The island of Zanzibar is admired for the old Arab buildings with narrow streets, which are unique in all of Tanzania. You can spend hours roaming around the labyrinth of winding alleys and admire the many ancient mosques, grand palaces and beautifully carved wooden doors. Take a look at the old slave market and learn about its history. Browse the bustling market place during the day and taste different traditional food in the water front after the sunset!
Zanzibar is also known as a spice island where you will see varieties of spices plantations. On the South coast of Zanzibar lays the Menai Bay Conservation Area; a sea turtle protection area for the endangered species that come to breed on the island.
Here are some of the excursions you can do on your holiday in Zanzibar with Zuri Tours & Safaris:
Zanzibar city center; Stone Town tour
The half-day city tour visit of Zanzibar’s colorful market exudes a heady smell of herbs and spices. Other sites to be visited include the Anglican Cathedral, which stands in silent testimony on the site of one of the last open slave markets in the world, the residence of the late Sultan of Zanzibar; ‘Tip Tip House’. The Old Fort and the House of Wonders, all locations are rich in antiquity and full of intrigue from the days of long ago. The tour ends with a romantic stroll along the narrow lanes of the Old Stone Town.
The spice tour is guaranteed to sharpen your senses. Drive through the countryside to visit spice plantations, with an opportunity to pick, smell and savor exotic fruits and spices.
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. The village is also holds a 12th century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa, and is thus worth a visit for both natural and cultural reasons.
Jozani is the only remaining natural forest on Unguja Island. Covering an area of 10 sq kms, it consists of high forest, swamp forest and evergreen forest. It provides an important refuge for the remaining Unguja fauna such as the rare Red Colobus Monkeys, small Zanzibar Leopard and two antelope species: the Zanzibar Duicker and Sunni.
Changuu Island is a historical island once used for the detention of slaves. Today Giant Tortoises, some over 100 years old, act as unlikely vigilantes over the island. The beach is superb for swimming, snorkelling, fishing and diving.