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Stonetown: Food Markets and Street Food Walking Tour

1. Stonetown: Food Markets and Street Food Walking Tour

Take part in a unique 3-hour evening food tour in Stone Town. After hotel pickup, your tour will start at 6:00 PM at Darajani Market, where locals go to buy their fruits and vegetables. Experience the fun hustle and bustle of this busy market and admire the multitude of foods on offer.   Your next stop will be at Swahili House restaurant, the best place to watch the sun go down. As you watch the sky change colors, enjoy some soft drinks or local beers made in Tanzania. Afterwards, explore the streets of the city, which has itself been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear stories about the city and see where the locals gather to celebrate events, watch football, or just have tea and play some games. Continue walking to Forodhani Garden, which hosts a popular street food market in the evenings. Try out local foods and drinks like Zanzibar Pizza, urojo soup, shawarma, sugarcane juice, spice tea, coffee, and more.   Your tour will end at 8:00 PM, at which point you’ll be taken back to your hotel.

Zanzibar: Changuu Island and Stone Town Tour with Lunch

2. Zanzibar: Changuu Island and Stone Town Tour with Lunch

The tour begins with a private boat trip to Changuu Island, also known as Prison Island or Turtle Island. The island earned its name after it was purchased in 1893 by the British First Minister of Zanzibar who constructed a prison complex here. Although no prisoners were ever housed on the island, it was eventually used as a quarantine station for yellow fever sufferers, and later became home to more than 50 tortoises who still live there today. On the island, enjoy some free time to explore the beauty of this wild paradise, and get up close to the tortoises that roam freely. Some of the tortoises here are more than 100 years old, and you can even get close enough to feed them and take photos. You can also find peacocks and antelope on the island, then cool off in the crystal clear waters during a snorkel session in search of marine life, colorful fish, and coral reef. After your visit to Changuu Island, head towards one of the most historically prominent and artistic destinations in East Africa, Stone Town. Upon arrival, admire the fascinating architecture of the town, which dates back to the 19th century, and reflects the diverse influences of Swahili, Arab, Persian, Indian and European cultures. Learn about how the town earned its UNESCO World Heritage status, and then visit the Old Slave Market and the City Market. Here you can shop for almost anything whilst soaking up the authentic East African atmosphere and meeting the locals. Once you’ve wandered through the market it’s time to visit the Palace Museum, the local House of Wonder, and of course Freddie Mercury’s former home. There’s also time for a trip to the Peace Memorial and the Natural History Museum before ending the tour with a delicious local lunch at a traditional restaurant.

Zanzibar: Stone Town 3-Hour Walking Tour

3. Zanzibar: Stone Town 3-Hour Walking Tour

After a greeting and short briefing, you will be heading to the old fort which is also known as the Arab fort, the house of wonders, and then to Forodhani Gardens, a darajani fruits and spice market, and the Zanzibar ferry terminal. The tour also includes visits to the Freddie Mercury house, Zanzibar Curio Shop, Jaws Corner coffee shop, and more. Visit the Anglican cathedral, also known as the former slave market which was used for centuries as a hub for the East African slave market, whereby slaves were hunted and abducted from Malawi, Congo, Zambia and other parts of east Africa. With your guide you will have enough time for some leisure time to explore the narrow streets alongside the curio shops. The tour will end after 3 hours.

Stonetown Historical Walking Tour & Traditional Lunch

4. Stonetown Historical Walking Tour & Traditional Lunch

The tour will start in one of the most important parts of the old slave market site, the Anglican Church, then continue through the narrow streets. The next stop will be at city market. Here you can see the biggest market of all the islands. Locals buy and sell all sorts of products here, including the freshest fruits and fish auctions where locals bid on sea food. Afterward the tour will cover the main sights of Stown Town, such as the Palace Museum, House of Wonder, which is the largest and tallest building in Stown Town and also known as the Bait-al-ajab. Visit an old fort, the Tippu Tip and of course the most famous spot, Freddie’s Mercury’s house. Visit the Peace Memorial, Natural History Museum and many more. Your tour will end with local lunch in a cozy restaurant.

From Stone Town: Spice Tour of Zanzibar

5. From Stone Town: Spice Tour of Zanzibar

On this 2.5-hour guided tour, immerse yourself in the heady world of the spices of Zanzibar. This tour will clarify for you why Zanzibar is called “spice island”: on this small plantation you’ll see where spices grow, among them cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, Zanzibar’s cardomoms, cinnamon, curry, menthol, pepper, tamarind, and ginger. You’ll also see tropical fruits such as papayas, mangoes, and jackfruit.   You’ll also learn the origins of spice plants and herbs, as well as some uses they are put to. For example, the neem tree leaves were used locally as a traditional cure for malaria and indigestion, while the iodine tree is still used to fight infections in wounds. The tour ends with a visit to the spice shop on the farm, where you can buy fresh spices to use in your cooking at home.

Zanzibar City: Prison Island and Stone Town Walking Tour

6. Zanzibar City: Prison Island and Stone Town Walking Tour

Ride by boat to Prison Island, famous for its population of Aldabra giant tortoises. Experience the turtles up close and spot the local peacocks. Move along to a walking tour of Stone Town and learn the Swahili culture and its important historical role in the slave trade. Begin with a beautiful boat ride to Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island. View the local wildlife and learn of the slave rebellion that occurred in the 1860s. Start the walking tour of Stone Town at Forodhani Park. Explore the area and visit important sites such as the House of Wonder, Old Fort, the house of Freddy Mercury, and end at the Darajani market before returning to the city.

Zanzibar: Stone Town Night Tour with Live Performance

7. Zanzibar: Stone Town Night Tour with Live Performance

Discover the night life of Stone Town with this private tour. Visit a popular night market, Forodhani Gardens to pair some delicious street food with a cold beer or a soft drink of your choice.  Travel to a venue that is only known to locals where you can tap your foot to some real African music. Follow your guide as you learn more about Zanzibar through its food and music. 

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

8. 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.

Zanzibar: Stone Town Private Food Tour with a Guide

9. Zanzibar: Stone Town Private Food Tour with a Guide

While savouring the local treats, including a proper lunch, you will learn about the Stone Town and the life in Zanzibar. On this Zanzibar food tour you will have local snacks, lunch, see the market place, taste fresh fruit and end up with coffee at the famous Jaw’s Corner. This privat tour gives a great insight into the unique Zanzibar cuisine. While the focus of the tour is in Zanzibar food, it also takes you to the market place, through many historical sites and the daily life of Stone Town. Zanzibar food is very vegetarian and vegan friendly, just let our guide know! For food allergies. You will be visiting: Fish Market Vegetable Market Meat and Chicken Market Home made bites Home made Uroji Mix 2 different local small restaurants Street Cafe

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What people are saying about Zanzibar

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 37 reviews

Great tour. Abu was a wonderful tour guide full of knowledge. He spoke multiple languages and was able to teach me and converse in Swahili with me. He answered every questioned I had and was very patient. Asante Sana Rafiki!

Driver was late, but then everything was great. The German guide got on the way and then took us through the city. Our wishes were completely taken care of. It was a great trip!

Very friendly guide visit and complete explanations Stone town very exotic and prison island very surprising with its turtles

Fantastic guide Excellent English and local knowledge We all would recommend this tour with this guide !

It was a very cool tour and our wishes were individually addressed.