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Zanzibar: Stone Town & Spice Farm Tour with Lunch

1. Zanzibar: Stone Town & Spice Farm Tour with Lunch

Begin your private tour in Stone Town, a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying Swahili culture, giving a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Start by exploring the Old Slave Market site and Anglican Church, before strolling through the narrow streets towards the City Market. Marvel at the fresh products and fruits and watch how locals buy and sell anything here. Observe the hustle and bustle of the fish auction. After this, take a sightseeing tour of the main buildings in Stone Town including the Palace Museum and the House of Wonder, which is the largest and tallest building in the town, also known as Bait-al-ajab. Continue on to see the Old Fort, Tippu Tip, and of course, the most famous, Freddie Mercury’s House. Also visit the Peace Memorial and Natural History Museum, amongst other attractions.  Next, learn about one of the main industries in the region: spices. Discover how the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, the Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, is sometimes called the "Spice Islands". There are many spice farms in Zanzibar and for the next portion of the tour, you will visit a real organic spice farm. When you arrive, the spice farm guide will describe how the spices are grown and used as medication and flavor in dishes. See spices like vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, and many more. It will be possible to touch, smell and taste the spices and herbs directly from plants. Later, take the opportunity to join a cassava leaf harvest, make coconut milk, and practice some cooking. Even more, a coconut tree climber will pick some fresh young coconut fruits for you to try. End the trip with lunch at the spice farm and the opportunity to purchase spices from the shop (cash only).

Stonetown Historical Walking Tour & Traditional Lunch

2. Stonetown Historical Walking Tour & Traditional Lunch

The tour will start in one of the most important parts of the old slave market site, the Anglican Church, then continue through the narrow streets. The next stop will be at city market. Here you can see the biggest market of all the islands. Locals buy and sell all sorts of products here, including the freshest fruits and fish auctions where locals bid on sea food. Afterward the tour will cover the main sights of Stown Town, such as the Palace Museum, House of Wonder, which is the largest and tallest building in Stown Town and also known as the Bait-al-ajab. Visit an old fort, the Tippu Tip and of course the most famous spot, Freddie’s Mercury’s house. Visit the Peace Memorial, Natural History Museum and many more. Your tour will end with local lunch in a cozy restaurant.

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What people are saying about Old Fort, Stone Town

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First we went to the spice plantation. When our guide noticed that we were really interested in the island's spices and fruits and asked specific questions, he really blossomed, answered all our questions and let us taste all the fruits. The subsequent lunch with freshly prepared cassava leaves in coconut milk and other local dishes was very tasty and rich. We could have spent hours there and bought organic spices to take home. Stonetown is also worth seeing, our guide showed us the most interesting buildings, walked us through a market and let our driver pick us up at the birthplace of Freddy Mercury. There was also a tour of the former slave market. Just a pity that the palace museum is closed for renovation indefinitely. A quick break at a rooftop bar is highly recommended (we stayed at the Swahili House).

Great tour with an excellent guide, Salum. The visit is very interesting; Salum took us to all the key places in Zanzibar and was very available and very clear and interesting in his comments. He has a very good knowledge of the history of his city and his country. We warmly recommend this visit and this guide, Salum, who is also very friendly and smiling.

Good guide, seems that everyone in Stone City knows him. We wandered through the narrow streets, visited most landmarks and were told about local architecture traditions. Afterwards we had a lunch in an Indian-cuisine restaurant. It was good.

Our guide was very professional but still fun. He knew a lot of historical and modern things about Stone Town. He showed us some shops but was not forcing us to buy anything. We learned a lot of Zanzibar history. Would recomend it 100 %!!

Very good and punctual service! The guide responds to all the wishes of the tourists! This tour of the old town is highly recommended! Gladly again and again!