Royal Zanzibar Excursions

Stone Town

We’ll take you to see many of the important sights of Stone Town. You’ll visit the former Slave Market, the Anglican Cathedral, the House of Wonders, the Sultan’s Palace Museum, the Old Arab Fort – and other sites that may be of interest to you. Our city tour is flexible and can easily be customized to your requirements. Walk the streets of Stone Town and follow in the footsteps of Zanzibar’s most famous son, Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock band Queen, skilled musician, flamboyant showman, and a local Zanzibari.

Spice Tour

On the Spice tour of Zanzibar you’ll learn about the properties of spices, their origins and their use as medicines as well as how they’re used in food and drinks. A visit to spice plantations and villages for an insight into local life and the opportunity to try some Swahili dishes. Zanzibar is still home to many active spice plantations. Some of the many locally grown spices include nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, vanilla, tamarind, menthol, cloves and many others. At one time, Zanzibar produced ¾ of the total world supply of cloves. It was these spices that brought the Sultans of Oman across the Indian Ocean by dhow on the seasonal trade winds.

Prison Island

Visit the white sandy beaches and spectacular coral reefs of Prison Island on this day trip from Stone Town, Zanzibar. Take a short boat ride to the island and spend your day snorkeling alongside tropical fish, hiking, and relaxing in the sun. Changuu Island, commonly referred to as Prison Island, is just a 20 – 30 minute boat ride from Stone Town, Zanzibar. Arriving by boat, the first thing you will see is a rustic wooden bridge jutting out into the azure blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The primary attractions are the giant sea tortoises and the prison ruins.

Jozani Forest

Jozani Forest on an expedition that takes you straight into the heart of nature. Follow your guide to hear about the delicate ecosystem, see its animals, learn the medicinal properties of its plants, and view the stunning scenery. Although most of Zanzibar’s natural forest has been lost to agriculture or construction, the Jozani Forest is a protected reserve, and is the largest conservation area in Zanzibar. It is conveniently located in the centre of Zanzibar about 24 km southeast of Stone Town, and at 44 square kilometers the Jozani Forest covers approximately 3% of the Zanzibar main island.

Dolphin Adventure

On the Southern point of the Island, Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed and Humpback dolphins, which can be seen on a short boat trip from the village. If you are lucky, and the dolphins are feeling cooperative, they may let you swim very close to them which is a truly memorable and rewarding experience. Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa, and is thus worth a visit for both natural and cultural reasons.

Mangapwani Slave Chambers

The Mangapwani Slave Chamber is ~20 kms north of Stone Town and 2 kms up the coast from the Mangapwani Coral Cavern. The Slave Chamber is a square underground cell that was cut out of the coralline rock, with a roof on top. The chamber was originally built by Mohammed bin Nassor Al-Alwi, a prosperous slave trader, to store his slaves. Boats from Bagamoyo on the Tanzania mainland would unload their human cargo on a secluded beach, separated from the main Mangapwani Beach by coral-rock outcrops. The dirt path from the beach to the Slave Chamber still exists today.

Maruhubi Palace Ruins

The ruins of Maruhubi Palace are only four kilometres north of Zanzibar Town, just a few steps from the beach. The palace is named after its former owner, an Arab from the Al-Marhuby tribe. The palace was built by Sultan Barghash, the third Arab sultan of Zanzibar, between 1880-1882. Sultan Barghash used the palace to house his wife and up to 100 concubines, while he himself lived in a separate palace in Zanzibar Town.

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