4 Days

Zanzibar: Spices, Wildlife & Prison Island

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Minimum 2 passengers

Please Note: This trip is currently only available for private bookings with a minimum of 2 people on the date of your choice. Pricing will be based on your level of accommodations and the number of people in your group. 

Why travel with us?

What's Included

  • Accommodations - Park Hyatt Zanzibar (5-Star Hotel)
  • Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
  • Airport Transfers
  • Guided Tour of Zanzibar's Spice Farms & Stone Town
  • Dinner at Emerson on Hurumzi Roshani
  • Prison Island Tour
  • Cheetah’s Rock Wildlife Tour

What's Excluded

  • Airfare
  • Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
  • Beverages & Meals not specified
  • Optional Activities
  • Tips for your local guides & drivers
  • COVID Tests & Vaccinations (if required)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
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Overview

Join us on an unforgettable four-day tour to Zanzibar, where a tapestry of culture, history, and nature unfolds in a mesmerizing adventure. Your journey commences in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stone Town, where narrow streets lead to vibrant spice markets. Immerse yourself in the sensory delight of cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon, revealing Zanzibar's identity as the Spice Island. Explore the historical charm of Prison Island, delving into its past as a quarantine station and meeting the giant Aldabra tortoises that now call it home. Then, venture to a unique wildlife sanctuary for an up-close encounter with majestic big cats – cheetahs, leopards, and lions. Gain insights into the challenges these creatures face in the wild and learn about the conservation initiatives dedicated to their protection. Witness the sanctuary's commitment to wildlife welfare, providing a glimpse into the delicate balance between human intervention and the well-being of these incredible predators. This tour promises a harmonious blend of culture, history, and the awe-inspiring wonders of Zanzibar.

Adventure Highlights

  • Wander through the narrow streets of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and delve into vibrant spice markets, immersing yourself in the rich aromas of cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon, unveiling Zanzibar's identity as the Spice Island.
  • Step back in time as you visit Prison Island, discovering its intriguing past as a quarantine station. Engage with the island's present inhabitants – giant Aldabra tortoises – creating a unique blend of history and wildlife encounters.
  • Experience an exhilarating encounter with majestic big cats, including cheetahs, leopards, and lions, at a unique wildlife sanctuary. Learn about the challenges these creatures face in the wild and the conservation initiatives aimed at protecting them.
  • Gain valuable insights into wildlife conservation efforts as you explore the sanctuary's commitment to the welfare of the animals. Witness the delicate balance between human intervention and the well-being of these incredible predators.
  • Immerse yourself in the harmonious blend of Zanzibar's culture, history, and natural wonders, creating lasting memories of a four-day adventure that celebrates the island's diverse tapestry.
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    Daily Itinerary

    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.

    INCLUDED:
    –Airport Transfer

    Overnight in Stone Town

    Hotel

    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.

    INCLUDED:
    — 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

    Breakfast, Dinner
    Hotel

    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.

    INCLUDED:
    — 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

    Breakfast
    Hotel

    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).

    Breakfast
    Hotel

    FAQs

    When is the best time to visit Zanzibar?

    November to February and June to October

    Is Zanzibar safe for travel?

    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.

    What vaccinations are required for travel to Zanzibar?

    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.

    Do I need a visa and passport to visit Zanzibar?

    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.

    What is the currency used in Zanzibar?

    The Tanzanian Shilling (TZS) is the official currency used in Zanzibar.

    What cultural etiquettes should I be aware of when visiting Zanzibar?

    Dress modestly, especially in more conservative areas, and ask for permission before taking photos of locals.

    Is it safe to swim in Zanzibar?

    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.

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