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Jan
2017
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Day Trips in Zanzibar

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.

Swimming with the dolphins

Swimming with the dolphins

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.

Colobus Monkey

Colobus Monkey

Spice plantation: You cannot come back from the spice island without visiting the spice plantations, can you?

King and Queen of the Spice Plantation

King and Queen of the Spice Plantation

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.

Making new friends...

Making new friends…

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!

Prison Island

Prison Island

Walking tour of Stone Town: The UNESCO world heritage site of Stone Town is explored best on foot with a guide.

Local Market

Local Market

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!

House of Wonders at Stone Town

House of Wonders at Stone Town

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!

Underwater wonderland

Underwater wonderland

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:

 Email: sales@spicetravelandtours.co.tzreservations@spicetravelandtours.co.tz

Phone number: +255 777 410741/ +255 777 485861/+255 683 833444/ +255 687 765025

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15 Responses

  1. I love to grow things so visiting a spice plantation would be really high on my list!! What spices did they grow? Did you bring any spices home to try later? The kid would love this, too!

    1. We get so many spices in India that I did not bring any of them along. However, I did buy some cloves…have to buy them… Zanzibar produces the best cloves ever!

  2. Cool, so had obviously a perfect start into the new and young travel year 2017 🙂
    The snorkeling pic looks cool – what kind of underwater camera are you using and can you recommend it?

    1. Thanks! Honestly, I think the Go Pro does a superb job underwater. We used to use the Nikon underwater earlier but have now surrendered to using the Go Pro 🙂

  3. Wow. Really enjoyed reading about your experiences and your photos do a great job of telling the story as well. I found the suggestion to stay in one resort and use it as a base very helpful. Such a colorful place and I do not know anyone personally that has been there so thanks for the recommendations.

  4. Zanzibar looks amazing and you two had a great time there! I would love to visit the Spice Plantation as well. Of course, I would not say no to enjoying the beach life and some snorkeling.

    1. Yes….we snorkelled near Prison Island and it was awesome! The visibility was great and there was huge garden of sea anemones…with Nemo and his siblings! I also did a couple of dives there, which were good too.

  5. We have read quite a few posts on Zanzibar and the gorgeous beaches it has to offer us. Your post has given us many more reasons to push Zanzibar to the top of our bucketlist. Swimming with Dolphins and walking tour of the Stone Town sounds fascinating

  6. How marvelous. I have always wanted to visit Zanzibar! It looks like it is full of culture and Stone Town just remarkable. I love nature and animals so should I get the privilege to travel there, I would certainly love photographing such beautiful creatures.

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