The word “Zanzibar” is derived from the old form “Zengbar” which initially meant the Eastern Coast of Africa. It is probably a Persian word “Zeng” means black and “Bar” means land or region. The Arab version was Zinjibar.
Zanzibar is a Semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania in East Africa. It is the Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, which comprises town main islands of Unguja (Informally referred to as Zanzibar) and its sister island Pemba as well as about fifty smaller islets. The land area of the two main islands is approximately 2,332 square kilometers of which Unguja is 1,464 square kilometers. Zanzibar (Unguja) is mainly a low lying island, with its highest point at 120metres above sea level.
Zanzibar island offers from the white tropical sand beaches, spices, history and culture pattern of this cosmopolitan Island. As a ground handling we are in a position of arranging various activities in this historical Island ranging from Spice plantation tours, Dolphin tours to the Southern beaches at Kizimkazi, walking culture tour at Jambian village, A visit to Jozani forest home to the Red Colubus monkeys, known in Swahili as the ‘Kima Punju’, Prison Island trip with an engine wooded dhow this can be combined with either Spice tour or Stone Town tour. A visit of the old town of Zanzibar “The Stone town” with its narrow lines and old buildings from Beit el Ajaib which means The House of Wonders, to Sultan Palace and many many more including the site of The former slave market at darajani.
Stone Town Tour
Stone town is the oldest part of Zanzibar built in 95 acres peninsula consisting of 2,500 buildings all built with coral stones lime and clay, therefore the Name Stone Town. Among these buildings 45 were mosques’ two Christian church, two Hindu halls and of course two huge baobab trees. But recently a lot of renovation has been done and some building has been changed from its origin. Stone town tour will take you to most of the famous and historical building such as the House of wonders built in 1883 saved as a ceremonial Palace for the third Sultan of Zanzibar Sultan Said Barghash bin Sultan. The tour will also take you to Sultan Palace used by most of sultan as a resident place from there you will visit the old fish Market which today saves as a general market, and then to the former slave market. There will be a walking along the narrow lines with shopping if you wish and to many other places of interest. The tour can take about 2 to three hours.
Spice Tour & Prison Island Trip
Spices Tour can be done in the morning or afternoon the tour include short drive and walking depending on where you are. Spice Tour is a visit to the spice farms it is a walking tour were you can see, touch, taste and smell most of the spices grown on this island ranging from cardamom, cinnamon, black paper, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, turmeric and many more. The tour will also give you a chance to test most of the tropical fruits such as Jacky fruit, passion fruits, mangoes, papaya including the famous one durian local people call them hell and heaven fruit. All the fruits will depend on the season. This tour takes about 3 to 4 hours and can be done from stone town hotel on the way to the beach hotel, depending on the time and your program of the day.
Prison Island Trip
This is a wooded engine boat trip to this island which formal intended to be a place for concealment of slaves. It takes about a half an hour to reach this island from stone town. The giant Aldabra Tortoises moved many years ago from the main island are one of the amazing attraction on the island, a short walk around ruins of the prison building and to the quarantine build used in the past during the outbreak of contagious disease such as cholera and yellow fever then around the island before going out for swimming or snorkeling in one of the nice coral around the island. Today there is a hotel and restaurant in this island where you can have lunch or some bites and drinks. It can be a half day visit or a full day visit.
This is a full day tour with lunch. From stone town it is an hour driving to Kizimkazi area, on arrival you will be provided with snorkeling equipment like masks and flippers and you will be shown a lunch menu and make a choose of what you would like to eat before you sail to view and swim with dolphin. Dolphin tour started many years ago at this area which is part of Minei conservation area established to protect the marine lives including the dolphins. Species of dolphins found here are bottle nose dolphins, white dolphins and black dolphin. The dolphins have become friendly to people since the beginning and the tour has become an interesting one. People of Kizimkazi are really appreciating this program and have a positive ideas on protection of marine lives as it has been of much benefit to them since it has create a market for their local products and the dolphin activities has employed many people around the area.