Things you will do when you travel with us in a small group
Snorkel on the magnificent coral reefs
Spot playful dolphins
Sail in a traditional Dhow from South to North Zanzibar
Party and chill on a private sandbank
Sail to Prisoners Island to cuddle with giant tortoise
Meet up with the Masaï
Visit the Red Monkeys in the nature park
Taste spices and smell perfumes on a spice farm and get a cooking class
Visit an all women cooperative of seaweed
Stroll through the ancient parts of Magical Stonetown
The Zanzibar Experience
Travel time: 9 days
Travel period: 3 December (arrival in Zanzibar) - 11 December (fly out from Zanzibar) 2022
Price: 1990 euro pp
Pick up at the airport and transfer by minibus to your beachfront boutique hotel in Jambiani on the amazing east coast of Zanzibar.
Here you can relax, soak up the sun, idle around the pool, have a swim in the turquoise water of the ocean and rest from you journey.
If you are not too tired, we take you to see the next new sustainable industry of Zanzibar, mainly run by women: the planting and harvesting of seaweed. The gel obtained from the seaweed is used in cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical products.
After breakfast, we will board our minibus for a drive to the Jozani Forest Natural Park, where we will meet our guide, who will take us into the jungle to observe the red monkeys, a rare species of monkey found only in the island of Zanzibar.
We will end the visit to the monkey park with a walk through the mangrove forest.
In the afternoon we can enjoy the beach or the hotel pool in Jambiani.
Today depending on the tides, we carry out the activity in the morning or in the afternoon.
We will sail on a Dhow, a typical Zanzibar boat made of wood and with triangular fabric sails. Our captain will take us to snorkel through coral reefs, where we can see a magnificent and colorful seabed.
Today we will discover first hand why Zanzibar is also called the island of spices. Here we will be guided through this huge farm where all kinds of spices and fruits are grown. We will see cardamom bushes and clove and cinnamon trees, and our guide will explain the culinary and medicinal qualities of all the spices that are grown here. He will eat mangoes and jackfruit straight from the tree and drink freshly harvested coconut juice. A wonderful initiation into the world of spices that we use so much in the kitchen at home. After the visit we will have a Swahili cooking workshop with products grown on the farm and cooked in the traditional way. We finish tasting the food we have prepared.
Since we had a packed programme the last few days and probably a late White Night, today is a resting day in which you can do whatever you want.
If you long for some more activity, like kite surfing, sailing or snorkelling we will gladly be of help.
Today we continue to enjoy our day off and in the evening we invite you to a La Noche Blanca party on the beach. Everyone dresses in white to enjoy dinner and live music.
Today we prepare our bags because we travel to Stone Town, the mythical capital of Zanzibar.
In Swahili, safari means travel and we will do a Safari Blue by sea. A day trip where we sail with a local fisherman in a traditional dhow to a few islands and sandbanks. If we are lucky, we may spot humpback and bottlenose dolphins.
The first stop will be at a sandbank where you can snorkel and admire beautiful multicolored marine life: butterfly fish, angel fish, clown fish, corals, shellfish and the occasional octopus. After the bath, we make a short break to taste local fruits such as fresh coconut, mangosteen, mango, pineapple and banana.
Those are the appetizers because afterwards a traditional Zanzibari barbecue awaits us with fish, octopus, squid and rice, all fresh and served directly from the grill.
At the end of the day we will return to our Hotel in the center of the city.
After breakfast, we will take a boat to the nearby island of Changu, also known as slave island and turtle island. The island was used until the 19th century to lock up slaves before they were shipped, but it also served on occasion as a place of quarantine (how appropriate in these times) for ships and their crew before entering Stone Town on the island. major. Today, the former prison is a museum and a restaurant. But the island's main attraction is the giant tortoises. These old (the oldest is 190 years old!) and gentle creatures are free to roam here and are descendants of Maldivian tortoises that were taken as gifts.
After this visit, we will have lunch in a local restaurant where they only serve very varied traditional food.
In the afternoon we stroll through the old town and we will get to know some of its most emblematic corners.
For dinner we have tapas at the night market with views of the sea and finish off this charming stay in Zanzibar.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport
* 9 days, 8 nights hotel based on a shared double room
* All breakfasts
* Dutch/English/French/German/Spanish-speaking guide, plus local guides.
* All entrance tickets to the places we visit
* All boat trips and excursions
* All transfers by minibus and/or boat
Rock Travel will provide you of course upfront with all necessary information on e-visa and health requirements for visiting Zanzibar.
The price does not include:
* Flights to and from Zanzibar
- Lunch and dinner
* Alcoholic drinks
* Personal expenses
* Traveller’s visum for Zanzibar (Tanzania)
* Travel insurance
* Cancellation insurance
* Health tests