Zanzibar Extension: Stone Town and Beach Resort - 5 nights
The spice islands of Zanzibar evoke an exotic island environment full of history, culture and exotic tropical beauty. Our six day extension includes a tour of Stone Town, an intriguing labyrinth of narrow, winding streets lined with whitewashed, coral-rag houses with overhanging balconies enshrouded in flowers over elaborately carved doors. Enjoy free time at a boutique seaside hotel on a magnificent, palm-fringed beach with warm, clear water, ideal for swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA diving.
2015 Pricing: From $19502450 high season, $1795-2165 low season dependent on accommodation choice. Price is per adult based on double occupancy. Child pricing (under 12) from $1225-1475 based on sharing accommodation with 2 adults. Holiday supplements may apply for peak winter holiday dates. Please ask the Africa Program Director for a complete itinerary and pricing breakdown. Rate includes two regional flights, from Arusha to Zanzibar and Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam, in order to seamlessly link with any safari itinerary.
Day 1: Return to Arusha and on to Zanzibar
Take your last looks at the African bush today before transferring to the airstrip for your flight to Arusha. After lunch, transfer to the airport for a flight to Zanzibar Island (local flight included). You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel on the sea front of ancient Stone Town. Overnight The Seyyida or similar.
Day 2: Stone Town and Spices
Depart with your guide for the City market to experience the hustle and bustle of the morning activities, when the local busses bring in all the goods from the villages around Zanzibar Island. Stroll through the market to see and taste some of the special fruits, spices, and seafood for sale. Continue on to historic and political sites of the town including the old slave market, the Zanzibar Museum, several government buildings, a Sultan’s palace, and Dhow Harbor. After lunch on your own you’ll go inland and explore a spice farm. Zanzibar is a famous crossroads of trade in the spice and fruit industry. Journey through the countryside visiting local farms to learn how spices are grown, different uses for spices, taste seasonal fruits, and experience the unique culture that has formed on this island paradise. Overnight The Seyyida.
Day 3, 4, 5: Zanzibar Beach Resort
Today you will be transferred to a boutique beach hotel for a few days of relaxation. See the accommodations section for description of the different accommodation options.
Day 6: Depart
Transfer to the Zanzibar Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam and on to your international flights (local flight included).
This elegant, eighteen room boutique hotel tucked into the heart of the medina near the Palace Museum, offering easy walking to all the best spots in Stonetown as well as a rooftop restaurant with views out to the Indian Ocean waterfront.
Breezes Hotel (especially recommended for families)
Situated along a pristine, untouched Zanzibar beach stretching as far as the eye can see, this large resort has it all to make your stay on the island as relaxing and care free as possible. Read more about the Breezes Hotel.
Chumbe Island Coral Park (especially recommended for snorkelers)
Designated as the first Marine reserve in Tanzania in 1994, Chumbe Island Coral Park contains over 90% of all marine species that have been recorded in East African reefs. Read more about Chumbe Island Coral Park.
Matemwe Lodge (especially recommended for a romantic getaway)
Matemwe is a small boutique resort on Zanzibar's remote Northeastern coast offering breezy seaside bungalows, a relaxed beach/chic environment where one can enjoy the relaxed movements of Dhow boats leisurely passing by on the pastel blue Indian Ocean, walks on the powder fine sand, and attentive staff with creative and delicious dining options. Read more about Matemwe Lodge.