7 days, 6 nights in Zanzibar

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

Trip Overview

Day 1: Welcome to Zanzibar

Day 2: Exploration of the 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: Optional activities on your fun day

Day 7: Departure

Itinerary

Day 1&2: Welcome to Zanzibar, Explore Stone Town

When you arrive at the Zanzibar International Airport, a representative from Serena Inn Hotel will welcome you and drive you to the hotel where you will check in for two nights.

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 alley ways, 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Serena Inn Hotel
Days 3,4,5&6 : Fruit and spice Town tour, Changuu island tour, swim with the dolphins, go on a Jozani forest walk

A Spice tour 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 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.

Today you will tour on Changuu Island that the locals sometimes call it Quarantine Island or Kibandiko. In the 1860’s 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.

Wake up early for the first activity of swimming with the dolphins at Kizimkazi village. In this area the most common species i.e. bottle-nose 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.

Enjoy Optional activities on your fun day. Relax at the hotel or head down to the Club Tour desk and arrange for activities the hotel can organize for you.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Breezes Beach Club
Day 7: 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

This tour will take you to Zanzibar, the city locals call ‘Spice Islands’ because of its large scale spice production like cloves, nutmegs, black pepper and cinnamon. Zanzibar is home to the extinct rare Zanzibar Leopard, the endemic Zanzibar red Colobus and the Zanzibar servaline genet. No large wild animals exist in Ungula however in Jozani forest you will see monkeys, bush pigs, African civets, small antelopes, wide variety of bird life and a large number of butterflies in rural areas, Pemba flying fox. Visit the ancient Stone Town, Prison Island, see the giant tortoises, swim with wild dolphins, visit the only game park in Zanzibar. All the while, the only breeze you will feel gently against your skin is the Indian Ocean as you take part in the different activities AA Safaris has prepared for you. Carry your camera everywhere you go because the city of Zanzibar,at every corner and turn will make you fall in love with the coast with rewarding sights worth taking photos of.

 

Accomodations

Serena Inn Hotel
Serena inn Hotel combines coastal elegance and swahili classic design located on the seafront of the ancient Stone Town with the view of the Indian Ocean. All the rooms have traditional furnishings,  The Terrace seafood Restaurant has an open air rooftop terrace with an ocean view. Relax by the poolside or go for drinks, snacks and traditional pastries at the Pool Terrace bar and Coffee Shop. the hotel is a 10 minute drive from Zanzibar International Airport and Zanzibar Ferry Terminal.
Breezes Beach Club
Transfer to Breezes Beach Club for four nights. Breezes Beach Club, located on the beach of Bwejju, has subdued colonial-style quarters, with 4 restaurants and a luxury spa in a refined beach resort. It has an outdoor pool for your swimming and sunbathing. Take part in water activities like volleyball, kite surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving on the hotel site.

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