Explore the narrow alleys and winding streets of Stone Town on this historic look at Zanzibar’s oldest neighborhood. Check out spice bazaars and palaces, see where rock legend Freddie Mercury was raised, and pay a visit to a 19th-century church built atop the site of a former slave market.
Named because of its prevalent use of coral as a building material, Zanzibar’s Stone Town is filled with dense roadways too small for most modern cars. Explore the area by foot with your guide, starting at the House of Wonders. Built as a palace for the second Sultan of Zanzibar, this modern-looking residence was the first building in Zanzibar to have electricity and the first in East Africa to have an elevator.
Venture to the archipelago of Zanzibar. A UNESCO Word Heritage Site. Take a tour of Stone Town, following in the footsteps of sultans, slaves, and explorers who once walked this same trail. Your guide explains Zanzibar’s complex history while you tour historic buildings, including the House of Wonders, the tallest in town; the Palace Museum, built to serve as the Sultan’s family residence; and the Arab Fort, to name just a few.
Travel to Prison Island, known locally as Changuu, for a tour of this tropical wonderland. The island’s most famous inhabitant, a 192-year-old tortoise, wanders the island and may be available for a photo session. After meeting some friendly reptiles, go for a swim or snorkel in the warm waters. Your guide will meet you in your hotel and takes you to Stone Town, where a boat is waiting for your arrival. As you travel through the crystal-clear sea, learn all about the history of the island, which was never actually used as a proper prison. When the island comes into view, be sure to look down and spot the sea creatures hanging out in the reef below.
Here are not so long, Zanzibar, the spice island called, held its reputation of its exports of cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the world. The spices were brought from Asia and South America to prosper thanks to the tropical climate of the island. Today plantation pay homage to the history of Zanzibar communing with tourism for this Tour spices become one of the most popular excursions on the island. With your guide, you will traverse the farm spices. Touch, smell, taste fragrant flavors and tropical fruit. Guess who owns the aroma from the pounded leaves, fruits, vine shoots, roots or creeping plants climbing to the tops of trees. For each, what their character, their origin and their use in medicine, in the kitchen or drinks. Visiting a plantation in the heart of a village will show you the local life and what they depend on.
The shallow coastal waters around Kizimkazi are a favorite hangout for dolphins that come here for the reliable food supply, to nurse their calves, rest and socialize.
Several bottle-nose dolphins stay at Kizimkazi all year-round. There are also rather shyer humpback dolphins that put in an appearance here, although their schedule is a little more erratic.
Dolphin tour is best very early in the morning, because in the afternoon as the sun rises sea water tends to become warm, therefore dolphins dive deep down the sea bottom to escape heat. Although dolphin-spotting is a popular activity, sightings aren’t guaranteed 100%, and actually managing to swim with dolphins is a rare occurrence, like with other wild animals spotting dolphins require time and patience as they are not confined in a cage or a zoo, they are in their natural environment. Dolphin trips last two to three hours.
Located south of the island, the Jozani Forest remains a marvel of nature with its mythical Zanzibar leopard, medicinal plants and beautiful landscapes. It is true that a study is being conducted currently to classify this area as World Heritage site. Bay Jozani – Chkwa is particularly remarkable biodiversity it supports. The forest is home to many endemic species such as the red colobus monkey of Zanzibar (also called red colobus)
A park ranger will guide you along a path lined with eucalyptus and mahogany where he presents the medicinal properties of various plants. It informs you about the fauna of the site and tells you what mammals, birds and reptiles are housed in the various habitats of the tropical rainforest.
You certainly come across groups of red colobus Zanzibar projecting from branch to branch in search of food. These monkeys are habituated to human presence and they can be approached to take pictures when they eat, play and jump from the treetops.
The walk leads you to mangrove above the marshes, where, depending on the depth, you can see tropical fish sailing between mangrove roots and scuttling crabs on the mud. Mangroves play an important role in preserving the environment and also as a resource for the villagers and community life.
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