Zanzibar (Various Sites), Tanzania

Zanzibar (Various Sites), Tanzania

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8th - 11th March, 2025

A:    Stone Town

Stone Town is a fine example of the Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa which is UNESCO World Heritage Site. It retains its urban fabric and townscape virtually intact and contains many buildings that has brought together and homogenized disparate elements of the cultures of Africa, the Arabian, Indian, and Europe over more than a millennium. The tour of the Stone Town will pass through major historic and well known landmarks:


i.  The House of Wonders:

Built in 1883 and was the first building to have electricity in Zanzibar and the first in East Africa to use lift.

 

ii.  Old Fort:

Built in 1669 and was originally used as a garrison. It was later used as prison and as the terminal for Zanzibar railway.


iii.  Old Slave Market:

The old slave market is now situated at The Anglican cathedral of Christ Church, which was built at the end of the 19th century by Edward Steere, third bishop of Zanzibar. The site contains a monument to the slaves and the museum on the history of slavery.

iv.  The Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Joseph:

Built in 1897 by French missionaries with the design based on Marseille Cathedral.

St. Joseph's Cathedral, Zanzibar

 

v.  The Old Dispensary:

Built in 1894 by a wealthy Indian trader as a charity hospital for the poor. Facing the historic Zanzibar harbor, the old dispensary is one of the most finely decorated buildings of Stone Town with large carved wooden balconies, stained-glass windows, and neo-classical stucco adornments.

The Old Dispensary, Zanzibar



vi.  Royal buildings:

Several buildings used by Zanzibar royals are situated at Stone Town including Palace Museum and Sayyeda Selme house.

vi.  Forodhani Garden Park:

This historic garden is at the sea front in front of major historic buildings and sites. The garden has a “floating” restaurant and a vibrant night life with great choices of local and sea foods.

 

Forodhani Garden Park, Stone Town



Guided Tour Fees: US$40 per person




B:    Jozani National Park


i.  Jozani National Park:

The largest indigenous forest in Zanzibar with unique plants and species. It constitutes groundwater forest, coastal forest, and grassland, with mangroves and salt marsh at the coast.

 

Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys: found only in Zanzibar


Apart from more than 40 species of birds, the forest is home to fantastic wildlife including:

- Aders's duiker: only found in Zanzibar and Kenya
- Zanzibar servaline genet: found only in Zanzibar
- Zanzibar leopard

Guided Tour Fees: US$40 per person


C:     Spice Farm

The spice farms originate from Zanzibar historic position as “spice islands”.  The spice farms include the fusion of spices from Swahili people, Indian, Persian and Arabian.

A spice plantation in Zanzibar


Although the spice exportation has a diminished role in recent years, it is still one of the major economic activities in Zanzibar.

Zanzibar Spice Farm tour



Guided Tour Fees: US$30 per person


D:    Mangapwani caves


The coral caves are one of the major historic and tourist attractions in Zanzibar. The Coral Cave is a profound natural cavern in the coralline rock with a thin passageway and a pool of freshwater which is situated at the lowest level. Water was presumably gathered from here by early occupants of the area.

Mangapwani caves


The caves are close to Mangapwani Slave Chambers built around 1880 from the cave and connected to the seaside 2kms away. It was an important transit point for the captured slaves to be sold to the outside world at the time of the abolishment of slavery in 1873 especial in the middle East. Between 1880-1905, the Slave chamber was being used as a place of concealment of the human cargo pending their disposal.

Mangapwani caves

Guided Tour Fees: US$45 per person



E:    Kizimkazi Dolphin View

 

This half a day to full-day tour is one of the most exciting and adventurous tour for Zanzibar visitors. This tour will enable the visitors to experience dolphins in their natural habitats and playful nature.

 

Swimming with Dolphins in Zanzibar


The brave visitors can even experience playing and swimming with dolphins.

Guided Tour Fees: US$60 per person



F:    Prison Island

Also known as Changuu Island, it is a 30-40 minutes journey via traditional wooden boats from Stone Town.

The island was used as a slave point and later a prison was built (hence the name) but not utilized. The once intended prison is now a beautiful resort.

The beautiful island with its white sand beach is also home to huge Aldabra turtles which were presented as a gift from the British Governor of Seychelles in the early 1900s.

Prison Island

 


Guided Tour Fees: US$60 per person

Contact
Mr. Khamis Juma Khamis
Manager Public Relations Unity
Zanzibar Petroleum Regulatory Authority
P.O.BOX 4647 Zanzibar
Call:     +255 777 452670
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