As the leading DMC in Zanzibar we feel the responsibility to work in a sustainable way. We do this not only towards our employees, but also towards the local communities we interact with. Moreover, we feel obliged to set and follow ethical standards for activities offered on the island. Unfortunately, we don’t have always direct influence on certain activities and operations, however, we show our agreement/disagreement in offering/not offering certain activities. Please find below some topics/projects we are supporting:
ZITO Spice Farm
ZITO is a ZanTours supported project, which literally “happened” after we could not accept anymore the low quality of the old farm. Once we decided to change the farm, we put our conditions and requirements on paper to hit our requested company standards. But moreover, we decided, that as return to follow our rules and requirements we would pay an entrance fee to the new farm owner, called ZITO.
ZITO = CLEANLINESS + REPLANTING + NO HARASSMENT
ZANTOURS = ENTRANCE FEE PER PERSON
The result after almost 2 years corporation is, that ZITO reinvested his entrance fee in toilets and farm expansion. He started to build even a small restaurant. We are very proud and happy to have a win/win situation. ZanTours could help to develop ZITO’s farm to become the leading Spice Farm in Zanzibar.
During our Jeep Tour we take you to UZI island, on which tourism is almost no existing. The beach where we stop on the private coconut tree farm was highly effected by floating trash. Hence we decided to make an agreement with the local community to clean the beach on a regular base against a payment. The fresh coconuts during this stop are harvested from the owner and paid against a very high price. This serves as a kind of entrance fee.
Furthermore, another stop during this tour is a huge baobab tree, where the women do beekeeping. We requested a NGO, which is involved in sustainable bee keeping, to make a research on this specific community. In 2018 we decided to support a project for the education and training of sustainable bee keeping in this community. Honey is very important in Zanzibar, because people use it for their herbal medicine. But at this stage, it cannot even be produced in an amount to cover their own usage, and needs to be still imported from Arusha.
You can experience this during our excursion Jeep Tour
Sarah, who is in love with Zanzibar and its people, created this very unique tour. She trained and educated the village Pete to host guests from all over the world. Moreover, she helped them to invite these guests to be part of their daily life.
Visitors will experience how Pete people live, work, eat and heal diseases. Guests will literally dive into the real and rural life of Zanzibar and visit also an important cave near by.
As Pete is very close to Jozani Forest and the Butterfly Center, we combine the tours together. Sarah arranged with Pete’s Mamas a delicious Swahili lunch cooked – handmade. The Butterfly Center is another project of a NGO, which trained and educated the people of the close by village on how to breed local caterpillars. They are selling the caterpillars, but also display them in their free fly aviary. An unforgettable adventure! You can find more information here – Pete Tour