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What to do in Zanzibar

Zanzibar offers much more than just sun and beaches. If you're looking for unique and exciting experiences, look no further than our tour board, where you can find information about trips off the beaten path. Delve into Zanzibari culture and the daily life of villages with our fascinating excursions. Come and explore all that Zanzibar has to offer! We do not offer dolphin trips and visits to Prison Island and the Nungwi aquarium, because the animal protection regulations are not considered.

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Are you looking to be more active, but not interested in doing many excursions? Are you celebrating a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary and looking to surprise your sweetheart? Book one of our incredible extras, available upon request. Additionally, our hotel garden offers a range of activities such as Boule, Ladder Golf, Beach Volleyball, Giant Mikado, and more. Explore the surrounding area by bike, visit Michamvi Kae for a drink, ride along the beach during low tide.

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Stone Town, Zanzibar

Stone Town

About Stone Town In Swahili the name of Stone Town is „Mji Mkongwe". Previously it was the capital of the Sultanate of Zanzibar. The first buildings of Stone Town were constructed around 1830, at the site of a former fishing village. 1840, the Sultan of Oman moved his residence to Zanzibar. For his large family and considerable harem several palaces and houses were built of coral stone. In the renewal years European, Persian, and Arabic influences defined the original and interesting architecture of Stone Town. Today the town consists of many narrow streets, where one can get lost very easily walking through the small shops and boutiques. But never fear, due to the special location of the town you meet sooner or later the "main street ", that surrounds Stone Town in a semicircle. Very interesting is a visit to the market where there is always a bustling place and where local spices such as vanilla and cloves, can be bought as a nice gift.

What to see 1. Beit al-Ajaib, also known as "Palace of Wonders ", the former residence of the Sultan, built in the 1880th, first building in Zanzibar with electricity, also the first building in East Africa with a lift - under renovation. 2. Ngome Kongwe and the Old Fort, opposite the Palace of Wonders was built in the 17th Century, in the interior of the fort is an annual music festival, called "Sauti za Busara", it is absolutely recommended. 3. The Persian baths Hamamni, built in the 19th Century for Sultan Bin Said Barghash. 4. The Anglican Church, built for the Bishop of Zanzibar, in the past the location of the largest slave market in Zanzibar, former slave chambers and a memorial next to the church remember this infamous part of history. 5. The house of David Livingstone, from here David Livingstone left to his last expedition to Tanzania. 6. The museum of Freddy Mercury (1946 born as Farrokh Bulsara) and the house of the notorious slave trader Tippu Tip, who practiced human trafficking until 1907, although already prohibited.

Jozani Forest - Colobus monkey
Jozani Forest

Jozani Forest lies about 35 km South-East of Zanzibar Town. Since 1960 it is officially declared a forest reserve. Together with the Chwaka Bay Forest, which has been added in 1984 as a protection zone, the total of the conservation area is 2512 ha. It is known as Jozani Chwaka Bay Conservation Area (JCBCA) The area consists of evergreen bushland, thicket, different forest types and mangrove area. One of the most famous residents of the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park is the Red Colobus Monkey. Found only on the main island of Zanzibar, the Red Colobus is recognized as a separate species and is said to be endemic here. A visit to Zanzibar is not complete without seeing one of the rarest monkeys in Africa, with less than 2000 remaining in the world.

More information Also found are the Blue Velvet Monkeys and the Ader's Duiker. It is said leopards, small in shape, live in Jozani Forest, though it is unlikely that you will see them. With a population of over 40 species of birds you cannot find a better bird watching place in the island. The Jozani Forest area also hosts a breeding station for Sea Turtles and there also live specimens of Leopard Turtoises as well as Giant Turtoises, the same species that are living on Prison Island. The small sea turtles are saved from perishing at the seashore, and they are nursed in the centre until they are big enough to be released back into the sea. Visitors will be informed by the park rangers and they are also allowed to feed the animals. The trip can be also combined with a visit of the Butterfly center.

Spice Tour
Spice Tour

By cultivation and export of the coveted and expensive spices, the island was once rich. Today, the spice trade does not matter too much anymore, but in the central parts of the island, there are still many spice farms. Be invited to take a walk, where you can see, smell, feel and some also taste up to 50 different fruits, spices and plants, depending on the season. Your guide will pick leaves, twigs and fruits off the bushes and trees and you will be amazed at how the spices that you have previously known only from the spice rack at home, look in nature. You also have the opportunity to buy all kinds of spices - a little piece of Zanzibar for your home.


Water Sports

Snorkelling & Diving The warm, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean is home to about 2,000 species of fish. Almost the entire east coast of Zanzibar is preceded by a still largely intact coral reef, ideal conditions for getting to know the fantastic underwater world of the island. Particularly beautiful corals are found in front of the small private island of Mnemba. Behind the sandbank in front of our hotel you find a small, but beautiful snorkeling area. Snorkeling and diving excursions can be arranged by us; PADI Diving is offered from an adjacent diving school.

Kite Surfing & Jet Ski In Paje & Jambiani, around 20-30 minutes by car are several water sport centers. Beginners and advanced courses are offered there as well as the rental of the entire equipment. Appointments can be arranged by us.

Fishing If you want to catch the fish for the dinner yourself, you can try it under the guidance of a local fisherman. Take a typical fishing boat on the sea and learn how to catch with fishing line and hook kingfish, tuna and barracuda. If you are interested, we can organize such a tour for you. Behind the sandbank in front of our hotel you find a perfect location to catch octopus. Our fisherman Moses likes to go out with you to show where the Octopus is hiding and how to catch it.

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Quad Zanzibar
Some Adventures

If you're an adventurous type and looking for some thrilling activities to do, Zanzibar offers a range of options to suit your needs. Here are some activities that might interest you: 1. Parasailing: Get a bird's eye view of the island while being towed behind a boat with a parasail. 2. Skydiving: If you're feeling really daring, why not try a tandem skydive over Zanzibar? Experience the rush of adrenaline as you jump from a plane and freefall before your parachute opens. 3. Off-road quad biking: Go off-road and explore Zanzibar's scenic countryside on a quad bike. It's a great way to see the island's natural beauty up close and personal. These are just a few examples of the many adventurous activities that you can do in Zanzibar. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for assistance in booking any of these trips or to discover even more options to suit your taste.

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