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Upon arrival in Zanzibar, you’ll be met by a representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Sitting majestically on the beachfront in the heart of Stone Town, a designated UNESCO heritage site, Park Hyatt Zanzibar provides the ultimate haven amongst Stone Town’s labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling markets, mosques, and famed Zanzibari doors, featuring magnificent ornate wooden carvings.
Spend the afternoon exploring the area on foot, relaxing next to the pool, or enjoying a spa treatment at the hotel. The town’s key attractions are easily accessible by foot including Forodhani Gardens, the Old Fort, the Old Dispensary, the Peace Memorial Museum, the Palace Museum, and the House of Wonders.
Overnight in Stone Town
This morning, discover why Zanzibar is the island of spices and learn what life was like in ancient times. From our hotel, your guide will meet you to guide you down the narrow labyrinth of streets leading you through a historical maze. Stone Town encapsulates centuries of cultural amalgamation, witnessing the influences of Swahili, Persian, Indian, and European civilizations, and stands as a living testament to Zanzibar’s historical and architectural richness. Explore the architectural wonders, from intricately carved wooden doors to vibrant markets showcasing Zanzibar’s spice heritage. Engage in a delightful spice tour, where the air is filled with the intoxicating scents of cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon. Learn about the cultivation and uses of these exotic spices, unraveling the essence of Zanzibar as the Spice Island. As you wander through the bustling markets, interact with locals and savor the unique blend of cultures that define Stone Town.
This evening, enjoy a 3-course meal and a full evening dining experience with seating in Roshani (on cushions at low tables) in one of the most popular hotels in Stone Town which was once the home of the richest man in the Swahili Empire. The moment you set foot into this majestic and unique gem you are welcomed by the staff smartly dressed in long immaculately ironed thobes paired with matching kufi hats, which makes you feel like you have been transported back into old Arabic times. You are filled with the spirit of Zanzibar and it’s now time to escape the present day and indulge in the pleasures of traditional Swahili luxury.
— Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
— Guided Tour of Zanzibar’s Spice Farms & Stone Town (9am-1pm)
— Dinner at Emerson on Hurumzi Roshani (6pm cocktails; 7pm dinner)
Overnight in Stone Town
This morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel in Stone Town for a boat ride to Changuu Island, also known as “Prison Island.” Located just off the coast of Zanzibar, this unique island was used by some sultans of Zanzibar to detain the slaves. On your guided tour, discover the historical significance as you explore its past as a quarantine station, witnessing remnants of the old facilities. The highlight of the morning is an encounter with the giant Aldabra tortoises, some of which are over a century old. Engage with these majestic creatures, learning about their habits and conservation efforts.
While you are on this magnificent archipelago you will be able to swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters with the vibrant marine life that inhabits the coral reefs. Explore the diverse underwater world as you encounter colorful coral formations, tropical fish, and other fascinating sea creatures. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced snorkeler, the rich marine biodiversity around Prison Island promises an unforgettable and visually stunning adventure beneath the surface.
This afternoon, you’ll have an immersive and unforgettable experience that offers a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with majestic big cats, including cheetahs, leopards, and lions, in a conservation-focused sanctuary. Visitors embark on an educational journey, learning about the challenges these incredible predators face in the wild and the conservation initiatives undertaken to protect them. The tour provides a unique blend of awe-inspiring wildlife encounters, informative insights into conservation efforts, and a chance to witness the sanctuary’s commitment to the welfare of these magnificent animals, making it a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts and those seeking a deeper understanding of the delicate balance between human intervention and the preservation of these remarkable creatures.
— Meals: Breakfast
— Prison Island Tour + Snorkeling (9am-12pm)
— Cheetah’s Rock – Wildlife Tour (2pm-6:45pm)
Estimated Travel Time: Stone Town to Changuu Island, 25-30 min by boat
Overnight in Stone Town
Today is departure day and there are no scheduled activities. At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight from Zanzibar (ZAN).
November to February and June to October
Yes, Zanzibar is one of the safest African destinations, even for solo travelers. The local people of Zanzibar, like most African people, are generally warm and welcoming. However, it's advisable to stay vigilant and follow local guidelines.
There are no compulsory vaccinations required for Tanzania, however, we recommend you consult with your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date recommendations, particularly in regards to malaria prophylactics. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country where yellow fever occurs.
A visa is required when traveling to Tanzania from the United States and Canada. Currently, this can be obtained at arrival airports and border crossings and is valid for 90 days. A valid passport is mandatory. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Tanzania.
The Tanzanian Shilling (TZS) is the official currency used in Zanzibar.
Dress modestly, especially in more conservative areas, and ask for permission before taking photos of locals.
The Indian Ocean waters are warm and the waves are usually small, making it safe for swimming. Zanzibar is also a popular destination for activities like snorkeling and scuba diving.