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An extension to Zanzibar for a beach holiday / vacation can be the perfect
to your safari
- Great Snorkeling
- Interesting Culture
Zanzibar is an island about 23 miles off the
East African Coast. Its very name evokes romantic associations -
smell of spices, images of narrow streets, Arab chests, carved
doors, coral reefs. It is a tourists paradise, with tranquil, warm
tropical waters, many miles of beautiful sandy beaches on the Indian
Ocean. Zanzibar has a rich and ancient past, having been the center
for travelers sailing from distant lands of the Middle East by
Zanzibar was once the main trading center for the whole of East
Africa. Due to the generally slower pace of life, its tranquility
EXCURSIONS AND PLACES TO VISIT
As the name suggest this
is a tour to some wonderful gardens and farms around the island
containing exotic and endemic spice and fruit trees. Many of these
have medicinal properties and are still commonly used. The visitor
can taste a variety of fruits from rose apple to guava, carambola to
tamarind! Savor different spices in their most aromatic state:
cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla, black pepper and many
The Spice Tour also
includes stops at historical monuments which are not in the Stone
Town: the Maruhubi Palace ruins and the Kidichi Persian baths. Most
importantly the visitor will see much more of this lush, tropical
island and learn a great deal about the climate and agriculture and
the lives of the people.
STONE TOWN TOUR:
Among the selected
places visited are:
CENTRAL MARKET (built in 1904)
- the busiest place in town where fish, fruits, vegetables, and
spices are sold seven days a week. It is fascinating to watch the
‘shamba’ lorries - trucks with locally-constructed wooden bodies -
being loaded and unloaded
Zanzibar was the hub of the slave trade in East Africa, until 1873
when it was abolished. On this site now stands a church.
MUSEUM (opened in 1925)
Here can be found a collection of portraits of past Sultans and
their documents, and relics of early explorers - including Dr.
Livingstone's medicine chest and local arts and crafts.
TIPPU TIP’S HOUSE -
with its outstanding carved door; the residence of Africa’s most
notorious ivory and slave trader
BEIT-AL-AJAIB- House of Wonders (1883) - Sultan Barghash’s
fabulous palace on the seafront Admired for its high ceilings and
towering pillars, this used to be the Sultans Palace
PALACE MUSEUM -
former residence of the Sultan (1911-64)
the oldest structure in the Stone Town
LIVINGSTONE HOUSE -
This house was once placed by the Sultan Seyyid Majid for use by
the European explorer David Livingstone, while in preparation for
his expedition to the mainland in 1866.
The walk from Tippu
Tip’s house to the Old Fort at the seafront takes 15-25 minutes
passing through Kenyatta road, past the Old Post Office and along
Gizenga Street. Walking down the narrow lanes of the stone town tour
gives the guests an opportunity to see some splendid architecture
like miniature samples of the famous Arab doors and chests with
their studded brass decorations, also fascinating glimpses of life
as black shrouded women pass silently back and forth. There are also
a variety of spices, antique and gift shops along the way.
These are just
some of the Hotels and Lodges that are most commonly used. We can
accommodate you at any of the hotels of your choice!
Box 1700, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa
(+255 - 27) - 2543336 / 2544186 / 2548924 / 2544308
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