This itinerary explores the rich cultural heritage of Zanzibar as well as ample time to simply rest and relax along the pristine white sand beaches! Zanzibar is a tropical oasis located just 25 miles off the coast of Tanzania and is the perfect pre or post-safari beach getaway. Both the birthplace of the Swahili language and home to the only ancient East African city that still functions today, this Indian Ocean “spice” island weaves breathtaking sunsets, diverse cultures and beautiful beaches into a uniquely African tapestry. With 6 days you'll be able to explore the culturally rich Stone Town while also enjoy plenty of beach rest and relaxation along the island's peaceful eastern beaches.
Today, you will be picked up at the airport in Zanzibar and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Relax and rejuvenation – be as active or as rested as you prefer. Ngalawa has an on site activity center, where you can organize optional extras like swimming with the dolphins, dhow sunset cruises, Jozani forest visits, massage or henna painting. Their chef is second to none – and the cuisine is a fusion of Swahili and modern menus.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
After a delicious buffet breakfast, transfer to Stone Town. We are thrown into days gone by as we visit Spice Plantations enroute – learning how spices are grown and used throughout the world. You will receive a palm-woven basket to collect a pocket full of dynamite for the senses.
We arrive into Stone Town to check in and then have the afternoon for exploration. Stone Town is a maze of ancient alleyways and aromas from yesteryear. We enjoy an afternoon walking historical tour of Stone Town – visit the major points of interest around Stone Town including the House of Wonders, Persian baths and Slave Holding areas. There are many places to explore for lunch and dinner, and your guide/hotel will help with your decisions and directions.
Stone Town is the capital and cultural heart of Zanzibar, little changed in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This one-upmanship is particularly reflected in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors - there are more than 500 different examples of this handiwork. You can spend many idle hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways.
A day for your own exploration and shopping. Get lost in the alleyways, enter the shopping areas to bargain for a treasure and become fascinated by the Arab influenced architecture.
Today, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport. (This service is on a private basis.)
Some say Zanzibar is a tropical paradise and Ngalawa Beach Village makes this evident. A room with a view is an understatement at this quaint hotel located on the East Coast of Zanzibar overlooking the magnificent Chwaka Bay. Boasting 20 tastefully decorated suites, all with stunning views and private porches, Ngalawa Beach Village it truly a slice of paradise. Combining this with unparalleled service and delicious food, Ngalawa Beach Village is an African Island experience that should not be missed.
The Tembo Hotel is an Arabian themed hotel situated right on the beach in the center of the Shangani area of Stone Town. Originally the hotel was one grand old house, but they have recently added an extension and increased the rooms to a total number of 36. Almost all of the rooms in both the new wing and old wing overlook the ocean and are decorated using a mixture of traditional Zanzibari and European furnishings (some of the Prime Rooms do not have a sea-view). The central areas of the Tembo are relatively lively and there are always a few people from other hotels dining in the restaurant or swimming in the pool. It is a great place for families or people looking for a buzzy atmosphere. The location of the Tembo Hotel is perfect for exploring the back streets and shops, or for relaxing by the pool. Then in the evening there are plenty of restaurants in easy reach if you don't want to dine in the hotel