Stone Town, Zanzibar Extension (Midrange/Luxury)

History & Culture | 3 Days

This 3-day visit to Zanzibar’s historical Stone Town is an exciting, culturally-rich holiday featuring a stay at the historical Emerson hotel, an ideal base to soak in the sounds, sights, and smells of the surrounding streets and alleys. In addition, to some exciting cultural activities, you will go on a spice plantation tour and visit the island’s tropical forest reserve. Stone Town is also a fabulous place to shop for local goods and souvenirs.

This extension can be added to any Tanzania adventure and can also be combined with our other tropical beach retreat extensions on the main island of Zanzibar (Ugunja) or Pemba for a lovely Zanzibar extension.


Destination: Stone Town, Zanzibar
Accommodations: Emerson on Hurumzi or Emerson Spice House
Activities: Connection from Arusha or other destination; Culinary Stone Town Tour and Chai Ceremony; Rooftop Dinner
Transit Time: 2.5 hours to the airport; 1 hour, 20 minutes flight; 20 minutes from airport to hotel


At the end of your safari, you will be driven after breakfast to Arusha Airport to board your flight to the magical island of Zanzibar, which lies just off the coast of Tanzania, for a sublime conclusion to your East African holiday. You will be greeted at the Zanzibar airport and taken to historic Stone Town where you will check in to one of the historic Emerson hotels, a pair of elegant boutique hotels that capture the essence of traditional Swahili architecture. Emerson Spice consists of three adjoining World Heritage site buildings in the exotic Kasbah of Zanzibar’s Stone Town. Two of the facades face a quaint square at the end of historic Tharia Street, a principal thoroughfare for walking tours of the city. The third façade looks down Tharia Street toward the Anglican Cathedral and the slave market. Nestled among the rear facades is a squared private courtyard containing an ancient well. Emerson on Hurumzi was once was the home of one of the richest men in the Swahili Empire, built in the 1870s at a location and height from which he could obtain a clear view of the ocean and watch his vessels and precious cargo arrive in the nearby port of Malindi. The top of the building reaches a height of 80 ft and now houses the restaurant of Emerson on Hurumzi Hotel whilst still commanding a magnificent view of the Indian Ocean and the jumble of rooftops, tea houses, mosques, and spires which make up the birds-eye view of Stone Town. After settling into your rooms, you will be met by a local guide and taken on a walking culinary tour of Stone Town, a perfect initiation into the sensory paradise that is Zanzibar. While savoring the local treats, including a proper lunch, you will learn about Stone Town history and contemporary life in Zanzibar. After lunch, return to Emerson on Hurumzi for a traditional Zanzibar chai ceremony, during which you learn more about the culinary traditions of Zanzibar, how Zanzibari chai is made, and for which occasion the special chai is served. Chai is accompanied by a variety of traditional Zanzibar sweets. Enjoy a little free time exploring Stone Town on foot or relax in your hotel before joining the group for a fantastic rooftop dinner celebration—a “Swahili food safari” with music performed by the Dhow Countries Music Academy.

Destination: Stone Town; Tangawizi Spice Farm
Accommodations: Emerson on Hurumzi or Emerson Spice House
Activities: Spice Tour; Swahili Cooking Lesson and Lunch; Mrembo Spa Crafts and Treatments (optional); Cultural Night Tour
Transit Time: 30 minutes to Spice Farm; 30 minutes to Stone Town

Wake to the call to prayer echoing through the streets and the smell of freshly roasted Tanzanian coffee! Head to your hotel restaurant for breakfast, after which you depart with your local guide to the village of Dole bordering the Masingini Forest for a tour of the Tangawizi Spice Farm. Zanzibar is known as the “Spice Island”, a name that evokes a romantic past infused with the particular aroma of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and lemongrass. Today, these, and many other spices, herbs, and tropical fruits are cultivated on the same plantations that have been producing them for centuries. A tour of the Tangawizi spice plantation starts with a drive through a profusion of greenery in the countryside and follows with a walk through the plantation where you will see and taste a variety of mouth-watering tropical fruits such as: jack fruit, pineapple, banana, green coconut (madafu), durian, love apple (matufaa), litchi (shoki-shoki), sour sop (mabungo), and star fruit (carambola); spices such as cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, and nutmeg. A full tour involves much more than edible plants—you will also have a chance to see the iodine plant, heena bush, ylang-ylang, lipstick tree, cacao, and coffee trees. The tour additionally includes a bit of history with 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, and to the Maruhubi Palace Ruins built by the third Sultan of Zanzibar Seyyid Barghash for his 99 concubines. After the tour, walk to the outdoor kitchen to prepare a sumptuous Swahili meal using many of the spices and fruits you have just sampled, with the guidance of an expert Zanzibari home cook. After lunch return to your hotel and enjoy some free time to explore Stone Town, do some shopping, or just relax. Alternatively, if you’re feeling crafty, pay a visit to Mrembo Spa in Stonetown to choose from workshops in Batik dyeing, spice blending, soap making, incense making, and more! While you’re there, perhaps indulge in one of their luxurious traditional spa treatments. In the evening, see Stone Town in a new light on a cultural night tour. A place as vibrant and diverse as Zanzibar is an adventure for all senses. Absorb the colors in the streets–the men in their white kanzus, women in black buibuis and colorful khanga wraps, the abundance of fruit and vegetables in the market, the play of shadow and light in the narrow streets, and of course the many friendly faces in all shades of complexion. Listen to the sounds of Stone Town–people chatting, children playing, street vendors praising their wares, Reggae, Indian, and Western music, and the melodious recitation of the Quran. Five times a day, you will hear the Muslim call to prayer in Arabic from numerous small mosques all over the town; at other times, it’s bells from Hindu temples or Christian churches. This personalized tour offers a picture of local Zanzibari life and culture amongst the men, women, and children on the island, showing just how the community engages in daily life. Round off your evening with a private Swahili dinner on one of Stone Town’s rooftop terraces with a 360° view, a lovely sea breeze, and the enchanting melodies of a traditional Qanun.

Sleep tight in your hotel.

Destination: Jozani Forest Reserve; Kizimkazi, Kendwa, or Matemwe
Accommodations: Karamba Lodge, Zuri Zanzibar, or Sunshine Marine Lodge
Activities: Jozani Forest Reserve Tour
Transit Time: 1 hr to Jozani; 30 minutes – 1 hr to resort


Rise with the call to prayer, enjoy an early breakfast, and depart for the southeast of Ungunja, first stop: Jozani Forest Reserve. Jozani tropical rainforest (Jozani Chakwa Bay National Park) lies 35 kilometers southeast of Stone Town with an area of about 1,000 hectares. Long ago, you could find leopards and antelopes that are now reported extinct. At present, you will find primates such as the indigenous red colobus monkey, the blue Sykes monkey, and the adorable bushbaby. The red colobus monkey is one of the most endangered and rarest species in the world. They are very friendly creatures, love to be photographed, and can be viewed at close quarters with the help of your guide. You are also likely to see some of the 50 butterfly species, 40 bird species, and several species of snake. Other interesting features of this ecosystem include the coastal evergreen bushland, mangrove forest, saline grassland, and groundwater forest. 


From here, connect to one of our beach extensions in Kendwa, Matemwe, or Kizimkazi.


  • pick up/drop off at Zanzibar Airport before and after the trip
  • Coffee Ceremony
  • Stone Town Tour
  • Spice Tour
  • Swahili Cooking Lesson
  • Jozani Forest Reserve Tour
  • Swahili Culture Tour
  • Government Taxation
  • Flying Doctor services in Tanzania
  • Plentiful drinking water (mineral water)
  • Service charges
  • Adumu Impact Fund


  • International airfare & flights
  • Transfer from the last leg of your safari; and transfer to your international flight home (these are included in the price of complimentary itineraries
  • Visa fees
  • Personal health insurance
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Dinner at Forodhani Gardens (purchase from individual food stalls)
  • Additional alcoholic beverages & sodas, except as stated as included above
  • Laundry services, except as provided by the hotel and resort
  • All items of personal nature
  • Gratuities to safari guides and lodges staff

Please note: Adumu Safaris makes every effort to customize your safari itinerary in order to cover areas where wildlife habitats are known to be plentiful during the season and precise time of year that you are traveling. However, since wild animals move freely in their environment, we cannot absolutely guarantee sightings of every species. We also use our best effort to provide the lodging set out in this itinerary, but occasionally there are circumstances that occur which require lodging substitutions. We reserve the right to make comparable lodging substitutions or upgrades whenever necessary or in your best interest to do so. Fortunately, we have vetted all of our lodges and stand by their ability to provide an amazing accommodation experience.


USD per person

Single occupancy………………840

Double occupancy…………….552

Triple occupancy………………519

To reserve this trip we require $500 per person. The remainder is due 59 days before departure. All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted. We will send a secure payment link when you are ready to confirm this trip.

NB: During the global pandemic, our deposit policy and payment schedule are extra flexible. We can discuss flexible terms prior to booking. 

Please inquire for group leader and travel agent pricing.

Please note that we offer these variations to demonstrate some of the ways that we can modify an itinerary to suit your preferences (destinations, activities, level of luxury, type of accommodations, length of stay, budget, etc.). If none of these options looks best for your group, we are more than happy to gather more information from you and customize the perfect trip. You can call us at +1 530 574 9519 or email us at to discuss this itinerary or others on our website.

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The Adumu Safaris Team