A spice tour is a wonderful way of exploring the countryside around Stone Town and Zanzibar’s rural communities. Indeed no trip to Zanzibar can be considered complete without a visit to one of our carefully selected spice farms.
For centuries Zanzibar's cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom and other spices, medicinal and ornamental plants, as well as tropical fruits attracted traders across the Indian Ocean. This three to four hour tour will seduce your senses with a mixture of various smells, tastes and textures.
Among the many different plants you will encounter are the henna bush, ylang-ylang, the lipstick tree, iodine plant, cocoa, cassava, dasheen cocoyam and – yes, Zanzibar coffee! Explore the island’s abundance of mouth-watering tropical fruits like jack fruit, pineapples, bananas, green coconut (madafu), durian, love apple (matufaa), rambutan (shoki-shoki), soursop (mabungo) and starfruit (carambola).
The half day spice tour ends after lunch, and if you have chosen a full day excursion, your guide will take you onwards to Mangapwani. It has a lovely white sandy beach - and a very dark history: slaves used to be “stored” in an underground rock chamber there on their way to and from the island. You can visit this chamber; it is part of Zanzibar’s past, just like all its beauty and riches.
And then it’s time to relax! We go to the beach for some swimming and sunbathing before we will drive you back to your hotel.