While Ankur and I tried different resorts in Zanzibar to get to know the island better, you can possibly make one resort your home and plan your stay by hopping on various day trips. Here is the list of day trips that we would recommend you to consider while you are at the island…
Swimming with the dolphins at Kizimkazi: Start your day early to get to Kizimkazi by 7 am for the better probability to sight the dolphins and swim with them. Dress for the boat and the water and remember to take your towel.
Sighting the Colobus monkeys at Jozani forest: The Colobus monkeys are unique to Zanzibar and I totally enjoyed seeing them in their natural habitat. They loved posing …none of them was camera shy. This trip can be combined with the Kizimkazi tour.
Spice plantation: You cannot come back from the spice island without visiting the spice plantations, can you?
Even though Ankur and I have been on such tours in India and in Bali, we had a good time. The guides are very knowledgeable and make the whole tour a very interactive experience.
Prison Island: This is possibly the most touristy tour, but for a reason. It cheap, easy to reach, has a great beach, giant tortoises and some really good snorkeling spots. Don’t say its touristy and disregard it…the day trip to Prison Island is a lot is fun!
Walking tour of Stone Town: The UNESCO world heritage site of Stone Town is explored best on foot with a guide.
There is so much of history that Zanzibar has…the slave trading sites will make you realise how much Africa has progressed, inspite of a dark past. It has made us respect the continent multifold!
Diving and Snorkelling at Mnemba: Mnemba island has a rich marine life – corals and large palegics abound. I did two dives here and saw over five dolphins. If diving is not your thing, sign up for a snorkelling tour. Remember to take your underwater camera!
We did many of our day trips with Spice Travel Agency and Tours and were very happy with their services. The staff was very responsive and guided us in drafting our itinerary. We felt safe with our driver David even while we were crossing lonely stretches and at odd hours. Our Stone Town guide Eric could speak English well and we had a great time walking through the streets with him.
Disclaimer: We were hosted by Spice Travel Agency and Tours and enjoyed all our tours with them. However, the above quoted opinion is absolutely unbiased and we strongly believe that you will enjoy your experience with them as much as we did!
Spice Travel Agency and Tours is a member of ZATO and registered by Zanzibar Tourism Commission. In case you wish you reach out to them, their contact details are as follows:
Phone number: +255 777 410741/ +255 777 485861/+255 683 833444/ +255 687 765025