Leaving our truck behind, we climb aboard a local ferry that transports us from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. Upon our arrival in Zanzibar, there is a Spice Tour to partake in. We are then transferred to the northern part of the island where we devote some time to unwinding on the golden beach.
The following day is at leisure to enjoy the variety of activities and attractions here.There are also various markets to enjoy. Create memories by simply fishing, snorkelling or even scuba diving in the clear blue waters around the island.
On our last day we travel to Stone Town where you will be spending the third night before leaving back to Dar es Salaam.
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 (Ramadaan), 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. 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 is a semi-independent portion of the United Republic of Tanzania. Comprised of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean located 25-50 kilometres off the mainland’s coast, Zanzibar is comprised of numerous small islands and two bigger ones, Ungula (the main island informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba. At one point in time, Zanzibar was in fact a completely separate state boasting a lengthy trading history within the Arab world. However, it merged with Tanganyika to create Tanzania in 1964 and still maintains a high level of independence within the union.
Zanzibar is well-known for its supply of spices and it also produces raffia. Tourism is also flourishing in this beautiful city. 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 in the NW of the island) or Ocean View Hotel (1 night in Stone Town) or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Bagamoyo via Dar es Salaam to 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 Activities: 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 in Bagamoyo for these three days.