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Zanzibar: Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson

1. Zanzibar: Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson

Visit an organic spice farm on this 3-hour guided tour to learn about one of Zanzibar’s most popular industries: spices. Discover how the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, and more. See why the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, is sometimes called the "Spice Islands".   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. You’ll be able to touch, smell, and taste the spices and herbs directly from plants—you’ve never smelled spices as fresh as these before. Along with these fragrant plants, there will also be some fresh tropical fruits to see and taste.     Later, take the opportunity to join a cassava leaf harvest, make coconut milk, and practice some cooking. Then, 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.

Dar es Salaam: City Tour

2. Dar es Salaam: City Tour

This tour of Dar es Salaam will take you to the National Museum, Village Museum, Mwenge Carvings Market, Tingatinga art Gallery, Slipway Shopping Centre, The Fish Market, City Centre, Historical Building, and many other sites. The name Dar es Salaam means "the house of peace" and is an exciting mix of sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment. The largest city in Tanzania reflects a fascinating blend of its rich historical past and its sophisticated contemporary present.  Learn about interesting facts of the city as well as some incredible historical sights that are all part of the adventure of the full-day tour.

Zanzibar: Stone Town & Spice Farm Tour with Lunch

3. Zanzibar: Stone Town & Spice Farm Tour with Lunch

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).

From Kizimkazi: Nungwi Buggy Tour

4. From Kizimkazi: Nungwi Buggy Tour

Start your day with a convenient hotel pickup before heading to Nungwi. On arrival, have an introductory briefing and receive your bandanas and protective goggles. Then, hop on your 2 seater buggy and let the adventure begin. First, drive through Nungwi's remote areas and discover its non-touristic side. Drive into the jungle and explore the different jungle tracks. Visit some of local houses and learn about different activities and Swahili lifestyles here before heading back.

Stone Town: Private Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Tour

5. Stone Town: Private Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Tour

Take a private guided tour of Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park from Stone Town. After pickup from your Stone Town hotel, start the 35-minute drive to the national park. The 2,500 hectare park contains diverse habitats, including groundwater forest, coral rag forest, mangrove swamps, and salt marshes. Admire the different species of trees and look out for native wildlife, including rare red colobus monkeys. The park is home to many unique animals such as Ader's duiker, Sykes' monkeys, bush babies, over 50 species of butterfly, and 40 species of birds. At the end of your guided tour, you'll be dropped off at your hotel in Stone Town.

Bagamoyo Historical Tour - Everyday

6. Bagamoyo Historical Tour - Everyday

Visit Bagamoyo, a historic center of trade located 65-kilometers north of Dar es Salaam on the coast opposite Zanzibar. Travel to fascinating archeological sites on a guided tour and discover the incredible history that shaped this ancient town. Step into the Kaole Ruins located 5-kilometers south of Bagamoyo. Learn the story of the ancient Arab town of Kaole that was forced into decline by the arrival of the Portuguese in the 15th century. Explore the ruins which consist of 30 tombs and the oldest mosque in East Africa. Bear witness to the reminders of Bagamoyo's past. Visit the prison where slaves were held captive during the slave and ivory trade. The word Bwagamoyo means “Here I throw down my heart,” reflecting the despair of those who would never return to Africa. See the relics of the colonial era at the Old Boma, a statehouse constructed by the Germans in 1897 and later taken over by the British after the first world war. Later, walk among the tombs of German leaders who perished during the First World War. Trace the roots of Christianity in Bagamoyo with the Catholic Museum, the former resting place of the famous explorer Dr. Livingstone. Then, see the First Cross erected in 1867 by French missionaries. Finally, enjoy the warm hospitality of Bagamoyo. Beautiful beaches and hotels make it the ideal destination for relaxation during a visit to Dar es Salaam.

Stone Town: Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Half-Day Tour

7. Stone Town: Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park Half-Day Tour

The 19-square-mile Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park in Tanzania is located on the island of Zanzibar and is the only national park in Zanzibar. Begin your visit with a walk through the natural forest, where the smaller trees and bushes create several sub-canopies under the highest canopy. Walk along the nature trail through the forest, which is an habitat for many animal species including the red colobus monkey, the spotting of which is a top priority for many visitors to the park. The natural forest and the nature walk are just a couple highlights of your day spent in the national park; explore the site with your guide, walk the boardwalk through the mangroves, and discover a turtle rehabilitation center.

Kendwa: 2-hour Dhow Sunset Cruise

8. Kendwa: 2-hour Dhow Sunset Cruise

Experience a great evening and sail on a Dhow through the sunset. Enjoy the dusk on Zanzibar and grab a spot on the boat.  Depart from Kendwa and take advantage of the steady winds that blow along the Swahili Coast. Relax ona journey around the calm waters off Stone Town with refreshments as the sun dips below the horizon, and return back to the beach to finish a perfect day. Enjoy this evening adventure and create beautiful memories of the coast of Kendwa. You and your crew will do a two-hour nearshore cruise that is the perfect way to end the day.

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What people are saying about Zanzibar Archipelago

I liked it very much. Many thanks to the organizers for picking me up from the hotel. An interesting adventure - moving on a local ferry to another part of the city. There we visited the fish market with local flair, the churches, which were especially decorated for Christmas, even got to the Christmas service. I was impressed by the museum and, of course, the ethnic village with a performance in which I myself had a chance to participate. Communication with the guide and his story was a special pleasure and left a wonderful impression of this day spent in Dar es Salaam.

The tour of the spice farm is great and definitely worth doing. Food was lovelly too. The cooking part is nothing really. I was hoping we would learn something good. But we just watched someone else cook some small thing without any real idea of what was going on.

Great experience and worth the price! Punctual, friendly pick-up service, private tour for two, very funny guide with a lot of knowledge and excellent English. Great lunch, all in all really recommendable, we would do it again in a heartbeat!

Again an awesome trip. The cooking ‍ class was very good and the lunch afterwards was great. The guide was very well educated and gave as great info and explanations.

Tour is great. Wear old shoes if there has been any rain. Hamdu our guide was really good.