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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town, go Dhow Cruising and see a beautiful African sunset, walk across Prison Island and spot Giant Tortoises, and truly discover Zanzibar on this 5-day adventure.
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Arrive at Zanzibar and transfer to Breezes Beach Club, your home for the next few days. Located on a private, untouched beach, Breezes Beach Club is an ideal getaway. Being a family-owned resort gives Breezes an unforgettable personalized touch. All rooms are tastefully decorated in ivory tones, with cottonthrows, teak wood finishes and Zanzibar carvings. Rooms are also fully air-conditioned with en suite bathrooms.
Dining options are a plenty here. Choose from: The Tides - private beachfront dining for two, Salama Dining Room – buffet breakfast, four course table service and themed buffet dinners, or The Sultan's Table - A fusion of Indian and Swahili spices and seafood. Breezes has 3 bars and a coffee shop as well. Rejuvenate at the Frangipani Spa, go scuba diving at the Dive Center, and take up water sports at the Waterclub.
The rest of the day is at leisure. Optional tours can be arranged upon prior request.
Go on a tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town today. This three and a half-hour tour commences with a visit to Zanzibar’s colorful market. Alive with the buzz of locals bartering fresh vegetables and baskets of tropical fruit, amongst the heady smell of jackfruit (and many other exotic fruits) you continue on to the site of a cathedral built in 1874. The cathedral signifies a compelling time in Zanzibar’s history and stands on the sight of a past slave market, its high altar standing on the exact site of the whipping post. Slavery was abolished in 1873 through a decree passed by the then current Sultan of Zanzibar.
Next visit the residence of the late Sultans of Zanzibar, ‘Tip Tip House’, the Old Fort, ‘Peoples Palace’ and the House of Wonders’, full of intrigue and vivid history from a bygone era. The tour ends with a stroll through the narrow streets of the old stone town, the heart of Zanzibar’s vibrant history with time for shopping.
This tour can be arranged in the morning or in the afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Today’s programme is “Safari Blue” - a full day excursion using locally made traditional sailing dhows of between 8 to 10 metres in length. You will be sailing on 6 passenger-carrying dhows that are finished to the very highest standards and fitted with outboard engines, marine VHF radios, gas inflatable life jackets, sunshade, boarding ladder, waterproof bags and first aid kit. (Public liability and marine insurance is included)
The excursion starts at the fishing village of Fumba, 30 minutes drive from Stone Town. Fumba is situated in the Southwest corner of the island and is an ideal starting point to explore Menai Bay, designated a Conservation Area. The bay has a number of beautiful uninhabited islands and sandbanks and is frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins.
On arrival at Fumba, you will be briefed on the day and shown a life jacket demo. Then board the dhows and set off to explore the bay and find dolphins. Later in the morning stop on a sandbank where you are fitted with snorkelling equipment. Guides will accompany you on your snorkeling adventure. For beginners or those who are not confident swimmers, inflatable snorkelling vests are provided and the guides can give tuition.
After snorkeling, enjoy fresh green coconuts before we move to a desert island for lunch. Lunch is served on teak picnic tables set up beneath the shade of tamarind trees. It is a traditional Zanzibari meal and includes a selection of grilled fish, slipper lobster, squid, and rice, tamarind and coriander sauces. A gastronomic fruit tasting follows with a selection of between 10 to 15 different tropical fruits. Cold drinks are available throughout the day and include mineral water, sodas and beer. Coffee and Amarula liqueur are also served after lunch. Toilets are available on the island.
When the tide allows, visit a beautiful mangrove lagoon where it is possible to swim through the mangrove forest. Return to Fumba by sail at 6 p.m. in time to see a colorful African sunset.
Visit Prison Island close to Stone Town, just 20 minutes by boat. It is also known as Changuu Island. There are many trees and plants on this island and it is a delight to walk safely and unhindered through the dappled shadows. Bird watchers will find plenty of species to delight them. The Island’s original use was as a prison and later it was taken over and used as quarantine station by the British Army. Another prison was then built but never used.
Now Prison Island is a pleasant destination for a day trip. It has some excellent coral formations just offshore ideal for snorkeling. Another attraction is the giant tortoises here that are over 100 years old. These tortoises are only found on this island. Not indigenous to continental Africa, the original tortoises were brought from Aldabra in the Seychelles in an effort to extend the tortoise conservation efforts. Aldabra is famous for harboring endemic and rare marine life species, and along with the Galapagos Islands, is one of the worlds few places where giant tortoises exist.
You are advised to bring waterproof shoes for boarding the dhows and towels, sunscreen and a spare T-shirt for snorkelling.
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey home.
*This itinerary can be customized to include other tours such as a Spice Tour, Jozani Forest Tour, Kizimkazi Dolphin Tour, Nungwi Tour, and Sunset Dhow Cruise.
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