Zanzibar

Zanzibar-kempiskZanzibar is a unique coral island lying in the Indian Ocean a short distance from Tanzania. With Pemba, and about 50 other islands, Zanzibar originally was an independent country until 1964 when it was united with Tanganyika to form Tanzania under President Julius Nyerere. Presently it has its own President and a degree of autonomy. The island’s history goes back many centuries. Its heyday came in the early 19th century when the Sultan of Muscat moved his court to Zanzibar. Spice cultivation was developed (particularly the clove tree), and the slave trade was at its height – Zanzibar became the most important town in East Africa.

Zanzibar town is located midway along the West Coast of the island. The old part of the town, known as Stone Town, is composed of a network of shady, winding narrow alleys between old stone buildings with ornately decorated entrances and balconies. Numerous tiny shops here sell everything under the sun. Along the seafront are located several luxury hotels, the old Sultan’s Palace (House of Wonder), the old fort, restaurants and the docks.

Zanzibar may be reached by speedboat from Dar es-Salaam, (about 2 hours), daily departures. There are also several flights every day from Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar es-Salaam and Kilimanjaro airports. A luxury, air-conditioned coach leaves Moshi (Kilimanjaro) at 6am arriving in Dar-es-Salaam in time to catch the last ferry.

Zanzibar Special Package Tours.

All our packages includes hotels with Zanzibar atmosphere and also in consideration of environment, Zanzibar culture and nature, enjoy the best Zanzibar has to offer. Our packages combine accommodations in Stone town hotels and carefully selected beach hotels.

We will put together exciting and unique travel tour packages that are exclusive to the Eco & Culture Tours site for every style of traveler whether you are looking for an amazing romantic honeymoon in Zanzibar on an isolated beach. Lasi Tours is here to create the most compelling and cost effective packages that meet the needs of all travelers looking for a unique experience in East Africa without the hassle of complicated and stressful booking.

We can, of course, book for any duration, and itinerary, which suits you. Prices are indicative – They are based on two people sharing and includes all transfers and specified tours on the island as specified in the itineraries. We can book visitors in to any hotel on the island, each with its own particular charm and attraction, and will be pleased to advise about other hotels.

Town & Beach.
Most people like to spend some time in Stone Town with most of the time at one or two beach locations. If people stay at a beach location for the whole holiday, it is not easy to do a sight-seeing trip to Town, 1 hours each way from most beach locations this involve two hours just on the road!. Many people who do not mind a move like to stay at two different beach locations to see different parts of the island. We can discuss with you what you would like, and book accordingly.

Board Basis – As there are many places to eat in Stone Town, accommodation is usually on a bed & breakfast basis. At beach locations, many hotels are some distance from other places to eat so accommodation is either on half or full board.
Last Night – When people are booked on a morning flight for their return journey, we strongly suggest the last night back in Town, which is only 15 minutes to the Airport. Coming in from a beach location can mean a very early transfer, and there is no predicting the state of the road.

Please see our sample itinerary below:-

STONE TOWN TOUR
This tour will consist of 3 hours whereby tourists will get opportunity to discover the history of Zanzibar island and its people…. it begins and ends at your hotel. The tour can either commences at the house of wonders or City Market and covers all the historical sites. You will be walk to the house of wonder which is nowadays known as the National Museum of Zanzibar, the Arab fort , bazaar streets, Feddie Mercury house, old slave market, fruit market, spice market, etc.. Zanzibar curved doors are ones of the decorations of the stone town, you proceed on a leisure walk through the Narrow streets of Stone Town (old part of the Zanzibar City) In this part of the town, you will find a lot of small and exotic bazaars and curio shops.. .. .. Zanzibar stone town tour is one among the hot day tours in Zanzibar, the only opportunity to discover the historical sites, curio shops, dilapidated buildings, cosmopolitan people…..

SPICE TOUR
This is a 3 hours guided tour, Tourists will get opportunity to discover alot of things including Tropical fruits, Spices and harbs, and some other rare species of other plants from different vegetation. It is just more than a tour which is also gives tourists a rare experience to prove why Zanzibar is called the Spice Island. The spicies like Zanzibar’s cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and many other spices and harbs brought by the sultans of Oman across the Indian Ocean. The guides will give detailed descriptions of what the various plants are used for, though not all of them are for food. .. The neem tree leaves were once used as a cure for malaria and indigestion, the iodine tree produces a deep red sap used to fight infection, Other spices include cloves, nutmeg, tamarind, ginger, menthol and vanilla.

SAFARI BLUE
This is an half day Tour, the major Attraction being able to swim close to the dolphin, Being very social themselves, for those who are luck they can even get to play with them. located on the southern part of the island, at Kizimkazi village, the village is the home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, . which are found few metres from the village beach. is also the site of a old mosque (12th century). Please understand that this tour is subject to Weather Condition, If the wheather is not great we shall inform you in order to postpone the tour.. you may call us in the morning in order to reconfirm for your departure.. . The old mosque of kizimkazi has great history of Islam in East Africa, therefore it has become the major tourist attraction for locals and internationals.

DOLPHIN TOUR
This is an half day Tour, the major Attraction being able to swim close to the dolphin, Being very social themselves, for those who are luck they can even get to play with them. located on the southern part of the island, at Kizimkazi village, the village is the home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, . which are found few metres from the village beach. is also the site of a old mosque (12th century). Please understand that this tour is subject to Weather Condition, If the wheather is not great we shall inform you in order to postpone the tour.. you may call us in the morning in order to reconfirm for your departure.. . The old mosque of kizimkazi has great history of Islam in East Africa, therefore it has become the major tourist attraction for locals and internationals.

PRISON ISLAND
This is an half day tour, Prison island is also known as Changuu island.. the name “prison island” came after this island being used by some sultans of Zanzibar to store the recalcitrant slaves, A 25-30 minutes boat ride (motorised). In later stages, General mathews bought it and the gaul, While you are on the Island, there are many to see includding the giant tortoises and have a delightful swim, this place good for snorkeling there are colorful school of tropical fish eg black snaper, longfin bannerfish, emperor engelfish, rabbitfish, clown tiggerfish, orangelined tiggerfish, spotted garfish, barracuda, bluestripe snaper etc..

SUNSET DHOW CRUISE
A wonderful Romantic Sunset dhow Cruise from Stone Town, take your journey in a traditional Arabian Dhow. we shall depart from frodhani garden on the seafront of Stone Town and sail along the shores of this historical coast while the sun sinks into the ocean painting the town with its pastel colours, while you are taking the sea view passing around house of wonders, palace museum, old dispensary, custom house etc.. the buildings will tell you why the town is called stone town, The crew will tell you some old tales, on the mid of this journey we shall guve you some snacks and soft drinks, while you soak up the ambiance once enjoyed by Arabian Royalty.. .After the meal we will return you to Stone Town by car.

SANDBANK PICNIC
This is a full day trip, depart in stone town near serena inn at around 9:00am.. and we shall sail you away to prison island where giant tortoises found, after that ahead to a sandbank where brilliant bird life exists. After lunch (sea foods and drinks) relax on the sandbank listening to the bird life around you and the hush of waves lapping against the shore. in this tour you will discover many things more than what you are thinking. We will slowly sail back to Stone Town after soaking up the sun and return back to the Serena Inn by 03:30pm, relaxed and fall more in love with Zanzibar than you thought! . This tour will start from 9:00am and ends at 3:30pm.. the trip will be on a sharing boat.. the sandbank picnic is great for the group tourists, couples, families and individuals.

MANGAPWANI CAVES
The Mangapwani Slave Chamber is a few kilometres further up the coast from the Coral Cave. Although sometimes called the Slave Cave, it is a square-shaped cell that has been cut out of the coralline rock, with a roof on top. It was originally built for storing slaves, and its construction is attributed to one Mohammed bin Nassor Al-Alwi, an important slave trader. Boats from the mainland would unload their human cargo on the nearby beach, and the slaves would be kept here before being taken to Zanzibar Town for resale, or to plantations on the island. It is thought that some time after 1873, when Sultan Barghash signed the Anglo–Zanzibari treaty which officially abolished the slave trade, the cave was used as a place to hide slaves, as an illicit trade continued for many years. To reach the Slave Chamber from Zanzibar Town, follow the directions above to the Mangapwani Coral Cave. Instead of turning into the Coral Cave, continue on the dirt road for another 1km to reach the entrance to the Serena Restaurant and Watersports Centre. Just before you reach the Serena a small dirt track branches off to the right. Follow this for 1km through palm trees and bushes to reach the Slave Chamber. With care, you can reach the steps that lead down onto the chamber floor. Nearby a small path leads to a secluded beach, separated from the main Mangapwani Beach (described below) by some coral-rock outcrops.