VISITE DE LA VILLE DE STONE TOWN

Departs: Daily from 9h00 – 11h00 (4hrs)
From the hotel, a 45 minute drive to Stone Town, a 2 hour guided visit and a 45 minute drive back to the hotel.

This orientation Stone Town tour takes you through a historical tour of the old Stone town of Zanzibar. Among the selected points to be visited are:

  • The Anglican Church (1874) built on the site of the former slave market.
  • The National Museum ( opened in (1925)
  • Tip Tippu House with its nice Carved door; this was the residence of a famous slave trader.
  • House of Wonders (1883)
  • Palace Museum – former residence of the Sultan (1911 – 64)

You will walk from tip Tippu house to the Old Fort (oldest structure in Stone Town) 15 – 25 minutes passing through Kenyatta Road, old post office and Gizenga street.

Walking down the narrow lanes of Stone Town, the tour gives an opportunity to see some splendid architecture like the miniature sample of the famous doors and chests with their studded brass decorations.

There are also a variety of spices, antiques and gift shops along the way.

Spice
Tour

Departs: Daily 9h00 – 11h00 (4hrs)

From the hotel, a 1 hour drive to Stone Town, a 2 hour guided visit through the spice farm and an 1 hour drive back to the hotel.

As the name suggests, this is a tour to some wonderful gardens containing exotic spices and fruit trees. Taste a variety of fruits from rose apple to bread fruit! Savor different spices in their aromatic taste,c loves, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, cardamon, nutmeg and many others.

Many of these have medicinal properties and are commonly used even today.

PRISON ISLAND

Departs: Daily 9h00 – 11h00 (4hrs)

From the hotel,
a 45 minute drive to Stone Town, a 20 minute boat ride, 2 hour tour, 20 minute boat ride back and a 45 minute drive back to the hotel.

Earning its name as a former prison for slaves and a quarantine station for Zanzibar and the mainland, This island lies just off the Old Stone Town and is home to giant tortoises that were imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century.Now it is more commonly known as the home of Zanzibar’s Giant Aldabran Tortoise colony, some of which are over a hundred years old! This endangered species came to Zanzibar as a gift from the government of the Seychelles. Once on the island, you have the opportunity to feed and pet the tortoises.

Jozani Forest

Depart: Daily 9h00 – 3h00 (2h30)

This forest is one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world of the red Colubus monkey. The monkeys are wild, but it is possible to get close to them and they carry on their normal activities as though human visitors do not exist. Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative. A walk through this impressive flora and fauna is one of the highlights Zanzibar has to offer.

At Jozani, you will also visit the Mangrove swamp and walk around the Mangrove forest.

Butterfly Center

Depart: Daily 9h00 – 15h00 (30-40mins)

usually combined with Jozani forest.

The Zanzibar Butterfly Centre (ZBC) is an interactive butterfly exhibit near to Jozani-Chawka Bay National Park, though outside the park boundaries. The exhibit consists of a netted tropical garden with usually hundreds of butterflies, all of which are native species to Zanzibar. The enclosure is one of Africa’s largest butterfly exhibits and provides residents and tourists of Zanzibar with an interactive and visual environment to learn about butterflies.

At ZBC it is possible to experience butterflies feeding and flying very close at hand and to witness the complete life cycle of many species. The butterflies (in pupae form) are farmed sustainably by people from the villages around Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park.

Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will greet you on your arrival and during the tour will explain the background to the project and about butterfly life cycle and ecology.

SAFARI BLEU

D part tous les jours 9h00 (journ e compl te)

Le trajet jusqu’à l’embarcadère dure 30 minutes, et la promenade en bateau 1 heure.

Le départ de l’excursion se trouve au village de Kizimkazi, au sud de Zanzibar, à trente minutes de l’hôtel. Vous naviguerez à travers les magnifiques récifs préservés de la baie de Menai pendant une heure et demie, puis vous jetterez l’ancre sur un superbe banc de sable. Là, vous pourrez vous relaxer, nager ou plonger avec masque et tuba. Vous aurez également la possibilité de savourer sur le pouce noix de coco fraîches, produits locaux et boissons non alcoolisées.

À midi, votre chef vous préparera un poisson grillé savoureux assorti de riz, de sauce et de salade. Ensuite, une assiette de délicieux fruits tropicaux vous sera servie en guise de dessert. À vous le soleil, le sable blanc, les récifs chatoyants : un paysage hors du commun.

DOLPHIN TOUR

Depart: Daily 6h00 (3hrs)

The most popular dolphin spotting location in Zanzibar is in Kizimkazi village located on the Southern coast where you can see both bottle-nose and humpback dolphins.

Dolphin tour is best very early in the morning, because in the afternoon as the sun rises sea water tends to become warm, therefore dolphins dive deep down the sea bottom to escape heat. Although dolphin-spotting is a popular activity, sightings aren’t guaranteed 100%, and actually managing to swim with dolphins is a rare occurrence, like with other wild animals spotting dolphins require time and patience as they are not confined in a cage or a zoo, they are in their natural environment.

Dolphin trips last two to three hours. If Dolphins are spotted early, which they are, you will be back in time to enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.

Seaweed Farming

Seaweed farms are generally located in shallow, calm and constantly warm waters, but only where the bottom is sandy. The weed was introduced in Zanzibar from the Philippines in 1988. Every morning, with the first low tide of the day, women and children go to work at sea. Ropes are tightened, linking the sticks opposite and forming a kind of suspended structure, which has to remain under water even at very low tide.

Seaweed grows quickly and can be harvested after only two weeks, and is then carried to the village, where it is left to dry out. Almost everywhere, spread on large mats, on tarmac, or, more professionally, hanged on long wood structures which are lined on the beach.

The dried weeds are sold on the spot to agencies located in each village. The product is shipped by container to northern Europe, where it is processed further and is finally used in medicines, cosmetics and in the preservation of foods and beers.

COCONUT

The people of coastal Zanzibar rely on this palm to meet most of their basic needs.

The tree provides branches to make shelter, food, drink, rope, oil for cooking and skin, cooking implements, drinking cups, soap, even rudimentary toothbrushes.The Local woman make rope from coconut husks.

The husks are left to soak in the sea and sun for some weeks until they start to disintegrate into wet fibres. These are dried and cleaned by pounding them with a wooden stick until all excess moisture and debris is expelled.

Women then roll small lengths of rough rope from the fibres and pleat these together into longer lengths of rope that can be used to make local beach beds, or combined into larger ropes for anchors