What to see and do in Zanzibar

You can either sit by the pool or on the beach all day for your entire stay if you wish, or fill every day with the magic and discovery that you will find in all corners of Zanzibar. The island is rich with history, culture and natural wonders.

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Car, Motorbike & Bike Rental

We can organise both car and motorbike/scooter rental for you, just ask when you make your booking.

You require either an international driving license or a permit that we can help to arrange for you, just let us know when you make your booking.

Safari in Tanzania

As it happens my sister runs a safari company, ...who would have thought such a coincidence was possible. So, you can check out here page here: www.riftsafari.com which we know is only in Italian, but we are working on it.

If you need to contact her she speaks perfect english, or of course you can just talk to us when you make your booking.

Blue Safari

A Dhow trip to discover the beautiful marine landscapes studded with small atolls, desert islands, marine caves and sand banks re-emerging for a few hours from the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

The safari begins at Menai bay a wonderful Marine conservation area established in 1988, often frequented by dolphins and the day will be devoted to snorkelling and relaxing on white temporary beaches.

This is a full-day trip inclusive of traditional Zanzibari lunch based on grilled fish, rice cooked in water of coconut, seafood and exotic fruits. It includes beverages (except alcohol). At sunset we return sailing through a forest of mangroves.

Chumbe Island

Located just off Stone Town, about 30 minutes by boat, Chumbe Island is was the first private marine reserves in Tanzania. The pristine coral reef offers one of the most beautiful snorkelling in the world.

It's possible to arrange snorkelling trips to the island [diving is not allowed] however, daily access, depends on the number of people present on the island [the island is also a multi award winning resort] therefore can be granted only a few days ahead. Please enquire once here. If available, you can also book a courtesy room.

Duration: full day with possibility to dine in Stone Town before returning.

Diving and Snorkeling

For more information and prices just let us know that you are interested when you make your booking or talk to us when you are here and we will be happy to make arrangements for you.

Dolphin Safari

Dolphins are wondrous creatures. A special bond exists between humans and dolphins, a unique relationship that extends beyond conventional methods of communication and transcends human tendencies to seek out members of the same species. Their behaviour is some time amazing: it happened that a dolphin shepherd a woman back to the boat after he detected the second heartbeat !

In Zanzibar you can meet both bottlenose dolphins and humpback dolphins anyway bottlenose dolphins are most commonly sighted. These are well known for their playful and carefree nature while humpback dolphins do not tend to approach as close as the Bottlenose.

The contact with humans, during interaction sessions, depends on the free will of the dolphins. Their choice to approach guided groups of snorkelers or divers is not based on any reinforcement.

Fishing Trips

Depending on the season you can expect to catch Billfish Striped Marlin, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Broadbill, Sailfish, Short-bill Spearfish, Tuna, Giant Trevally, Kingfish, Dorado, Wahoo and Barracuda.

SMALL FISHING - You will exit in Ngalawa, the typical boat used by local fishermen when fishing small fish near the reef. Those who does not like fishing can go along and enjoy some snorkelling.

BIG FISHING - By car you will reach Kizimkazi from where you'll exit in open sea by fibreglass boat and start trawling fishing. You can expect to fish dorado, tuna, marlins, Kingfish ... The fish should be divided with the captain and we will be happy to cook your catch at Paje by Night in the style you will prefer.

Jozani Forest and Mangrove Park

This excursion is an interesting alternative to any sea activity. The protected forest covers an area of 10 sq km between Chwaka bay and Uzi bay and lays on paleocorals ground.

Along with the mangroves forest to North and the marshes to the south, it forms a rich set of different natural habitats. Walking through it paths you are expected to meet huge Red Mahogany trees, oil palms, Pandanus Rabaiense ficus which stunning aerial roots provide support and oxygen to the plant during themonsoon season when the forest is flooded.

Dwelling, from the silence of the forest emerge the songs of the birds of Jozani: the Akelat; the green-Babul of Zanzibar; the Nettarina olivacea; the crowned Bucero; the acute whistling of the Columbus Red Monkeys of Zanzibar; the sounds produced by the tusks of the Patacomero (distant relative of the Boar), which scours the ground to get roots and tubers.

Mangapwani

The charming small beach of Mangapwani is located about 20 km north of Stone Town and nearby are several natural caves, hidden in dense vegetation, used to hide slaves in the past centuries.

The trip can be combined with the view of Stone Town or done alone for a romantic afternoon. There is a small restaurant and you can enjoy the place until time come to sunset in the sea waters.

North Coast Wild Tour

A day dedicated to visit the island from South to North. Zanzibar is composed of distinct habitats: the east coast, with little rainfall, has a less luxuriant vegetation than the west coast and is substantially more arid. Most of trees are palms and baobabs.

The centre and the western section of the island are very green and lush, with many palms and banana trees, ficus, mahogany, rice paddies, spices and fruit trees. While the coast has suffered a major tourist development, the interior has remained authentic and you'll cross small villages with mud-houses placed in dense vegetation where the lifestyle has remained virtually unchanged.

Prison Island

Just a few miles off Stone Stone there are numerous islands and among them is Prison Island [Changu Island]. This trip combines the charm of snorkelling in shallow water nearby the reef to the visit of giant tortoises.

Once these animals were circulating freely on the island but in order to protect them from poachers they have now been locked in a protected area. The island has also historical relevance and you can visit the ruins of buildings used to hide slaves whose trade continued despite slavery abolition. On the The island there is a small store and a restaurant.

Reef Walk

The times of low tide offers the opportunity for beautiful walks toward the reef, first encountering various species of starfish, then the first corals and later on the first tropical fishes.

The barrier can never be reached on foot and at some point you will continue by boat. If you get out without a guide, remember that when the tide starts to come back it's time to return to the beach or you will have to face quite challenging swim.

Spice Tour

Zanzibar is the island of spices. In past centuries it achieved fame and wealth thriving on trade and became the capital of Oman. A visit to a plantation is certainly very interesting for the wide variety of spices and fruits there grown which includes cloves, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, citronella grass, saffron and curious fruits like tope tope.

The spice plantations are located in the middle of the island, where the rains are more abundant and not far from Stone Town. The visit to the plantation can be combined with an excursion to the ancient capital for a bit of shopping and a drink at sunset.

Stone Town

Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar. Despite the abandonment following independence, the town plan has remained intact and is most likely the finest example of Merchant Swahili settlements in East Africa.

Most of the buildings were built in the IXX century when Zanzibar, still under the influence of the Oman Empire, was one of the most important commercial centres of the Indian Ocean together with the island of Lamu, Kenya. The narrow winding streets of the city recall the Arab and North African medinas but there is clearly a fusion of different styles. The buildings are characterised by large windows, sometimes inlaid coloured glass, loggias, balconies and verandas typically colonial and by the finely worked wooden doors typically Indio-Arabic.

Want to know more

For more information and prices just let us know that you are interested when you make your booking or talk to us when you are here and we will be happy to make arrangements for you.

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