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Tanzania: Zanzibar Spice Island

5 days, 4 nights | Safari Extension from $2,198 per person
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Overview

Discover Tanzania’s Exotic Spice Islands

Soak up the tropical sunshine and charming essence of Zanzibar, a timeless archipelago off Tanzania’s coast. Dividing your explorations between the historic city of Stone Town—a labyrinth of wandering passageways and colorful spice markets—and the Mnemba atoll, where your private bungalow opens right onto the beach, you’ll see the best of this delightful island chain.

During your four-day stay, you can relax on secluded beaches, dive and snorkel around colorful reefs, and visit the turtles on Prison Island. Get out and discover the red colobus monkeys and mangroves of Jozani Forest Reserve, or experience the village cultures of Kendwa and Nungwe. See how a dhow is built at the boatyard, and sail to Pemba (Voodoo!) Island, home to the rare Pemba fox. Or, if you’d prefer, grab an inviting stretch of sandy beach and do nothing at all—the itinerary is entirely up to you!

Safari Style: Safari Extensions
Activities: Cultural visits, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, guided reef and village walks
Accommodation: Beach bungalows, inn
Getting Around: Private vehicles
Meeting & Departure Point: Stone Town, Zanzibar

Tour Highlights:

  • Stroll narrow alleys past the sultan’s palace and colorful markets in historic Stone Town
  • Track giant tortoises and coconut crabs on Zanzibar’s outlying islands
  • Inhale the exotic aromas of fresh-grown spices on a plantation tour
  • Swim, snorkel, and kayak through a landscape of dazzling white sands lapped by brilliant turquoise waters
  • Enhance your experience with optional cultural activities: visiting local villages, tracking monkeys, or watching the construction of traditional dhow sailboats
  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guides and service of local representative
  • All meals with exception of arrival day
  • Beach bungalows (with private baths)
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW Safaris staff
Itinerary & Accommodations
Day 1 Stone Town, Zanzibar

Welcome to the spice island of Zanzibar! Upon arrival of your flight today, you will be met by a local representative and escorted to your Stone Town hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at leisure.

Included: Arrival transfer

Day 2 Stone Town, Zanzibar

Following breakfast, you will be escorted on a guided walking tour of Zanzibar’s fabled Old Town—a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will love the unique sights and sounds of Stone Town, with its labyrinth of passageways, ornately carved and studded doors, aromatic food stalls, the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum, St. John’s Cathedral, the Old Fort, Forodhani Gardens, and harbor dockside. Optional day trips can be easily arranged to the smaller islands around Zanzibar, to visit the giant tortoises on Prison Island, track giant coconut crabs on Chumbe Coral Island, or explore the marine life on a Safari Blue adventure. You can even take a traditional Swahili cooking lesson at the fort.

This afternoon, you transfer to the north coast of Zanzibar and your retreat for the next few days. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon exploring your scenic surroundings.

Included: Historical Stone Town guided walking tour (approximately 3 hours), and land transfer to north coast / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Days 3 & 4 North Coast, Zanzibar

Soak up the sunshine and timeless essence of Zanzibar—relax on the beautiful beach or explore the area’s many captivating attractions. Included activities such as snorkeling at the lodge’s pristine beach, guided reef and village walks, and kayaking along the coastal inlets will keep you exploring for days. If trips further afield are of interest—optional activities range from diving and snorkeling at Mnemba Atoll, visiting the turtles on Prison Island, discovering the red colobus monkeys and mangroves of Jozani Forest Reserve, experiencing the village cultures of Kendwa and Nungwe, seeing how a dhow is built at the boatyard, or sailing to Pemba (Voodoo!) Island—home to the rare Pemba fox.

We have also included a visit to the forest interior for a Zanzibar spice tour. It’s a marvelous chance to observe how different spices are grown—and the quantities are truly impressive. Clove, vanilla, ginger, turmeric, and many others are mounded in fragrant heaps. The dark side of these wonderful spice plantations was Zanzibar’s infamous slave trade, dating back to the 1840s. The tour also includes a visit to Kidichi Persian Baths, built in 1850 by Seyyid Said bin Sultan for his Persian wife Princess Sheherezade, granddaughter of the Shah of Persia. You’ll explore the Maruhubi Palace ruins built by the third Sultan of Zanzibar, Seyyid Barghash, for his 99 concubines and Dr. David Livingstone’s house—built in 1860 for Sultan Maji—where he lived before commencing his last journey to the mainland interior. This visit may be arranged on your transfer day to or from Matemwe if you prefer to remain settled in with more time for relaxation while on the coast.

Included: Leisure days with activities as outlined above—optional activities of your choice (own expense) / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5 Stone Town, Zanzibar

After breakfast, our representative will assist you in your return to Stone Town, and transfer you to your port of departure (airport or ferry).

Included: Transfer to Stone Town / breakfast

Approximate Travel Time: 45 minutes

Dates & Prices

Safari Extensions 2017 Pricing

Seasons Number of Travelers
1 2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement Info
Jul 1 - Oct 31 $2,896 $2,298 $2,298 $2,298 $2,298 $2,298 $598
Nov 1 - Dec 15 $2,346 $2,198 $2,198 $2,198 $2,198 $2,198 $148

Please note: this Safari Extension is not available in May.
*Pricing for two or more guests is based on double occupancy and does not include Single Supplements. Pricing for one traveler includes Single Supplement and other fees. Reserve early for best pricing; prices and dates are subject to change.

This Safari Extension is available on request in combination with any of our Scheduled Group Safaris.

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Guides

Our Guides

On this safari, you will be in the care of local lodge hosts and professional guides who enjoy sharing their in-depth knowledge of Zanzibar’s history, marine life, culture, and ecology. These resident experts will provide exceptional local insights as they accompany you on visits to historic Stone Town and the neighboring spice farms and fishing villages. They’ll also lead you on active water-based adventures such as snorkeling and diving, or visits to the turtles of Prison Island and the red colobus monkeys and mangroves of Jozani Forest Reserve.

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