6 days, 5 nights in Zanz

6 Days
From $0
Activity Level
Light
Transport
4X4 Land Cruiser
Comfort Level
Luxury

Trip Overview

Day 1: Welcome to Zanzibar

Day 2: Exploration of Stone Town

Day 3: Fruit and spice town tour

Day 4: Changuu island tour

Day 5: swim with dolphins and Jozani forest walk

Day 6: Departure

Itinerary

Day 1,2&3: Welcome to Zanzibar, explore the Stone Town, Go on a spices and fruits tour

Arrival, meet and greet at the Airport, transfer to Al Johari hotel (or similar hotel). Check-in for three nights on bed and breakfast basis. 

Go on a guided tour of Stone Town which now is a World Heritage site designated by UNESCO in 2000 because it has historic and artistic relevance of how the Swahili culture was influenced in the 19th century by Arab, European, Persian and Indian cultures introduced by foreign merchants and settlers leading to the unique architecture we see today. Stone Town is an old part of Zanzibar City on Ungula Island which was the former capital of the Sultanate and in the 19th century, it was the flourishing business hub for spices and slaves. Discover the wonderful mazes of Zanzibar through narrow passageways that once were historic centers for slaves, ivory and gold that today are a web of craft centers and markets. Walk down endless alleyways, see the ancient coral stone buildings and huge carved wooden doors. Listen to the story that is a presentation of the Zanzibar doors; roles and significance. These doors are now a historical treasure. They are the most striking and give descriptions of the first owners’ occupation and status in society, each carving with its meaning explained by your guide. Don’t forget to take photos. Return to the hotel at noon for lunch and relax at the hotel.

You can take part in other activities though they will be at your own expense.

day 3 takes you on a Spice tour which will take you to discover spices, fruits, vegetables, coconut tree climbing and test fruits indigenous to Zanzibar. Spices are a big part of everyday life in Zanzibar since it is used in food, traditional medicines, spiritual, cultural and cosmetic use, tourist attraction and a major export. Visit spice farms on this day. Tour for fruits like papayas, mangoes, pineapples, and bananas sold on the streets by vendors and in the markets. Taste and enjoy ‘king of fruits’ called the Durian which is usually green and brown with a formidable thorn-covered husk but inside has a creamy color, sometimes dark-yellow. It is eaten at different stages of ripeness, each with a unique taste. Watch some locals skillfully climb the coconuts, let them drop some down to you and cut open for you to drink the coconut water and eat the inner pulp. Learn to climb the coconut tree if you feel adventurous and aren’t afraid of heights.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Al Johari hotel
Day 4,5: Changuu island tour, swim with the dolphins and go on a Jozani forest walk

Today you will tour on Changuu Island that the locals sometimes call it Quarantine Island or Kibandiko. In the 1860s the island was used as a coral mine and a prison for rebellious slaves however in 1893 it was turned into a quarantine station for yellow fever cases which was functional half a year then the rest of the year it was used for tourist holiday accommodation as a government-owned tourist resort. Visit the prison and you can also tour the prison cells. This island is home to a collection of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises originally a gift from the British governor of Seychelles. Now, more tortoises are brought to the island from other locations for conservation. You can observe and feed the tortoises while at the Island. You can now snorkel in the water around the island.

on day 5, Wake up early for the first activity of swimming with the dolphins at Kizimkazi village. In this area the most common species i.e. bottlenose dolphins come out to fish in the morning at sunrise and after they return to the deep waters which then make it hard to see them. Experience the dolphins’ true ocean grace and hear them communicate with each other.

Swimming with dolphins costs only USD 15-25 which pays for boat and conservation fee plus mask and flipper rental.

As you leave Kizimkazi, go on a guided nature walk in Jozani walk. Jozani Chwaka National Park was set up as a conservation area for the rare Zanzibar Red Colobus monkey. Watch these lively animals feed, groom one another, copulate in their natural habitat. They are fine with people being around that some will pose for your photos. Other animals you will find in the forest include chameleons, snakes, bush pigs, elephant shrews, suni antelopes, Sykes, Aders’ duikers, blue monkeys and different bird species like Zanzibar somber greenbul, white-browed coucal, Fischer’s turaco and crowned hornbill.

Return to the hotel for dinner and reflect on the exciting day you just had.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Flame Tree Cottages
Day 6: Departure

Wake up to a local Zanzibari meal for breakfast and if you have time, engage in another local activity or sit at the beach. Later, be driven to the Zanzibar International airport for your flight out.

Meals included: No Meals
Accommodation: No accmmodation

Expectations

AA Safaris has designed a trip for you to visit Zanzibar which is one of the Indian Ocean islands situated on the Swahili Coast that consists of several islands that the local people call the “Spice Islands” however of the four main islands (Ungula, Pemba, Latham, and Mafia) three have human population while the fourth is a coral island where seabirds breed. Zanzibar derives its name ‘Spice Islands’ from the islands’ production of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper on a large scale because Zanzibar’s main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. Inhabitants speak English, Swahili, Arabic, French or Italian. Zanzibar’s trademark is its carved wooden doors and stunning architecture that all tell a story that you will learn when you visit Stone Town. Explore fruits in the city sold on the streets by vendors especially Durian, pineapples, mangoes fresh from the gardens. Buy some to take to your hotel room or eat the fruit on the street by letting the vendor peel and cut the fruit for you. Let out your adventurous side by learning to climb a coconut tree. Go swimming with the dolphins in the ocean then proceed to see the rare Zanzibar Red Colobus monkeys in Jozani forest. As the monkeys entertain you, look out for other animals like blue monkeys, suni antelopes, and birds. Don’t forget to relax at your luxurious hotels during your stay and bask in the moonlight as the ocean breeze hits the rooftop lounge.

Accomodations

Al Johari hotel
This classic hotel is located along a narrow street in the Stone Town and will draw you in with its carved archways and shuttered windows. It is close to the beach, the Old Fort of Zanzibar and Zanzibar International Airport. The 15 rooms are airy, have high wood-beam ceilings, elegant 4 poster beds lined with mosquito beds. The rooftop bar and restaurant in which free continental breakfast is served in an open air has the Indian Ocean view for your enjoyment. In the evening, sit at the hotel’s rooftop lounge and wait for a delicious dinner of vegetables, poultry, meat and seafood prepared with well blended local spices as you watch dhows sail by on the Indian Ocean.
Flame Tree Cottages
You will transfer to Flame Tree cottages located on the extreme north of the island where you will stay for two nights. It is on the turquoise coastline of Nungwi and is a family-run beach hotel. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, kite surfing, learn to fish from the local fishermen and a short boat ride away is one of the best diving spots around. Relax in the hotel’s private tropical garden which fronts the famous north-west coast beaches. Featuring a veranda, these air-conditioned guest rooms have a private entrance and outdoor dining area with a toaster and tea and coffee making facilities.  The private bathroom has a shower. Enjoy!

Availability and Prices

Included
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
Excluded
  • 1 chimpanzee permit per person (a US$ 150 value)
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • Park-entrance fees according to the program
  • English speaking Ugandan & Tanzanian driver/guide;
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Domestic flights
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages