Stone Town is located on the western coast of the island of Zanzibar and is one of the most historically important cities of Eastern Africa; aside from important sites from a historical and architectural point of view, the old town is also fascinating for its narrow streets. Wander leisurely through them, admiring the city’s inlaid houses and doors and the bright colours of the market, enjoying the tumultuous multi-ethnicity of Zanzibar life.
A trip to the Jozani Forest is a must; this lush tropical forest with its abundance of mangroves and imposing trees where several endemic plant species live, as well as the roots that grow horizontally and the remains of the barrier reef, will truly fascinate you. Here you will meet one of the symbols of Zanzibar, the quaint Red Colobus monkey, which lives undisturbed in this magnificent place.
Thanks to the development of the economy during the 800, Zanzibar is historically known as the "Spice Island". In the central area of the island there are still large plantations where the guide will illustrate the plants producing spices (cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, vanilla, ginger, cumin, saffron, etc. ....), how they are processed and their officinal uses.
A magnificent place, a small island of pure white sand surrounded by a sea of breathtaking colours. From Kizimkazi, powerboats are available to take you to one of the several sandbanks to be found in the waters between Zanzibar and Tanzania. The distance compared to other islands will allow you to enjoy this “paradise” in complete peace. Snorkelling around the nearby reef and meals of grilled fish will help make this an unforgettable trip.
On board the typical small sailboat (ngalawa) skilfully steered by our captain, you can explore the incredible Indian Ocean floor, admiring a multitude of coloured fish, starfish, coral and sponges. You can also witness octopus fishing as you walk along the barrier reef. The captain is available to accompany you on fishing excursions along the coast or spearfishing, or simply to enjoy a relaxing swim in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
Repopulating the Menai Bay Conservation Area, just 20 minutes south of Jambiani, thanks to a WWF project, these magnificent creatures await you; swimming and playing with them is an experience you’ll never forget. From the Kizimkazi fishing village, our captain will accompany you through the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, in search of these Bottleneck dolphins.
What used to be nothing but a lonely cliff has recently become the spectacular setting of one of Zanzibar’s most famous restaurants. With its romantic terrace and delicious cuisine, this restaurant can be reached from the nearby beach on foot or, during high tide, with a small wooden boat (available to guests free of charge).
This small island is about 6 km north-east of Stone Town. Uninhabited until 1860, it was then gifted by the first Sultan of Zanzibar to two slave merchants who made it a detention area for undisciplined slaves. In spite of being turned into a prison in 1893 by the British Prime Minister of Zanzibar, it was never used as one, and was later renamed Quarantine Island following a yellow fever epidemic in the British colonies, when it was converted into a quarantine station. Today, the island is an important tourist attraction, much appreciated for its white sandy beaches, small barrier reef and, most especially, for the endangered colony of sea turtles that makes it their home.
Chumbe Island is a small island, just 22 hectares wide, located 12 km south-west of Stone Town. The island is home to two historical buildings, both dating back to the 20th century: a small mosque and a lighthouse. The protected area is managed by a private, no-profit organization, which is in charge of scientific research in the area and of the management of some ecotourism structures. The Chumbe barrier reef is one of the best-preserved reefs in the area, and is home to 370 fish species and over 200 types of madrepore.