Follow the trail of the sultans, slaves and explorers in the winding streets of Stone Town. Your guide will tell you about the events that shaped Zanzibar, leading you through the buildings where it all happened, such as the former Slave Market and Anglican Cathedral. While tracing the steps of the past, the walking tour provides you with a window into modern life in Stone Town. Explore the markets, seafood and fish piled in the fish market, fresh loaves of bread in wicker baskets and neat stacks of fruit and vegetables as traders sell their wares from their stalls. Children play in the streets in the residential areas, ‘mamas’ sit outside and gossip while the men play board games.
In the afternoon, In the afternoon, transfer for Lunch in the Rooftop Tea House Restaurant. The highest rooftop Tea House restaurant in Zanzibar is located in Emerson on Hurumzi Hotel and has breathtaking 360° views of Stone Town and the Indian Ocean. Seating is on cushions by a low table or on regular height seats, all with views over Stone Town and the sea. In the afternoon, different lunch platters, either with a variety of vegetarian, fish or seafood dishes are prepared by the chefs.
Thereafter proceed for the Spice Tour which takes you to Zanzibar’s organic natural side of Tropical Spice Garden, Taste and dazzle seasonal spices and a variety of fresh fruits. In days past, Zanzibar was known as a spice island, exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom to the world. The spices were brought over from Asia and South America and flourished in Zanzibar’s tropical climate. Nowadays the plantations are a tribute to the island’s past, swapping spices for tourism and combining both in a spice tour, one of the most popular excursions on the island. Walk through the spice farm with your guide; touch, smell and taste different spices and tropical fruits. Try to guess one spice or fruit from the other, from the crushed leaves, the fruit, shoots, vines and creepers crawling up the trees. Learn about their properties, their origins and their use as medicines and in food and drink. A visit to a spice farm village gives you an insight into local life and the opportunity to try some Swahili dishes, taste the fruits in season and try some spiced tea. Depending on the season you are visiting, you can find anything from vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass, cloves, ylang ylang, cumin, garlic, ginger, coriander, pepper, allspice, tamarind, chilli, oregano and more!
Later in the afternoon we will transfer to our beach resort.
Accommodations: Riu Palace Zanzibar