Zanzibar was amazed by the favorable climate of the Island. Comparing with his homeland’s climate, the Sultan decided to stay in Zanzibar. As a result of his decision to settle in Zanzibar, he brought and planted spices, traded slaves, gold, and ivory.
Zanzibar is popular for its historical sites, beautiful beaches, good climate and different kinds of spices and oriental foods. Zanzibar is now leading in tourism industry in East Africa. Furthermore, the Island was declared the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.
This town is also known as Unguja Town or Zanzibar Town. At Stone Town you will see the following things: The Stone Town Cultural Centre (Old Dispensary) situated along the Mizingani Road, the four storey building originally built as a private residence, but later used by colonists as Dispensary. These are very important sites to visit during your tour in the Archipelago of the Island.
The Stone Town offers a chance for history lovers to know and understand the history of Zanzibar through time. Lots of key buildings are still in place, some being turned into great museums like the infamous House of Wonders and the neighboring Old Fort.
The best part of all is exploring the multi-cultural and multi-religion communities living together in harmony. The Stone Town Tour (Zanzibar) will make sure you’re not missing a thing.
- A Visit to the Anglican Church
- Visit the Anglican Church of Christ built by Bishop Steers in 1874 and get a chance to walk through the streets of Stone Town and get to buy tropical fruits and spices, while hearing different dialects being spoken by the people of the town at the market.
- A Visit to the Sultan Palace Museum
- Part of a palace complex was the main official residence within the Zanzibar Stone Town. Sultan Said and some of his descendants lie buried in this palace graveyard.
- A Visit to the Peace Memorial Museum
- Designed by the same architect who designed the High Court (also located in town), J. H. Sinclair, the National Museum is home to many of memorabilia including, most notably, Livingstone’s medical chest.
THE ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL COURTYARD
This place was used by Arabs and their European counterparts, as a center to receive and ship slaves from all over East Africa. With intrusion and humanitarian reasons the slaves’ market was closed in 1873. The British Christian Mission bought the place and built the Anglican Missionary Hospital.
Palace Museum was formerly the residence of the Sultan of Zanzibar. This large white house depicts about the Sultan’s life and properties such as fancy furniture etc.
THE ARAB FORT
This fort stands next to the House of Wonders. The fort was built on the site of a Portuguese chapel. It is believed that the construction took place between 1698 and 1701. Other sites in the Stone Town are:- The House of Wonders, Dhow Harbour, National Museum and Livingstone’s House.
The Kizimkazi fishing village is located on the southern point of the island which gives the tourists a chance to swim with Dolphins in the Indian Ocean. In addition, this place marks the old mosque built in the 12 th century.
This is a full day excursion, the main attraction of the Dolphin Tour Zanzibar being able to swim close to the dolphins, actually its swimming with the dolphins. Being very social themselves you can even get to play with them.
- Swimming with Dolphins
- Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of the Bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, which are sighted following a short boat trip from the village. The dolphins are very friendly and playful. The best part is getting into the water and play with them.
- Visit the Oldest Mosque in East Africa
- Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in Zanzibar and East Africa, and is thus worth a visit for both natural and cultural reasons. The Kizimkazi Mosque is one of the oldest Islamic buildings on the East African coast.
The history of Zanzibar would be incomplete without the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which are essential ingredient in a Zanzibari’s everyday life, it is the island’s connection to spices and herbs. Zanzibar and Spice is a romantic entanglement that dates back to the 16th century. Apart from being an important commodity on the trade routes. They can be seen in the plantations just outside Zanzibar town, this is also a fantastic opportunity to see the countryside and rural areas of Zanzibar and also connect with local people.
We have developed a special Spice Tour with in-depth information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and detailed descriptions about their uses in traditional dishes, as cures for ailments and even for dyeing traditional ceremonial outfits for weddings and festivals. We have knowledgeable guides trained by a famous herbalist in Zanzibar Mr. Madawa.
Our guided walking tour passes through villages and spice plantations, a walk through the farms as spice farms workers climbs trees, seek out specific plants and cuts off various barks, letting you see, feel and taste everything.
You will be decorated with palm-leaf accessories such as ties, rings, bracelets and glasses. At the Spice farms you will have an opportunity to taste some of the exotic fruits of Zanzibar.
After the tour we invite you for an opulent traditional Swahili lunch served in a local house, here you will get a really taste of the spices in the food. The tour includes visiting the Kidichi Persian Baths built in 1850 by the first Sultan of Zanzibar as a gift for his Persian wife.
At the Spice farms is the best place to buy fresh spices directly from the source.
The half-day trip includes transport, guide, entrance fees and a superb lunch.
This forest is one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world of the red colubus monkey.
The forest is 2,512 hectares (6,207 acres) in size and was declared a nature reserve in the 1960′s.
Wonderful photo opportunities and sightings of these rare creatures living in the forest reserves are possible on the pathways. Our guides are also naturalists and nature lovers will have a wonderful time in the nature reserve.
They were an endangered species, but numbers have increased in recent years thanks to conservation work by the nature reserve working closely with the local people. It is estimated that there are now between 2,000-2,500 monkeys.
The monkeys are wild, but it is possible to get close to them and they carry on their normal activities as though human visitors do not exist.
The elusive Zanzibar leopard (last sited several years ago) is said to feed here at night – perhaps this is why the reserve is only open during the day?!
Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative. A walk through this impressive flora and fauna is one of the highlights Zanzibar has to offer.
At Jozani, you will also visit the Mangrove swamp and walk around the Mangrove forest.
After a very long day around the Island you can have a rest while sailing along the coast of the white sand beaches. Normally, it is done during the sunset when the ocean radiates its red colour shade which makes it very attractive to view.
The common language that unites over 120 tribes in Tanzania is “Swahili” which was selected by our first President J.K. Nyerere after independence as the National language. This language is believed to have originated from this Island as most of its words are formulated from the Arabic and tribal languages. English is the second language in Tanzania.
The climate of Zanzibar is tropical which offers two rainy seasons. The long rains from March to early June and short rains from October through November. Zanzibar is hot during the day and this is suitable for divers and swimmers. Evenings are cooled with a breeze from the India Ocean.
Developed by the tourism industry Zanzibar has all the necessary facilities such as luxurious hotels and lodges for comfortable accommodation, domestic flights including the ZanAir, Precision Air and Air Excel, flying doctors, surfing internet cafes, express boats to Dar – Es – Salaam, sea port and many more.