Zanzibar lies between 4 degrees south and 6 degrees south of equator. The word ‘’ Zanzibar “is derived from the old form “Zenjbar” which meant the Eastern Coast of Africa. It is probably a Persian word “ Zenj or Zanj “ means black and “ Bar “ means the land. These Persian settlers also left their mark upon the natives of the region, for these was certain amount of intermarrying.
Zanzibar is the Archipelago in Indian Ocean and was the political and economic key to East Africa, which comprises two main islands, Unguja and Pemba with small habitable ones. Unguja is the main one with the Head of the State and named as Zanzibar is about 85 Kilometres long and 39 Kilometres wide.
Pemba is 72 Kilometres long and 25 Kilometres wide. The highest point of Zanzibar is 120 metres above the sea level.
The capital of Zanzibar, located on island of Unguja as Zanzibar Town and it is cultural and historic Swahili City State and it is also located about 36 kms off the coast of mainland Tanzania.
Until 2002 Zanzibar had population of about 981, 754. Since the population growth is running about 3 % every year , it is now probably 1.2 million habitats in Zanzibar. Most of these habitats are practicing Islam of about 90 % , the rest are Christians and some Hindus.
Zanzibar is one of the cosmopolitan islands with ethnic background to Indian Ocean. Majorities are Africans and some coloured, Indians, and few Chinese. Kiswahili is widely spoken to whole Zanzibar’s and English is the second one but not spoken to every body
Zanzibar has a tropical climate with seasonal variation.
December – March is hot and humid.
April – mid of June is wet because of long rain.
July – August is dry and breezy
October – November is the short rain season.
Day 1 Arrival in Arusha
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Tanzania. You will
meet us at the airport and pick up with private transfer to Arusha at Moivaro Coffee Lodge
we will gather in the evening for a pre-Zanzibar briefing .We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Day 1 Arrival in Zanzibar
Arrival at Zanzibar Airport anytime you will meet us at the airport and pick up with private transfer to Stone town at Swahili House for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 Stone town
your program starts with a morning visit by walk on our Historical Stone Town Tour. This tour takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People’s Palace) and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques!
Dinner and overnight stay at Swahili House in Stone town.
Day 3 Spice tour & Jozani Forest
Today you go on an excursion to the spice and fruit plantations close to Stone town for the famous Spice Tour. We have developed a special Spice Tour with in depth information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and a detailed description about their traditional uses in medicine cosmetics and cooking. After the tour we invite for an opulent lunch at our guides’ home, where you can taste the spices and fruits. After lunch we take you to your beach resort.
On the way you pass Jozani Forest, the last habitat of the rare endemic Red Colobus Monkey. With a local guide you stroll through Jozani Chwaka National Park and look at the rare monkeys. If you wish you can even wander down the boardwalk to the fascinating Mangrove Ecosystem. .
Dinner and overnight stay at Fumba Beach Lodge
Day 4 at leisure
Relax and unwind and enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar
Dinner and overnight stay at Fumba Beach Lodge.
Day 5 Jambiani Village Tour
In the morning you drive along the coast. Passing the fishing villages of Bwejuu and Paje you reach Jambiani, a fishermen village on the East coast of Zanzibar. We offer a cultural village tour to visit villagers working in different professions. Our guide tells about the history of the village, you will visit a traditional herbalist, who will show you the local medicines, herbs and their uses, a visit to a local organically plantation on coral stone, where farmers cultivate under difficult circumstances, and seaweed farms run by woman. A good chance to learn about the unique culture and the diverse environment of Zanzibar’s villages and to meet the friendly Waswahili people. We will show you real life, not images designed for tourists. Dinner and overnight stay at Kichanga Beach Lodge
Day 6 Dolphin Trip
One day you go to an excursion to Kizimkazi. Situated on the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, which can often be sighted following a short boat trip from the village. If you are lucky, you may be able to swim quite close to the dolphins, which can be a very rewarding experience. We are doing this trip in the afternoon to avoid the crowds of tourists in the morning, which in big numbers disturbing the dolphins.
Dinner and overnight stay at Kichanga Beach Lodge
Day 7 Departure
Depending on your flight schedule and departure point you will be transferred to the Zanzibar Airport to take a flight back home. If you are flying out of Dar es Salaam or Nairobi, we will arrange a connection flight for you to catch your flight back home.
Transfer to Zanzibar Airport.
Flight from Arusha to Zanzibar
All transfer from/ to the airport
All accommodations on bed, dinner & breakfast
Tours as per itinerary
International airfare & flights
All items of a personal nature
Airport departure tax
Visa and Passport fees
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and beverages