NACN56 Day 32 – 34: Zanzibar Excursion

October 22, 2014
Andrew Walton
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Zanzibar Excursion

We rise early and climb aboard a local ferry that transports us from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. Upon arrival we enjoy a Spice tour before arriving in Nungwe on the northern part of the island where we devote some time to unwinding on the golden beach. You need not bring your entire backpack to the island as a day pack is usually sufficient. Upon our arrival in Zanzibar, we are met by a local tour guide whom you will be able to arrange Optional extra activities with. There are also various spice and seafood markets to enjoy. Those who have not opted for the Zanzibar Excursion will remain in Bagamoyo for the next three nights.

The next two days will be spent enjoying the beach or exploring the island where there are a number of optional activities to participate in. Our visit comes to an end as we travel to Stone Town which boasts a rich history. This port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes. We overnight in Stone Town before returning to Dar es Salaam in the morning.

Due to the dominant Islam religion in Zanzibar, conservative clothing should be worn most places except on the beach, where your regular clothes and swimsuits are acceptable. It is recommended that women wear t-shirts and knee-length shorts or skirts in town. The Islamic religion frowns upon the showing of arms above the elbow or legs above the knee. Shoulders should also remain covered and no revealing necklines are acceptable. Men’s clothing is less restrictive, allowing them to wear shirts and shorts. However, on the beach or in our resort, there are no dress codes other than the regular ones adhered to in most pool/public areas.

If you happen to be visiting Zanzibar during the month of fasting (Ramadan), please speak to your local guide about the customs adhered to during this period. Regular eating times during the day are forbidden and most locals will be sure to make you aware of this. The majority of shops and restaurants will be closed during Ramadan, but it is acceptable as a foreigner to have meals at hotels or resorts. Your guide will be able to inform you of what is appropriate and when.

Zanzibar trades in spices and raffia and has a flourishing tourism industry. In addition to this, Zanzibar is also home to the extremely endangered species of the Red Colobus Monkey. The word ‘Zanzibar’ was derived from the Persian term ‘zangi-bar’ meaning ‘coast of the blacks’ however, it is believed that the name could have also originated from the Arabic ‘Zayn Z’al Barr’ meaning ‘fair is this land’. ‘Zanzibar’ frequently refers specifically to Unguja Island and is sometimes referred to as the Spice Islands, though this term is more often associated with the Indonesian Maluku Islands.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Amaan Bungalows (2 nights) and Ocean View Hotel (1 night) or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry ± 80km, Nungwi to Stone Town ±60-70 km
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion
Included Highlight: Spice Tour and City Tour (as part of your activity package)
Optional Activity: Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Jozani Forest and more

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not purchased the Activity Package, you will be staying at the accommodation in Dar es Salaam for these three nights.

2020 Itinerary Change: Meals are included in 2020 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) on all three dyas. Included highlights for the Zanzibar excursion are a Stone Town City Walk/Spice Tour and a Jozani Forest Half Day Tour. Accommodation for the first two nights in Zanzibar will be at the Ocean View Hotel and the last night we will stay at the Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge

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