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The Best Tours & Excursions in Zanzibar: Africa Natural Tours (For Kilimanjaro, Serengeti and Zanzibar) Tanzania safari company in Moshi
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Historical city tour:
It is a three-hour tour which begins at your hotel or entry point where you walk and driven around the historic old city. Our first visit during this tour and excursion in Zanzibar is the fruit market which was opened in 1904. Here you will see and buy a variety of the tropical fruits and spices. This is the best place where you will feel multiculturalism of Zanzibar consisting of the residents of different origin. From here you will then proceed to the Anglican Cathedral at Mkunazini built by Bishop Streers in 1874 exactly on the site of the former slave market. The guide will also show you the place where is believed that slaves were kept before auctioned. The crucifix of the Church came from the tree in Chitambo under which the heart of Dr. Livingstone was buried. From here the next stop is the National Museums of Zanzibar commonly called Peace Memorial Museums.

Spice tour:
 Four hour guided tour, which starts at Kibweni Palace through to Kidichi. Here are the Persian Baths built by Seyyid Said Sultan for his wife the Princess Shehrzard, one of the family members of the Shah of Persia. You will then proceed to Kizimbani spice plantations. Here you can see, touch a wide variety of spices, fruits, herbs and ornamental plants and flowers. You will also have the opportunity to pick, smell, and savour fruits and spices which you have probably never seen on the supermarket shelf, Cloves, star fruit, tangerine trees, lemon grass, mangos teen, ‘lipstick trees’, to name but a few what you can expect to see! This is the cheapest place to buy locally made perfumes and oils. When the tour is over we drive back to the hotel.

Safari Blue:
 “Zanzibar’s most talked about sea adventure”, a very special product comprising a full day excursion exploring the very beautiful Conservation area of Menai Bay, south-west of Zanzibar Island. Safari Blue’ departs from the fishing village of Fumba exploring from there the sandbanks, islands, lagoons and wonders of the Bay and the Indian Ocean in the comfort of our traditional dhows. On arrival the participants are given a short briefing about the programme for the day and safety on board.The dhows are hand built from African mahogany, finished and maintained to the very highest standards. The most stunning natural creations must be the two pristine sandbanks of soft white sand which rise out of the turquoise blue of the Indian Ocean. We stop at one sandbank in the morning to snorkel over the coral reef and then to relax and swim. There we offer fresh green coconuts and a light snack. After snorkelling, if the tide permits, we move on to have lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon on a second sandbank near to the island of Pungume. The sandbanks have been described by many clients as the most idyllic places in the world.

Prison Island tour:
 Is a relaxation excursion that takes half-day on the beautiful island off the Zanzibar Town the use of the island has changed overtime? Although it was originally built as a prison it was never put into that function. Later it was used as a quarantine of slaves for the whole of East Africa. The remnants of the built are still visible. The island offers a stunning view of the Town especially during the night; there is very beautiful minor sandy beach where swimming on the crystal waters is marvelous. The coral reefs surrounding the island provide an opportunity of snorkeling. This is also a home of the giant tortoise, which is now under strict conservation. A short-guided tour around the island will provide the real picture.

Jozani forest tour:
This is a guided tour, which takes three hours to Jozani Forest. The Forest is the only remaining natural vegetation. It is a home of many endemic species of fauna and flora. Here you will see the red colubus monkey, velvet cats, snakes, mangroves, a variety of small trees, shrubs, swamps and grasses. When walk through the mangrove board you will see prawns, and different species of mangroves. This is the best trip to discover the nature of the forest and you will have the unique chance to see  and take some pictures and videos with the red colobus monkey that are only found in Zanzibar

Dolphin tour:
 Situated on the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, which can often be sighted following a short boat trip from the village. If you are lucky, you may be able to swim quite close to the dolphins, which can be a very rewarding experience. Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa, and is thus worth a visit for both natural and cultural reasons. Sometimes we may go for long searching for dolphins as they tend to move from one place to another.

North Coast (Nungwi) tour:
A full day excursion to the extreme north of the island via Marahubi, and Mvuleni where you can visit the Portuguese Ruins. There are number of very interesting things to see and do including the traditional fishing village itself with resident speaking a peculiar Swahili dialect. Then the turtle aquarium with various species.  A traditional boat yard and local market are amazing. At the end of the walk you can either relax on the sandy beaches or go swimming in the natural sea. Lunch and refreshments are arranged there to taste local delicacies or international food. This is the best trip that gives you the scope to discover the life of local fisherman of the island.

Sandbank picnic: 
For those who are looking for a completely relax or having an adventure and excitement. This is their answer. We sail towards the white sand bank; we will do some snorkeling and see the stunning array of colored corals and tropical fish of the island.The trip includes the use of top quality snorkeling equipment with guides and instructors, ice cold sodas, mineral water and the very delicious Zanzibar seafood lunch that will be served on the white sand. We round the day off by returning to the shore by traditional sail.

Best time to visit Zanzibar
Zanzibar’s sea breezes have a cooling effect on a typical tropical climate which is generally hot and somewhat humid throughout the year.If you want to avoid most of the rain however, you’ll need to consider when to go to Zanzibar carefully: there are two distinct rainy seasons – mid-March to late May and again in November – which means many people take a Zanzibar holiday during the hot and dry December to February months.The June to October spring months offer similarly dry weather but with cooler temperatures, and this period is often regarded as the best time to visit Zanzibar.
Diving in Zanzibar and its outlying islands is possible all year round though most divers avoid the March to May rainy season. We’d recommend the north coast of Zanzibar from June to October and the south coast between November and March, or just stick to Zanzibar’s ‘classic’ dive months of July and August as well as February and March.If you’re keen on tacking on some R&R after your oh-so-stressful Safari, consider Zanzibar. The “zan” in Tanzania is just an hour-and-a-half ferry ride from the mainland in the Indian Ocean. It’s the perfect tropical spot to kick back and relax. Here are a few tips to help you plan your trip.
  1. Travel June through October. This is the best time to visit Zanzibar because the temperature averages 26°C (79°F).
  2. Plan your trip around the holy month of Ramadan. Zanzibar observes Ramadan for a month every year. During this period Muslims are forbidden to eat, drink, or smoke between sunrise and sunset. Although hotels catering to tourists are not affected, many small shops and restaurants are closed during the day. If you plan to arrive during Ramadan, aim for the end, when a huge feast called the Eid al-Fitr (which means “end of the fast”) brings everyone out to the streets.
  3. Rent bikes. Bikes can be rented from shops near Darajani Market. Mopeds and motorcycles are another great way to get about the island.

  4. Take the ferry. Not a big fan of flying in the small planes? Several hydrofoil ferries travel between Dar es Salaam and Stone Town. The fastest trips, lasting about 75 minutes, are on hydrofoils operated by Sea Express and Azam Marine. Tickets can be purchased on the spot or in advance from the row of offices next to the port in Dar es Saalam. Timetables and prices are displayed on boards outside each office. Be were of taxi drivers. Whether you arrive by plane or ferry, you will be approached by taxi drivers. Be sure to agree on a price before getting in, as taxis do not have meters. The fare to Stone Town should be around Tsh 11,000 (around $10–$15). Your driver may let you out several blocks before you reach your hotel because the streets are too narrow. Ask the driver to walk you to the hotel. Be sure to tip him if he carries your luggage.
  5. Be very careful when using ATMs. Make sure you use one that is on a reputable bank’s premises and that the bank is open—cards get swallowed all the time. Beware the airport ATM—it is omnivorous.

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