Land of Spices Tour (Zanzibar)

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  • Tour in Zanzibar are a rewarding experience . Visitors will travel past fragrant plantations of cloves , cinnamon , nutmeg , ginger and other spices on their way to numerous places of historical interest, the unique flora and fauna of Jozani Forest , picturesque fishing villages and to many white sandy beaches.


    Cruise around the islands on a traditional Arab dhow while enjoying a seafood lunch of grilled fish and lobster with an exotic fruit juice , ice cold soda , chilled beer or glass of wine . All followed by coffee and liqueurs as the sun sets.

    Watching or particularly swimming with dolpins in their natural habitat can be both exciting and educational . However care must be taken to avoid disturbing the animals as this could have a negative effect on their daily life. Dolphins are marine mammals that spend their entire lives in the water . Like other mammals they are warm blooded and breathe air Most commonly seen around Zanzibar are the bottle nose and humpback varieties although spinner dolphins are also seen north of the island.

    Brilliant white beaches provide the perfect place to take a break from busy sightseeing . The beaches are a paradise but there are also numerous picturesque fishing villages where the people live a simple way of life unchanged through the years . So as well as all forms of water sports there is also ample opportunity for fishing or just watching the activities of the local fisherman . Nungwi at the northernmost tip of the island offers possibly the best swimming on the island . There is also a turtle aquarium there and a boatyard where fisherman’s dhows are still built in the old traditional way

    Jozani Forest Reserve located just 35km south east from the city , having an area of 10 sq km whose thick forests with trees over 100 years old . Are one of the last remaining sancturies of the red colobus monkey . Jozani has been protected since 1952 and was declared a nature reserve in the 1960s . Several rare and endemic species survive in Jozani . Most visitors come to see th Zanzibar Red Colobus which are only found in and around Jozani but other residents include blue monkey , bushbaby , bushpig , chameleon , civet , mongoose and tree hyrax. There are also two species of very small antelope Ader’s duiker , one of the two rarest antelope in the world and the even smaller suni . Both are extremely shy and unlikely to be seen . There are also leopard present in Jozani , a local smaller sub species than on the mainland but they also unlikely to be seen. However the birdlife is extensive with over 100 varieties recorded.

    Stone Town is a shopper’s paradise . The narrow winding streets are crammed with stores selling antiques , art , books , clothes , coffee , gemstones , jewellery , paintings , perfumes , printed fabrics , silver , tea , and of course the spices.

    Probably the best way of seeing the island . While taking tourists on a walking tour , local guides will pluck bunches of leaves from various bushes and ask visitors to guess what they are . Most will be found in the average kitchen spice rack – black pepper , chillies , cinnamon , cloves , coconut , garlic , ginger , lemon grass , nutmeg , turmeric and vanilla.


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