A paradise for those wishing to escape from the stresses of the Western world

Zanzibar, famous for its fascinating history, romantic tales of kings and princesses, racial/religious mix, peace and tranquility, is a paradise for those wishing to escape from the stresses of the Western world. It is a heaven for those who love swimming, water sports, game fishing or just undiluted relaxation. It offers fabulous SCUBA and snorkeling and is home to some of the most luxurious resorts in the world. Both Pembe and Zanzibar islands are blessed with palm lined white sand beaches, coral reefs, sea turtles and other virgin marine life.

As for history, culture and art, Zanzibar is the junction of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. It was the origin of the trading route to Africa (thus the birth place of the trading language of Swahili) with a multitude of items traded ranging from spices to slaves. In more recent times, only Zanzibar's exotic mix could serve as the birthplace for the late legendary rock star Freddy Mercury. Old Stone Town, with its fascinating mixture of architecture, has been honored by UNESCO as a 'World Heritage Site'.

To the eco-tourist, one has the chance to visit the spice plantations, swimming with dolphins and touring the unique Jozani Forest Reserve to see the rare Red Colobus monkeys.

Just the name Zanzibar, evokes dreams of romance and the exotic. It's beaches are among the best in the world. The reality will not disappoint the traveler longing for an enlightening and enjoyable holiday experience Of course if you have pure relaxation, SCUBA, snorkeling or deep sea fishing in mind, we can make arrangements at a variety of resorts catering to most any budget.

STONE TOWN TOUR

The tour starts from wherever the you prefer to be picked up. You will receive a comprehensive view of the Stone Town, it's sand and stone ancient built houses, some of them have Arab/Indian carved doors and the architecture which helps to define Zanzibar's fame. We will proceed to the main city market, 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 which was built by Bishop Steers in 1873 on the side of the Old Slave Market. There is a cross in the church which is made of wood from the tree under which the famed Dr. David Livingstone died. Next to the church you will visit the slave chambers, tiny rooms in which the slaves were kept in preparation to their auction. From here we continue our tour to the Sultan's Palace Museum, House of Wonders (Beit-el-ajaib built in 1883 and bombarded by the British Fleet in 1886), next to this you can also see the Old Fort, (built in 1700), moving along the sea front we come to the Jamituri Gardens where you can spend your evenings leisurely watching the brilliant sunset while you are enjoying the locally made dishes. From here we drive you to The Africa House formerly known as English Club, we then come to Tippu Tip house, (A notorious slave trader). We round up our tour by taking you to the museum of Natural History and Peace Memorial Museum.

JOZANI FOREST TOUR

Jozani Forest lies 35kms Southeast of Zanzibar Town with an area of about 1,000 hectares, it is a natural forest where in times past you could find leopards and antelopes. It is the remains of what once covered the entire center of Zanzibar Island. At present it is the habitat for the Red Colobus Monkeys (Colobus badius kirkii) and the Blue Sykes Monkey. The Red Colobus monkey is one of the most endangered and rarest species in the world. They are extremely friendly animals that seem to love to be photographed and can be viewed at very close range by the help of your guide.You may also get a glimpse of various butterflies, birds and snakes. Zanzibar is renown for it's unique variety of creatures native only to this island. Other interesting features suitable for tourist in this forest include the coastal evergreen bush-land, mangrove forest, saline grassland and ground water forest, although requiring longer walks to reach, they are well worth the effort.

SPICE TOUR

Zanzibar is also known as "The Island of Spices", whose name evokes a romantic past embalmed in the aroma of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and lemon grass. This tour starts with a drive through a profusion of greenery in the countryside seeing, smelling and tasting a variety of mouth-watering tropical seasonal fruits, some examples are: jack fruit, pineapple, banana, green coconut (madafu), dourian, love apple (matufaa), litche (shoki-shoki), soursop (mabungo) and starfruit (carambola). Some of the spices are cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric and nutmeg - are as exotic as the flavor. 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 the Kidichi Persian Baths built in 1850 by Seyyid Said bin Sultan for his Persian wife Princess Sheherezade granddaughter of the Shah of Persia, you will also visit the Maruhubi Palace Ruins built by the third Sultan of Zanzibar Seyyid Barghash for his 99 concubines.

SUNSET DHOW CRUISE

This tour starts an hour before sunset. The guests are picked from their hotels and transferred to the departure point at the sea front, where the guests then board the dhow. The skilled crew on board take the dhow about 1 km away from the shore by means of an engine, once out in the sea the engine is shut off. During a tense moment the skillful crew put up the sail. When the sail is in favor of the wind, the guests can sit back and relax while enjoying the tranquility of the ocean, as the dhow glides through the water. While savoring your glass of wine, you can watch the wonder of the fiery golden sun setting beyond the horizon.

PRISON ISLAND

Prison Island or Changuu Island is the middle island of the three visible from the Stone Town, it takes approximately 30 minutes to get there by boat. The prison on this island was built in 1893, intended for disobedient slaves of the islands wealthy Arab owner. It was later used as a quarantine Hospital. Changuu has a frangipani lined path around the island where the former patients took their evening walks. In present times, it is hard to imagine it as anything except pure paradise. Apart from the Prison ruins, you can also see the beautiful peacocks and the enormous giant tortoises, some of which are over a 100 years old. These tortoises were brought here from Seychelles by Sultan Said in the 1820's. Efforts are being made to protect the eggs of the tortoise. The island is a superb scenario for the photographer. A self walking safari covers the island in approximately 15 minutes. On this little paradise you can indulge in swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing. The option of merely relaxing and enjoying the peacefulness of this beautiful island is also one that will stay in your memory for a lifetime.

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