ZANZIBAR

ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar

Set like a jewel in tranquil coral waters, only 20 minutes flight from Dar es Salaam, is one of the world’s most beautiful islands – Zanzibar. Its name evokes a romantic past. To the shores of these islands came Summerians, Assyrians, Hindus, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Arabians, Chinese, Malaysians, and the Portuguese, all sailing in on Monsoon winds.

Guests will be fascinated by the sheer number of spices produced, and by their incredible value for many ailments. This is also the cheapest place to purchase spices and oil extracts. Zanzibar is popularly referred to as the “Spice Islands”.

From these shores the great European explorers Burton, Speke, Livingstone, Krapf, Rebman, and Grant set out on their voyages of discovery into the East and Central African hinterland. The different races that have settled in Zanzibar over the centuries have left an imprint on the people and the architecture.

The “House of Wonders” and the narrow streets of the Old Stone Town are just some of the vivid reminders of the islands long and coloured history. Zanzibar is also the birthplace of the fascinating Swahili culture with its elegant architecture, full of balconies, courtyards, hand-carved doors and mosques.

img_2251For centuries the historic spice Islands of Zanzibar has evoked a mystical and magical dream. Fascinating history, exotic spices, sandy beaches and hospitable people… this is the enchantment of Zanzibar. Different excursions are arranged while in Zanzibar. These include taking visitors to spices plantations in the countryside where a variety of seasonal spices, tropical fruits and medicinal herbs are grown. Detailed description of the spices is given, and their uses in cooking and cosmetics.

What to do:

There is plenty to do on the island; when you are not busy tanning and simply enjoying the beaches and refreshing Indian Ocean you may choose to go on a spice tour. Zanzibar is also known as Spice Island and for good reason. Visit the spice plantation and learn all about a variety of different spices, how they are grown and how they are used in traditional Swahili food. The spices are often also used to make cosmetics.

Zanzibar’s most famous event is the Zanzibar International Film Festival, also known as the Festival of the Dhow Countries. Every July, this event showcases the best of the Swahili Coast arts scene, including Zanzibar’s favorite music, Taarab.

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara) of the rock band Queen was born in Stone Town, Zanzibar.

Important architectural features in Stone Town include:

  • The Livingstone house
  • The Old dispensary of Zanzibar
  • The Guliani Bridge,
  • Ngome kongwe (The Old fort of Zanzibar)
  • House of Wonders.
  • Hamamni Persian Baths

How to get there:

You can get to Zanzibar either by ferry from Dar es Salaam or by flight.

Note that there are not many hotels that accept credit cards. ATMS are also quite scarce so it would be advisable to take cash with you.

 

ZANZIBAR ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Zanzibar.

You will be transferred from Zanzibar airport to Stone Town, a scenic drive of approximately 45 minutes, giving you the opportunity to get a feel for this enchanting island. After check in you have the option of enjoying a fabulous seafood lunch before spending the afternoon soaking up the sun and adjusting to the relaxed pace of life on the coast.
You may want to explore the fascinating network of cobbled streets which make up Stone Town and get a feel for local life on the island.

Day 2: Full day tour in Stone Town.

Whilst it would be tempting to spend one’s days relaxing around the swimming pool at Zanzibar Serena Inn, listening to the calming sounds of the ocean, Stone Town has so much else to offer! Today why not go out on an Island Spice tour before returning to the hotel for lunch, and an afternoon of relaxing on the beach or snorkeling in the crystal blue waters.
Zanzibar is famous for its trade in spices. For centuries the Arabs sailed with the Monsoon winds from Oman. The two main islands, Unguja (normally known as Zanzibar Island) and Pemba, provided an ideal base for the Omani Arabs, being relatively small, and therefore fairly easy to defend. Your guides on the tour are experts on the subject so be sure to ask questions.

Day 3: Full day Dolphin tour.

One day you go to an excursion to Kizimkazi. Situated on the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, which can often be sighted following a short boat trip from the village. If you are lucky, you may be able to swim quite close to the dolphins, which can be a very rewarding experience. We are doing this trip in the afternoon to avoid the crowds of tourists in the morning, which in big numbers disturbing the dolphins.

Day 4: Departure day.

Today you will be transferred back to Zanzibar International Airport in time for your onward travel.

Trip Include.

• Transfer from lodges in Arusha or Marangu to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK)
• Airfare to Zanzibar (ZNZ) from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK)
• Transfer to lodging from Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ)
• Two nights lodging, breakfast (double occupancy)
• Transfer to Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ) from lodging
• Airfare from Zanzibar (ZNZ) back to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK)

Not Included.

• International Airfare
• Daily activities offered at the lodging
• Tips

Payment Policy

A deposit of 35% is required at the time of booking, and outstanding balance is due 45 days prior commencement of the tour program. If the reservation is made within 45 days of departure the whole amount must be paid at the time of confirmation.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing, and all suppliers charge cancellation fees, must be return back to us. Reservations that are cancelled can reduced in length of stay or reduced in number of occupancy are subject to cancellation and no-show fees.

Following is the scale for cancellation charges:

35% if cancelled between 45 and 35days prior to arrival
50% if cancelled between 34 and 15 days prior to arrival.
100% if cancelled 14 days and 24hours prior to arrival

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