Zanzibar: Stone Town & Private Island | 8 Days

Tropical Elegance & Historic Splendor

Itinerary

Destination: Stone Town
Accommodations: Jafferji House & Spa
Activities: Coffee ceremony; (optional) massage; Stone town tour

Fly to Zanzibar from the last stop of your wildlife safari (Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Uganda, or points in the Western Circuit—see our complimentary itineraries) for a sublime conclusion to your East African holiday. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to historic Stone Town where you will check in to the Jafferji House & Spa, an elegant boutique hotel that captures the essence of traditional Swahili architecture, centrally located within the Gizenga neighborhood. Upon your arrival, be greeted by a traditional coffee ceremony, a perfect initiation into the sensory paradise that is Zanzibar. Afterwards, depart with a local guide on a walking tour of Stone Town. Follow the trail of the sultans, slaves, and explorers through the labyrinthine alleyways. Marvel at the Islamic architecture. Learn about the events that shaped the island as you pass through the buildings where it all happened, such as the former Slave Market and Anglican Cathedral, the House of Wonders and the Sultans’ Palace Museum, the Old Arab Fort and Dispensary. Explore the markets: seafood piled colorfully in the fish market, fresh loaves of bread in wicker baskets, and the neat stacks of fruit and vegetables as traders sell their wares from their stalls. Return back to the hotel where, perhaps, you would like to unwind with a massage or other spa treatment before a glorious Swahili style dinner at the rooftop restaurant

Destination: Stone Town; Tangawizi Spice Farm
Accommodations: Jafferji House & Spa
Activities: Spice tour; Swahili cooking lesson; Made in Zanzibar tour; Forodhani gardens night market

After an early breakfast in the hotel’s Mistress of Spices Lounge, depart with your guide for the local market where you will purchase ingredients for your Swahili cooking lesson. Then continue on 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. Afterward, return to the hotel for a brief rest before venturing out on your Made in Zanzibar tour, a shopping excursion that promotes local handcrafts in various shops around Stone Town, led by a local guide. In the evening, dine under torchlight at the most spectacular street food display at Forodhani Gardens Food Market on the seafront, an iconic Zanzibar experience.

Destination: Jozani Forest Reserve; Kizimkazi Fishing Village
Accommodations: Jafferji House & Spa
Activities: Jozani Forest Reserve tour; Kizimkazi dolphin tour, village, and ruins; Swahili culture tour

Rise with the call to prayer, enjoy an early breakfast, and depart for the south 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 bush baby. 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 bush land, mangrove forest, saline grassland, and ground water forest. Continue on to Kizimkazi fishing village, home to several pods of bottle-nosed dolphins. Here you are taken by boat to view the dolphins and, if lucky, swim quite close to them, as they are very friendly and playful. Kizimkazi is also the site of 12th Century Mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa. After returning to the shore, you will be served a traditional Swahili meal and venture into a nearby rural village where you will have the opportunity to see daily activities being undertaken—women weaving baskets, grinding millet, and cooking local dishes, using traditional methods. Watch as they decorate themselves with the traditional henna body painting, and braid hair. Sit with the men of the village as they weave palm fronds to make the thatch roofs for their huts, or play a game of Bao, Zanzibar’s favorite pastime. Return to the hotel and make use of your evening however you wish before enjoying another rooftop dining experience at the hotel.

Destination: Chapwani Private Island
Accommodations: Chapwani Resort
Activities: Snorkeling; Kayaking

Today begins the most relaxing part of your journey yet! After breakfast in the Spice Lounge and perhaps one more stroll around Stone Town, depart on a short 20 minute dhow trip to Chapwani, a little island surrounded by white sand beaches, a beautiful coral reef, and crystal blue waters filled with starfish and multi-colored corals. Check into your private banda on the sand, overlooking the sea. Only ten rooms occupy the entire island, so you can look forward to extreme peace and relaxation here. Enjoy lunch in the restaurant or in your banda, featuring the resort’s “bio food,” homegrown organic produce, freshly laid eggs from the resident chickens, and just caught seafood. Waste away the day snorkeling the reefs and kayaking the shallow waters, swim in the seawater pool, treat yourself to a beachside massage, or just lay in the sun! Enjoy a lovely sunset dinner on the beach, enjoy a special cocktail, and fall asleep to the sound of waves gently lapping outside your door.

Destination: Chapwani Private Island; Fumba; Menai Bay Conservation Area
Accommodations: Chapwani Resort
Activities: Safari Blue Dhow Tour

Wake to the sound of waves and step out onto the sand for a nice stretch! After a tropical breakfast, it is time to depart on a full day adventure with Safari Blue. Sail by dhow to the little fishing village of Fumba, and set sail into Menai Bay where you can glide alongside pods of dolphins, which local conservation efforts have allowed to flourish. Mid-morning, land on a powdery sandbank and enjoy snorkeling in the shallows or bask in the sun under the clear Zanzibari sky, then snorkel over two different reefs, both offering a variety of pristine marine life. After working up an appetite, the Kwale Island “restaurant” is ready and waiting for your arrival where you will feast on a freshly caught seafood buffet. Taste 10-15 of Zanzibar’s exotic fruits, and sip on Amarula and coffee. Mid-afternoon, discover all that Kwale island has to offer: sail on a traditional ngalawa canoe, explore the mangroves, climb an ancient baobab, witness the coral formations, swim or lounge the afternoon away on a day-bed on the beach. Finally, in late afternoon when the day is done, the crew hoists the lateen sail as you make a leisurely voyage back to Chapwani as the sun sets on your glorious day in paradise. Enjoy another island-to-table dinner on the sand.

Destination: Chapwani Private Island; Prison Island; Grave Island
Accommodations: Chapwani Resort
Activities: Sand Bank and Island Tour

Today you will explore the deep seas around Chapwani on a typical local boat, built by the local Zanzibar shipwrights. You will begin by visiting Grave Island, named after the graves here which were built for the soldiers and others who lost their lives in different historical conflicts, including the graves of British sailors who fought for the cessation of slavery on the island in 1888. Here you will also find a plot wherein lies the sailors killed in action when the cruiser H.M.S. Pegasus was destroyed at the harbor by the German warship S.M.S Konigsberg. Finally, sail on to Prison Island (or Changuu Island), a superb destination for the photographer. The prison on this island was built in 1893, and later it was used as a quarantine hospital. The frangipani-lined path around the island records where the former patients took their evening walks. Apart from the Prison ruins, you can also witness the island’s beautiful peacocks and the enormous giant tortoises, some of which are over 100 years old. Sultan Said brought these tortoises here from Seychelles in the 1820s. Efforts are being made on the island to protect the eggs of this species. On this little paradise, one can also swim, snorkel, sunbathe or just relax and enjoy the peace that this beautiful island has to offer. Enjoy a lunch buffet feast before setting sail for the sandbanks outlying Chapwani with their packed sea bird colonies. Return home in the late afternoon and relax in your banda or on the beach before dinner.

Destination: Chapwani Private Island
Accommodations: Chapwani Resort
Activities: Open

We have left the last day of your itinerary completely open for you to do whatever you wish: Go deep sea fishing; Walk and discover the friendly creatures and beautiful nature of Chapwani; Get a massage; Snorkel; Kayak; Return to Ungunja explore a different part of the island; Go on an arranged deep sea dive…or do nothing at all! Enjoy island-to-table meals on the island, unless your activities take you elsewhere. Conclude the day with a fabulous sunset cocktail.

Destination: Departure to Dar es Salaam

Return to Stone Town after breakfast and head to the airport to fly from Zanzibar for Dar es Salaam, where you will board your international flight home or spend an optional night at Hotel Slipway. Kwaheri!

Beach Holiday Includes:

  • Transfer from the last leg of your safari; pick up/drop off at Zanzibar Airport before and after the trip; and transfer to your international flight home
  • Coffee Ceremony
  • Stone Town Tour
  • Spice Tour
  • Swahili Cooking Lesson
  • Made in Zanzibar Tour
  • Jozani Forest Reserve Tour
  • Kizimkazi Dolphin Tour
  • Swahili Culture Tour
  • Snorkeling & Kayaking
  • Safari Blue Tour
  • Sand Bank and Islands Tour
  • Other boat rides
  • Government Taxation
  • Flying Doctor services in Tanzania
  • Plentiful drinking water (mineral water)
  • Service charges
  • Generous Giving Fund

Beach Holiday Excludes:

  • International airfare & flights
  • Visa fees
  • Personal health insurance
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Dinner at Forodhani Gardens (purchase from individual food stalls)
  • Optional Dive Trip
  • 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.

Cost:

Based on double occupancy……LOW 3056 USD / HIGH 3276 USD / PEAK 3387 USD

Single person, non-sharing supplement……………………………LOW 196 USD / HIGH 496 USD / PEAK 615 USD

**NB: Prices drop for larger parties travelling together. Children are accommodated at lower rates than adults. Adumu Safaris customizes itineraries to fit your preferences, desires, party size, and budget.

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.

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.

Karibu Africa!
The Adumu Safaris Team