Zanzibar, locally known as Unjuga, is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa
It is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands and several islets. Located about 40 km from the Tanzanian coast, Zanzibar Island is 96 km long and 32 km wide, occupying a total area of approximately 1,660 sq. km.
Zanzibar’s brilliant white beaches lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean provide the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and take a break from some busy sightseeing. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches in Zanzibar, and some are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is likely to be the ocean
A Tangawonders Tours & Safari offers you the chance to experience the vibrant cultures, tastes, sites and stunning beaches of the 800km coastline of Tanzania. You can visit the fish market in Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar, the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar. There you can visit the sights of Stone Town, Zanzibar’s capital, with intricately carved wooden doors, overhanging balconies, narrow streets, bustling little shops, galleries, antique shops or else head for the crystal-clear waters of the island’s incredible palm-fringed beaches. Alternatively, we can take you to the paradise of Pemba. This tiny island has fewer visitors and therefore less tourist infrastructure but offers green valleys, plantations and a stunning coastline.
It is a wonderful introduction of Zanzibar that gives you the feeling of the rich cultural heritage. One gets a comprehensive view, history and walk of the Stone Town. Magnificent architecture, narrow alleys, sand and stone ancient built houses where some of them are over 200 Years old that have Arab/Indian carved wooden doors.
We begin this tour at the main City market which was opened in 1904, where tropical fruits, vegetables, spices and fresh fish from the island are sold. Our next stop will be at the Anglican Church of Christ built by Bishop Steers in 1873 on the site where slaves were being auctioned.
Other highlights on our historical stone town tour are a visit to
»Sultan’s Palace (Now a Museum) – Built in the late 1890’s for members of the Royal Sultan’s family.
»House of Wonders – Built in 1883 as a Royal ceremonial function Palace.
»The Africa House – Formerly known as English Club.
»Jamituri Gardens where you can spend your evenings leisurely watching the brilliant sunset while enjoying the locally made dishes, Zanzibar pizza and barbequed sea food.
»Visit of The Old Fort – Built by Arabs for defense against the Portuguese.
Its primary objective is to give you a complete picture as to why this beautiful island is known as “The Spice Island”
Our tour starts with a drive through a profusion of greenery in the countryside seeing, smelling and tasting a variety of spices and mouth-watering tropical seasonal fruits such as jack fruit, pineapple, banana, green coconut juice, dourian, love apple, litche, soursop etc.
Spices such as cloves, cardamon, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, vanilla, and nutmeg – are as exotic as the flavour….etc.
A full tour involves much more than spices, and you will also have a chance to see the iodine plant, heena bush, ylang-ylang, the lipstick tree, cocoa, and coffee trees.
The tour also includes a visit to
»Kidichi Persian Baths built in 1850 by Seyyid Said bin Sultan for his Persian wife Princess Sheherezade granddaughter of the Shah of Persia.
»Maruhubi Palace Ruins built by the third Sultan of Zanzibar Seyyid Barghash for his concubines.
»Dr Livingstone’s House built in 1860 for Sultan Majid. Dr David Livingstone lived here before commencing his last journey to the mainland interior.
Prison Island or by another name Changuu Island is the middle islet of the three visible from the Stone town, it takes approximately 30 minutes to get there by a wooden boat powered by and outboard engine. The prison on this island was built in 1893, which was later used as a Quarantine Hospital.
Please note that the only interesting part on this island is to see the giant tortoises that were brought to this island from Seychelles by Sultan Said in the 1820’s.
One can also swim, snorkel, sunbath or just relax and enjoy the peacefulness that this beautiful island has to offer. The owner of the hotel built on Changuu island do not allow the day visitors to move or go around the island.
Jozani Forest lies 35kms South-East of Zanzibar Town with an area of about 1,000 hectares, it is the only remaining natural forest on Unguja island where long ago you could find leopards and antelopes.
At present it is the habitat for the Red Colobus Monkeys and the Blue Sykes Monkey.
The Red Colobus monkey is one of the most endangered and rarest species on this planet. The Red Colobus monkeys that are found in this Forest are very friendly and love to be photographed and can be viewed at close quarters by the help of your guide.
Other interesting features in this forest include the coastal evergreen bushland, mangrove forest, saline grassland and ground water forest, though these may require longer walks to reach.
The drive from town to Kizimkazi a small village to the southern point of the island takes one hour. The surface of the Kizimkazi channel is broken by the skimming arcs of wild bottle-nosed dolphins.
Here you are taken by an outboard engine boat into the sea to see the dolphins, and if lucky you will be able to swim quite close with them, as they are very friendly and playful.
Please note that: the dolphins at Kizimkazi are wild but there is an 85% chance of seeing these mammals.
Snorkeling is also part of this tour (snorkeling equipment can be hired at the site). Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th Century Mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa, the return trip includes a visit to this Mosque which still contains the famous Kufic scripts in its walls.
Please do not forget to take your towels, shorts and swim wear when you take this tour.
Note: Lunch is not included on this tour but can be obtained at the site.
Nungwi is located on the North tip of Zanzibar island, 1 hour 15 minutes drive from the Stone town. Nungwi has crystal clear waters, an excellent place for diving, snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing.
This trip leads you through the Mangapwani cave which is a 30 minutes drive from Zanzibar town. After the official closure of the Slave Market in June 1873, this cave was a secret hideout from where slaves were kept illegally then transported by dhow upto 1911. You will then proceed to Nungwi which is an hours drive from the cave.
Other highlights of this tour are:
» Visit a site where local villagers build dhows using traditional tools.
» Visit the natural turtle aquarium.
» Visit to a typical Zanzibari village.
» Swim, sunbath or buy a package of water-sports.
This tour starts from the shore of Stone Town an hour before sunset.
After you step onboard the vessel, the skilled crew on board take the dhow about 1km away from the shore by means of an engine, once out in the sea the engine is shut off and during a tense moment the skilful crew put up the sail, once the sail is in favour of the wind, the guest can sit back, relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the ocean as you hear the ripple of water on the sides of the dhow as it glides swiftly through the clear turquoise water.
One can savour a glass of chilled wine, cocktail, beer or soft drink as you watch the magnificent Stone Town shore line as you glide by silently.
Your breath will be taken away by the wonder of the fiery golden-sun setting beyond the horizon as it makes the sky a magical canvas of shades of pinks, purples, blues and orange. As you head back for stone town the wind gently blows into the Latin sail which is truly mesmerizing.
Experience the boat excursion at Minai bay in Zanzibar.
After breakfast we will drive you to Fumba Village on the South West of Zanzibar where you will board a traditional dhow with other guests to experience the beauty of the Minai bay conservation area, and get a chance to see the dolphins, swim at one of the pristine sandbanks, visit the islets and snorkel at the coral reefs.
Safari Blue is a full day trip and includes use of snorkeling equipment with guides and instructors, ice-cold sodas, mineral water and beer, buffet lunch of delicious Zanzibari seafood that includes grilled fish, slipper lobster & calamari. Seasonal fruits and coffee will also be served.
When the tide is high you will also explore the natural lagoon found on Kwale islet, this lagoon is surrounded by a mangrove forest where you will swim for an unforgettable experience.
We round the day off by returning to Fumba by a traditional lanteen sail.
Enjoy yourself with snorkeling as Indian ocean boast of its exotic coral reefs, attractive marine creatures and fantastic white sandy beaches to spoil you during and after snorkeling . Miss not to explore and prove our richness in natural attractions as we confidently proud of our stunning natural attractions and inviting you to experience.
Part of the fun of a holiday is trying new things and living in a different way to how you do at home. You can make a big difference by only supporting the type of tourism that is not harmful to the environment and is supportive of local communities. Furahia Tour & Safaris provides more enjoyable experiences through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues