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  2. Zanzibar
  3. Zanzibar City
  4. Stone Town

Zanzibar: Stone Town & Spice Farm Tour with Lunch

Product ID: 275667
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Discover the unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European influences on a private tour of Stone Town and its main sights. Visit a real spice farm where you can see, taste and smell the freshest products before savoring lunch at a local restaurant.
About this activity
Duration 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup optional

In front of your hotel.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover an array of aromas at a real organic spice farm
  • Visit a local food market and observe the live fish auctions
  • See popular sights in Stone Town like the Palace Museum and Old Fort
  • Taste fresh coconuts harvested straight from the tree
Full description
Begin your private tour in Stone Town, a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying Swahili culture, giving a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

Start by exploring the Old Slave Market site and Anglican Church, before strolling through the narrow streets towards the City Market. Marvel at the fresh products and fruits and watch how locals buy and sell anything here. Observe the hustle and bustle of the fish auction. After this, take a sightseeing tour of the main buildings in Stone Town including the Palace Museum and the House of Wonder, which is the largest and tallest building in the town, also known as Bait-al-ajab. Continue on to see the Old Fort, Tippu Tip, and of course, the most famous, Freddie Mercury’s House. Also visit the Peace Memorial and Natural History Museum, amongst other attractions. 

Next, learn about one of the main industries in the region: spices. Discover how the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, is sometimes called the "Spice Islands". There are many spice farms in Zanzibar and for the next portion of the tour, you will visit a real organic spice farm.

When you arrive, the spice farm guide will describe how the spices are grown and used as medication and flavor in dishes. See spices like vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, and many more. It will be possible to touch, smell and taste the spices and herbs directly from plants. Later, take the opportunity to join a cassava leaf harvest, make coconut milk, and practice some cooking. Even more, a coconut tree climber will pick some fresh young coconut fruits for you to try. End the trip with lunch at the spice farm and the opportunity to purchase spices from the shop (cash only).
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Private guide
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
  • Hotel transfers (if option selected)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

In front of the Old Fort in Stone Town, Mizingani Road, Zanzibar at 9AM. One of the representatives will be waiting for you

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Zanzibar Local Experience

Product ID: 275667