Zanzistar Lodge

Explore Zanzibar

Beside the White sand beach, Zanzibar offers many activities

As soon as you arrive, we are happy to tell you more about each one and book it for you

  • JOZANI FOREST – Half day Tour

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The Jozani Forest is an remnant of high tropical rain forest presently managed and conserved to maintain its biodiversity. Prominently, the most notable plant species is the existence of African red mahogany commonly used in boat making due to its strength and resistance against marine borers. Other secondary tree members include Eucalyptus, Indian almonds, wild figs, raffia and oil nut palms.

The forest is a home to endemic red colobus monkeys. These playful primates are so adapted to human presence thus providing ample time for photo snaps. One will learn the legendary tales about the mythical Zanzibar leopard whose existence in the Island is disputed. There is a mangrove board which by itself is another interestingly educative experience to get ideas about conservation lectures and efforts carried out as well as the ecological settings within the ecosystem plus facts on life interdependence amongst and between fauna and flora.

  • SPICE TOUR -Half day

spice1Locals make a good use of the fertile land in practicing mixed food and spice farming, hence the popular name Spice Island which once gave the former Zanzibar Sultan an uncompromisingly strong economic superiority and prestige in the eighteenth century. It offers an ample opportunity to walk into those small family plots to see, taste and smell fruit and spice samples the farmers are used to growing for their livelihood.

The visitor will learn the methods and treatments traditionally employed from planting, harvesting, preserving and finally packing the available exotic spices ready for marketing. The most popular ones are cloves, cinnamon, cardamoms, pepper, vanilla and nutmegs. As Zanzibar is blessed with favorable weather pattern appropriate for food growth, the visitor will be amazed at the tally of crops cultivated. The season determines whether a carambola, durian, mango or rambutan is ready for a pick or if it’s otherwise the ripe moment for jack fruits or avocados. For those who favor bananas, they are guaranteed satisfaction as these are all-year–round available fruits. Other common scene is to watch a local person climbing a coconut palm for its fruits’ harvest, picking and/or processing medicinal, perfumery and cosmetic plants.

  • STONE TOWN TOUR

stone2Stone town is the core of Zanzibar history reflecting to economy, cultural dynamics and architectural masterpiece. It’s thus universally recognized as an important world heritage site. The features and artistic designs of many building structures bear the relics of influence and pompousness of their former owners.

The walking excursion in it provides an opportunity to explore characteristics of the meandering narrow streets or the breathtaking designs of hanging wooden balconies here and beyond. For both historians and writers who wish to collect data and pictures in the old city, he/she will quickly realize his quest fulfilled at a first glance of physical look of bazaars, countless number of mosques, old properties or residences-turned into hotels or mini business enterprises of all sizes that sell anything from cigarettes or post cards to Zanzibar carved doors, antiques and jewels.

The most prominently common historical buildings to be visited are the Palace museum, the Anglican cathedral standing at the very spot of the former open slave market, Zanzibar fruit market, the house of wonders then the tallest known structure built in the nineteenth century by Sultan Bargash.

  • SAFARI BLUE -Full day

220px-Tursiops_aduncus,_Port_River,_Adelaide,_Australia_-_2003This is a memorable day-long sea outing trip. It starts with a drive to Fumba fishing village on the south west coast to board local dhows. The voyage first circles within the precincts of Menai-bay conservation site. This excursion is perfect for photography due to a sight of schools of dolphins, the colorful crystal waters and the wonderful coral reefs. There are exclusively selected sites known for their attractive undersea gardens, the best for snorkelers. For beginners who might lay by the banks undecided, trained dhow crew members are always available to assist them in using any gear so their outing would as well be enjoyable like anyone else’s.

Sea food lunch is served at the Kwale islet reachable after a short dhow cruise. The meal is mainly a barbecue buffet consisting of calamari, slipper lobsters and chicken. A selection of varieties of cold refreshments ranging from soft drinks (and coconut juice too) to Amarula liquor in coffee are at anybody’s reach. There is a collection of about fifteen different fruit varieties specially presented for visitors to distinguish their varying tastes. As a fun part, visitors are to be challenged to put their strengths and agility by climbing up an old baobab tree (approximately 500 years old). Swimming in the lagoon is the final day activity before sailing back ashore to Fumba. 

  • SAILING BOAT ADVENTURE & BBQ ON THE SANDBANK Full day

bbq sand bankWe have selected the people who can take care and respect the dolphins so instead of going with engine and crazy captains, Dhows (traditional sailing boats) are boarded at Kizimkazi fishing village.

An hour-long dhow cruise heads to Pungume Island further south west whose proximities are characterized by magnificently attractive corals and clear water ideal for snorkeling. Its gardens are full of varying reef fish species naturally decorated with a range of colors. The voyage later stops by Pungume sand banks which have paradise-like view in that remote part of Indian Ocean.

In the midday the crew gets busily engaged in preparing sea-food lunch mainly the barbecues. One has to expect anything from enticing calamari, fish or lobster with a selection of varieties of seasonal fruits and soft drinks and water. After meals there is plenty of leisurely time for more swimming, extra snorkeling or lazily lying down to relax by the white sand dunes. The sails are later hoisted in the afternoon in readiness for a return back to Kizimkazi. This is the chance to see dolphins in the proper way, avoiding crowd. There is either a warm cup of coffee or spice tea to greet everyone upon arrival.

  • MANGAPWANI SLAVE CHAMBER AND NUNGWI

imageThis is a full day excursion encompassing history and localized agriculture occupation. It starts with a visit to spice farms. Considering the lack of balance between the growing populace against the limited land reserve, farming is consequently done in small holdings to which the popular spices, fruits and other foods crop are cultivated together (mixed farming). It’s thus no wonder the touch and smell of aromatic cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and all others will reflect, from the visitor’s mindset, a significantly localized lifestyle of the Islanders.

Later the trip reaches Mangapwani, the sight very close to a shore where, after the official abolition of slave business, some operators made effort to dig the coral ground into a storage pit for the purpose of clandestinely smuggling the unfortunate human commodity into the waiting vessels of new masters who later traded them for higher profits on other parts of the world.

Nungwi, a fishing village on the north is the final stop for the tour. Here the attractive white sand and clear sea water is very welcoming for swimming and sun bathing. The plan is to let everyone enjoy the beach at sufficiently long duration. Its’ an opportunity for visitors (if they so wish!) to take a walk around the village streets to see cultural life activities of the dwellers. Whilst still there, the entourage stops by a dhow building shade. Nungwi is reputed to be a village with skillful individuals apt in boat building technicalities using traditional hand tools. Normally mahogany wood is the one largely carved to give dhows their desirable shapes. Hand- made nails from local foundries are the ones used to secure the planks into places.

All excursions have to be booked minimum one day in advance to organize transfers.