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8 Nights in Historic Zanzibar’s pristine beaches

8 Nights in Historic Zanzibar’s pristine beaches

Immerse yourself in the sensory delights of Zanzibar as you touch, smell, and taste the abundance of spices and tropical fruits that characterize this enchanting island. Explore the properties, origins, and versatile uses of these spices, both as medicinal wonders and culinary delights.

Savor the flavors of traditional Swahili dishes and indulge in the aromatic experience of spiced tea. Delve into the rich colonial history of Zanzibar, discovering the captivating stories that have shaped this unique and historic destination. Join Gladiola Adventure for an unforgettable journey through the cultural tapestry of Zanzibar.

Itinerary

Day 1 of 8

Spice Tour 3hrs Highlights

Upon your arrival in Zanzibar, our team will greet you at the airport and transfer you on a delightful 20-minute drive to a spice farm nestled in the heart of Zanzibar’s picturesque countryside. Embark on an exploration of the island’s captivating history in the spice trade before we proceed to our hotel in the vibrant Kiwengwa, a charming fishermen’s village. The Sea Crest Hotel, situated near the beach, promises an unforgettable stay.

Venture into the aromatic spice plantations of Zanzibar, immersing yourself in the scents of a bygone era. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, enjoy an exclusive 3-hour tour that provides insights into the island’s colonial past. These plantations serve as a tribute to the rich history of Zanzibar, offering a unique opportunity to learn about its turbulent past. Depending on the season, you’ll encounter a variety of spices such as vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemongrass, cloves, ylang-ylang, cumin, garlic, ginger, coriander, pepper, allspice, tamarind, chili, and oregano. With this abundance of spices, your taste buds are in for a treat.

Consider indulging in an optional lunch at Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge, renowned for its culinary delights prepared with the freshest seasonal fruits and spices introduced during the tour.

 

Day 2 of 8

Kizimkazi & Jozani Forest Tour Highlights

Embark on a journey to the southern part of Zanzibar, where the enchanting Jozani Forest awaits. Immerse yourself in a 3-hour tour, exploring the captivating beauty of the natural surroundings. The forest is a haven for endemic species, most notably the Zanzibar red colobus monkey. Wander along the mangrove boardwalk, elevated above the swamp, offering glimpses of tropical fish darting between the mangrove roots and crabs skittering across the mud, depending on the tide.

Follow your park ranger on a nature trail shaded by eucalyptus and mahogany trees, and discover the medicinal properties of various plants. As you stroll, gain insights into the diverse array of animals, birds, and reptiles that inhabit the various habitats of this tropical rainforest. The knowledgeable guide will share intriguing information about the ecosystem, creating a memorable and educational experience.

 

Day 3 of 8

Mnemba Atoll in Zanzibar

Commence your day early as we embark on a road transfer to Fumba, a prime location for our collection of Swahili Dhows. Fumba serves as an excellent starting point for exploring the wildlife, secluded sandbanks, and rugged island scenery of the Menai Bay Conservation Area. Once we set sail, the day unfolds with opportunities to spot dolphins, bask in the sun, and snorkel amidst vibrant reefs.

Experience the unique charm of walking through the sandbanks during low tide, indulging in fresh coconut milk and pineapples sourced from the surrounding areas. A delightful lunch awaits, featuring a variety of Swahili BBQ dishes and exotic seasonal fruits prepared before your eyes. Afterward, sail in “ngalawa,” small fishing boats, visit the ancient 500-year-old Baobab Tree, and enjoy a final dip before letting the sails carry us back.

Immerse yourself in a nature trail guided by our park ranger, shaded by eucalyptus and mahogany trees. Discover the medicinal properties of various plants and gain insights into the animals, birds, and reptiles inhabiting the diverse habitats of this tropical rainforest. This multifaceted experience promises adventure, relaxation, and cultural discovery.

 

 

Day 4 of 8

Safari Blue Full Day out Highlights

Explore one of the prime snorkeling destinations at Mnemba Atoll, situated on the northeast coast of the island. This atoll boasts an accessible dive down to approximately 20 meters, adorned with abundant coral formations. The deeper waters surrounding Mnemba Atoll provide opportunities to encounter dolphins, whales, and sea turtles.

Our daily snorkeling trip at this location immerses you in a captivating underwater world teeming with schools of tropical reef fish, graceful turtles, playful dolphins, nudibranchs, and exquisite hard and soft coral formations. Enjoy moments of tranquility on the boats between snorkeling sessions, savoring the taste of fresh seasonal fruits. This full-day adventure promises an unforgettable marine experience in the crystal-clear waters of Mnemba Atoll.

 

 

Day 5 of 8

Nakupenda Beach Day Tour Highlights

Explore Prison Island and Nakupenda Beach on a full-day tour dedicated to snorkeling and sunbathing on one of Zanzibar’s unspoiled beaches. This comprehensive tour includes a delightful seafood lunch, snorkeling equipment, snacks, and convenient door-to-door transport from Zanzibar hotels. Enjoy a stress-free day along the coast, with ample independent time to bask in the beauty of Nakupenda Beach and immerse yourself in the underwater wonders through snorkeling adventures.

 

 

Day 6 of 8

Spices & Stone Town Tour Highlights

Embark on a historical journey through the narrow alleys and winding streets of Stone Town, Zanzibar’s oldest neighborhood, on this captivating tour. Immerse yourself in the rich culture as you explore spice bazaars, palaces, and significant landmarks. Visit the House of Wonders, the first building in Zanzibar with electricity, and discover hidden treasures like the first home of rock legend Freddie Mercury. Snap photos of the weather-worn walls of the 17th-century Old Fort, originally built to defend the island, and explore Christ Church, constructed atop the site of a former slave market. Your journey concludes at a bustling market, where exotic aromas and vibrant vendors await, offering a sensory experience and unique souvenirs.

 

Day 7 of 8

Made in Zanzibar Shopping Highlights

Discover the artistry of Zanzibar with a shopping tour that takes you beyond typical souvenirs. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture as you explore handmade treasures crafted by passionate local artisans. This tour offers a unique opportunity to collect souvenirs with individual stories, fairly purchased and crafted with love. Explore the rich artisan culture of Zanzibar, from hand-carved furniture and kanga clothing with a Western twist to pearls, local jewelry, decorative pieces for your home, woven baskets, rugs, and more. Support local groups that thrive on artistic endeavors, ensuring your souvenirs are authentic and meaningful.

 

 

Day 8 of 8

Departure Day

Embark on your departure from Zanzibar. We hope you take with you cherished memories of the island’s rich culture, pristine beaches, and vibrant experiences. Safe travels!

Pricing

Number of Pax 2-3 pax 4-6 pax 7-14 pax
Price Per Person $2,640 $2,376 $2,144
Included
Ground transport for all the above days
Full board accommodation
All park fees
Excuded
All other items of a personal nature
Tips to your guide
Soft drinks other than the mineral water
Alcoholic beverages

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