Spice is Nice Trip Notes

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

Trip code : GAZN
Trip length : 6
Trip starts in : Stone Town, Zanzibar
Trip ends in : Stone Town, Zanzibar
Maximum group size : maximum 10

Arab, sultans, trade links with China, Portugal and India and a muslim call to prayer that bellows across Stone Town five times a day - we guess you could say Zanzibar is pretty diverse.(Was Zanzibar Revealed)

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Day
1

Stone Town

Satisfy your seafood cravings at the Forodhani Night Market on the waterfront. Construct the skewer of your dreams from fresh octopus, squid, fish, crab, mussel and lobster then watch it get barbequed to perfection while you wait.

  • Spend the night in Stone Town, at a central location
  • Allow yourself time to wander through the many cobbled laneways, take in the architecture and appreciate the famous Zanzibar doors
  • Set off on an optional Spice Tour, that starts with a brief tour of the historical sights in Stone Town, before visiting the Slave Museum, the ruins of the Sultan’s Palace and then travelling to the famous spice plantations
  • Perhaps set about getting out to Prison Island, where you can swim and snorkel and observe the giant tortoises
  • Shopping and eating opportunities abound, as do colourful food and craft markets to visit
Day
2-4

Paje Beach

Your beach bungalow comes complete with its own bar, and there's always an interesting mix of locals and other visitors to chat to. That is, when you're not swimming diving, kite surfing, relaxing or reading on the beach.

  • Spend the next three days on the idyllic east coast, where soft white sandy beaches stretch as far as the eye can see
  • Swim in the warm and inviting water of the pristine east coast, which is far less frequented than the northern beaches
  • Wander on the white sand, catch the sunset through rows of palm trees and soak up the peace and tranquillity of the area
  • Stay in beach bungalows opposite a sparkling stretch of Indian Ocean
  • Perhaps indulge in massages, bargain with the beach traders, laze in your hammock, relax by the bar and spoil yourself with the abundance of fresh seafood, Italian wood fired pizzas and Swahili dishes
Day
5

Stone Town

By now you should be able to find your way around the maze-like streets without getting too lost. Live out your Willy Wonka fantasy on a spice tour where you'll get to lick a cinnamon tree.

  • Bid farewell to the beaches and return to Stone Town, where the trip ends on arrival.
  • Group transfer departs Paje Beach at 10am. Please ensure flights are not booked to depart 2pm.

Itinerary Variation

While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

trip-grade

RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader

Basic

Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader

 This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures

included

Local escorts in Zanzibar; road transfers from Zanzibar Airport to Stone Town on Day 1, Stone Town to Paje Beach on Day 3 and from Paje Beach to Stone Town/Airport on Day 6; 5 nights budget hotel and meals as indicated below:

meals

4 breakfasts

single-room-sup

Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

local-payment

The local payment is the final part of your overall tour cost. It MUST be paid in cash, in the currency indicated, to your tour leader at the start of your trip. Having a local payment helps us to pass cost savings on to you. Please note that the Local Payment is non-refundable.

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