THE SPICE FARM or JOSANI PARK – THE ISLAND OF PRISONERS AND TOUR IN STONE TOWN.
Departure time (depending on which hotel): 8:00
Estimated return time: 17:00
Spice Farm: We will tour the village farm where we will see, taste and smell all the magic of nature. You will be asked to guess from the sense of smell which spice or fruit grew from every tree and bush, flaunted with palm leaf jewelry and enjoyed a sumptuous fruit meal.
Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which are essential ingredient in a Zanzibari’s everyday life, it is the island’s connection to spices and herbs. Zanzibar and Spice is a romantic entanglement that dates back to the 16th century.
Apart from being an important commodity on the trade routes, they can be seen in the plantations just outside Zanzibar town, this is also a fantastic opportunity to see the countryside and rural areas of Zanzibar, connect with local people and it is the best place to buy fresh spices directly from the source.
This tour include the followings
- Guided walking tour passes through villages and spice plantations, a walk through the farms as spice farms workers climbs trees, seek out specific plants and cuts off various barks, letting you see, feel and taste everything.
- You will be decorated with palm-leaf accessories such as ties, rings, bracelets and glasses. At the Spice farms you will have an opportunity to taste some of the exotic fruits of Zanzibar
Stone Town: Old town but very lively. Take a tour of the city’s enchanting alleys with a guide who will enrich you with knowledge of the city today and fascinating history (according to your wishes).
Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, little changed in the last 200 years. It is 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. You can spend many idle hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways.
- This is a walking tour that takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. The architectural style of Stone town buildings is a unique mixture of various influences and culture.
- You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques.
Stone Town has some excellent gifts shops with plenty of souvenirs and handicrafts to choose from.
The prison island: It is also called as turtle island, where land turtles arrived from the Seychelles, weighing about 100 kilograms and reaching the age of 150 years.
Earning its name as a former prison for slaves and a quarantine station for Zanzibar and the mainland, nowadays the island gives you the chance to escape for some peace and quiet.
The island lies just off the Old Stone Town, it is also a home to giant land tortoises that were imported from Seychelles in the late 19th century. Now it is more commonly known as a home of Zanzibar’s Giant Aldabran Tortoise colony, some of which are over a hundred years old! This endangered species came to Zanzibar as a gift from the government of the Seychelles.
Once on the island, you have the opportunity to feed and pet the tortoises; if you have time you may also like to take a stroll through the forested interior where you will see a wide variety of birds, colorful peacocks, bats, and beautiful butterflies. Keep your eyes peeled too for the shy and elusive Duikers – an unusual tiny antelope species.
Josani Park: This is the only nature reserve in Zanzibar where there are beautiful mahogany trees, a very impressive tropical forest, where the colossus is grown only here in Zanzibar. This forest is one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world of the red colubus monkey. The forest is 2,512 hectares (6,207 acres) in size and was declared a nature reserve in the 1960′s.
Wonderful photo opportunities and sightings of these rare creatures living in the forest reserves are possible on the pathways. Our guides are also naturalists and nature lovers will have a wonderful time in the nature reserve.
Later on we will reach a forest of mangroves. In this forest there are three types of this tree, all grown in salt water. Their roots serve as snorkels to get air to the tree, where a third of the height of the tree is roots, a very impressive sight. We will also be able to see many types of crabs living in this unique ecosystem. The tour is guided by a government certified instructor.
They were an endangered species, but numbers have increased in recent years thanks to conservation work by the nature reserve working closely with the local people. It is estimated that there are now between 2,000-2,500 monkeys. The monkeys are wild, but it is possible to get close to them and they carry on their normal activities as though human visitors do not exist. Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative. A walk through this impressive flora and fauna is one of the highlights Zanzibar has to offer.
At Jozani, you will also visit the Mangrove swamp and walk around the Mangrove forest.
Stone Town + Spice Farm + Prisoners Island: ( not including lunch)
2 people – $ 75 per person
3 people – $60 per person
4 people – $ 55 per person
5 people – $50 per person
6 people – $ 45 per person
7 people – $40 per person
8 to 11 people – $ 35 per person
12 people – $ 30 per person
Josani Forest + Prison island + Stone Town (not including lunch)
2 people – $ 85 per person
3 people – $70 per person
4 people – $ 65 per person
5 people – $60 per person
6 people – $ 55 per person
7 people – $50 per person
8 to 11 people – $ 45 per person
12 people – $ 40 per person
* Other combinations can be made as your request in advance.
What to bring: day bag, camera, hat, sunscreen, water.