ZanTours - History, Carl with Plane
Carl with his second plane - Cessna 402 B
ZanAir – History since 1992

ZanTours’ history started with the history of ZanAir on the 4th of May 1991. Our founder and managing director, Carl G. Salisbury, arrived  with a Piper Seneca 2 on Zanzibar. While working as a pilot, he was among the pioneers, who realized, that the tourism industry on Zanzibar was going to expand. After establishing his airline, ZanAir, in 1992, he recognized, that at that time were only a few companies dealing with transportation. These first transfers were mostly done by big Dala Dalas. Although Carl and his first partner didn’t have any experience in this industry, they took on the challenge personally. Hence, ZanTours was established in 1996 and has been in full operation since 1997.

ZanTours - History: Carl in office
Very first client of ZanAir
ZanTours’ History – since 1997

Nowadays, there are over 250 tour companies on the island but ZanTours remains the leading full-service Destination Management Company. Our mission as a company is to continuously rethink procedures and do things differently. Based on Carl’s pioneer mindset, it is always ZanTours going the next step. Whether it’s in the company’s reservation system to optimize coordination or to maintain the fleet in its own car workshop; whether it is to bring in new types of passenger transporters or luxury vehicles; or just providing better customer care by having refreshing cold towels and cold water provided in each vehicle.

“We brought mini buses and large quality buses with air-conditioning to Zanzibar, serving the most urgent needs on the island.” Carl G. Salisbury (MBE)

Zantours’ present days

Even though, the tourism industry on Zanzibar has changed a lot, ZanTours has always kept up with market trends. We have never stopped upgrading and improving ourselves – moreover to set our own standards for service quality. When it started 20 years ago, ZanTours just grabbed the opportunity to provide the needed services. Today it has grown into a well-structured company with a clear strategy and high professionals working on its mission every single day. ZanTours not only hires people to fulfill requested services but one of our biggest goal is to also educate and train our staff to fit the international standards.

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