IN A NUTSHELL
A leisurely walk through the colourful bazaar of Zanzibar’s Stone Town, rich with the fragrance of exotic spices and bristling with life, eventually leads the distinguished visitor to the harbour, where the 19th century residences of the British Consul and the Chinese Doctor still stand today, door to door and restored to their original glory to accommodate a luxury hotel. Back in the heydays of African exploration, led by adventurers such as Dr. David Livingstone, Henry Morton Stanley, Samuel Baker, Richard and Isabel Burton, every expedition into the heart of Tanzania and beyond set out from the harbour front of Zanzibar island, with the usually calm and glistening waters a deceptive allusion to the adventures to come.
Just outside Stone Town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site stands Livingstone House, built in 1860 and aptly named for the famous missionary and explorer whose exploits on the continent are forever linked to the island paradise of Zanzibar. During his extensive safaris on the dark continent beyond the shorelines of Tanzania, Dr. David Livingstone used his island retreat as a base and equally distinguished explorers soon followed his lead to utilise his residence as the staging point for their own expeditions into the interior of Africa.
Today, Zanzibar is an autonomous state within the United Republic of Tanzania and the name itself was originally derived from a combination of two Arabic words: Zenj meaning black and bar, meaning land, hence the ancient title Land of the Blacks. The tropical climate of this island paradise, its golden beaches, turquoise waters and colourful bazaars, rich with the fragrance of exotic spices and bristling with life, are a temptation the perceptive traveller will find difficult to resist.
Walking on endless beaches with tall coconut palms casting their long shadows over the white sands and hammocks swaying in the warm breeze, while tropical birds flit about the lush green leaves and pendulous fruits high above. And for the more action oriented visitor, favoured beach activities range from volleyball to horse riding, windsurfing, kite surfing and scuba diving; with the channels between Zanzibar and Pemba Island recognised to offer some of the most dramatic scuba diving opportunities in the world: coral reef pillars dropping away into the abyss below and dolphins splashing about on the surface above, this is a diving enthusiasts wonder world realized.
Wether one travels to the northern popular Nungwi Peninsular with its dhow building yards, coral lagoons and turtle aquarium or to the southern end of the island with its remote and rugged beaches, picturesque villages and the dolphin safari at Kizimkazi, there are adventures and activities in Zanzibar to suit all tastes.
Stone Town Tour
Jozani Forest Tour
Zanzibar Spice Tour
Prison Island Tour
This is a leisurely two to three hours tour through the colourful bazaar of Zanzibar’s Stone Town, rich with the fragrance of exotic spices and bristling with life, the air buzzing with locals bartering fresh vegetables and baskets of tropical fruit and fish. The tour takes you past the site of a cathedral built in 1874 over the former slave market and on to the Zanzibar Museum, Tippu Tip's House, the former British Club, the Old Fort and the recently renovated Indian Dispensary.
Your tour continues with a stroll through the narrow streets of Stone Town, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the oldest section of Zanzibar City and is made up of a labyrinth of winding lanes, ancient stone houses, Arabian arches, carved wooden doors, circular towers, narrow latticed windows, overhanging balconies and a fascinating bazaar lined with curio shops, art galleries and spice troves.
Considered by many to be the heart of Zanzibar, Stone Town is the only functioning historical city in East Africa and remains much the same today as it was 200 years ago - alive with a bustling crowd of ‘bui bui' veiled women, travelling tea sellers, old men chatting on the ‘baraza' (benches) of the alleys, skulking cats and laughing children. And its tortuously twisting lanes also present you with a fascinating cross-section of Zanzibar’s history - the Portuguese Fort, the Sultan's Palace, the old Dhow Port, the Old Slave Market, the House of Wonders, to name but a few.
Cultural sights in and around Stone Town include:
- The Livingstone House
- The Hamamni Baths
- The National Museum
- The Chukwani Palace
- The Mtoni Palace ruins
- The Maruhubi Palace ruins
- The Persian Baths of Kidichi
- The Mangapwani slave caves
This exotic tour takes you on a full day epic sea adventure on locally constructed sailing dhows, fitted with outboard motors, marine VHF radios, life jackets and other security requirements. The dhow anchors in a safe and shallow area to allow for snorkeling.
High quality snorkeling equipment is provided, and a large range of sizes is available.
A lunch of traditional barbecued fish, rice, lentils and curry is served on a sand bank of one of the many uninhabited island in the area. Chilled fruit juice, mineral water, and bottled soft drinks are available throughout the tour.
After lunch, you can sail on an outrigger canoe carved out of a single mango tree, snorkel on one of the amazing reefs in the area or just relax on white powered beaches fringed with palm trees and tropical birds flitting about the lush green leaves and pendulous fruits above.
Jozani Forest Tour
Zanzibar's first and only National Park is centered on Jozani Forest, the largest area of mature forest found within Zanzibar, situated between the mangrove filled bays of Chwaka and Uzi.
Seasonal flooding, and a high ground water table has led to the development of a unique eco-system which is flanked with mangrove forests and salt marshes. About a kilometer south of the National Park center, the mangrove boardwalk begins under the shade of an old tamarind tree. Here you can walk amongst the forest in the sea. The brackish water that flows through the mangroves is a nursery for hundreds of species of tropical fish, which can be seen feeding in the shallow waters, whilst crabs and other molluscs can be observed in the nutrient rich mud.
Perhaps one of the most famous residents of the Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park is the Zanzibar Red Colobus monkey, found only on the main island, this type of Red Colobus is recognized as a separate species and is endemic to the island only. A visit to Zanzibar is not complete without seeing one of the rarest monkeys in Africa, with less than 2.000 remaining in the world.
Also keep an eye open for some of the 100 species of butterfly that inhabit the forest or the brightly colored sun birds that feed on the nectar from the many, beautiful tropical flowers that can be found. Listen for the eerie booming and cackles of Syke's and the Red Colobus monkeys, or perhaps you will be lucky enough to spot the near extinct Zanzibar leopard.
Zanzibar Spice Tour
The history of Zanzibar would be incomplete without the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which are essential ingredients in a Zanzibari’s everyday life. The island’s connection to spices and herbs dates back to the 16th century and the spice plantations can be found just outside Zanzibar town with the further opportunity to also experience the rural areas of this island paradise. The guided walking tour passes through villages and spice plantations with the chance to taste some of the exotic fruits of Zanzibar.
Kizimbani is among the areas the spice tour will be visiting and the further opportunity to savor fruits and spices which you have probably never seen on the supermarket shelf: cloves, star fruit, tangerine trees, lemon grass, mango trees, 'lipstick trees', to name but a few examples of what you can expect to experience!
This is also the cheapest place to buy locally made perfumes and oils.
Prison Island Tour
Sharing its name as a former prison for slaves and a quarantine station for Zanzibar and the mainland in general, Prison Island today offers the opportunity to escape the city for some peace and quiet. The island lies just off Stone Town and is more commonly known as a home of Zanzibar’s Giant Aldabra Tortoise colony, some of which are over a hundred years old! This endangered species came to Zanzibar as a gift from the government of the Seychelles.
Once on the island, you have the opportunity to feed and pet the tortoises and time permitted, you may also take a stroll through the forested interior where you will see a wide variety of birds, colorful peacocks, bats, and beautiful butterflies. Keep your eyes peeled for the shy and elusive Duikers - an unusual tiny antelope species.
The islands minor beach is fringed with a beautiful coral reef, ideal for snorkeling and also offers a stunning view of Stone Town especially at the night.
The most popular dolphin spotting location in Zanzibar is off Kizimkazi village located on the southern coast of Zanzibar Island where you can see both bottle-nose and humpback dolphins. The shallow coastal waters around Kizimkazi are a favorite destination for dolphins that come here for food and to nurse their calves.
Several bottle-nose dolphins stay at Kizimkazi all year-round. The dolphin trip starts very early in the morning, because in the afternoon as the sun rises and the sea water warms, dolphins dive deep down to escape the heat.
Although dolphin spotting is a popular activity, sightings cannot be guaranteed and actually managing to swim with dolphins is a rare occurrence as it requires time and patience. The dolphin trip may last about two to three hours with the further opportunity to explore on land thereafter. Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa and is therefore worth a visit for both cultural and historical objectives.
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PRICE & SERVICES
The price here presented is for mid range accommodation provided for the duration of the safari described in this document.
The price options for budget and luxury accommodation are available on request.
Price per person sharing in a double/ twin room:
- 2 people travelling from US $ 9.612,00
- 3 people travelling from US $ 8.822,00
- 4 people travelling from US $ 8.426,00
- 5 people travelling from US $ 8.189,00
- 6 people travelling from US $ 8.031,00
- 7 people travelling from US $ 7.918,00
Single supplement from US $ 1.587,00
Features Included in Safari Price:
- All airport transfers, ground transportation and fuel as per the itinerary
- Transport in a 4x4 minibus with safari roof (other options on request)
- Charter or scheduled local flights where applicable and listed in the itinerary
- All park and conservation fees including for the vehicle, driver/ tour guide and clients.
- English speaking Rwandan driver/ tour guide (other languages on request)
- Accommodation and meal plan as specified
- Activities as per itinerary
Features Excluded in Safari Price:
- All international flights, all flights not specifically listed in the itinerary
- A 4x4 wheel drive vehicle such as a Land Cruiser
- Cost of visas
- Travel, medical and personal insurances
- Gratuities and personal requirements
- Gorilla permits Rwanda (US $ 750,00 pp)
- All other ‘Optional Activities' listed in the itinerary (prices on request)
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T's & C's
- This is a proposal only and subject to availability. If components of this itinerary are not available at the time of booking, we shall endeavour to offer suitable alternatives.
- Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking permits are not included. Please note that
- Gorilla permits of US $ 600,00 per permit in Uganda and/ or US $ 750,00 per permit in Rwanda and US $ 150,00 for Chimpanzee permits in Kibale, Uganda need to be paid together with the deposit. The price for these permits is nonrefundable, however in case of cancellation, we shall endeavor to resell excess tickets through the available ofﬁcial channels.
- The appointed driver/ tour guide will accompany clients throughout the safari, assist them with check-in at accommodation and share his knowledge of ﬂora and fauna.
- A language speciﬁc tour guide is available against a surcharge.
- A 4 x 4 wheel drive vehicle such as a Land Cruiser is available against a surcharge.
Where applicable for charter or scheduled local ﬂights, the following baggage restrictions apply:
- 15 kgs on all ﬂights in small, soft-sided bags.
Abbreviations for the meal plan are as follows:
- BB = Bed & Breakfast.
- DBB = Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
- FB = Full Board.
Terms and Conditions of our Services Payments Deposit:
- 25% of the total safari price within 7 days of conﬁrmation.
- Balance: full balance due 45 days (6 weeks) prior to arrival.
- Reservations: made within 45 days or less prior to arrival: Immediate full prepayment due.
- Cancellations: received within 30 days before safari date 20%
- 29 to 23 days before safari date 25%
- 22 to 15 days before safari date 40%
- 14 to 08 days before safari date 55%
- 07 to 03 days before safari date 65%
- 02 days before safari date 95%
- No Show 100 % Changes Without Prior Notice Tariffs quoted are valid for 2015 wherever possible.
Not all service providers release or guarantee their rates well in advance and therefore the itinerary price may be subject to changes without prior notice.
Factors that can not be anticipated and may inﬂuence this cost calculation include, but are not limited to, supplier increases (including gorilla permits and park/conservation fees), government tax increases, fuel price increases, unforeseeable itinerary amendments due to circumstances beyond our control, availability restrictions, etc.