We offer tours & excursions all around Zanzibar. From land excursions to mesmerizing you with the history, culture, fauna & flora of the Island to exciting sea-safaris, we have something to tickle everyone’s fancy.
Our land excursions include trips to Zanzibar’s spice farms, Jozani forest, Prison Island, Stone Town, the North coast, south coast and many more. We also offer cultural excursions to local villages, educational outings with lectures, cooking courses and special interest tours. For ocean lovers, we offer diving, snorkeling, fishing and sailing trips.
Our friendly tour guides are knowledgeable and well informed and will make your excursion an unforgettable one. It is not unusual for them to go beyond the call of duty as they take immense pride in their profession. We provide our guides with study material on African history and current affairs as well as access to the Internet for self study. Routes and itineraries are well planned to get the most out of every trip but we are flexible and can adjust the trip according to your needs.
We Sirikwa Travel, encourages and promotes environmental sustainability therefore, we Endeavour to operate in a way that contributes to the protection of Zanzibar’s culture, environment and traditions.
1: CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES
Children’s Activities in Stone Town
The following kid friendly activities are organized in Stone Town, Zanzibar in association with Jafferji House and spa.
DRUMMING LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
Leave your children under the watchful eye of our diligent and friendly staff as they learn the ancient Zanzibari art of drumming. We even include a savory snack and mineral water for the kids
You can take a time out for half an hour with a map of Stone Town to help you find your way back.
TINGA TINGA PAINTING LESSONS IN JAFFERJI HOUSE COURTYARD
Jafferji House & Spa delights children and adults with one of a kind painting classes of a style called Tinga Tinga Canvas. Brushes are provided along with an experienced and enthusiastic local artist who will lead you step by step through the process of creating this ethnic Tanzanian style of art. It is easy, fun, and totally stress free.
By the end of the session you will be amazed at the artwork you have created! You will go home with a painting you can call “uniquely yours” and hopefully a new found talent you’ll want to explore.
2: JOZANI FOREST TOUR
South of the island, Jozani Forest is a wonder and delight, with tales of Zanzibar leopards, medicinal cures and stunning scenery. Currently under consideration to become Zanzibar’s second World Heritage Site, the Jozani-Chkwa Bay area is a hotspot of biodiversity. The forest is home to a number of endemic species, including the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey.
Your park ranger will take you on a nature trail, lined with eucalyptus and mahogany trees and explain the medicinal properties of various plants and tell you about the animals, birds and reptiles that call this tropical rainforest their home.
Troops of Zanzibar Red Colobus monkeys can be found scrambling from branch to branch in search of food. The monkeys have become acclimatized to people and allow you to get close enough to capture them in photographs as they eat, play and jump from the treetops. The mangrove boardwalk takes you above the swamp, where depending on the tide; you can see tropical fish flitting between the mangrove roots and crabs scuttling across the mud. Mangroves play an important role in environmental conservation and are a valuable resource for villagers and community life. Your ranger will explain the different species found in the swamp and their uses
Tips and Advice:
Wear comfortable, closed walking or hiking shoes and pants.
Please do not feed or touch the monkeys.
3: NORTH COAST TOUR
The north coast is the dhow building capital of Zanzibar.
Your drive to Nungwi will take you past the fish markets where you can see freshly caught seafood being auctioned. There’s a stop at the ruins of an Old Portuguese settlement where your guide will explain the history of the ruins and the Portuguese conquest of Zanzibar dating back to 1497.
A stop at the blacksmith is also fascinating where tools are still made in the traditional way for constructing dhows. At the construction site, dhows are built in the same way they have for centuries where skilled craftsmen bend the wood to create the dhows. Visitors may be invited to try their hand at this unique craft.
A visit to the Nungwi turtle sanctuary and aquarium follows where ailing turtles are nursed back to health and released into the ocean.
A guided tour of Nungwi village where mamas wrapped in kangas cook over firewood and smiling kids play is a must. Walk down to the beach where you can enjoy an optional lunch at one of Nungwi’s popular restaurants and enjoy some free time sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. The northern tip of Zanzibar offers some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Here the sky turns pink and gold as the sun sinks over the Indian Ocean. Sun downers and a late transfer back to your hotel can be arranged if you wish to stay longer to enjoy the sunset.
Tips and advice
Swimwear, beach towel and water resistant shoes.
Sun hat and sunscreen is recommended
4: SPICE TOUR WITH COOKING
Zanzibar Spice Tour with Cooking Lessons
In days past, Zanzibar was known as a spice island, exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the world.
In days past, Zanzibar was known as a spice island, exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the world. The spices were brought over from Asia and South America and flourished in the tropical climes. Nowadays, the plantations are a tribute to the island’s past, swapping spices for tourism, combining both in a spice tour, one of the most popular excursions on the island.
Walk through the spice farm with your guide and experience feeling, smelling and tasting different spices and tropical fruit. Try to guess which is which from the crushed leaves, the fruit, shoots, vines and creepers crawling up the trees. Learn about their properties, their origins and their use as medicine and in food and drink. Depending on the season, you can find anything from vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass, cloves, ylang ylang, cumin, coriander, pepper, tamarind, chili and more! Fruit can include banana, pineapple, jack fruit, custard fruit, oranges, star fruit, tangerine, passion fruit, mango, avocado, pear, papaya, grape fruit and many others.
After your tour of the spice farm, you’ll be whisked away for some spice shopping in the market. From here, you’ll put your purchases to good use with a Swahili cookery lesson from the skilled chefs at the Jafferji House and Spa.
These cooking lessons are designed for those who want to try their hand at creating delicious Swahili meals.
5: SLAVES ROUTES OF ZANZIBAR
This excursion begins at the Dhow Harbor in Malindi, where slave ships brought their human cargo from BwagaMoyo to Zanzibar, moving to the house of Tippu Tip, the notorious Arab slave trader and then on to the Anglican Church, built on the old slave market. A short drive to Mbweni will bring you the ruins formerly a school for freed slave girls, before heading to Livingstone’s House and Mangapwani slave caves. Walk through the caves, which stored hundreds of slaves, kept waiting for the monsoons and the arrival of the dhows to be exiled away from home.
6: ZANZIBAR SPICE TOUR
In days past, Zanzibar was known as a spice island, exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom to the world. The spices were brought over from Asia and South America and flourished in Zanzibar’s tropical climate.
Nowadays the plantations are a tribute to the island’s past, swapping spices for tourism and combining both in a spice tour, one of the most popular excursions on the island. Walk through the spice farm with your guide; touch, smell and taste different spices and tropical fruits.
Try to guess one spice or fruit from the other, from the crushed leaves, the fruit, shoots, vines and creepers crawling up the trees. Learn about their properties, their origins and their use as medicines and in food and drink.
A visit to a spice farm village gives you an insight into local life and the opportunity to try some Swahili dishes, taste the fruits in season and try some spiced tea.
Depending on the season you are visiting, you can find anything from vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass, cloves, ylang ylang, cumin, garlic, ginger, coriander, pepper, allspice, tamarind, chili, oregano and more!
Fruits can include banana, pineapple, jackfruit, custard fruit, oranges, star fruit, tangerine, passion fruit, mango, avocado, pear, papaya, grape fruit and many others.
Tips and Advice
Comfortable closed walking or hiking shoes and pants are recommended.
Wear a sun hat and sun cream.
7: ZANZIBAR WEDDINGS
The people of Zanzibar do not take weddings lightly…
The culture of Zanzibar is filled with graceful and heartily warm harmony. Each wedding is a reason to celebrate, to gather friends, family and enjoy.
Choosing to get married on Zanzibar is the most romantic way to celebrate Love: Zanzibar Weddings is committed to turning your dream of getting married on Zanzibar into reality. Whether you are planning a destination wedding, require professional advice or simply want the best suppliers for your event, Zanzibar Weddings can help you with all wedding and event details. By offering a full wedding planner service, we will ensure that your day is as peaceful and joyous as the occasion deserves and demands.
1: CHUMBE ISLAND TRIPS
One of the most spectacular coral gardens of the world, Chumbe Island is a natural reserve just off the coast of Zanzibar.
With its pristine coral reef, natural trails around the island and Indian mosque and lighthouse dating back to 1904, Chumbe has something to tickle everyone’s fancy. Ader’s Duikers roam through the forest reserve as fish eagles soar overhead and tiny pied kingfishers jump from branch to branch of the baobab trees and mangroves.
A short boat ride away from the main island of Zanzibar, a day out at Chumbe is not complete without some snorkeling. The reef is rich in marine life; turtles, sting rays, lobsters and schools of brilliant tropical fish. Snorkeling equipment is provided on the island with tuition available for beginners and park rangers on hand to guide you through the reef imparting their specialist local knowledge.
Explore the waters either in the morning or afternoon, leaving time for a nature trail across the sand bank which is dotted with scuttling crabs and starfish waiting for the tide to sweep them out to sea. Walking through Chumbe’s coral rag forest, you can see fossilized structures in between the jungle of vines and vegetation.
Cold soda and bottles of water are complimentary throughout the day, with a selection of mouth watering Swahili dishes for lunch freshly cooked on the island. During your stay, you’ll have use of one of the island’s award winning eco-friendly bandas as well.
Tips and Advice
Be equipped with comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat and swimwear.
2: DIVING & SNORKRLING
The archipelago of Zanzibar offers some of the best diving and snorkeling conditions in the world with warm and calm waters, great visibility and beautiful, untouched reefs.
The archipelago of Zanzibar offers some of the best diving and snorkeling opportunities in the world with warm, calm waters, great visibility and beautiful, untouched reefs. World-class diving centers offer an excellent service, equipment and skills.
Our diving packages allow you to explore multiple reefs on the Zanzibar’s various coastlines and surrounding islands. Half and full day guided snorkeling excursions and dive trips may include lunch on nearby sandbanks and are a part of our selection of packages.
3: PRISON ISLAND TRIP
This half day excursion is perfect for someone who wants to get off the beach and get a little more action!
Prison Island, just off Zanzibar’s coast near Stone Town, was built as a slave jail though never used. With a fine white beach, some giant tortoises and an excellent coral reef Prison Island is perfect for snoring or snorkeling but there’s no accommodation there.
Earning its name as a former prison for slaves and a quarantine station for Zanzibar and the mainland, nowadays the island gives you the chance to escape for some peace and quiet.
The island lies just off the Old Stone Town, it is also a home to giant land tortoises that were imported from Seychelles in the late 19th century. Now it is more commonly known as a home of Zanzibar’s Giant Aldabran Tortoise colony, some of which are over a hundred years old! This endangered species came to Zanzibar as a gift from the government of the Seychelles.
Once on the island, you have the opportunity to feed and pet the tortoises; if you have time you may also like to take a stroll through the forested interior where you will see a wide variety of birds, colorful peacocks, bats, and beautiful butterflies. Keep your eyes peeled too for the shy and elusive Duikers – an unusual tiny antelope species. Feeding Tortoise
It is fringed with a beautiful coral reef, ideal for snorkeling, and has a lovely white beach for sunbathing. This tour is a great way to see some history and wildlife, and also to see Stone Town from the sea as many old maritime legends would have done.
4: HONEYMOON SUNSET CRUISE
Be with the one you love, on a private cruise through the magical waters of Zanzibar, the perfect start to a romantic evening.
Take in the breathtaking sites of the island and the magnificence of the African sun setting into the Indian Ocean, all on your own private vessel for two. You have a choice of entertainment ranging from local drummers to the world renowned legend, Bikidudi Baraka entertaining you as the sun slips away over the horizon on the end of yet another breathtaking day in our beautiful land, Africa.
16:30 – Meet at the Hotel with your Guide for the briefing on the excursion
16:45 – Climb onboard the dhow, meet the crew and set sail
Guide will explain historical sites etc
Musician onboard to entertain
Butler serving canapés and drinks
Sail for about an hour up the coast
Sail back towards Stone Town as the sun sets
18:30 – Return to the Beach-front of Stone Town
5: WHALE WATCHING TOURS
As one of the first tour operator companies in Tanzania, Sirikwa Travel is now provide ethical and responsible humpback whale watching tours.
These are carried out in association with local fishermen and the villages of Kizimikazi. Tours are conducted between July and August when whales are typically found in the coastal or shelf waters.
You shall have a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch these majestic creatures in a local jahazi or dhow. The tours are conducted by an experienced fisherman and guide who has an in-depth knowledge of the whales’ conservation.
As an endangered species, the humpback whale is found in most oceans across the globe. Reaching lengths of 50 to 55 meters in length, the humpback whales are dark in color with distinctive nodules on their rostrum and have pectoral flippers that are nearly a third of their body length. It is easily one of best known and most recognizable of the larger whale species and is notorious for its frequent acrobatic behavior and occasional tendency to approach vessels.
At close range, humpback whales are easily distinguished from any other large whale by their remarkably long flippers. In recent years, humpback whales around Zanzibar have often approached boats for “friendly” encounters. This phenomenon has increased over the years and could probably be related to a new generation of whales curious about boats.
Our Director, Oinoth Sirikwa, has spent many hours looking for these special creatures and it is a privilege to introduce this excursion of a lifetime. Kizimkazi will soon become a worldwide hub for watching humpbacks whales, which will be a valuable asset to the tourism industry and local villagers alike.
Please note: The chances are very high during the summer months to spot Humpback whales but there are no guarantees.
6: KIZIMBAZI BOAT TRIP
Take a one hour drive from to Stone Town to Kizimkazi, on Zanzibar’s south coast for a day of dolphin spotting.
Kizimkazi is home to large numbers of bottle-nosed and spinner dolphins, beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish.
On arrival, you’re given a short safety briefing and the dos and don’ts when faced with these wild animals. Then, you board a traditional ocean going dhow and set sail on the Indian Ocean in search of dolphins.
You can get as close as 10 to 20 meters away from the dolphins. Kizimkazi Boat Trip Sleek and grey, they jack-knife through the water, sometimes showing off with jumps and twists. In the past, some tourists have been lucky enough to swim and snorkel with these magical animals. However, the dolphins aren’t tame, and can be shy and elusive. Although visitors see dolphins on the majority of outings, there are no guarantees. Whether you’re fortunate enough to see dolphins or not, you can enjoy two hours sailing and taking in the sights of the ocean. There’s superb snorkeling in the pristine coral reef and swimming in the clear, warm water of the Indian Ocean.
You’ll return to the beach for lunch, where you can swim in the shallower waters and talk to the crew, who can tell you see stories about the one that got away.