ZANZIBAR ISLAND HOLIDAYS ,VACATIONS,TOURS & SAFARIS
The dramatic architecture, meandering lanes, luscious tropical fruits, aromatic spices and charming friendly people.The breathtaking beauty of its coastline and the magnificence of the historical Stone Town make Zanzibar one of the world’s foremost touring destination.
The island is 85 kms long and covers an area of 1,464 sq kms, just 36 kms away from the Tanzanian coast, 76 kms from Dar-es-salaam. Encircled by white sandy palm fringed beaches, protecting coral reef and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
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The Spice Island
Board your flight and cross the Indian ocean to the Zanzibar Island. Visit the historical Island, Beach Resort and rich plantations of "of Gold of Zanzibar"
(Cloves), Sultans Palaces, Old Shirazi ruins, Persian baths and the infamous stone town reminding of the exotic past, see Red Columbus monkeys that are found no where else in the world.
Day 1. Zanzibar Island.
Arrival and transfer to Breeze hotel or similar for accommodation.
Day 2. Zanzibar
At Leisure/ Watersports.
Day 3. Flight back.
Board your flight back to Mombasa or Nairobi.
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ZANZIBAR TOUR TO THE NORTH:
This trip leads you through the Mangapwani cave which is a 30minute drive from Zanzibar town, upto 1911 the cave was a secret hideout from which the slaves were illegally led out to the sea through a secret passage and then transported by dhow after the official closure of the Slave Market in June 1873. The tour then proceeds to Nungwi in the North of Zanzibar which is an hours drive from the cave. Nungwi has crystal clear waters an excellent place for diving, snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. As Zanzibar is a turtle conservation area you will be able to see the natural turtle aquarium here.In this tour we also take you to a site where local villagers build dhows and boats todate using traditional tools.
Sunset dhow cruise
This tour starts an hour before sunset, the guests are picked from their hotels and transferred to thee drop off point at the sea front, where the guests then board the dhow.
The skilled crew on board take the dhow about 1 km away from the shore by means of an engine, once out in the sea the engine is shut off and during a tense moment the skillful crew put up the sail, when the sail is in favour of the wind, the guest can sit back and relax enjoying the peacefulness of the ocean, as the dhow glides through the water, you can watch the wonder of the fiery golden sun setting beyond the horizon (while savouring a glass of chilled wine) .
The drive from town to the South takes one hours. On your way you might get a chance to see the famous Red Colobus Monkeys of the Jozani Forest. Kizimkazi fishing village is the home of several schools of the bottle-nosed dolphins, here you are taken by boat out into the sea to view the dolphins and if lucky will be able to swim quite close to them as they are very friendly and playful, Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th Century Mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa.
Jozani forest tour
Jozani Forest lies 35kms South-East of Zanzibar Town with an area of about 1,000 hectares, it is a natural forest where long ago you could find leopards and antelopes. At present it is the habitat for the Red Colobus Monkeys (Colobus badius kirkii) and the Blue Sykes Monkey. The Red Colobus monkey is one of the most endangered and rarest species in the world, they are very friendly creatures and love to be photographed and can be viewed at close quarters by the help of your guide.
You may also get a glimpse of various butterflies, birds and snakes. Other interesting features suitable for tourist in this forest include the coastal evergreen bushland, mangroove forest, saline grassland and ground water forest, though these may require longer walks to reach.
Historical town tours
The tour starts from wherever the client wants to be picked up. One gets a comprehensive view of the Stone Town, it's sand and stone ancient built houses, some of them have Arab/Indian carved doors and the architecture which helps to make Zanzibar famous.
We then proceed to the main City market which was opened in 1904, where tropical fruits, vegetables, spices and fresh fish from the island are sold.
Our next stop will be at the Anglican Church of Christ which was built by Bishop Steers in 1873 on the side of the Old Slave Market. There is a cross in the church which is made of wood from the tree under which Dr. David Livingstone died. Next to the Church you will visit the slave chambers, tiny rooms in which the slaves were kept before being auctioned.
From here we continue our tour to the Sultan's Palace Museum, House of Wonders (Beit-el-ajaib built in 1883 and bombarded by the British Fleet in 1886), next to this you can also see the Old Fort, (built in 1700), moving along the sea front we come to the Jamituri Gardens where you can spend your evenings leisurely watching the brilliant sunset while you are enjoying the locally made dishes. From here we drive you to The Africa House formerly known as English Club, we then come to Tippu Tip house, (A notorious slave trader). We round up our tour by taking you to the museum of Natural History and Peace Memorial Museum.
Prison island tours
Prison Island or Changuu Island is the middle island of the three visible from the Stone Town, it takes approximately 30 minutes to get there by boat. The prison on this island was built in 1893, which was later used as a quarantine Hospital, it has a frangipani lined path around the island where the former patients took their evening walks. Apart from the Prison ruins you can also see the beautiful peacocks and the enormous giant tortoises some of which are over a 100 years old. These tortoises were brought here from Seychelles by Sultan Said in the 1820's. Efforts are being made to protect the eggs of the tortoise. The island is a superb scenario for the photographer. A self walking safari covers the island in 15minutes. On this little paradise one can also swim, snorkel, sunbathe or just relax and enjoy the peacefulness that this beautiful island has to offer.
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