One can spend many idle hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways of Stone Town. This may not have a particularly romantic name but it is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, little has changed in the last 200 years it is fabled town where history appears to stand still. A place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings and very much a real community, where real people live and work. Most of the houses that can be seen today were built using coralline rock in the 19th century when Zanzibar was one of the most important trading centres in the Indian Ocean region.
The history would be incomplete without the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices in Zanzibar which brought the Sultans of Oman and the beginnings of the infamous slave trade. They can be seen in the plantations just outside Zanzibar town, and a good tour includes opportunities to dazzle the senses with fresh spices. Visitors will be fascinated by the sheer number of spices produced and their incredible value for many ailments. This is also the cheapest place to purchase spices and spice oils.
Zanzibar Stone Town Spice tour
Activity is done in Zanzibar Stone Town, In the morning or afternoon . A full day or half day, you will take a Spice Tour of Zanzibar’s spice plantations where you can smell, taste even buy spices that are grown on the island. For lunch you will have local dishes prepared for you using some of the spices that you have seen on the tour and you will also have the chance to learn how to cook local dishes.
Zanzibar is reputed to have some of the best diving in the world, and the coral reef structures that surround Unguja and Pemba ensure that the marine life is abundant.
Good visibility (20 - 60 metres) and a year-round average water temperature of 27°c ensure that you enjoy your Zanzibar diving experience, and also present an ideal opportunity for learning to dive or upgrading your diving qualification since diving in Zanzibar isn't restricted to beginners.
Experienced scuba divers can enjoy exciting wall dives, night dives and drift dives. In deeper waters, lush coral gardens often stretch as far as the eye can see, and large game fish (barracuda, kingfish, tuna and wahoo) hunt together with large Napoleonic wrasse, graceful manta rays and sharks. Shallower waters are the playground of tropical fish, including a huge variety of Indo-Pacific marine fauna.