Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

22nd Feb 19
  • Arrival Zanzibar and transfer to your hotel (D)

    Upon arrival you will be picked up from ZNZ Kisauni airport and transferred to your hotel.

    Note: one group airport transfer is arranged. Additional can be arranged at extra cost.

    Overnight Diamonds Mapenzi or similar.

Day 02

23rd Feb 19
  • Jozani Forest & Pete Nature Explorer with Seaweed Center visit either in the morning or in the afternoon (B, L, D)

    This tour is perfect for those who want to experience both Zanzibar’s natural treasures and village life at close quarters, and help preserve it. A day not to be missed by nature lovers! We have designed this tour in such a way that the people of Pete & Paje village can generate an income from tourism, and the fees from your visit will be used to preserve this stunning natural reserve.

    You will most likely start your tour with a guided walk deep into Jozani Forest. While much of Zanzibar’s nature has been lost to agriculture and construction, Jozani’s varied and fascinating flora and fauna is still very much intact and well worth exploring. Very tall mahogany trees, mangrove swamps, dry coral rag forest and salt marshes provide for an impressive variety and number of life forms. The forest is home to Sykes and Vervet monkeys, bush babies, elephant shrews, bush pigs, civet cats, chameleons and several larger snakes, as well as 40-50 species of butterflies and birds; but the endemic Kirk’s Red Colobus monkeys are arguably its most famous inhabitants. Each monkey has a distinctive facial expression. They are not afraid of humans, so it’s easy (and fun!) to watch them jumping from tree to tree, grooming and feeding.

    Then, we will board oxcarts and ride through the villages that surround the forest towards the Pete inlet. After a lovely Swahili lunch we will explore the mangrove forest by wooden canoe. A visit to the Zanzibar Butterfly Center will round off your day exploring Zanzibar’s nature. This successful community project maintains the largest butterfly enclosure in East Africa;

    it aims to protect Zanzibar’s many indigenous species of butterflies.

    In addition we will visit the Seaweed Center (10 km away from Jozani Forest Park) to get an idea of the tidal effect and how local women make an income through harvesting seaweed. We will visit the Seaweed Center either in the morning or in the afternoon (during low tide).

    Overnight Diamonds Mapenzi  or similar.

Day 03

24th Feb 19
  • Day at leisure (B, D)

    Enjoy a day at Leisure at the beach or optional water activities.

    Overnight Diamonds Mapenzi or similar.

Day 04

25th Feb 19
  • Stone TownHeritage Walk and Prison Island Tour with Snorkeling at the coral reef of Bawe Island (B, D)

    08.00 pick up & transfer from Bwejuu to Stone Town

    09.15 Stone Town Heritage Walk with private English speaking guide & including all entrance fees

    Walk with us along the narrowest streets in the world during this half day tour. Within three well-invested hours you will gain a good understanding of the fascinating history of Zanzibar’s capital city and its significant areas, buildings and historical sites. You will soon notice how Zanzibar’s cosmopolitan roots (Arabs, Indians, Yemenis, Persians, Portuguese, British, Chinese and others) blend with African traditions to shape its unique culture.

    We start with a visit to Stone Town’s colourful main market in Darajani, which is bustling with locals selling fresh vegetables and baskets of tropical fruits.
    We continue to the site of the former slave market and the Anglican cathedral built in 1873.
    From there we’ll visit with you the palace of the former Sultan of Zanzibar, the 'Hamamni Persian Bath', the Old Fort which is next to the 'House of Wonders' and many other buildings that reflect the variety of cultural influences.
    There are distinctive features of Arab and Indian urban architecture to discover at every turn, such as the famous Zanzibar doors, elaborately carved with ornaments and verses from the Q’ran (Arab) or plants and animals (Indian) and decorated with brass studs, quaint balconies and verandas, small hidden gardens, saint’s graves, and much more.

    14.00 Prison Island Tour with Snorkeling at the coral garden of Bawe Island (a neighbor island of Prison Island with much healthier and colorful reef)

    About 20 minutes by boat from Forodhani area lies Changuu, also known as Prison Island. That name is misleading; although the once impressive building, erected in 1893 by Lloyd Mathews under orders of the British administrators, was originally intended as a prison, it never housed criminals. The island was, however, reportedly used by an Arab slave trader to contain the feistier and more troublesome slaves he had brought from the African mainland. Later it became a quarantine station - but mostly it was a conveniently located leisure spot for the wealthier townsfolk. The old prison's crumbling cells can still be seen today; they provide shelter for the resident peacocks and the giant Aldabra tortoises that Sultan Seyyid Said brought from the Seychelles in the 1820's. Some of them are almost a hundred years old.
    The island is also an ideal place for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, or simply relaxing on the white sandy beach.

    The much healthier and colorful coral reef of Bawe Island (a neighbor island of Prison Island), is were we take our guests for snorkeling. We have 3 dive sites around the island. On the South side, a long shallow reef stretches the whole side of the island, ideal for snorkelers and beginner divers. Deeper big coral bommies, which are home to some massive Titan trigger fish, interchange with sandy patches on which huge barrel sponges grow.

    18.00 Sun downer & dinner at Emerson On Hurumzi Roof Top Teahouse.

    Overnight at Jafferji House & Spa or similar

Day 05

26th Mar 19
  • Departure from Zanzibar (B)

    Today you will be picked up & transfer from Stone Town to ZNZ Kisauni airport

    Note: one group airport transfer is arranged. Additional can be arranged at extra cost.