The perfect place to round off a dusty adventurous safari on the Tanzanian Terrestrial wilderness or a strenuous trek of Mount. Kilimanjaro is in the warm deep waters of the Indian Ocean.
Tanzania’s roughly 1,300 km long shoreline is blessed with wonderful beaches which are perfect for relaxing your mind.
You may also wish looking at the tropical dreamful heaven and some of the most beautiful, pristine beaches in the world, the archipelago of Zanzibar is your perfect choice. These islands are located off the Tanzanian coast, not far from the largest city in Tanzania.
Zanzibar’s seaside offers some of the best beaches in the world, but sand and surf change depending on what side of the island you’re on. With its interesting history influenced by early Arab traders, the spice island of Zanzibar bids the world class beautiful beach hotels of all standards along the Indian ocean. On the east shoreline, waves break over coral reefs and sand bars offshore, and low tide uncovers small pools of starfish, small minnows, and anemones. Up north, ocean swimming is much less vulnerable to the tides, and smooth beaches and white sand make for incredible days in the sun.
The original and unmissable Safari Blue Excursion, starts from a small Village called Fumba, south west of Zanzibar, a 20 minutes drive from stone town. Fumba is the most convenient location for exploring the wildlife, unique sandbanks and rugged island scenery of the Menai Bay Conservation Area. This excursion takes you around the beautiful waters of the Zanzibar island, sailing in one of African authentic traditional Dhows. In the morning, you can sit down on one of the beautiful sandbars, relax and have a sip of fresh coconuts and taste season Fruits. A buffet lunch of the Swahili seafood feast will be prepared for you on your way to Kwale island after you have had your adventurous snorkelling activity. Only if the Tide permits, you will explore the natural lagoon found on Kwale Island. The Lagoon is surrounded by a mangrove forest and you can take a swim in the lagoon if you wish. Our professional guides in water based activities and our hospitality ensures you a day to remember the unforgettable experience.
Stone Town, also known as Mji Mkongwe, a Swahili word for “old town”. This place is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. The newer portion of the city is known as Ngámbo, which means “the other side”. Stone Town is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar. Former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate, and flourishing centre of the Spice Trade as well as the Slave Trade in the 90s.
Stone Town is a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century and reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili Culture, giving a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For those mentioned reasons, an excursion around the city gives you the best feel of the surrounding and the people of stone town. You are in position to explore the former slave market, The Angrican Cathedral Church, the house of wonders and the Sultan Palace Museum, the old Arab Fort and the Dispensary just to mention a few of the Highlights. Apart from the 100s of carved doors you can find in the narrow street of stone town, there are many more places you will visit to gain insight into the outstanding material manifestation of cultural fusion and the harmonization.
The history of Zanzibar would be incomplete without the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which are essential ingredient in a Zanzibar’s everyday life, it is the island’s connection to spices and herbs.
The Spice Farm Tour is among the most popular excursions on the island. Grown spices can be seen in the plantations just outside Zanzibar town, this is also a fantastic opportunity to see the country side and rural areas of Zanzibar and also connect with local people.
Discover the spices that thrive in Zanzibar’s villages and plantations on a walking tour that’s an aromatic immersion in the island’s rural life. Join our guided Spice Farm walk through local farms, that walks you through villages and spice plantations. Learn about their properties, their origins and the medical concepts in these different grown spices from the island. Get to touch and smell the grown, while workers jump and climb trees to seek out specific plants and cut off various barks, letting you see, feel and taste everything on site. You will be decorated with palm-leaf accessories such as ties, rings, bracelets and glasses. You may have an opportunity to taste some of the exotic fruits of Zanzibar and probably the only best place to buy fresh spices directly from the source. It can be quite surprising and one of the best experience you will ever have, interacting directly with the local life of SWAHILI farmers.
Zanzibar offers a few pods of dolphin that have their respective territories around the island oceanic waters and that can be spotted close to shore. If you lucky, you might even spot them off the coast of Stone Town.
The most popular dolphin spotting location in Zanzibar though, is undoubtedly Kizimkazi, where you can see both bottlenose and humpback dolphins. The North East of Mnemba Island is another decent dolphin-watching spot, and either of these can afford you the incredible sight of hundreds of spinner dolphins putting on one of their famous acrobatic displays in which they launch into the air and spin around.
Dolphin trips last 2-3 hours and the best time of year to see these extraordinary mammals is between October and February.
Jozani forest is a natural a pharmacy, an amazing source of natural remedies. Every plant or tree cures something. What is so beautiful about Jozani forest tour is that the height of the trees and the palms is just outstanding!
This is the only remaining forest in Zanzibar and also famous for rare red Colobus monkeys. It’s even harder to spot Zanzibar Sykes monkey, a very rare monkey species unique to Zanzibar. Along with Red Colobus Monkeys you can expect to see Bush-baby, 50 different species of butterflies and more than 40 species of birds.
To protect the wildlife, it is not permitted to walk off the paths without an official guide. Join Wild Kings Africa guided tour to Jozani Forest that will walk you through a network of various nature trails that leads visitors through the forest. The main trail begins at the park entrance and takes about an hour at a leisurely stroll.
Prison Island is the name of a former prison for slaves and quarantine station in Zanzibar which is 30 minutes by boat from Zanzibar island. The prison thereon was never used to house prisoners. Nowadays, the island gives you a chance to escape for some peace and quietness.
It lies just off the Old Stone Town, it is also a home to giant land tortoises that were imported from Seychelles in the late 90s. Now, it is more commonly known as a home for Zanzibar’s Giant Aldabran Tortoise colony, some of which are over hundred years old. This endangered specie came to Zanzibar as a gift from the government of Seychelles. The island is fringed with a beautiful coral reef, ideal for snorkelling, and has a lovely white beach for sunbathing. This tour is a great way to see some history, and also see Stone Town from the sea as many old maritime legends would have done. Join our guided tour, and Oserok Trips will take you there.