EXCURSIONS BY ZANTOURS
We take a lot of pride in showing guests our beautiful island, full of history, exciting boat trips and exotic culture. As conclusion are our guides employed by ZanTours to guaranty our standards concerning quality and expertise. Even in the rare case, that our guides are all busy, we are only using selected guides on freelance basis. All guides are officially certified by ZATOGA, our Zanzibar Tour Guide Association.
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Find below a selection of our ZanTours’ excursion portfolio:
STONE TOWN: Stone town and its buildings are full of history and ancient stories on Zanzibar. Guests will visit the Cathedral, Slave Markets, the Sultans Palace, Tip Tip’s House, the Old Arabic Fort, the fruit and vegetable market, Forodhani Park and the famous Zanzibar Doors in the petite streets. We offer a half day tour of Stone Town that can be combined with other activities such as Spice Farm (Stone Town served on Spices), Prison Island (Prisoners of Stone Town), Jozani Forest & Butterfly Center (Zanzibar’s nature and its Capital) and Sunset Cruise. It all depends on the guest’s preference.
PRISON ISLAND: Prison Island gets its name from the prison which was built on it in 1893. It was never actually used as a prison but rather as a quarantine hospital. After a 30min boat ride with a beautiful view of Stone Town’s skyline, guests will meet the contemporary inhabitants of the island and the giant tortoises which were banned from the city of Stone Town which are more than 200 years old. We offer Prison Island as a half day tour that can be combined with a tour of Stone Town: Prisoners of Stone Town.
SPICE FARM: A tour of one of Zanzibar’s Spice Farms is a must do on the island. During a walking tour through the farm, guests will be shown and explained each and every spice one can find in Zanzibar. After being fully packed with knowledge, our guests get time to buy spices, soaps and cremes which are all handmade by the community within the farm and can enjoy a traditional weaving class. We offer this tour as a half day trip, in combination with Stone Town (Stone Town served on Spices) or Jozani Forest & Butterfly Center (Fauna and Flora served on Spices).
JOZANI FOREST & BUTTERFLY CENTRE: During a guided tour through the Jozani National Park, guests will see the different species of monkeys, impressive trees and plants. Guest will uncover the magical world of the Zanzibari mangroves while walking along the wooden trail. This tour is combined with a visit to the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and see them flying in close proximity. We offer this tour as a half day tour or as a full day tour including local lunch in combination with Stone Town (Zanzibar’s Nature and its capital), Spice Farm (Fauna and Flora served on Spices), The Rock Restaurant (Fauna and Flora served on the Rock) or the Seaweed Centre in Paje (Zanzibar’s nature and community).
1000 HANDS OF ZANZIBAR: On this half day tour the guests will get the chance to see the typical village life of Zanzibar and the turtle sanctuary in Nungwi. The guests will be taken to all the places where the real and normal life of a typical Zanzibarian happens. What they do with their hands is incredible.
SAFARI BLUE (the Original): Leaving from Fumba, which is in the South East – and still a very untouched and remote area in Zanzibar, guests will head on a trip in a traditional wooden dhow towards one of the three snorkeling stops to enjoy the unique underwater world of Zanzibar. On the way they will hopefully meet dolphins playing around in the shallow Marine Park of Menai Bay and depending on the tides they’ll swim at a very special island full of mangroves. On the secluded uninhabited island Kwale, they’ll enjoy a delicious lunch.
SEAFARI – MNEMBA ATOLL: After heading, with a dhow, from Kendwa to the stunning Mnemba Atoll – and with every possibility of seeing dolphins along the way, our guests will stop at Mnemba Kitchwani Reef and at Coral Gardens for snorkeling. This amazing reef with steep slopes offers some great under water topography and a chance to see amazing corals and a lot of different species of fish. A snorkel guide will also be in the water pointing out all of the little camouflage and the tricks most people’s eyes miss. At the end of the trip our guests will enjoy a mouthwatering lunch and relax on the beautiful secluded beach of Muyuni Beach.
TUMBATU ISLAND: Tumbatu is one of Zanzibar’s best kept secrets as the vast majority is forbidden from setting foot on the island. To enter the island you need special permission from the elders of the Tumbatu community. Although this is the island where, in the 11th century, the Shiraz built the first stone building in the entire Zanzibar Archipelago, you won’t find cars or scooters as there is only one road to walk on throughout the whole island. On this full day tour, leaving from Mkokotoni by boat, guests will visit the school of Jongowe and the house of a fisherman’s family. Our guests will also be told about the daily life and the secrets of Tumbatu – as they are also famous for witch craft.
SEAWEED FARM: Visit the Seaweed Center to learn about Seaweed farming which is the second biggest industry on the island. Located in Paje, this social enterprise creates opportunities for female seaweed farmers to improve their standard of living and engage in economic development activities that benefit the whole community. Depending on the tide it is possible to see how the women harvest their seaweed. Our guests will visit the processing center and factory located in the village. Here they’ll get the rare opportunity to see how the seaweed gets transformed into desirable beauty products like organic soaps and essential oils. We offer this experience as a half day tour or as full day tour combined with the Jozani Forest and Butterfly Center (Zanzibar’s nature and community).
SUNSET CRUISE: This 2 hour boat trip can either start from the Northern Coast of the Island, to watch the world famous sunset of Zanzibar’s North Coast or it can start from Stone Town where guests can enjoy the best view of the capital from the water. Snacks and drinks are provided on the traditional wooden dhow and if the wind allows the crew, they will sail like the traditional fishing boats while you listen to traditional Zanzibar music.
THE ROCK RESTAURANT: The unique location of this restaurant is an attraction in itself. If the tide is high, guests can use a boat to get to the restaurant – or even swim; and when the tide is low, they can simply walk.