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Zanzibar, whose actual name is Unguja Island, is a partner in the United Republic of Tanzania. The highest point of the island is 150 meters above sea level.
Located about 22 miles (35km) off the east coast of Tanzania at Longitude 39 degrees East and Latitude 6 degrees South of the Equator.
Zanzibar is an archipelago consisting of the main island of Unguja (commonly known as Zanzibar), Pemba Island famous for its deep-sea fishing, and about 50 smaller surrounding islands and coral reefs.
Also known as 'Spice Island', Zanzibar evokes images of an exotic paradise with white palm-fringed beaches and turquoise coves, dreamy dhows with billowing white sails, and ancient Islamic ruins. Today's idyllic beach resorts belie the island's haunting history of slavery, and Zanzibar combines Arabic alleyways and historic monuments with coral reefs and excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities.

The island's varied history has brought with it seafarers, explorers and traders, and it became a major centre for the slave industry. Its heyday was during the 19th century, when the island became the world's leading producer of cloves; its plantations still produce more than 50 different spices and fruit, and guided spice tours are a Zanzibar speciality.

Stone Town, Zanzibar's capital, is a captivating place built by Arab and Indian merchants in the 19th century from the island's coral stone. A walk through the disordered twisting alleys, past intricately-carved wooden doors and beneath ornate balconies, and with the lingering scent of spices in the air, takes one back in time to the days of a prosperous slave and spice industry. Decaying architecture, numerous mosques, a bathhouse and old fort, cool interior courtyards and lively markets are the remaining influence of the Persians and the Omani Arabs who established themselves as the ruling power here.

For centuries Zanzibar has enticed those in search of business; today it remains an irresistible attraction for those seeking a heavenly beach holiday or an exploration into its exotic heritage - or a bit of both.

Getting to Zanzibar
East African Safari Air/Kenya Airways/KLM fly into Zanzibar daily from Nairobi, Kenya. Many other international airlines fly to Dar es Salaam from where you can take a local flight to the island or choose to cross over by ferry ( the trip by sea last approximately 2 hours ). A number of European tour operators also operate regular weekly charter flights directly to the island.

Facts About Zanzibar

  • Island Capital: Zanzibar Town
  • Population: 950.000
  • Island size: 1464 square km, 86 km long and only 36 km wide at the largest point
  • Climate : Tropical, average temp. 25 degrees centigrade throughout the year . Long rains in April/May, short rains in October/November.
  • Hot dry season from November to March.
  • Time Zone: GMT plus 3 hours
  • Language : Official languages are Kiswahili and English
  • Currency : Tanzanian Shilling
  • Telephone : Country code +255 Local area code 24
  • A few cellular phone companies are now operating on the island and rental of mobile phones is available for visitors.
  • Electricity : 220 Volts
  • Entry Documents: you will need a valid passport and a visa depending on the country of origin
  • Health : Prophylaxis for malaria highly recommended
  • Airport : Zanzibar International Airport
  • Departure Tax: US$ 25
  • Driving : On the left--International Driving License required

The Spice Island of Zanzibar:
The old "Stone Town" of Zanzibar has been made into a world heritage site. It is a fascinating place with narrow winding streets, old Zanzibar style wooden doors, small shops, busy bazaars, people and children playing. You may visit the Anglican Church of Christ, situated on the site of the old slave market, Beit-el-Ajaib (House of Wonders) which was built as a Sultans Palace, and is now a museum, the lively and bustling Dhow Harbour, the colourful and aromatic Central market and other fascinating parts of the rich history and everyday life of the people.

It's a chaotic, labyrinthine cluster of winding streets lined with whitewashed houses with carved brass- studded doors.
The interesting places include several palace ruins, the Mangapwani Slave Cave, and the various spice and fruit plantations at the island's heart. There's also Jozani Forest, 24km southeast of Zanzibar town, a sanctuary for the rare red colobus monkey and the small Zanzibar antelope.

While most travelers tour Zanzibar, very few make the journey a little further on to the laid-back island of Pemba. There are lots of historic sites to visit, but there is little public transport.

Swimming with dolphins is very popular on the island of Zanzibar with snorkeling and scuba diving being equally enjoyed around the world-class coral reefs off the nearby Pemba and Mafia Islands. Zanzibar offers a comfortable equatorial climate all year round.The climate varies from warm to hot, though there is always a pleasant fine breeze from the Indian Ocean. The islands are surrounded by unspoiled coral reefs, and are becoming famous for the spectacular scuba diving and snorkelling. There are two main islands making up Zanzibar, Unguja and Pemba, but Unguja is popularly referred to as Zanzibar. Both Island are famous for its, mile-long untouched beaches with white sands, the deep green azure of the of the ocean, coconut palm trees against the blue sky with its ornamental white clouds.
Zanzibar best known as the 'spice island' was the centre for the slave trade in East Africa and base for David Living Stone's expeditions into the unexplored African interior. Smell full of the aroma of cloves and other spices, which still provide a livelihood for many people of Zanzibar.


5 Nights/6 Days: Cultural Zanzibar:
Day 1.

Pick up from Zanzibar airport or harbor to Stone town hotel.
Overnight in Stone Town on Bed & Breakfast basis(Zanzibar Serena Inn/Similar).

Day 2.
Depart for a guided town tour. This tour takes you through narrow streets of the Old stone town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People's Palace), Dr Livingstone’s House and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar.
You will see Zanzibar's bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and mosques!
You will have free time in the afternoon for you to explore further on your own or to relax. In the evening, depart from the hotel for a sunset cruise along Stone Town waterfront. Stop at Forodhani gardens for a glance at the evening life. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Stone Town. (Zanzibar Serena Inn/Similar).

Day 3.
Depart from the hotel and transfer to Kizimbani Village for a spice tour, where you will have the opportunity to see spices like cloves, Cinnamon, Black pepper, Nutmeg, turmeric root, actually growing in the plantations. Other tropical fruits such as jack fruit, custard, apple, Rambutan, Carambola can also be seen and tasted. Furthermore you will see plants like the Henna bush, Lipstick tree and Lemongrass.
Finally you will visit the Kidichi Persian Baths that were built by the first Sultan of Zanzibar named Sultan Said Said bin Sultan in 1850 and Maruhubi Palace Ruins built by the third Sultan of Zanzibar named Sultan Said Baraghash Bin Said in 1880 which were
built especially for housing 99 of his harem. Lunch is included. After lunch, you will be transferred to the beach hotel on the East coast. Accommodation on Half Board basis is included. ( Bluebay Beach Resort/Similar).
Spend days at leisure on the beaches of the East Coast or at the resort’s swimming pool.
Scuba diving or diving course for beginners are available (at an additional cost) at most of the beach resorts in Zanzibar. Accommodation on Half Basis is included ( Bluebay Beach Resort/Similar).

Day 6.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for flight back home.

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Day 1.
On arrival at the airport or harbour , you will be met and transferred to Tembo House Hotel Stone Town. Overnight at Tembo House Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis

Day 2.
After breakfast depart for a guided tour of Stone Town. This tour commences with a visit to Zanzibar’s colorful market. Alive with the buzz of locals bartering fresh vegetables and baskets of tropical fruit, amongst the heady smell of Jack fruit
(and many other exotic fruits) we continue on to the site of the cathedral built in 1874. The cathedral signifies a potent time in Zanzibar’s history and stands on the sight of a past slave market, its high altar standing on the exact site of the
whipping post. Slavery was abolished in 1873 through a decree passed by the then current Sultan of Zanzibar. From here we visit the residence of the late Sultans of Zanzibar, ‘Tip Tip House’, the Old Fort, ‘Peoples Palace’ and the House of Wonders’, full of intrigue and vivid history from a bygone era. The tour ends with a stroll through the narrow streets of the old stone town, the heart of Zanzibar’s vivacious history with time for shopping. Lunch at a local restaurant. 1500hrs, boat trip to Prison Island, the former prison for slaves and quarantine station for Zanzibar, is an
absolute worthwhile experience. Here you will also experience giant tortoises in the wild. Dinner at a local restaurant Return to Tembo House Hotel for overnight.

Day 3.
After breakfast transfer to Mangapwani village. Visit of the slave caves and chambers. Lunch at Mangapwani Serena Restaurant. The restaurant is located on the outskirts of Zanzibar stone town. The Serena Mangapwani Restaurant and Watersports Centre is a great destination for those looking for somewhere special. Visitors to Mangapwani are offered a fresh seafood barbeque cooked to perfection by Serena’s expert team of chefs. The atmosphere is informal and friendly and the restaurant comprises a series of traditional makuti bandas, all set into a lush hillside overlooking an idyllic beach.
At additional costs guests can also enjoy fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, catamaran rides and other pleasant distractions at the well-equipped watersports centre. Late in the afternoon, drive back to stone town. Overnight at Tembo House Hotel in Stone

Day 4.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

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Swahili Classic:
4days/3nights .

Day 1.
On arrival at Zanzibar Airport, you will be met and transferred to Stone Town. Accommodation is on Bed & Breakfast basis at Tembo House Hotel.

Day 2.
Depart from the hotel for a spice tour, This involves visiting the spices growing areas to see different spices and to learn their nature, uses and taste some of them right on the spot depending on the season. In addition it involves visits to the famous spices producing area where you can see medicinal, cosmetics, ornamental plants and herbs. Most of the interesting items are cloves, nut meg, rambutan, lipstick, iodine plant, lemon grass, vanilla, henna, shampoo plant etc.
You will have the unique opportunity to purchase these exclusive spices straight from the source. Finally you will visit the Kidichi Persian Baths that were built by the first Sultan of Zanzibar named Sultan Said Said bin Sultan in 1850 and Maruhubi Palace Ruins built by the third Sultan of Zanzibar named Sultan Said Baraghash Bin Said in 1880 which were built especially for housing 99 of his harem.
Swahili Lunch at Serena Restaurant in Mangapwani. This if followed by a visit to the Slave caves. Dinner at a restaurant in town.
Overnight at Tembo House Hotel.

Day 3.
After breakfast depart for a cultural tour. Today you will get a first hand glimpse at the everyday lives and enduring traditions of the Zanzibari people, on a visit to two separate and very special villages and also visit a local School. After Lunch at a Local restaurant you return to your Hotel. In the evening, depart from the hotel for a sunset cruise along Stone Town waterfront Return to Tembo House Hotel for overnight.

Day 4.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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