8 days, 7 nights in Zanzibar

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

Trip Overview

Day 1: Welcome to Zanzibar

Day 2:Explore Stone Town

Day 3: Guided walk in Jozani Forest

Day 4: Swim with the dolphins

Day 5: Optional activities

Day 6: Fruit and spice Town tour

Day 7: Optional activities

Day 8: Departure

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Zanzibar, explore the Stone Town

When you arrive at the Zanzibar International airport, a representative from the Tembo House hotel will welcome you and drive you to the hotel where you will check-in for two nights.

for day 2, 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 from foreign merchants and settlers leading to the unique mix 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tembo House Hotel
Day 3, 4 & 5: Guided walk in Jozani Forest, Swim with the wild dolphins, do optional activities

Go on a guided nature walk in Jozani forest. 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.

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. Take part in another activity like snorkeling.

Relax at the hotel. during your free time, activities can be arranged on this free day, 

 

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Swahili Beach Resort
Day 6 &7: Fruit and spice Town tour, do optional activities

 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 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.

Today, take part in optional activities on your own or organized by the hotel. Activities at the hotel include; Parasailing, fishing, Turtle sanctuary visit, scuba diving, sunset cruises, water ski, jet ski, snorkeling, Banana Ride Boat, Glass Bottom Boat+Turtle island.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Amaan Bungalows
Day 8: 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 takes you to Zanzibar, also called ‘Spice islands’ because of its large scale production of spices like cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. Zanzibar is home to the extinct or 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, a wide variety of birdlife 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, you will fall in love with the coast with rewarding sights worth taking photos of.

Accomodations

Tembo House Hotel
Tembo House Hotel has most rooms’ balconies overlooking the sea or the pool. The beds are made of the unique Swahili style, furniture is wooden and carved with Swahili culture designs only found in Zanzibar. One of the unique room features is the shower and the traditional Hammam bath that is worth a try. At the hotel’s Bahari Restaurant, enjoy both local and international cuisine. Parked lunches can be arranged for you to continue your tour throughout the day without having to return to the hotel till later in the day. Zanzibar port is a 5-minute drive and the Zanzibar international airport is 8 km from the hotel.
Swahili Beach Resort
Check out of Tembo House Hotel to Swahili Beach Resort in Cabana room at Half board (Or similar hotel) for three nights. Swahili Beach is a hotel located in the southwest of Zanzibar island offering easy access to the beach, Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, Kunduchi Water Park, and Kisauni airport. It has a luxurious architecture that is in Swahili culture style and a big hit for honeymooners.
Amaan Bungalows
Transfer from Swahili Beach House to Amaan Bungalows (the Extreme North of the Island) for two nights at Amaan Bungalows (deluxe room) on half board basis, Dinner and overnight at Amaan Bungalows.  Amaan Bungalows is a low key beachfront 3-star hotel located in Nungwi on the northwestern tip of the island with 86 guest rooms on a landscape of a tropical oasis dotted with coconut palms, sweet-scented flowers, and shady trees. The traditional architecture rewards you in the evenings with fiery Zanzibar sunsets. It is the best spot for deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Relax by the swimming pool or go on a souvenirs shopping spree at the gift shop or sit at the cafe. The rooms overlook either the sea or pool or the garden with each having a private terrace.

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
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages