Day 1: Departure to Zanzibar
The group meets at OR Tambo international airport from various destinations in South Africa. Your Travel Director will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. You board an afternoon flight to Zanzibar.
You arrive in arrive Zanzibar in the afternoon the shuttle takes the group to the hotel for check in. The group meets for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Here your Travel Director will review the daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions that may arise.
Day 2: Historical Stone Town Walk
This day will be to orientate you around Stone Town, where you will explore the narrow streets of the historic Stone Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A knowledgeable local guide will ensure you stay oriented and don’t miss key highlights. This tour is fully personalized to your preferences, and may include shopping for local textiles, history, or learning about Stone Town’s unique architecture.
Day 3: Zanzibar Food and Spices Tour Including Traditional Swahili Lunch
This day you will embark on Zanzibar Food and Spices Tour, where you will get to breathe in Zanzibar’s scents and spices on a 4-hour food and culture tour and learn to prepare a traditional cassava leaf sauce. You will visit a spice farm in the countryside, and learn about the amazing role of Zanzibar in the historic spice trade. You will taste fresh spices and seasonal fruits, see how cassavas are cultivated and processed, and embark on a short cooking lesson. Finally you will enjoy a traditional meal of richly spiced rice with vegetables and fruit before returning to Stone Town in an air-conditioned minivan.
After lunch you will have the afternoon to yourself to enjoy the lively city streets of Stone Town. Your Travel Director will be very happy to give you suggestions on how to make the most of your afternoon at leisure.
Day 4: Prison Island Half-Day Tour
You will visit the Prison Island, where you will see the giant land tortoises of Prison Island. There will be time to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe. The Prison Island is just 30 minutes from Zanzibar, and has a beautiful beach, clean water, and fascinating history as a yellow fever quarantine station. You have a choice this day between morning and afternoon departures, and the trip includes hotel transfers and all entrance fees.
Day 5: Travel to Nungwi
Very early in the morning you will leave Stone Town and take a drive to Nungwi. You will check in into your hotel. After the check in, you will embark on the Nungwi village Tour. During this tour, you will discover how locals live their everyday lives and how they make their livelihoods. After that, you will visit the Mnarani Aquarium. The tour finishes with a great Swahili local style lunch!
You will have the afternoon to stroll on the beach, and enjoy Nugwi’s crystal clear waters.
Day 6: Half Day Zanzibar Mnemba Atoll Marine Reserve Snorkelling Tour
This day, you will visit the most famous marine conservation area in Zanzibar, the Mnemba Atoll Marine Park. This park houses populations of moray eels, lion fish, stingrays, and more, all in clear waters with high visibility. Here you will have a chance to snorkel gear and your guide will help you find the aquatic wildlife you came to spot.
You will have the afternoon to relax in the resort or stroll on the beach, and enjoy Nugwi’s crystal clear waters.
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home.