Ever thought of what activities you can do while on holiday on Zanzibar Island? Well, we bring you a selection of Zanzibar tours and excursions that you can book with us to further explore this beautiful island.
Pre-booking a Zanzibar excursion saves you loads of time and effort; it means that you can get straight into enjoying your Zanzibar holiday while saving a little bit more. Should you get tired of just soaking up the sun, the following are some ideas amongst the many Zanzibar tours and excursions you can take part in while on Zanzibar Island.
Stone Town Tour
A three hour guided walk through Stone Town’s narrow streets. Learn Zanzibar’s history and eminent personalities, discover interesting artifacts, myriad of small shops, its mix of people, its bustling markets and eateries, mosques, churches and Hindu temples combining and homogenising disparate elements of different cultures. Your guide will spot the most interesting things to see and spice them up with informative and witty anecdotes
- The central market
- The former slave market
- Anglican Cathedral
- Tippu Tip House
- The House of Wonders
- The Old Fort, Persian baths
- Doors of Zanzibar
- The Palace Museum, former residence of the Sultan and princess Salme
Probably the best way of seeing this beautiful island. This half day guided tour starts with a drive through a profusion of greenery in Zanzibar’s countryside; you will get to know about, see, smell and taste a variety of mouth-watering tropical seasonal fruits and spices of Zanzibar.
A complete Spice tour involves much more than spices, you will visit the Kidichi Persian Baths, built in 1850 by Seyyid Said bin Sultan for his Persian wife Princess Sheherezade granddaughter of the Shah of Persia.
A traditional zanzibarian lunch at the spice farm can be arranged.
- Kidichi Spice plantation
- Kidichi Persian baths
- Fruit and “spiced chai” tasting
- Optional: traditional lunch
Prison Island Tour
This is a half day guided tour of Zanzibar’s Prison Island. With its private white sand beach surrounded by the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean, this historical island is home to a prison built to condemn Zanzibar’s citizens to isolation. Birds and other small animals inhabit the woods but the most famous residents are its giant land tortoises.
Take a tour of the island and go on a snorkeling trip to discover the amazing underwater life, or just relax at the beautiful beach.
- The islet’s interesting past
- Giant Tortoises and Peacocks
- Sunbathing and swimming
Jozani Forest Tour
This is a half day guided tour to Jozani Forest; home to an endemic species of Kirk’s colobus monkeys, mangrove swamps, 100m tall trees, bush babies, butterflies and tropical birds, this is wild Africa personified. Explore the various parts of the forest including an area with re-planted species of trees from different parts of the world and the mangrove boardwalk. The forest is well worthwhile for those who enjoy wildlife.
- The very rare red colobus monkey
- Amazing bird watching
- The tropical rain forest
- Mangrove board walks
- The Blue Sykes monkey
- Elephant shrew and bush babies
Safari Blue Tour
Cruise around the Menai Conservation Bay on a traditional dhow skillfully handcrafted from an African mahogany, explore the pristine coral reefs teeming with tropical sea fish, relax on a beautiful sandbank naturally curved by the sea, and enjoy a sea food lunch of grilled fish and lobster with an exotic juice, ice-cold soda, chilled beer or a glass of wine. All followed by coffee and liqueurs as the sunsets. The safari blue is the perfect tour for those want to have a fantastic day out at sea.
- Top quality Snorkeling
- Sand Bank relaxation
- Dolphin viewing
- Fruit Tasting
- Gastronomy session
- Magical Lagoon swimming
- Pleasant Sunset Cruise
Watching or particularly swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat can be both exciting and educational. Drive to the little fishing village and beautiful beach of Kizimkazi, South of Stone Town. On board a traditional handmade boat, look out for the several schools of bottle-nosed and humpback dolphins, beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish; you may swim with the dolphins and enjoy fantastic snorkeling.
- Swimming with dolphins
- Amazing Sight Seeing
- Snorkeling and swimming
- Kizimkazi Village tour
Prison Island & Sandbank
This is a full day excursion suitable for anyone, from those who wish to completely relax to those who want adventure and excitement at sea.
Jump on board a handmade dhow and cruise around the islets off the coast of Zanzibar’s main island. Visit the prison island where you will get to see the giant tortoises as well as learn the history behind the island; later, let us sail you to a seemingly uninhabited and quiet sand bank in the ocean, lookout for hundreds of birds flying overhead and ghost crabs scurrying across the golden sands. A barbecue lunch will be prepared on the sand bank; relax and listen to the birdlife around you and the hush of waves lapping against the shore.
- Prison Island Tour
- Barbecued Lunch
- Amazing Dhow sailing
- Sandbank relaxation and swimming
Sunset Dhow Cruise
This is a 2 ½ hour sunset dhow cruise that starts from the stone town beach at 17:00 hrs. Set sail on a traditional Arab dhow and cruise northwards or southwards depending on the winds; enjoy a variety of Zanzibari snacks, exotic fruit juice and ice-cold soda as you enjoy a beautiful sunset.
- Fantastic Arab dhow cruise
- Delightful Sunset viewing
- Delicious Snacks and drinks
North Coast Tour
This is a full day tour to Zanzibar’s north coast, the dhow building capital of Zanzibar. Look out for traditional dhow constructors in action; you may be invited to try your hands at this unique craft. A visit to the Nungwi turtle sanctuary and aquarium follows along with a guided tour of Nungwi village. Explore the Nungwi beach where you can enjoy an optional lunch at one of the beach’s popular restaurants and spend the afternoon sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. Sum up the day by enjoying a spectacular sunset from a beach at Nungwi.
- Nungwi village tour
- Mkokotoni fish market
- Pleasant sight seeing
- Ruins of an Old Portuguese settlement
- Swimming and snorkeling
- Spectacular sunset
Chumbe Island (Marine Park) Day Tour
Spend the day on a tour to the world renowned Chumbe coral reef sanctuary and the lush tropical forest reserve that envelopes the island. This privately managed 20 Hectare Island marine park is a unique nature travel destination situated 8 Km South West of Stone Town.
It covers 16 hectares of undisturbed forest surrounded by a virgin coral reef. The sanctuary has more than 200 a pieces of pristine stone corals, about 400 species of fish, and turtles. A fixed number of 14 persons per day are allowed to go to the Chumbe Island on a day trip.
- Fantastic Snorkeling and Swimming
- Guided walk through the forest trails and intertidal area (if low tide)
- Delicious freshly cooked lunch on the island