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Sunset Mafia Islands
A sunset cruise is a delightful option for groups of couples, families, or friends to unwind and enjoy a drink while taking in a stunning view. If you have travelled to Africa before, you may already be aware of the beauty of an African sunset. However, imagine experiencing an even more breath-taking sunset in Mafia Island.
After a busy day of activities or a relaxed day of rest, you can board a private, traditional dhow boat for a spectacular view of the sunset in Mafia Island. Your Swahili dhow will be waiting on the shore at 5:30 pm with a server onboard to serve you with cold drinks that can be selected in advance from the bar. The captain will gently steer the boat out into the channel, align the dhow, and raise the sail. As the warm, gusty wind fills the sail, you will embark on your journey, swaying gently with the trade winds as they take you through the aquamarine waters of Mafia. Once the captain finds a perfect spot, he will lower the sail and anchor the boat. You are encouraged to freshen up your drinks and raise a glass to celebrate another stunning moment. The sky will be painted with vibrant shades of red, pink, orange, and yellow before the sun gradually sets below the horizon, signalling your return journey.
For more than 150 million years, sea turtles have been nesting on the beaches of Tanzania. During the period between June and September, a large number of baby turtles make their way from the white sandy beaches to the warm Indian Ocean waters. You can witness this amazing natural event from the Eastern beach of Juani, a beautiful island that boasts an abundance of nature, ranging from tiny butterflies to giant trees.
This experience is made possible by an NGO known as Sea Sense, which was established in 2001. The organization works in collaboration with local communities on various projects to promote the importance and conservation of marine turtles and their habitats.
The adventure commences with a pleasant dhow ride across Chole Bay, landing on the protected Western side of Juani Island. Upon arrival, a 45-minute walk across the island will lead you to its natural beauty, comprising towering trees and acres of lush green foliage, up until the moment you discover the turtle nest hidden amidst white sand grains. The little hatchlings emerge from their sandy burrow, flapping their fins vigorously and racing to reach the surf to begin the next stage of their remarkable journey. It is a truly heartrending experience to observe these ancient reptiles struggle for survival in their first moments of life.
After witnessing one of nature’s most challenging obstacles, you return to the dhow, relax with a cup of tea, and daydream about what these tiny turtles will encounter next.
Mange sandbank is a pristine, white sand island that appears only during low tide. It is surrounded by tropical reefs teeming with colourful corals and fish. A Mange sandbank excursion involves spending a full day at sea, exploring the untouched island and its underwater scenery in the Southern frontier of Mafia’s archipelago. The journey usually starts at 8am and ends in the early evening, taking about one and a half hours each way. During the boat trip, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Southern side of Mafia, read a book, and even watch playful dolphins.
Before reaching the sandbank, you can explore the Mange reef by snorkelling or scuba diving. Once you arrive, the team will set up a shaded area and prepare a delicious BBQ meal with fresh fish in Swahili style. The sandbank offers clear, aquamarine waters, perfect for swimming before and after lunch. You can also explore the coral bommies just meters away from the shore.
As the ocean claims back the sandbank at the end of the day, you can leisurely retreat to the dhow for a beautiful journey back to Mafia Island. It is a true Robinson Crusoe experience with a touch of barefoot luxury.
With only 3 hours, the activity is an experience of a life time. Located amidst the dense forests in the southern part of Juani Island lies the remnants of an ancient city called Kua. This archaeological site dates back to the early 12th century and is believed to have been destroyed by the Sakalava tribe from Madagascar during the fifteenth century. Although the reason behind the sudden collapse of this once-thriving civilization is still unknown, there are various legends and stories about it.
The ruins of Kua cover a vast area of the southwestern side of Juani Island, situated close to the shore. As you walk around the ruins, you’ll see crumbling walls that are covered in the roots of strangler figs. There are several buildings that were funded by the lucrative cowrie shell trade, such as mosques, a cemetery, a palace, a dispensary, and a school. All of these structures give an insight into the importance that Kua held in its time.
Fisherman Island, located in the North Eastern side of Chole Bay, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Its name is derived from the Mafian fishermen who stop over on the island to dry their catch before heading back home. The island is small but beautiful, with a stunning beach flanked by dense mangroves on both sides. The beach is covered in a variety of shells, making it a unique spot to visit.
To start your day, you will take a journey to one of Mafia’s breath-taking snorkelling spots. After enjoying the mesmerizing marine park, your guide will lead you through an inconspicuous channel that gradually widens into a peaceful, sheltered area of clear aquamarine water, culminating in your own private island for the afternoon. The guide will set up a shade and some mats for you to relax under and unwind as you embark on your island getaway.
On the island, you can soak up the sun, explore the surrounding mangroves or take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear water just in front of your camp. While you settle in, the team will prepare a traditional Swahili fish BBQ for you to savor and relish. The team’s culinary expertise ensures a mouth-watering experience, which will add to the overall tranquillity of your day.
Unfortunately, the sun will eventually begin to set, signalling the ocean to follow, forcing you to leave this idyllic island paradise. As you board the dhow to sail back to Mafia, you will feel the weight of relaxation and serenity, satisfied with a day spent in one of Mafia’s most picturesque settings
Kua was established by settlers from Kilwa and was involved in trade. As you explore the ruins, you’ll find pottery sherds that date back several hundred years to Chinese and Persian origins. Vervet monkeys can be seen playing around the fallen buildings, and the cries of surrounding birds add to the eerie atmosphere of the place.
This excursion is best planned for the late afternoon when the light illuminates the ruins in a beautiful yet spooky ambience. The Kua ruins were added to the World Monuments Watch list in 2016, which highlights the importance of preserving this significant site for future generations
Chole Island is a unique place where visitors can experience a glimpse of the past while surrounded by the natural beauty of the present. The island was once an important stopover point for traders sailing the Indian Ocean, with the port of Chole being a hub for trade in ivory, gold, and spices. Today, the island has slowed its pace and transformed into a destination for those seeking a peaceful escape in a beautiful setting.
As visitors’ approach Chole Island, they will see a lush, green landscape filled with mangroves, baobab and palm trees. The island is just one kilometre long and half a kilometre wide, but it packs a punch with its natural wonders. It is easy to feel transported to another time and place as one walks through the ruins that are scattered throughout the island, all of which have been swallowed up by the lush vegetation that now calls them home.
The Fruit Bat Sanctuary on Chole Island is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts. It is the first dedicated fruit bat sanctuary in the world, and it is home to the Comoro flying fox, a species of bat that is unique to the region. Visitors can easily spot these fascinating creatures as they sleep high up in the trees. The sanctuary is an important part of conservation efforts to protect the island’s wildlife, and visitors can learn about the sanctuary’s mission and the challenges facing these unique creatures.
The boatyard on Chole Island is another stop on the tour that visitors will not want to miss. Here, traditional Swahili dhows are built using the same methods that have been used for generations. Visitors can watch skilled craftsmen at work, carving and shaping wood with ancient tools to create these beautiful vessels. The dhows are an important part of the island’s history and culture, and visitors can gain insight into the island’s rich heritage by visiting the boatyard.
The tour ends with a visit to the Red Herring, Chole’s beautiful ocean view bar, where visitors can watch the sun set over Mafia Island. The bar is a perfect place to relax and reflect on the day’s adventures while enjoying the stunning scenery.
It is important for visitors to note that they must respect the local culture and dress modestly by covering their shoulders and knees while touring the island. This is a way to show respect for the island’s traditions and customs, and it is appreciated by the locals.
Juani island (the blue lagoon)
The Blue Lagoon on Juani Island is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. This stunning location is situated at the southernmost point of the island and is accessible via a picturesque boat ride that offers breath-taking views of the surrounding area. The journey takes around thirty minutes, during which visitors can soak in the beauty of the Mafia archipelago, with its emerald waters, lush mangroves, and diverse birdlife.
As the boat makes its way down the channel, the stunning scenery continues to unfold, with the verdant mangrove forests on either side providing a stunning backdrop to the azure water. The channel winds around gentle corners before arriving at the Blue Lagoon, which is truly a sight to behold. This natural infinity pool is a vast expanse of crystal-clear water that changes with the tides. Its sandy bottom and shallow waters make it the perfect spot for a refreshing swim, and visitors can also take in the incredible views of the Indian Ocean from this unique vantage point.
For those who want to explore further, a short trek through Juani Island will reveal some of the many natural pools that can be found there. These pools are a haven for a wide variety of aquatic life, including the quirky upside-down jellyfish, which can be seen floating in the water like delicate, translucent flowers.
Overall, a visit to the Blue Lagoon on Juani Island is a truly unforgettable experience that offers visitors a glimpse into the stunning natural beauty of the Mafia archipelago. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or simply a chance to reconnect with nature, this magical location has something for everyone
Whale shark tour
Whale sharks are a sight to behold, and Mafia Island offers a unique opportunity to observe these majestic creatures up close. The island’s waters are home to a large population of whale sharks during the summer months, between November and March. These gentle giants are known to swim slowly and close to the surface, making them easy to spot from a distance.
When a whale shark is spotted, visitors can calmly enter the water to snorkel alongside them, but it’s important to keep a safe distance and not touch them. The Mafia Island follows a “Code of Conduct” to ensure the safety of both the whale sharks and the visitors. The guidelines include things like not chasing or blocking the path of a whale shark, keeping a safe distance of at least three meters, and avoiding flash photography. Visitors are advised to follow these guidelines strictly to ensure that these magnificent creatures remain safe and undisturbed.
Swimming with whale sharks is an unforgettable experience. As you glide alongside these gentle giants, you will be mesmerized by their sheer size and grace. The water is so clear that you can easily see their enormous bodies, patterned with white spots and stripes. These spots are unique to each individual and are used by scientists to identify and track them.
Zanzibar and Mafia islands are world-renowned destinations for diving enthusiasts. The islands offer some of the most diverse and spectacular underwater environments, with crystal-clear waters and a thriving ecosystem. The warm water temperature of the Indian Ocean, which hovers around 27 degrees Celsius throughout the year, makes it an ideal location for divers.
The underwater world of Zanzibar and Mafia Island is truly magical, with vibrant coral reefs, colourful fish species, and a plethora of marine life, including sea turtles, dolphins, and whale sharks. The coral reefs are protected and relatively healthy, providing a safe habitat for the diverse marine ecosystem.
There are many diving centres and resorts on both islands that offer scuba diving courses and excursions for divers of all levels of experience. The centres have qualified instructors and a wide range of diving equipment to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. The diving excursions are tide-dependent, and the departure times, types of dives, and conditions vary from day to day. Therefore, it’s advisable to arrange your diving directly at your resort to ensure a smooth and convenient experience.
Whether you are an experienced diver or a beginner, Zanzibar and Mafia Island have something for everyone. The islands’ stunning underwater scenery and diverse marine life make it an unforgettable experience that you wouldn’t want to miss.
Horse riding in Zanzibar
Discover the splendor of Zanzibar while riding on the back of a horse, suitable for both seasoned and novice riders. You can take pleasure in this adventure that takes you and your horse to the picturesque beach! The route runs along the west coast of Zanzibar, with a trot around a golf course before venturing out to the beach. Depending on the tide, you may ride on the sandy beach or in the ocean waters. Subsequently, the ride can continue through coconut plantations, local villages, and mangroves.
The horses are maintained in a professionally managed stable, with an expert riding instructor present on-site to educate you about the horses and guide you throughout the ride. A one-hour ride can be taken at any time of the day.
The tour begins with a visit to a spice plantation where you will get a chance to see how spices, fruits and vegetables are grown and cultivated. You will also have the opportunity to taste and smell various spices and fruits, as well as enjoy spiced teas and fruit samples. Then, you will visit the village of Mchangani where you will get to observe how locals make use of dried palm leaves to weave mats and thatch roofs. Inside a local house, you can also witness the traditional practice of painting henna and collecting water from a well.
During the tour, a local guide will show and explain how coconuts are essential for the villagers. You will even get to participate in removing the husk and witness the grating process. Another interesting stop is the Mkokotoni fish market, where you can observe the diverse range of fish caught in the seas of Zanzibar. You will then proceed to visit a local blacksmith and observe the manual process of nail-making.
After all these activities, you will take a lunch break at a local restaurant in Nungwi, where you can sample the local cuisine. In Nungwi, you will also witness the traditional art of building wooden dhows. The final stop is the Mnarani natural aquarium, a lagoon that serves as a sanctuary for the endangered Green and Hawksbill Sea Turtles. By the end of the day, you will have experienced the vibrant and lively Zanzibar culture first-hand, giving you a glimpse into the everyday life of the locals.
Deep sea fishing
Imagine waking up early in the morning to board a deep-sea-fishing charter boat for a day-long fishing trip out in the beautiful Indian Ocean of Zanzibar. The warm sun is just starting to rise, the sky is clear blue, and the water is a deep turquoise color. As you leave the coast, you can hear the sound of the waves lapping against the prow of the boat, which is pure delight for any fisherman’s heart.
Fishing in Zanzibar’s deep waters is a unique experience, where you get the chance to catch some of the giant fish species such as black and blue marlin, acrobatic sailfish, dorado, yellow fin tuna, wahoo, barracuda, kingfish, and many others. It’s a true adrenaline rush when you feel the tug of a big fish on your line, and the fight begins to reel it in.
The deep-sea-fishing charter boats are fully rigged and equipped with state-of-the-art fishing gear, so you can enjoy a seamless fishing experience. To lure the fish into biting, the captain and crew use a combination of lures, naturally dead baits, and live baits. They are experts in their field and will provide you with professional anglers to help you catch the big one.
The local captain knows the area well and will take you to the best spots to catch the fish of your dreams. August to October is the peak season for tuna, and November to March is the ideal time for marlin and sailfish. You’ll have a chance to learn from the best in the business and catch some of the biggest and most impressive fish species in the world.
Whether you are a seasoned fisherman or a first-timer, this fishing trip is an unforgettable experience that you will cherish forever.
Day trip to Unguja Ukuu
Unguja Ukuu, a village on Zanzibar Island, is often overlooked by tourists. However, this boat trip offers a unique opportunity to explore this off-the-beaten-path destination. The tour begins with a traditional yet motorized dhow boat ride that takes you to the small, uninhabited islands of Miwi and Nianembe or Kwale in the protected Menai Bay. The boat ride lasts approximately 45 minutes and offers a chance to spot dolphins along the way. Once you arrive at the islands, you will be shown the unique flora and fauna of the tropical islands of Zanzibar.
The island of Niamembe is connected to a white sandbank, which is perfect for sunbathing and relaxation. The sea around the islands is also excellent for snorkelling, offering a chance to see a variety of marine life. In addition, a cook from the village of Unguja Ukuu will prepare freshly caught fish on a grill and arrange local dishes and tropical fruits for a beachside lunch. At low tide, a village guide will lead you around the island, showcasing a mystical cave behind the island.
This full-day excursion is perfect for those who seek privacy and off-the-beaten-path experiences, avoiding crowded tourist spots. It is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the beach, swimming, and snorkelling while taking in the beauty of Zanzibar’s islands. Note that the activities may vary depending on the wind direction on the day of the tour.
Chumbe Island is an exclusive nature reserve that has won numerous awards for its stunning beauty and unique features. As a fully protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve, the island is home to various rare species of wildlife, nature trails, historical monuments, and an education centre. What sets Chumbe Island apart is that all activities and structures on the island are designed to minimize the ecological footprint. Eco-friendly techniques such as solar water heating, composting toilets, and rainwater catchment systems are employed to achieve this.
While staying overnight in one of the seven bungalows on the island is an option, day trips are equally exciting. The day trip begins with a boat ride from Zanzibar’s main island to Chumbe Island. Once there, you’ll go snorkelling in one of the most diverse coral reefs in East Africa, take a guided walk through the forest trails and intertidal area (if the tide is low), climb to the top of the historic lighthouse, and tour one of the eco bungalows on the island. A fresh lunch on the island, snacks and drinks, snorkelling equipment, and a guide are all included in the trip.
The Kuza Cave in Zanzibar is a hidden gem that offers visitors a unique and refreshing experience. The cave is an ancient limestone jungle cave that has crystal clear turquoise fresh water. It is a great place to visit for families and people of all ages. There is easy access to the cave, and a reception area that has a restaurant and a large shady area where you can buy food and drinks.
The area around the cave is a peaceful nature reserve that is home to a variety of wildlife, including red stump monkeys, colourful butterflies, many birds, and bush babies. Visitors can take a leisurely walk around the reserve and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.
Swimming in the cave is a must-do experience, and many visitors say that they feel refreshed and rejuvenated after taking a dip in the crystal-clear water. It is a great all-weather attraction, as the cave is very sheltered and remains cool even on the hottest days.
In addition to swimming in the cave, visitors can book an extended tour that explains the archaeology and geological formation of the cave. The tour is led by a knowledgeable guide who will take you through the history and significance of the cave.
For those looking to make their visit to Kuza Cave even more special, there are additional activities that can be booked. Visitors can take a Swahili cooking lesson followed by lunch, a drumming and dancing lesson, or a Swahili history and music lesson. These activities are a great way to experience the local culture and traditions of Zanzibar.
Overall, Kuza Cave is a must-visit destination in Zanzibar. Its unique combination of natural beauty, tranquillity, and cultural experiences make it a great addition to any itinerary.
Taste Zanzibar dishes
During your Zanzibar trip, make sure to add a cooking class to your itinerary and learn how to cook traditional Swahili dishes. Not only will you learn about the unique blend of spices that make Zanzibari cuisine so delicious, but you’ll also get a glimpse into the daily life and culture of the island.
You can opt for a family cooking workshop, where you’ll learn from locals in a real Zanzibar kitchen. Alternatively, you can join one of the daily cooking classes offered by Jafferji House & Spa, which accommodates up to four people at a time.
Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll start by shopping for ingredients at the local market. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for the local produce and learn about the different ingredients that make up Zanzibari cuisine. Once you have your ingredients, you’ll be guided through the cooking process, learning how to prepare various dishes like chapati, coconut curry, and pilau rice.
Once the cooking is done, it’s time to taste your creations! You’ll get to savor the flavours and spices of the dishes you’ve just learned to make, and maybe even impress your friends and family back home with your newfound culinary skills. Overall, a cooking class in Zanzibar is an unforgettable experience that allows you to immerse yourself in the island’s unique culture and cuisine.
Kizimkazi is a small fishing village located on the southern tip of Zanzibar, and it’s one of the best places to observe dolphins in their natural habitat. A boat trip from Kizimkazi takes you on a journey to spot bottle-nosed and spinner dolphins. These majestic creatures are known for their playful behaviour and acrobatic displays, so you’ll have a fantastic experience watching them.
The boat trip takes you to the deeper waters where the dolphins gather in large numbers. You can watch them swim and jump out of the water from a distance while you learn more about them from your knowledgeable guide. You’ll be amazed by how they move through the water, and you might even hear their distinctive clicks and whistles.
It’s important to note that you won’t be able to swim with the dolphins during this trip. The dolphins are protected by environmental laws, and swimming with them can disrupt their natural behaviour and cause stress. However, watching them from the boat is still an unforgettable experience.
Even if you don’t spot any dolphins during your trip, the boat ride itself is worth the journey. You’ll be surrounded by crystal-clear waters and stunning scenery, making it a perfect activity for nature lovers. The boat ride typically takes around 2 hours, and you can also explore the nearby coral reefs and snorkel in the warm waters to see the colourful marine life. Overall, the Kizimkazi dolphin tour is a must-do activity for anyone visiting Zanzibar.
Kite surfing in Zanzibar
Zanzibar may not be the first place you think of when it comes to surfing, but it’s actually a hidden gem for surfers in search of an uncrowded and exotic destination. While surfing directly from the beach is difficult due to the island’s topography, you can still catch some waves in the area thanks to surf trips that take you to the best surf spots on the reef.
Experienced surfers will take you there on a boat and give you tips and tricks to try out. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, there are surf spots suitable for all levels of surfers. For beginners, the waves reach the middle, while more experienced surfers can find waves that are chest- or head-high. The best months for higher waves are January, February, and June till September, but beginners can enjoy surfing all year round.
The surf trip is easy to combine with snorkelling in the reef, which is an added bonus for those looking for a full day of adventure. You can explore the rich marine life of the coral reef and witness its stunning beauty up close while also catching some waves. This combination of surfing and snorkelling promises to be an unforgettable experience, making it a perfect day trip for anyone visiting Zanzibar.
Sunset Dhow cruise
Exploring the coast of Zanzibar on an Arabian traditional dhow is an extraordinary adventure that allows you to experience the beauty of this enchanting region in a unique way. The dhow is a traditional boat that has been used for centuries by the Swahili people to transport goods and people along the coast of East Africa. These boats are made of wood, with elegant curves and large triangular sails that catch the wind and propel the boat along the water with ease.
Your dhow cruise begins at the seafront of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is steeped in history and culture. As you set sail, you’ll pass by the fascinating coast, and the guides on board will point out the many attractions that line the shores. They will also share old Swahili tales and legends that have been passed down through generations, giving you a glimpse into the rich culture and traditions of the town.
While you sail, you’ll be served a variety of snacks, beer, and soft drinks, allowing you to relax and enjoy the stunning views around you. The clear turquoise water is a sight to behold, and the rhythmic sound of the water lapping against the sides of the dhow will soothe your soul.
As the sun begins to set, you’ll witness a magical transformation of the sky, as it is painted with pastel colours of pinks, purples, blues, and orange, creating a breath-taking sight that will leave you in awe. The fiery golden-sun setting beyond the horizon will take your breath away, and you’ll be mesmerized by the beauty of the scene.
To make the experience even more special, live music will be played on board the dhow, adding to the already tranquil atmosphere. As you head back towards Stone Town, you’ll feel the wind gently blowing into the Latin sail, which is a sight to behold. The dhow glides swiftly through the clear turquoise water, and you’ll be left with memories that will last a lifetime. This unique experience of cruising along the coast of Zanzibar on an Arabian traditional dhow is truly unforgettable, and one that should not be missed.
In the south of Zanzibar, the Jozani Forest is a natural wonder that offers a delightful experience for visitors. This forest is a unique ecosystem that is currently under consideration to become Zanzibar’s second World Heritage Site, and it’s easy to see why. The Jozani-Chwaka bay area is a biodiversity hotspot that is home to many rare and endemic species, including the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey.
As you arrive at the forest, your park ranger will guide you along a nature trail that winds through the forest, lined with eucalyptus and mahogany trees. Along the way, your ranger will explain the medicinal properties of various plants, and share fascinating stories about the animals, birds, and reptiles that call this tropical rainforest their home.
One of the main attractions of Jozani Forest is the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey, a species that is unique to Zanzibar. These monkeys are a joy to watch as they swing from branch to branch, looking for food. They have become accustomed to people and are not shy about coming close to visitors, allowing you to take photographs of them as they eat, play, and jump from the treetops.
As you continue on your tour, you’ll come across the mangrove boardwalk, which takes you above the swamp where you can see crabs scuttling across the mud, depending on the tide. Mangroves play an important role in environmental conservation and are a resource for the villagers and community life. Your ranger will explain the different species found in the swamp and their uses, giving you an insight into the importance of mangroves for the local community.
Overall, a visit to Jozani Forest is an unforgettable experience that allows you to connect with nature and appreciate the unique biodiversity of this stunning region. With the help of your knowledgeable park ranger, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the complex ecosystem of the forest, as well as the cultural and historical significance of this important site.
Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island, is a small island located just off the coast of Stone Town, the historic heart of Zanzibar City in Tanzania. This picturesque island is only a 30-minute boat ride away from the mainland, making it a popular destination for day trips or overnight stays.
The island’s history dates back to the late 1800s, when it was initially purchased by an Arab slave trader named Seyyid Said. He intended to use the island to house his rebellious slaves but never followed through with his plans. Instead, the British later used it as a quarantine station for slaves and as a prison for rebellious Zanzibari citizens.
Today, however, Prison Island is a peaceful sanctuary that attracts visitors with its beautiful coral reefs and friendly giant tortoises. The island is home to more than 100 giant Aldabra tortoises, a species that can live up to 200 years. The tortoises were initially brought to the island from the Seychelles in the late 19th century, and some of them are believed to be over 100 years old.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the tortoise sanctuary and learn about the animals’ history and behaviour. They can also feed the tortoises and even take a ride on their backs. It’s a unique and unforgettable experience, especially for children.
Besides the tortoise sanctuary, Prison Island also offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Visitors can hike along one of the island’s trails and enjoy breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean, or snorkel in the clear waters around the island to see a variety of colourful fish and other marine creatures. The island’s powdery white sand beach is also an excellent spot for sunbathing and swimming.
There is a small hotel on the island where visitors can stay overnight and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. It’s an ideal destination for those looking for a unique and off-the-beaten-track experience in Zanzibar.
The Magwapani Caves, which are natural formations, can be found 20km north of Stone Town and are conveniently located within walking distance from Mangapwani beach. The initial cavern is sizeable and damp, and features a freshwater pool. On the other hand, the slave cave, which is located even farther north, is believed to have been utilized as an unauthorized confinement area for slaves following the abolition of the slave trade in the late 1800s
Stone town and spice farm tour
Embark on a fascinating journey through the winding streets of Stone Town, and follow in the footsteps of the Sultans, slaves, and explorers who have shaped the history of Zanzibar. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will be captivated by the intriguing stories that recount the pivotal events that took place in this historic town. Explore the iconic landmarks where these events unfolded, such as the former Slave Market and Anglican Cathedral, the House of Wonders and the Sultans’ Palace Museum, the Freddie Mercury House, the Old Arab Fort and Dispensary, and many more.
As you immerse yourself in the past, you will also gain a glimpse into modern life in Stone Town. Take a stroll through the bustling markets, and indulge in the mouth-watering street food that offers an incredible selection of local delicacies.
After your walk-through Stone Town, you will visit one of Zanzibar’s many spice farms. Here, you will gain insight into the local way of life and have the opportunity to taste the fruits that are in season, as well as try some spiced tea. Depending on the time of year, you can expect to find an array of spices such as vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemongrass, cloves, cumin, garlic, ginger, coriander, pepper, allspice, tamarind, jackfruit, custard fruit, orange, star fruit, banana, pineapple, tangerine, passion fruit, mango, avocado pear, papaya, grapefruit, and many others. You will also learn about their properties, origins, and uses in food and drinks, as well as in traditional medicine.
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