Zanzibar Beach Holidays Activities
Spices from Zanzibar are famous around the world and a holiday to Zanzibar would be incomplete without a visit to the spice plantations. The sultan of Oman first introduced these kinds of plantations on the island in 1873. You will be overwhelmed by the abundance of botanical species growing in these gardens – exotic spices, fruits and vegetables.
On the coral limestone coast of Mangapwani you will have the chance to descend to the dark slave chambers and the slave cave. The chambers have been used to hide slaves brought from the African mainland waiting to be shipped to Arabia or the French overseas colonies.
Stone town is one of the few intact historical Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. Stone Town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. The tour includes the central market, the former slave market with the Anglican Cathedral, Tippu Tip House, the House of Wonders, the Old Fort, the Palace Museum, former residence of the Sultan and princess Salme, and the Maruhubi Palace Ruins.
Jozani Forest is part of the “Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park”, a tropical natural reserve forming an important ecosystem. The high, dense ground water forest is home to the red colobus monkey, a very rare species only found in Zanzibar. The blue Sykes monkey, elephant shrews and bush babies are other animals to be seen. The tour includes also a walk through the mangrove forest.
Jozani Forest Tour
The forest was declared a nature reserve in the 1960’s lies in a shallow trough in the fossil coral bed between the mangrove filled bays of Chwaka and Uzi. Jozani forest is made up of very tall Mahogany trees older than 100 years and a variety of shade-growing plants. Your guide will take you on a nature trail, lined with eucalyptus and mahogany trees and explain the medicinal properties of various plants. Jozani Forest is the home of the rare Red Colobus Monkey, which is endemic to Zanzibar.
Firm trip (Spice Tour) pick up at your hotel to the middle of the island where you will enjoy fully green environmental farming of different spices such cloves, chili, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, Cinnamon, vanilla, medical plants, sugar cane, cocoa, the coconut trees, fruit trees date palms, pawpaw trees, banana trees, mango trees, guava, trees of litchis, and etc, then transfer back to your hotel, the tour will take half day.
Prison Island Tour
Arriving by boat to the wonderful historic island Changuu or Prison Island, the primary attractions are the giant sea tortoises and the prison ruins. The prison – which is now in ruins – was built in 1893 and was originally intended to house violent prisoners from the mainland. You will get the opportunity to visit the tortoise sanctuaries that were imported from Seychelles in the late 19th century. The average weight of these creatures is 100 kg, and many of them are said to be over 100 years old.
The architectural wonders of Zanzibar, the Arab fort, the Cathedral and Anglican churches the mosques, the doors decorated, the alleys, the harem of the Sultan, the baths, the palace , the museum etc...) Visit of the port and each one of them hold bulk of attractive
Safari Blue tour Full day
This unique tour takes you the west coast of the island to the other small island among the 52 isles around a big island of Zanzibar, this special island day tour with compliments of welcome atmosphere of fully relaxation at sandbank, good location for snorkeling, heavy lunch of sea food barbeque (lobster, crab, octopus, prawns and fish) seasonal fruits, dhow selling race and other activities on high level of services
Monkey and Dolphin watch tour
Fully day tour start at morning and transfer to Jozani forest where you will able to see the red colobus Monkey very rare spices in the world then continue to the southern part of Island at Kizimikazi fisherman Village, visit the oldest mosque in the island Lastly you will board a boat for dolphin search and if you are luck even to swim with them. Uzi Island tour with Jozani Forest & Zanzibar Butterfly Centre
Is a unique full day discovery tour for guests who are interested in remote lives, customs and traditions. The Island is located in the South of Zanzibar, connected by a causeway to main Island of Unguja and can be reached only during low tide via a 2 km coral rock road through the diverse mangrove. You will be welcomed by our Uzi native guide to explore social, ecological, economical and adaptive phenomena of mangrove ecosystem. The Zanzibar Butterfly Centre is an interactive butterfly exhibit consists of a netted tropical garden with usually of a hundred butterflies, all of which are native species of Zanzibar. The Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park is the only national park in Zanzibar and it is famous for Kirk’s Red Colobus Monkey,
Maximum depth 24mtrs, it has a sloping reef wall with a huge variety in coral and fish. Turtle are often seen on this dive and this is usually our preferred third dive site for the Open Water Diver course. Only 25 minutes away from our dive shop in our traditional Zanzibar Dhow powered by a 100hp Volvo Penta.
Wreck diving for all levels: At 12mtrs The Great Northern (built 1870) which sank on New Year’s Eve 1902 a British steel cable laying ship. She has become a magnificent artificial reef after these many years and is home to a number of Leaf fish, Lionfish and Geometric moray’s. Parts of the ship can still be identified and some relics may still be found though not taken. The Great Northern is an ideal wreck for the beginner diver as it is only 12mtrs and is a snorkellers paradise.
Pange reef is the first sand bank west of Zanzibar Town, maximum depth 14mts. An enormous variety of coral and tropical reef fish, such as Clown Fish, Parrot Fish, Moorish Idol and many others can be seen. Pange reef is ideal for Open Water Diver courses, as it offers calm and shallow waters. After the sun goes down why not try a night dive, where you may see cattle fish, squid, crab and other night dwellers.
Zanzibar is an ideal place for Fishing with its location on close proximity to some of Africa’s best deep sea fishing grounds. The waters between Zanzibar and Pemba are home to some excellent game fishing opportunities. The best point of fishing is Ras Nungwi Beach hotel in association with the long-established Pemba Channel Fishing Club. The boats on offer vary according to the time of year, but are all large, twin- screw craft, equipped to the highest international safety standards. They also all have the latest technology, with GPS navigational aids, colour echo sounders and fish-finders. Pictured opposite is Countdown, currently available for charter here at Ras Nungwi.
A full set of tackle is provided with Shimano, Fenwick, Harnell or KC rods and Shimano or Penn international reels, spooled with 80 Ib, 50 Ib and 30 Ib mono line. Clients who wish to use their own lighter tackle are welcome, and we are conversant with IGFA fly-fishing regulations.
Our experienced skippers can instruct novices and talk fishermen through any procedure in the course of reeling in their catch. Tag and release is generally encouraged for all big fish unless it is the fisherman’s first ever catch, his biggest to date, or if it likely to be an East African or All Africa record.
August to November provides really good sport for the big Yellow fin Tuna, one of the strongest fish around. Big Blue Marlin and a number of Striped and Black Marlin are also found, as well as Sailfish. During this season, multiple hook ups are normal, when the ocean can come alive with huge schools of tuna in pursuit of smaller fish.