zanzibar activities

Zanzibar Activities

What to do while in Zanzibar:

  • Activity 1


    Stone Town also known as Mji Mkongwe Swahili for “old town” is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania, as opposed to Ng’ambo (Swahili for ‘the other side’). It is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate, and flourishing centre of the spice trade as well as the slave trade in the 19th century, it retained its importance as the main city of Zanzibar during the period of the British protectorate. When Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined each other to form the United Republic of Tanzania, Zanzibar kept a semi-autonomous status, with Stone Town as its local government seat.

    Stone Town is 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 the Swahili culture, with a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site in 2000.

  • Activity 2


    Changuu Island also known as Prison Island, was once owned by an Arab who used it for ‘rebellious’ slaves. Some years later in 1893 it was sold to general Mathews, a Briton who converted it into a prison. However it has never actually been used as such and was later converted to serve as a quarantine station for East Africa in colonial times. Some structures of the prison are still intact, besides Changuu Island makes for good snorkeling, wind surfing and sailing grounds.

    The British first Minister of Zanzibar, Lloyd Mathews, purchased the island in 1893 and constructed a prison complex there, though no prisoners were ever housed on the Island and instead it became a quarantine station for yellow fever cases. Now the Island is a government- owned tourist resort and houses a collection of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises which were originally a gift from the British governor of the Seychelles.

    This tour can either be full day or half day depending on the wishes of the guests. It also involves a snorkelling trip too.

  • Activity 3


    A Spice tour is probably the best way of seeing the country side outside Stone town where spice farms are located at Kizimbani and Kijichi. Picking and sampling bunches of leaves, fruits and twigs from the farms and taste them to have a fill of what each of their flavours and what they are.Most of the ingredients are of average kitchen rack and are represented by; turmeric, chilies, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg and vanilla etc. Also included in this tour is a visit to a Persian baths built by sultan Sayyid for his harem.

  • Activity 4


    The Zanzibar’s only National Park and is centered on Jozani forest, the forest lies in a shallow trough in the fossil coral bed between the mangrove filled bays of Chwaka and Uzi. Seasonal flooding, and a high water table, gave rise to a unique groundwater forest. On the high ground to either side is dry coral rag forest and thicket. The most famous and the endearing residents of the Jozani Chwaka Bay National park is the Zanzibar’s Red Columbus Monkey. A visit to Zanzibar sir not complete without seeing one of the rarest monkeys in Africa, with less than 2000 remaining in the world.

  • Activity 5


    Discover the best of the Zanzibar! The Menai Bay Conservation Area, to the south of Zanzibar, is an area of out-standing natural beauty.

    The most popular dolphin spotting location in Zanzibar is in Kizimkazi Village located on the southern coast of Zanzibar Island where you can see both the bottle- nose and the humpback dolphins.

    The shallow coastal waters around Kizimkazi are a favorite hangout for dolphins that come here for the reliable food supply, to nurse their calves, rest and to socialize too.

  • Activity 6


    Safari blue starts from the village of Fumba a 35 minute drive from Stone Town. Fumba is the most convenient location for exploring the wildlife, isolated sandbanks and rugged island scenery of Menai Bay Conservation Area. This is full day tours that involves snorkelling, swim with the dolphin if they are in a mood to socialize and lunch plus drinks. Alcohol is not permitted.

  • Activity 7


    The Seaweed center is a social business that provides local women the opportunity to earn a living by harvesting seaweed and creating beauty and spa products. The range is 100% organic , using the highest-quality ingredients ,loving handmade on the shores of Paje.

    During the tour you will;

    • Learn to make natural beauty products from raw seaweed.
    • Immerse yourself in local culture.
    • Have a go at making the soap yourself.
    • Be pampered with a tradition Zanzibari welcome.
    • Enjoy fresh seaweed juice, a super food drink.

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions

Key Tour Inclusions

  • All airport transfers
  • Accommodation as indicated in itinerary
  • Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch
  • Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees
  • All game drives as mentioned
  • 2 ltr mineral water per person per safari day
  • Coffee/Tea with picnic lunches
  • All domestic flights as indicated in itinerary (where applicable)
  • All meals and accommodation as stipulates in itinerary
  • Flying doctor Evacuation insurance cover
  • Tourist Development Levy
  • Wildlife Management Area Fees
  • Applicable Government Taxes

Key Tour Exclusions

  • All items of a personal nature
  • International Flights
  • Gratuities for safari guide
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee (50 USD /100 USD for Americans & Irish Passport Holders- to be paid upon arrival)
  • Drinks and Beverages in camps and lodges
While considering travelling with Zagas Explorer....

It is important to note that booking in advance will facilitate better planning so as to allow us get the stated accommodation in our itineraries. Last minute booking requests might require us to change the quoted properties especially during high seasons when the demand for quality accomodation is quite high.

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Booking Terms & Conditions

Basic guidelines to aid you as you plan to make your booking to travel to Africa on your Safari Expedition. This is not an exhaustive list, our Tour consultants are always standby to give you all the necessary guidance accordingly.

Booking Procedure

All applications for provisional or confirmed reservations are to be made by the Client by way of letter, facsimile or e-mail addressed to Zagas Explorer.
No reservation will be deemed made unless acknowledged and accepted in writing by Zagas Explorer. Provisional reservations will only be held for 14 days, after which the booking will be released. Please ensure the following information is included:

      » Date and time of arrival
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Cancellation Policy

Reservations cancelled are charged as below:

      » Between 60 and 31 days prior to arrival a 25% cancellation fee will be charged.
      » Between 30 and 15 days prior to arrival a 50% cancellation fee will be charged.
      » Between 14 and 0 days prior to arrival a 100% cancellation fee will be charged.
      » Cancellation fees are calculated on the rate per person and on the total value of the Reservation made.


All amounts are denominated in US Dollars and payments must be made in the nominated currency. In the case of any future increases in fuel, currency fluctuations, component costs or government taxes, Zagas Explorer reserves the right to renegotiate the rates. Conservancy fees are mandatory and will be included in the invoice.

Deposit Requirements

A refundable deposit of 30% is to be received by Zagas Explorer within 7 working days from date of confirmation. The final balance of 70% of the total value of the reservation(s) will be payable at least 30 days prior to the guests arrival.


Should any client arrive late or request an early departure, no refund will be granted. Whilst Zagas Explorer will ensure that all anticipated accommodation will be available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature against Zagas Explorer for a refund, either in part or whole, if any accommodation and or excursion is unavailable and a reasonable alternative was found – or if guests were unable to make use of the service for any reason.


All guests should take out comprehensive insurance cover when paying their confirmation deposit, to cover them for cancellation, curtailment, medical expenses, personal baggage, emergency evacuation back home and money.


This agreement is made subject to and shall be governed and construed according to the laws of Tanzania. Neither Zagas Explorer, nor any person acting for, through or on behalf of the company shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever and without restricting the generality of the foregoing shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omission contained in the brochure or other literature, late or non-confirmation or acceptance of bookings, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, injury or death whether occasioned by negligence or not. In addition, the company shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel any tour or the remainder thereof or make any alteration in route, accommodation, price or other detail and in the event of any tour being rendered impossible, illegal, or inadvisable by the weather, avalanches, strike, war, government or interference or any other causes whatsoever. The extra expense incurred as a result thereof shall be the responsibility of the passenger.

The company may, at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself, at any time cancel or terminate the passenger's booking and in particular without limiting the generality of the foregoing, it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal or incompatible behavior of the passenger, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund.

Please be aware that these safaris may take you into close contact with wild animals. Attacks by wild animals are rare, but no safari into the African Wilderness can guarantee that this will not occur. Neither the company, nor its employees, nor its agents can be held responsible for any injury or incident on the safari.

While considering travelling with Zagas Explorer....

It is important to note that booking in advance will facilitate better planning so as to allow us get the stated accommodation in our itineraries. Last minute booking requests might require us to change the quoted properties especially during high seasons when the demand for quality accomodation is quite high.

Booking Enquiry