Stone Town Walking Tour in Zanzibar
Explore Stone Town, the atmospheric cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar City, on this 3-hour walking tour with a guide. Constructed from coral stone in the 19th and 20th centuries, Stone Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000. You’ll get to know the town as you see heritage sites and architecture, visit a local marketplace, check out the church and memorial at the old slave market, admire the former home of the sultan, and do some shopping with the help of your guide. Tour is limited to 10 people to provide a small-group experience.
Meet your guide either at your hotel or a central location to begin your walking tour of Stone Town, a lively place where you’ll find a mixture of Arabic, African, Indian, and European cultures. As you walk through the labyrinth of streets too narrow for vehicles, see mosques, churches, and temples side by side.While you walk, your guide takes you on a historical and cultural journey past sights such as Darajani Bazaar, the House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and the Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe). The included visits on your tour are to the Anglican Cathedral built on the site of the Old Slave Market and the Sultan’s Palace (Beit al-Sahel), also known as the People’s Palace and today a museum. During the tour, listen to your professional guide’s commentary on Stone Town, its history, and Swahili culture.
Changuu Island also known as Prison Island lies about 30 min by boat from Stone Town. The island was formerly owned by an Arab and saw use for confinement of refractory slaves but no prisoners were ever housed here instead the island became a quarantine station for yellow fever epidemics. It was bought by General Lloyd Mathews and the jail (goal) which still stands was built in 1893 and hence the name “PRISON ISLAND”. In 1919 the British governor of Seychelles sent a gift in form of four Aldabra giant tortoises to Changuu. Presently this species is considered vulnerable and has been placed on the IUCN Red List. There is a dedicated foundation on the island which looks after the tortoises’ welfare.This tour includes a visit to the historic Prison Island with its giant land tortoise. While on the island you will be able to observe and feed the tortoises, swim, sunbathe and snorkel.
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the excursion spot. The Aldabra Giant Tortoise sanctuary is a major tourist lure and the oldest tortoise is 192 years old. The turtles are not indigenous and are magisterial creatures, weighing in at an average of 200 kg some are as old as over 100 years (4 turtles are 150 years). You can feed them at a fee paid at the Island, but watch out for their snapping beaks.Other marine life is also reasonably rich and Changuu provides good snorkelling. It is by no means the most extensive or varied snorkelling spot off the coast of Zanzibar, but being so close to Stone Town and so easily accessible makes it ideal for those who want to see ‘under the sea’ a little while on a city break.The island’s restaurant, Matthews, is good and well-renowned. This is especially so considering the restaurant’s charming atmosphere and good sea view.You will then be dropped off at the hotel after the excursion.
Zanzibar Spices Tour
Spice tour in Zanzibar is a 3 hours private tour which is regarded as the top 2 day trips in Zanzibar, tropical fruits, herbs, spices and other rarely species of other plants are among the different vegetation to be seen on this guided tour.It is not only a day tour, but is a really experience to prove why Zanzibar is referred to as the Spice Island. Over the centuries, Zanzibar’s cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices brought by the sultan of Oman across the Indian Ocean by dhow on the seasonal trade winds. The guide gives detailed descriptions of what the various plants are used for, though not all of them are for food. The leaves of the neem tree were once used as a cure for malaria and indigestion, the iodine tree produces a deep red sap used to fight infection, while the foaming berries of the unimaginatively named soap berry tree were used for centuries as an alternative to soap. Other spices include nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, tamarind, menthol and cloves.
The island was once known as the world’s leading producer of cloves, the henna tree produces a dye from its crushed leaves used by women to elaborately decorate their hands and feet in delicate patterns.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Your Hotel or Resort|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please get ready by 8:00 AM, for a pick up at 8:05 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||At approximately 5:30 PM.|
|WHAT YOU SHOULD PACK||Comfortable swimming costumes, hat, sunscreen, and snorkeling gear if you have.|