walk through stone town passing all the historical sites including the old market opened 1903 which has three different section, fish, meat, vegetable and fruit with spices outside. House of wonders (National Museum), Tippu tip house, former English club (Africa house) passing the alleys to see the different types of interesting doors, wooden balconies, also visit the Old fort, Palace Museum, Old dispensary, Former Slave Market and other interesting places. This is a half-day tour.
Jozani Forest Tours
Green walk through wild and rugged woods, About one hour drive from Stone town to get there. Visit the mangroves boardwalk swamp (impressive!), and of course witness the Red Columbus monkeys which are numerous in Jozani area. Nature walks through the forest are a great way to see the wildlife on the Island. This is a half day tour.
Prison Island Tour
From Stone town you can see this interesting island where giant tortoises were imported from Aldabra Seychelles since 1919, half an hour from Stone town a nice place for snorkelling and sunbathing. This island was used as quarantine, before the British built the prison for stone town in 1890s. The building never used as a prison though
Snorkeling and Diving Tour
The 5 star PADI divers of One Ocean will take you on an authentic Dhow to Bawe Island, where you can snorkel on the beautiful coral reefs and have lunch on board. The coral surrounds the Island, is among the best places for snorkelling. Or arrange for superb diving nearby the Coast of Unguja Island.
Drive from your hotel via Jozani forest (Red Columbus monkeys home) to Kizimkazi. You will go with a small motorised boat where maximum 7 people can sit together. Found the dolphin and this depending on your luck to see them! Even though there’s 85% chance to see them. Please note that there is no guarantee to witness the dolphins and neither is always possible to swim with them.
Trip to Nungwi, Kiwengwa, Matemwe or Paje
A day visit to one of the bounty beaches enjoying the country site seeing sea, sun and a delicious lunch somewhere on the way…
Drive from your hotel, heading to the south west of Zanzibar the place called Fumba. About 40 minutes drive from Stone town, the tour begins by cruising around looking for the dolphin, not swimming with them Just take a picture and then proceed to the sand bank where most of the time will be spent by snorkelling on the nice coral. At lunch time you will take a boat to Kwale Island where you will have a barbecue lunch with a desert of variety of seasonal Zanzibar fruit and have a rest on the beach. Dhow sailing, is something interest to participate during this time, walking to see the old falling baobab tree, is another thing to be done by this moment before take a ride again to swim in warm Lagoon and sailing back to Fumba where your car will be waiting to drive you back to your hotel.
Driven from your hotel to stone town, at 16:30 embark the dhow, sailing around the island surrounding Stone while having drinks (beer, lemonade, wine and bites) on board, sailing around, listening the wind while taking pictures of sun goes down. Sail back to the shore where your van will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.
Nungwi Village Cultural Tour(Full day tour)
Nungwi is a village to the north coast of Zanzibar a home of famous dhow building in Zanzibar which is the cultural attraction of Zanzibar, since centuries the locals are building these woods curved boats with simply local tools. You will visit one of the local houses and see how people are living, further more you will visit the local fishermen and fish market.
At Nungwi you will also visit the Sea turtle Project initiated by Eco & Culture as one of our ecological project. Sea turtles are endangered species world-wide, especial in Zanzibar sea turtles are widely extinct; this protection project raises sea turtles in a natural lagoon, in this aquarium sea turtles are bred. After tour you will have some time to relax at the beach. This day trip price includes a guide, transport from your hotel and entrance fees, there are many restaurants around there where you can choose for lunch (not included in the trip price)
Zanzibar Cultural Tour (town area)-(Full day tour)
This is a cultural visit to the whole town of Zanzibar(not only Stone town),we start visiting Mwanakwerekwe markets where you will see the local people’s daily activities, farmers from every corner of the Island bringing their products for sell, and you will also hear different dialects.
Then we will drive to Stone town of Zanzibar where you will have a opportunity to see other local people in their daily activities as well, starting with former slave market, the House of Wonders and some narrow streets and lastly at the Old Market, here we will buy different items as per your preference for your lunch and then drive to one of a local house for the lunch preparation where you can also learn how to cook the local meals. When the lunch is ready, we will have our lunch and later on we transfer you to respective hotels.
Sunset cruise special honeymoon ( from 5.00pm till sunset )
The best honeymoon in the sunset light. Cruising in a traditional Swahili dhow, ensuring that your vacation is the magical, fun-filled, and memorably romantic experience that it should be. Aboard our dhow with Latin sails that glides silently along the stone town coast of Zanzibar under starry and moonlit sky, we are giving you a wonderful honeymoon treat offering intriguing different view of this amazing Island, enjoying the scenery by evening with its soft silent wind which is truly mesmerizing. We also entertain you with special welcoming services, snacks, wine, beer, sparkling wine, soft drinks and traditional live music, just to make memorable your special date.
Sunset cruise & dinner (excursion time: from 6.00pm till 09:00pm)
Zanzibar Nature Trails has great pleasure to offer you a sensational “Sunset cruise & dinner” with our traditional dhow; it has all the facilities to guarantee you an extraordinary experience that you can’t miss. Imagine yourself having dinner in a traditional dhow enjoying the view of Stone Town, sipping your choice of drink and being entertained by a mix of traditional Swahili and classic international music. You will enjoy the view of the Old fort (Ngome Kongwe), the house of wonder (Beit-el-Jaib), Palace museum (which housed daughter & wives of Sultan), the Malindi Zanzibar old port, passing near mangrove to Maruhubi Palace ruin where the Sultan kept his concubines, lastly you will arrive at Mtoni ruins where famous Princess Salme was born.
Prison Island and Sandbank.( from 9.30 am till 3.30 pm).
We ensure you a relaxing daily Island excursion. Leaving from Forodhani Garden for Prison Island, locally known as Changuu Island, we visit the old slave prison ruins and the Aldabra’s giant tortoise, once property of the Sultan Said Majid. We will have time to play with starfish at the beach then setting again with Swahili dhows to Pange Island (Sandbank). On the way we serve breakfast with ginger spiced tea and juices, home made bread and tropical fruit. Enjoy this nowhere island, covered twice a day by high tide, an astonishing white surrounded by crystalline water, the ideal trip to relax and practice snorkeling to discover treasures of Indian Ocean. On the sandbank we offer a variety of local fruits, beverages and snacks and later we will serve a lunch buffet of Swahili cuisine, Italian cheese, soft drinks and white wine.
Mangapwani Slave Chamber Tour
Slave Chambers: Built around 1880 from the cave and connected to the seaside 2kms away, the area is surrounded by varieties of indigenous trees such as Breadfruit, Ramboutants and scent shrubs. It was an important transit point for the captured slaves to be sold to the outside world at the time of the abolishment of slavery in 1873. Between 1880-1905, the chamber was being used as a place of concealment of the human cargo pending their disposal. A utilized as the hideout by the Arabs for their human cargo ready for shipment. The four hour guided tour begins and ends at your hotel. Mangapwani (“Arab Shore”) lies in a district where many Arabs used to live. In the village there is a Police Station, also a large government “Bungalow” which was built by the Arabs who originally owned Prison Island. Newly opened Serena Restaurant is nearby the Slave Caves. Swimming, Sun bathing may be done widely.
Chumbe Island Coral Park
The trip in a motorised boat will take you to the secluded island of Chumbe which manages natural reserve, with forest and marine nature trails, one kilometre of totally protected and untouched reef, a historic lighthouse (built in 1904) and an old mosque. The biggest attractions of the island are the peaceful and natural environment. You will journey through the special nature trails passing a tunnel of fascinating indigenous undergrowth, listening to birds and small animals going about their uninterrupted business. More than 40 species of birds have been identified on the island, including the endangered Roseate Tern. Snorkeling in the Reef Sanctuary is amazing; an uninterrupted coral garden stretches right from the shallow beach to a drop-off to about 16 metres deep, teeming with thousands of colourful fish belonging to 370 families, which is among the highest diversity found anywhere along the East African Coast. Turtles and dolphins regularly visit the reef, and spiny lobsters peed out of their hostels confident that nobody will hunt for them, and you may even seen a huge grouper living only a few metres under the surface on the drop-off.
Princess Salme Spice Tour
We start our tour at the birthplace of princess Salme; Mtoni Palace Ruins. Here we go on a detailed tour around the Persian baths, the main palace and its botanical gardens. From Princess Salme birthplace we enjoy a 20 minute boat ride to Bububu where we enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony with Kashata, Halua and dates on the terrace of a beautiful Omani house which once belonged to the nephew of Sultan Said. (Salme’s father). Here it is said that Salme rested on her way to her Kidichi and Kizimbani plantations. We take a stroll around the lush gardens and the impressive ruins. After our coffee ceremony, we travel to Kidichi by Donkey Cart like Princess Salme used to. We visit the spice plantations to go on a detailed spice tour at Mzee Yussuf’s private spice farm. On this plantation stand the ruins of an old rest house which belonged to Sultan Majid (Salme’s brother) who later sold it to Mzee Yussuf’s grand grand father.
Mzee Yussuf’s wife will prepare traditional Pilau, fish masala, roast beef, stewed bananas, kachumbari salad, several vegetarian dishes, an array of fruits, fresh fruit juice and his famous spice tea. This special lunch is taken in Mzee Yussuf’s house and his plantation is overlooking the Indian Ocean and even Stone Town! (Highest point in Zanzibar)
After lunch we visit the Persian baths in Kidichi which were built for Sultan Said’s second wife Binti Irich Mirza (Sheherazade), who was the daughter of the Persian Shah. We now head back to Mtoni Marine by minibus enjoying the sights of Kidichi. Mzee Majid’s Resthouse
Arrival at Zanzibar Airport meet & greet by StarLuck Travel representative, road transfer to one of best 4 star Hotel in stone town of Zanzibar, welcome drink check in and start stone town & Spice Tour. Sultan Palace House of Wonders, Old Slave market and other interesting Historical sites are among the topic to be seen and visited in this guided. After an excellent sea food lunch which shall be Served at one of best local Restaurant in stone town, you shall proceed to the Spice Tour ,the rare Experience that prove out why Zanzibar is referred as to the “Spice Island” , tropical fruits and spices like cinnamon ,lemon grass ,nut meg ,root Ginger ,Vanilla stick ,and many species of herbal and plants is to be seen and smelled. Return back to the Hotel for beach and swimming pool leisure, dinner & over night.
After breakfast Road transfer to Jozani Monkeys Forest to watch the Friendly rare red Colubus Monkeys which are rare species of the World. After shaking hands with this type of Monkeys then you, proceed to Stone town for the last Shopping before transferred to Zanzibar Airport for flight back home.
Arrival at Zanzibar Airport/Sea Port meet & greet by StarLuck Travel representative, road transfer to one of best 4 star Hotel in stone town of Zanzibar , welcome drink check in free & leisure day at beach and swimming pool, dinner & over night.
After breakfast start stone town & Spice Tour. Sultan Palace House of Wonders, Old Slave market and other interesting Historical sites are among the topic to be seen and visited in this guided Tour. After an excellent sea food lunch which shall be served at one of best local Restaurant in stone town, you shall proceed to the Spice Tour the rare Experience that prove out why Zanzibar is referred as to the Spice Island .After the above excursions start the Trip to Coastal Beach Hotel, arrival at 5 star Coastal Beach Hotel for dinner & overnight.
After breakfast road transfer from your beach Hotel to full day leisure at Northern part of the Island (Nungwi Village) titles & sea creatures, dhow Building place is among the topic to be seen, snorkeling, Sun bathing and other sea activities can be widely enjoyed, return back to the Hotel dinner & overnight.
After breakfast free & leisure day at your Beach Hotel Options activities of Visiting Stone town of Zanzibar for shopping in the Narrow Street of Zanzibar, Bazaar, souvenir and antique shops. Before transferred to Zanzibar Airport/ Sea port for your trip back home.
Arrival at Zanzibar Airport /Sea port, meet & greet by StarLuck Travel representative, road transfer to the Mtoni Marine Center. Welcome drink; check in one of best 5 star Hotel beach and swimming pool leisure, dinner & overnight.
DAY 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
After breakfast free & leisure day at your Beach Hotel, Option activities of Dolphin Safaris, fishing & snorkeling Spice & Stone town Tour, Excursions of Jozani Monkeys Forest & Prison Island trip are all in offer.
After breakfast road transfer to Zanzibar stone town for your last shopping before being transferred to Zanzibar Airport/Sea port for trip back home
Arrival at Zanzibar Airport meet & greet by StarLuck Travel representative, road transfer to one of best 4 star Hotel in stone town of Zanzibar, welcome drink check in and start stone town & Spice Tour. Sultan Palace House of Wonders, Old Slave market and other interesting Historical sites are among the topic to be seen and visited in this guided. After an excellent sea food lunch which shall be Served at one of best local Restaurant in stone town, you shall proceed to the Spice Tour ,the rare Experience that prove out why Zanzibar is referred as to the Spice Island, tropical fruits and spices like cinnamon ,lemon grass ,nut meg ,root Ginger ,Vanilla stick ,and many species of herbal and plants is to be seen and smelled. Return back to the Hotel for beach and swimming pool leisure, dinner & overnight.
After breakfast, board a private boat to PRISON ISLAND for watching Giant turtles also do snorkeling, sun bathing before ride back to stone town for sun set watch at Africa House dinner & overnight at your Hotel.
After breakfast road transfer to the Jozani Monkeys Forest to watch out the Friendly rare red Colubus Monkeys Return back to the Hotel dinner & overnight.
After breakfast free & leisure day at your Hotel, Option activities of Dolphin Safaris, fishing & snorkeling is in offer. Return back to the Hotel for dinner & overnight.
After breakfast road transfer from Zanzibar stone town to full day leisure at Northern part of the Island (Nungwi Village) titles & sea creatures, dhow Building place is among the topic to be seen, return before transferred to your Coastal beach Hotel for three night accommodation.
DAY 6 / 7
After breakfast free & leisure day at your Beach Hotel, Option activities of Dolphin Safaris, fishing & snorkeling Trip to small Islands are all in offer dinner & overnight.
After breakfast road transfer to Zanzibar Airport / Sea port take flight back home.
Arrival at Zanzibar Airport /Sea port, meet & greet by StarLuck Travel representative & transferred to Mtoni Marine Center. Welcome drink check in & leisure day at beach dinner & overnight.
DAY 2 / 3
Breakfast Free & Leisure day at your Hotel dinner & overnight Option activities of Fishing, snorkeling etc, return back to the Hotel dinner & overnight at your Hotel.
Breakfast Free & Leisure day at your Hotel dinner & overnight Option activities of Fishing, snorkeling etc, return back to the Hotel dinner & overnight at your Hotel.
Breakfast Free & Leisure day DAY 6 After breakfast road transfer to Dolphins trip full day excursions followed by Sea food lunch return back to the Hotel dinner & over night
DAY 7 / 8
Breakfast Free & Leisure day at your Beach Hotel dinner & overnight DAY 9 After breakfast road transfer to Zanzibar stone town, check in at Tembo House Hotel refresh and start the trip to Jozani Monkeys forest to watch out the friendly rare red colobus Monkeys. Return back to stone town and have leisure at Hotel swimming pool & beach. Dinner & overnight
After Breakfast, board a boat to the Prison Island to enjoy sun bathing, watch out Giant turtles, snorkeling return back to Zanzibar stone town, have free time for your last shopping, souvenir, and Bazaar shops are among the topic to be visited.
After breakfast road transfer Ex-Mtoni Marine Center to Zanzibar Airport for fly back home.
Arrival from at Zanzibar Airport and transferred to Mtoni Marine Center.
After breakfast free and leisure day in stone town of Zanzibar (Optional activities of Stone town & Spice Tour can be arranged) 20:00 Hrs – Board to Mv. Serengeti for Pemba Island trip over night in the Ship
0600 Hrs – Arrival in Pemba early in the morning and transferred to Old Mission Lodge the Hotel of which you will overnight.
09:00 Hrs – You will board a boat to the diving site. PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER This is the most popular course. The instructors will introduce you to advanced diving techniques applicable to diving worldwide. The course consists of five dives with your instructor covering two “core” dives and three elective dives covering areas that interest you most. The core dives are a deep dive and navigation dive. The three elective dives may be chosen from our specialties list and include topics from boat diving techniques to underwater video-grapher. Little classroom work is involved as the course is designed around practical experience under expert guidance. All books and materials and instruction shall be provided.
Extra free and leisure day in Pemba
Transferred to Pemba Sea port, Board to Mv. Serengeti back to Zanzibar where you will be met at Zanzibar Seaport and transferred to better stone town budget Hotel and overnight.
DAY 6 / 7
To be spent in the northern part of the Island at very best notably Beach Bungalows Kendwa Rocks Night life of Nungwi and Kendwa will make you feel like at home.
You will be transferred to Zanzibar seaport for board Mv. Flying Horse for your trip back Dar and fly back home.
Arrival at Zanzibar Airport, meet & greet by StarLuck Travel representative & transferred to Mtoni Marine Center.
After Breakfast start the Excursion of Stone town Tour which include viewing and visit Most historical sites in Zanzibar. Including The House of Wonders, Palace Museum and Old Slave Market are among of them. Back to the Hotel rest, swimming pool leisure dinner and over night at Mtoni Marine Center.
After Breakfast road transfer to Spice Plantations to enjoy spice Tour ,the rare Experience which prove out why Zanzibar is referred as Spice Island proceed by road to one of the best 5* Beach Hotel The Ocean Paradise for dinner & Over night.
Breakfast, Free & Leisure day at The Ocean Paradise Beach Resort Options activities of Dolphins Safari, and Jozani Monkeys Forest, dinner & overnight Ocean Paradise Beach Resort
Breakfast Free & Leisure day at The Ocean Paradise Beach Resort Options activities of visiting North Coast of Zanzibar on Indian Ocean dinner and overnight
After Breakfast Road transfer to Zanzibar Airport for flight back home.