Despite its diminutive size, Zanzibar Island has something to offer every kind of traveler in Africa, from the history enthusiast to the underwater realm explorer, coastal habitat wanderer, the spice flavored cuisine aficionado or active-water buff and many more. All of these touristy places of interest are alluring interwoven with the casual, laid-back Swahili ambience of the island where time seems to progress at a snail’s pace. Arrive at Zanzibar and you will be instantly engulfed in its bygone era charm. Explore its old metropolis capital center, Stone Town, and you will see a fascinating mishmash of old buildings with the exquisite Zanzibari architecture of carved doors and delicate, lattice windows. Wander with an expert Green Rock Safaris guide through its narrow streets and shop for beautiful handmade craft, delicious seafood cooked with the fresh catch of the day, striking painting and exquisite jewelry, spices to take back home, fresh, luscious fruit and colorful fabrics. Looking for knick-knacks and mementos of your dream vacation in Zanzibar for your family and friends back home, you will find them all here. Music lovers can visit the Dhow Countries Music Academy on Mizingani Road in Stone Town. Every year, Sauti za Busara hosts a music festival annually in February at the Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens. Zanzibar has long been well-known as the Spice capital, not just because it was an important historic stopover trading port but because of its many spice farms.                                                               

BEACH VACATIONING IN ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar is a tranquil, beach paradise for an idyllic Indian Ocean vacation in Africa, amidst soft, white sands and the shimmering turquoise waters dotted with picturesque traditional fishing dhows.

WHERE TO STAY IN ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar has varied beachfront and Stone Town hotels located in distinct areas of the island. Option include staying in the north, east, south and west seasides to distinct, private islands like Mnemba and Chumbe.

BEST TIME TO VISIT ZANZIBAR

Thanks to its southern equator location, Zanzibar has a tropical climate allowing you to plan your seaside vacation in Eastern Africa at any time of the year without any extreme variability in temperatures. Some of the tours and activities to do while in Zanzibar include;

ZANZIBAR SPICE TOUR ( $35 pp )

Time Duration: (09:00 – 12:00 or 14:00 – 17:00)

HIGHLIGHTS

 Walking in the spice plantation to sense the spice of the Island

 Tasty tropical fruits & spices

 Visiting the Kidichi Persian Baths built in 1850 by the first Sultan of Zanzibar

OVERVIEW

Zanzibar has always been an important trade location for Spices. Its location in the India Ocean was deemed ideal for the spice trade worldwide. The trade in spices between India, the Middle East, Africa and Europe became even more important to the economy of Zanzibar after the slave trade was made illegal. Our spice tour will give you the chance to visit one or more spice farms growing a variety of key spices to Zanzibar such as Cloves, Chilli, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Pepper, and Vanilla.

You will learn about the uses of the different spices, their history on the island, how they grow and best of all be able to taste them. If you wish you will also be able to buy them direct from the farms. While you will be taken right into the heart of the Island to the spice growing area, there is more to discover other than spices. During the tour you will also encounter a selection of tropical fruits and depending on the season try some of these such as the wonderful coconut with its refreshing milk and sweet flesh or the exotic Rambutan.

The spice tour guides will also teach you about the many other uses both cosmetic and medicinal for spices and herbs seen at the farms like the shampoo plant or the iodine plant. Recommend you bring a sun hat, sun cream and comfortable shoes.

INCLUDES:

 Entrances fees

 Pick up and drop off from your Hotel

 Transport waiting charge

 Experienced Professional Tour guide

 All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

NB:

“The price of this Tour does not include Tips / Gratuities for the poters guides, as in the rest of the world tips are given only when the Clients are satisfied with service they have been given. It is customary however to tip ones guides and porters, guidelines will be given.”

EXCLUDES:

 Medical Insurance

 Local & International Flights

 Visa

 Airport Taxes

 Expenses of a personal nature

SAFARI BLUE TOUR ( $90 pp )

Time Duration: (08:00 – 17:00)

HIGHLIGHTS

 Zanzibar’s most talked about sea adventure

 Sailing, snorkeling, sunbathing on a Traditional Zanzibar Dhow

 Seafood Lunch

 Explore the mangrove lagoon

 Visit a very old 400-year-old Baobab tree where photographs can be taken and enjoy the stunning tropical forest of the Island.

OVERVIEW

This is a full day boat tour in traditional hand-built sailing dhows finished to the very highest standards of comfort and safety. It is the most popular excursion in Zanzibar and has been running great days out since 1996. Safari Blue Activities: Sail, snorkel, swim, sunbathe, explore, feast, observe, play. A Safari Blue day is packed with adventure. Menai Bay is scattered with isolated sandbanks, rugged island scenery, uninhabited islets, pristine marine life and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Snorkel Glide through the warm Indian Ocean and gaze at the abundant and diverse marine life through translucent waters. We snorkel over two different reefs in the morning. Take advantage of our Crew’s expertise as they guide you to the best viewing spots.

Sandbank Mid morning, we arrive at a large powdery sandbank. From here enjoy the pristine sand, swim in the shallow waters or simply lay on the beach and relish the warmth of the tropical sun. Swim From the sandbank, boat and Kwale Island, the day is filled with opportunities to play in the stunning waters. Dolphins Menai Bay is a marine-protected area and a sanctuary for humpback and bottlenose dolphins. Dolphins are seen on 90% of our trips. Sunbathe On the sandbank or the Kwale Island beach, relax and bask in the sun under the clear Zanzibar sky. Feast Our Kwale Island restaurant is ready to serve you as soon as you arrive. Feast on delicious grilled fresh seafood with local sauces.

Your meal is followed by a tasting of 10-15 exotic fruits served by one of the Crew. Afterwards, sip on Amarula and coffee. Ngalawa Weather permitting, sail on a traditional double-outrigger canoe used by local fishermen. Explore Kwale Island is a great place to explore – climb an ancient baobab tree, walk along the beach, view coral formations and discover hermit crabs scurrying about Dhow Sail On your return to Fumba, the crew raises the lateen sail while you make a leisurely voyage back as the sun sets on your glorious day in paradise.

These are some of the tours which you can do while in ZANZIBAR, kindly advise which you would prefer and advise us to make arrangement on the dates requested.

INCLUDES:

 Entrances fees

 Pick up and drop off from your Hotel

 Snorkeling gear (life jacket, mask & flippers)

 Seafood Lunch

 Alcohol

 Soft Drinks

 Boat charter

 Transport waiting charge

 Experienced Professional Tour guide

 All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

NB:

“The price of this Tour does not include Tips / Gratuities for the potters guides, as in the rest of the world tips are given only when the Clients are satisfied with service they have been given. It is customary however to tip ones guides and porters, guidelines will be given.”

EXCLUDES:

 Medical Insurance

 Local & International Flights

 Visa

 Airport Taxes

 Expenses of a personal nature

PRISON ISLAND TOUR ( $20 pp )

Time Duration: (09:00 – 12:00 or 14:00 – 17:00)

HIGHLIGHTS

 We have to take the boat from stone town to prison Island

 You have the opportunity to feed and pet the tortoises

 Visit Lloyd Mathew’s Architecture

 Diving & Snorkeling

OVERVIEW

Prison Island also known as Changuu Island is situated only 20minutes by boat from Stone Town. The Island was originally used as a Prison then later it was turned into a quarantine station for the British Army. Although a newer prison was later built on the island it was never used. The island has sandy beaches and is covered in lush vegetation making it prefect habitat for island and sea birds. The surrounding sea offers some lovely snorkeling opportunities with beautiful coral formations. The island is perfect for nature lovers.

The islands most famous inhabitants are the giant tortoises. These endangered animals are not native to Africa but to the Seychelles and Galapagos Islands. Originally the Prison Island tortoises were brought from Aldabra in the Seychelles to help increase the conservation efforts by starting a new breeding population. Tortoise populations started to decline many years ago when sailors used to collect them to carry on the ships as a fresh protein source as the tortoises could survive many weeks or months without food. These days the tortoise decline is due to habitat destruction and poaching. Tortoises fetch a high price on the black market to private collectors.

Recommend you bring a sun hat, sun cream and beach/reef shoes for getting to and from the boat, swimming costume and a towel.

INCLUDES:

 Entrances fees

 Pick up and drop off from your Hotel

 Snorkeling gear (life jacket, mask & flippers)

 Boat charter

 Transport waiting charge

 Experienced Professional Tour guide

 All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

NB:

“The price of this Tour does not include Tips / Gratuities for the poters guides, as in the rest of the world tips are given only when the Clients are satisfied with service they have been given. It is customary however to tip ones guides and porters, guidelines will be given.”

EXCLUDES:

 Medical Insurance

 Local & International Flights

 Visa

 Airport Taxes

 Expenses of a personal nature

JOZANI FOREST TOUR ( $55 pp )

Time Duration: (09:00 – 12:00 or 14:00 – 17:00)

HIGHLIGHTS

 Discovery of trees’ species, mangroves, red colobus monkeys, and other animal species

 It is walking tour around jozani forest to see the red monkey and some time we may also see blue monkey

 Choice of morning or afternoon departure

OVERVIEW

Jozani Forest Chwaka Bay Conservation Area is the largest conserved area of forest in Zanzibar and is made up of coastal forest and the last remaining natural mangrove forest found in Zanzibar.

The tour consists of 3 main parts. First you will visit the visitors centre and then embark on a guided forest walk through the coastal forest. This area supports over 100 species of trees and a variety of wildlife such as Blue Monkey, Bush Babies and Elephant Shrews. Your guide will introduce you to different tree and plant species and tell you about their nature and uses.

After exploring the forest you will start your search for the famous and charismatic Red Colobus Monkeys. These are highly endangered and endemic to Zanzibar. Due to population growth, farming, charcoal and fire wood collection and cutting of trees for building materials; the numbers of these monkeys has been reduced to around 1500 individuals.

After spending some time watching and photographing the Red Colobus Monkeys you will take time to explore the beautiful mangrove forests. Walking through the mangroves on the network of board walks, keep your eyes open for mangrove crabs, monitor lizards and a huge diversity of bird life.

If you would like you can also make a short turn at the nearby butterfly farm set up to breed, reintroduce and also export rare butterflies from Zanzibar. It is well worth a visit to see the butterfly cocoons and the variety of colours, shapes and sizes of these beautiful insects – entry fee at your own cost.Recommend you bring a sun hat, sun cream and comfortable shoes.

INCLUDES:

 Entrances fees

 Pick up and drop off from your Hotel

 Transport waiting charge

 Experienced Professional Tour guide

 All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

NB:

“The price of this Tour does not include Tips / Gratuities for the poters guides, as in the rest of the world tips are given only when the Clients are satisfied with service they have been given. It is customary however to tip ones guides and porters, guidelines will be given.”

EXCLUDES:

 Medical Insurance

 Local & International Flights

 Visa

 Airport Taxes

 Expenses of a personal nature

STONE TOWN CITY TOUR ( $30 pp )

Time Duration: (09:00 – 12:00 or 14:00 – 17:00)

HIGHLIGHTS

 Ancient Arab colonial history

 Visit the Anglican Church

 Visit the, House of Wonder, Sultan Palace Museum & the Central Market

 Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

 Walking on narrows streets of Stone Town, Small shops, souvenirs, food, and famous, beautifully curved doors of Stone Town

OVERVIEW

No trip to Zanzibar is complete without a visit to the Unesco Heritage site of Stone Town. Our tour will take you to the most famous and wondrous sights of this old trade city. It starts with a visit to the main market of Stone town. This vibrant place is filled with locals bartering for the catch of the day and selecting the freshest fruit and vegetables. You will find a wide variety of exotic fruits and a large selection of herbs and spices.

You will then move to the Anglican Church built in 1874 on the site of the old Slave Market. Slavery was abolished in 1873 by the then current Sultan of Zanzibar. You will have the opportunity to visit inside the church where the alter is built on the site of the old slave whipping post. You will also be given a tour of the old slave chambers.

The tour will continue on to the Old Fort, the Peoples Palace and the House of Wonders. Stunning views of the Forodhani Market and the harbour can be had from the higher floors of the House of Wonders. Our guide will lead you through the narrow and winding streets of Stone Town where there will be time for shopping and exploring.

Our final stop of the day is Maruhubi Palace Ruins, famous because it was built to house the third sultan of Zanzibar’s harem of 99 wives. Recommend you bring a sun hat, sun cream and comfortable shoes.

INCLUDES:

 Entrances fees

 Pick up and drop off from your Hotel

 Transport waiting charge

 Experienced Professional Tour guide

 All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

NB:

“The price of this Tour does not include Tips / Gratuities for the poters guides, as in the rest of the world tips are given only when the Clients are satisfied with service they have been given. It is customary however to tip ones guides and porters, guidelines will be given.”

EXCLUDES:

 Medical Insurance

 Local & International Flights

 Visa

 Airport Taxes

 Expenses of a personal nature

KIZIMKAZI DOLPHIN TOUR ( $45 pp Sharing )

Time Duration: (07:00 – 10:00)

HIGHLIGHTS

 Visit the Oldest Mosque in East Africa

 We take you in our wooden engine boat for swimming with the dolphins, snorkeling on return

OVERVIEW

Kizimkazi Dolphin Tour offers you the experience of a lifetime, a chance to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. The seashore of the fishing village Kizimkazi is the home of several pods of humpback and bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins are officially protected by the 420 km2 Menai Bay Conservation Area, which was set up in 1997 to stop the rapid depletion of fish stocks.We will depart from the shores of Kizimkazi fishing village in search of dolphins. Snorkeling gear is available for you. The boat will take you out into the clear turqoise blue Indian Ocean where the odds of meetings dolphins are about 80%.Coral Sites & Tours Limited gives contribution to the protection of dolphins in the waters of Kizimkazi. We encourage our skippers not to chase the dolphins and we advise visitors to enter the water away from the dolphins with as little disturbance as possible, staying close to the boat, avoiding sudden movement and allowing the dolphins to come to you. On busy days with many tourists this however is not possible.

INCLUDES:

 Entrances fees

 Pick up and drop off from your Hotel

 Snorkeling gear (life jacket, mask & flippers)

 Boat charter

 Transport waiting charge

 Experienced Professional Tour guide

 All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

NB:

“The price of this Tour does not include Tips / Gratuities for the poters guides, as in the rest of the world tips are given only when the Clients are satisfied with service they have been given. It is customary however to tip ones guides and porters, guidelines will be given.”

EXCLUDES:

 Medical Insurance

 Local & International Flights

 Visa

 Airport Taxes

 Expenses of a personal nature

NAKUPENDA SANDBANK TOUR ( $75 pp )

Time Duration: (09:00 – 17:00)

HIGHLIGHTS

 Sail away with us to sandbanks around the magnificent island of Unguja, Zanzibar

 Get a chance to see, touch feed and take pictures of the Aldabra Giant Tortoise

 Diving & Snorkeling

OVERVIEW

This full day excursion includes something for everyone. From relaxing on the white sands of the Pange Sandbank to snorkeling for tropical fish and devouring a BBQ Seafood Buffet – guests are in for a treat! We board the dhow and set sail towards Prison Island! There, guests will enjoy a guided tour of a prison built for “rebellious slaves,” a visit with giant Aldabra tortoises (a species now considered vulnerable), and snorkeling with a guide to view the stunning array of coral and tropical fish that surround the island.

We then sail to the magnificent Pange Sandbank, a beautiful patch of white sand surrounded by turquoise waters. Guests can relax under the shade of our ample tents or swim in the warm water of the Indian Ocean. All that activity sure builds an appetite! For lunch, guests can savor a delicious Seafood BBQ served with a cool, crisp beer and refreshing, soft beverages. After lunch, snorkel among Clown fish and Moorish Idols or simply take a walk around the sandbank to witness the birdlife. By the time we set sail to town in the late afternoon, guests will have enjoyed one of their favorite days in Zanzibar!

INCLUDES:

 Entrances fees

 Pick up and drop off from your Hotel

 Snorkeling gear (life jacket, mask & flippers)

 Seafood Lunch

 Boat charter

 Transport waiting charge

 Experienced Professional Tour guide

 All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

NB:

“The price of this Tour does not include Tips / Gratuities for the poters guides, as in the rest of the world tips are given only when the Clients are satisfied with service they have been given. It is customary however to tip ones guides and porters, guidelines will be given.”

EXCLUDES:

 Medical Insurance

 Local & International Flights

 Visa

 Airport Taxes

 Expenses of a personal nature.