Historical town tours
The tour starts from wherever the client wants to be picked up. One gets a
comprehensive view of the Stone Town, it's sand and stone ancient built
houses, some of them have Arab/Indian carved doors and the architecture
which helps to make Zanzibar famous.
We then proceed to the main City market which was opened in 1904, where
tropical fruits, vegetables, spices and fresh fish from the island are
Our next stop will be at the Anglican Church of Christ which was built by
Bishop Steers in 1873 on the side of the Old Slave Market. There is a
cross in the church which is made of wood from the tree under which Dr.
David Livingstone died. Next to the Church you will visit the slave
chambers, tiny rooms in which the slaves were kept before being auctioned.
From here we continue our tour to the Sultan's Palace Museum, House of
Wonders (Beit-el-ajaib built in 1883 and bombarded by the British Fleet in
1886), next to this you can also see the Old Fort, (built in 1700), moving
along the sea front we come to the Jamituri Gardens where you can spend
your evenings leisurely watching the brilliant sunset while you are
enjoying the locally made dishes. From here we drive you to The Africa
House formerly known as English Club, we then come to Tippu Tip house, (A
notorious slave trader). We round up our tour by taking you to the museum
of Natural History and Peace Memorial Museum.
Zanzibar is also known as "The Island of Spices", whose name evokes a
romantic past embalmed in the aroma of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and
lemon grass. This tour starts with a drive through a profusion of greenery
in the countryside seeing, smelling and tasting a variety of
mouth-watering tropical seasonal fruits, some examples are: jack fruit,
pineapple, banana, green coconut (madafu), dourian, love apple (matufaa),
litche (shoki-shoki), soursop (mabungo)
and starfruit (carambola).
Some of the spices are cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric
and nutmeg - are as exotic as the flavour. A full tour involves much more
than spices and you will also have a chance to see the iodine plant, heena
bush, ylang-ylang, the lipstick tree, cocoa and coffee trees. The tour
also includes a visit to the Kidichi Persian Baths built in 1850 by Seyyid
Said bin Sultan for his Persian wife Princess Sheherezade granddaughter of
the Shah of Persia, you will also visit the Maruhubi Palace Ruins built by
the third Sultan of Zanzibar Seyyid Barghash for his 99 concubines.
Prison island tours
Prison Island or Changuu Island is the middle island of the three visible
from the Stone Town, it takes approximately 30 minutes to get there by
boat. The prison on this island was built in 1893, which was later used as
a quarantine Hospital, it has a frangipani lined path around the island
where the former patients took their evening walks. Apart from the Prison
ruins you can also see the beautiful peacocks and the enormous giant
tortoises some of which are over a 100 years old. These tortoises were
brought here from Seychelles by Sultan Said in the 1820's. Efforts are
being made to protect the eggs of the tortoise. The island is a superb
scenario for the photographer. A self walking safari covers the island in
15minutes. On this little paradise one can also swim, snorkel, sunbathe or
just relax and enjoy the peacefulness that this beautiful island has to
Jozani forest tour
Jozani Forest lies 35kms South-East of Zanzibar Town with an area of about
1,000 hectares, it is a natural forest where long ago you could find
leopards and antelopes. At present it is the habitat for the Red Colobus
Monkeys (Colobus badius kirkii) and the Blue Sykes Monkey. The Red Colobus
monkey is one of the most endangered and rarest species in the world, they
are very friendly creatures and love to be photographed and can be viewed
at close quarters by the help of your guide.
You may also get a glimpse of various butterflies, birds and snakes. Other
interesting features suitable for tourist in this forest include the
coastal evergreen bush land, mangrove forest, saline grassland and ground
water forest, though these may require longer walks to reach.
The drive from town to the South takes one hours. On your way you might
get a chance to see the famous Red Colobus Monkeys of the Jozani Forest.
Kizimkazi fishing village is the home of several schools of the
bottle-nosed dolphins, here you are taken by boat out into the sea to view
the dolphins and if lucky will be able to swim quite close to them as they
are very friendly and playful, Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th
Century Mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa.
Sunset dhow cruise
This tour starts an hour before sunset, the guests are picked from their
hotels and transferred to thee drop off point at the sea front, where the
guests then board the dhow.
The skilled crew on board take the dhow about 1 km away from the shore by
means of an engine, once out in the sea the engine is shut off and during
a tense moment the skillful crew put up the sail, when the sail is in
favor of the wind, the guest can sit back and relax enjoying the
peacefulness of the ocean, as the dhow glides through the water, you can
watch the wonder of the fiery golden sun setting beyond the horizon (while
savoring a glass of chilled wine) .
Tour to the North
This trip leads you through the Mangapwani cave which is a 30minute drive
from Zanzibar town, up to 1911 the cave was a secret hideout from which the
slaves were illegally led out to the sea through a secret passage and then
transported by dhow after the official closure of the Slave Market in June
1873. The tour then proceeds to Nungwi in the North of Zanzibar which is
an hours drive from the cave. Nungwi has crystal clear waters an excellent
place for diving, snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. As Zanzibar is a
turtle conservation area you will be able to see the natural turtle
In this tour we also take you to a site where local villagers build dhows
and boats to date using traditional tools.