Upon arrival at Zanzibar’s Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, a Lush Africa Safaris guide will drive you to an oceanfront resort for your accommodation. Have lunch then take the afternoon off for rest as you recover from the jet lag and prepare for a marathon of activities.
During this half-day excursion, you will experience Zanzibar’s rural life, visit clinics and schools or even volunteer in them if you wish. You will also mix and mingle with locals and take a refreshing walk in a seaweed farm as you cultivate with natives.
A visit to the women’s pottery and handicrafts group will leave you enriched with skills on how to make souvenirs with attention to detail. One of the most exciting parts of the tour is the lunchtime experience at a restaurant where you can treat your taste buds to authentic Zanzibari cuisine, seasoned with many local herbs and Arabic spices.
The wow factor with this tour is that it directly benefits the locals as it gives them a source of livelihood.
Spend the rest of the evening relaxing at a cozy resort, Serena Inn Hotel.
Get familiar with the spices, herbs, and exotic fruits of Zanzibar. In East Africa, Zanzibar has an unrivaled spice culture, and one of the tourists’ delights here is a visit to the Spice Garden. A 30-minute drive from the heart of Stone Town brings you to this jungle-like farm that features over 50 distinctive species of spices. And they are not only spices for the palate, but for a wide range of purposes, including spices for sexual prowess, beauty, perfumes, among other things.
At this farm, you don’t just stop at seeing. You are free to eat and drink any spice of your choice. Just make sure you know the purpose of what you’re drinking. Lol.
Have lunch in between the tour activities.
After breakfast, you will have a nature walk in Jozani Forest, a 50km mangrove forest with charming red colobus monkeys and sykes monkeys that you will get to see up-close. Jozani is green and beautiful with many trees, several of which are used as herbal medicines by the locals. It also bustles with elephant shrews, bush babies, over 50 butterfly species, and 40 bird species. The availability of boardwalks makes it easy to view wildlife.
On your way out of Jozani, stop by the nearby butterfly center & seaweed center in Paje for a brief tour and lunch.
Continue to historical Prison Island with a boat from Stone Town traveling about 5.6km northwest. Covering roughly 800m long and 230m wide, the island used to serve as a prison for rebellious slaves in the 1860s hence its name. It later served as a coal mine. Also known as Changuu Island, the island has giant tortoises, several of which are over 150 years old and weigh over 200kgs. Due to their friendly nature, it is possible for you to hand feed them (at a small fee). While at it, watch out for their snapping beaks.
The diverse species of sea creatures in the water surrounding the island provide a perfect snorkeling opportunity. At the end of it all, you will relax at a restaurant on the island. It has a charming atmosphere and a good sea view.
You will then be dropped off at the hotel after the excursion.
In the evening return to the hotel for dinner and overnight
After breakfast, you will start a relaxed walking tour around Stone Town as you discover its rich history. Among the sites, you will visit include the Beit al-Sahel/Palace Museum, a rich heritage site. It was the Palace of Sultan Seyyid Said and it is said to have been the first building in East Africa to have an elevator. In 1896, the three-story building was bombed by the British during the Anglo-Zanzibar war of August 27, 1896. The war lasted less than 45 minutes and is thus rated as the shortest war in history. The palace which is open from 9 am to 6 pm was rebuilt and currently serves as a museum, exhibiting the different items and royal regalia used by Sultan Khalifa bin Harub and Sayyida Salme.
Other places you will visit include the old slave market, Darajani marketplace, the House of Wonders, and an Old Fort.
Transfer back to the hotel at the end of the tour.
Dinner is at the hotel
Today’s adventures are designed to offer you relaxation as they should be. You will visit a fishing village, sandbank, and enjoy beach life. A full-day trip on a traditional dhow boat around the southern coastline of Zanzibar will intrigue you with astonishing sights of the Indian Ocean and Fumba fishing village. A dhow cruise feels like you are living in the days of Vasco da Gama. You will also visit the Menai Bay conservation area.
In the evening return to your hotel for dinner and overnight
Pick-up from the hotel and transfer to the airport.
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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
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