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My name is Mohamed Ali Juma, I am from Zanzibar, I am a Freelance tour guide in the beautiful islands of Zanzibar.
I’m full of knowledge and experience in Zanzibar, it’s historical sites inconection with attractions.


Now let’s get a little bi history of Zanzibar.
Zanzibar is the combination of fifty islands, two of them are big and main Islands, namely Unguja and Pemba, one is middle which is known as Tumbatu island and forty seven are little including Prison island, Mnemba island, kwale island, grave Island, snake island etc.

In the history, Zanzibar was colonized by Portuguese in 15th century, Arabs in 17th century and British in 19th century, in 1963 it got flag independence then in 1964 the revolution took place, then It united with Tanganyika(Tanzania main Land) and made Tanzania.

The population of Zanzibar is one million point five.
Moreover there is 90% of Muslims, 5% of Christians and 5% of other religions like Hindu etc.

Zanzibaries are peaceful and full of religious tolerance that’s why We like to say Hakuna Matata.

The most recommended things to do here are Prison island tour, city tour, Spice Tour, blue safari, dolphins tour, jozani national park, snorkeling or diving at Mnemba Island, Nakupenda sandbank pick nick and sunset cruise.

However, there are other things which are also good to do like, hourse riding, quad bike riding, water sports, bike riding tour, village tour and Natural aquarium tour (swimming with Turtles)
Keep on reading for more information about the trips and price.
Thanks.


AIRPORT PICKUP

The Price depends on the number of people and the kind of Car( How much fuel it cost)

  • Airport to Stone Town is 10$ per six passengers or less for minibus 20$ per thirteen passenger to seven for minibus, 30$ per 24 passangers to 14 by bus
  • Airport to any village like Nungwi, Matemwe, Kiwengwa , Pongwe, Michamvi, Uroa, Paje etc. 40$ per six passengers or less for minibus ,60$ per thirteen passenger to seven for minibus, 90$ per 24 passangers to 14
  • Stone Town to any village (Village to Stone Town) like Nungwi, Matemwe, Kiwengwa , Pongwe, Michamvi, Uroa, Paje etc. 40$ per six passengers or less for minibus ,60$ per thirteen passenger to seven for minibus, 90$ per 24 passangers to 14 By bus.

Bus: High price

Minibus: Middle price

Minibus: Low price


STONE TOWN/ CITY TOUR

Stone Town , also known as Mji Mkongwe ( Swahili for “old town”), is the old part of
Zanzibar City , the main city of Zanzibar , in
Tanzania . The newer portion of the city is known as Ng’ambo , Swahili for ‘the other side’. Stone Town is located on the western coast of
Unguja , the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago . Former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate , and flourishing centre of the spice trade as well as the slave trade in the 19th century, it retained its importance as the main city of Zanzibar during the period of the British protectorate. When Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined each other to form the United Republic of Tanzania , Zanzibar kept a semi-autonomous status, with Stone Town as its local government seat.
Stone Town is a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa . Its
architecture , mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture , giving a unique mixture of Arab, Persian , Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Due to its heritage, Stone Town is also a major
visitor attraction in Tanzania, and a large part of its economy depends on tourism -related activities.

In stone town we have some historical sites and attractions like.

  1.  Forodhani park
  2. Jaws Corner
  3. Darajani Market
  4. Old Slave Market site
  5. Friday Mosque
  6. Anglican and Catholic Churchs
  7. Palace museum
  8. House of wonders
  9. Old fort
  10. Freddy Mercuries House etc

Here we can see some Pictures of historical buildings or places which are available in Stone town.

House of Wonders

Train building.

Darajani Market.

Religious Tolerance.

Zanzibar door .

Portuguese cannon.

Forodhani park/ Night food Market .

Darajani Market.

Jaws Corner.

Swahili house roof top (Full view)

Sunset at Forodhani Park

Freddy Mercury’s House

This tour costs 20$ per person if we meet at Stone town including:

  1.  Entrance fees at Slave market site
  2. Tour Guide

PRISON ISLAND/ CHANGUU ISLAND

Changuu Island (also known as Kibandiko ,
Prison or Quarantine Island ) is a small island 5.6 km north-west of Stone Town , Unguja ,
Zanzibar . The island is around 800m long and 230m wide at its broadest point.The island saw use as a prison for rebellious slaves in 1860s and also functioned as a coral mine. The
British First Minister of Zanzibar, Lloyd Mathews , purchased the island in 1893 and constructed a prison complex there. No prisoners were ever housed on the island and instead it became a quarantine station for
yellow fever cases. The station was only occupied for around half of the year and the rest of the time it was a popular holiday destination. More recently, the island has become a government-owned tourist resort and houses a collection of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises which were originally a gift from the British governor of the Seychelles .
let’s see some pictures.

This Tour costs 25$ per person if we meet at Stone town including:

  1. Boat
  2. Snorkeling equipments
  3. Entrance fees
  4. Tour Guide.

SPICE TOUR

In the tradition of the first spices plantations established thanks to the Oman Sultan Sayid Sa’id in the XIX century, the Zanzibar Spices and Heritage Centre grows and processes many colorful and high quality spices , as only rich Zanzibar red soils can produce. Walking through our exotic garden where fruits and spices scents blend, we invite you to discover the plants and authentic know-how that have offered our country its deserved nickname : The Spice Island.
Let’s see some pictures:-

This tour costs 20$ per person for sharing tour from Stone Town.

However, I offer the same price from the villages but the number of people should be four or more.

This Tour includes:

  1. Transfer
  2. Testing some fresh fruits
  3. Tour Guide

 


 

BLUE SAFARI

blue Safari Tour in Zanzibar is the Zanzibar number one full day trip, this is a sea adventure safari starts from Fumba fishing village, south west coast of the island, the major attraction is to swim, snorkeling, sea foods and sailing within the traditional dhow, the history of traditional dhow dated back to the 15th and 16th centuries, the ages of the moonson winds and the Arab movements,
we inborad into sailing dhow at 9:00am ahead to sandbank for the realxation, swimming and beach walking,
Tourist will have great time to test the tropical sea foods including octopus, calamari, lobster, shrimps, shark, shell fish, tuna fish, baracuda etc.
snorkeling is also the main activity, whereby tourist will be taken to the coral reef and the areas which are good and have colourful school of fish. after the lunch at kwale island, there will be a short tour to the ancient baobab tree which is said to have more than 200 years now,
on our way back to the Fumba beach we shall again have opportunity to swim into the natural swimming pool near the kwale island,
we normally finish our tour around 4:00pm.

Let’s see some pictures:-

This tour costs 50$ per person if we have more than 4 persons.

but 70$ per person if we have three persons or less.

The price includes:-

  1. Transfer go and return
  2. Sharing Boat (Sailing boat)
  3. Snorkeling equipments
  4. Entrance fees at Menay conversation area.
  5. Fresh fruits and lunch
  6. Tour Guide.

JOZANI CHWAKA BAY NATIONAL PARK

The Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park is a 50 km 2 (19 sq mi) national park of Tanzania located on the island of Zanzibar . It is the only national park in Zanzibar.
The Zanzibar red colobus, Procolobus kirkii (its population count is about 1000) found in the park, a rain forest species (unlike the black-and-white colobus found in other regions of Africa), is also known as Kirk’s red colobus, named after Sir John Kirk , the British Resident of Zanzibar who had first brought it to the attention of zoological science.

It is now adopted as the flagship species for
conservation in Zanzibar, from the mid-1990s. Other species of fauna found in the park are the Sykes monkey, bush babies, more than 50 species of butterfly and 40 species of birds. The nocturnal Zanzibar tree hyrax , which has four ‘toes’ on its front feet and three on its back, is said to be the first hyrax species that has acclimatized to the forest.

As part of the tourism circuit, the park attracts 10% of the over 100,000 visitors to Zanzibar every year. Wild life attractions of Zanzibar also include dolphins apart from deep sea fishing for
tuna , marlin , and shark .
Another animal in the forests of the Unguja Island unequaled elsewhere is the Zanzibar leopard ( Panthera pardus adersi). In the local legend, this reportedly extinct species, has been given a mythical status and is called ‘Chui’ and is part of the superstitious beliefs of the people. People believe that sorcerers keep this animal as their pet and scare people by spinning stories that the animal appears like spirits and disappears into thin air.

It was last reported in 1999 and officials, and men working on the “coral rag” lands of the southern and eastern Ungula Island are assertive that the species is not extinct, though it has not been sighted since 2003. The last sighting reported in 2002-2003 was of two leopards. Photographs of live examples of the species are not known to exist, although a stuffed example is a museum display in Zanzibar Museum, and a few skins exist in museums in London and
Massachusetts .

Trail camera footage from a 2018 American documentary television series does appear to have captured proof of the leopard’s existence and will undoubtedly spark renewed interest and further protective enforcements. A smaller leopard with spots, which is a biological product of the larger animal, is seen now in the island.
The sea grass beds of the Chwaka Bay, fringed with mangrove forests, are important breeding grounds for marine organisms, including open sea fish species. The mangroves are also good breeding grounds for birds. An Integrated Conservation and Development (ICD) planning for the area is under consideration. The bay is also proposed to be declared a Ramsar Site and is placed on the Tanzanian Tentative List for
World Heritage Sites to recognize its unique natural and cultural assets with due consideration of proposed conservation efforts.
Ecology
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources , the park site occupies “the largest remaining stand of near-natural forest on Zanzibar.” The forest rests upon a reef limestone marine terrace .

Habitats within the park and associated protected lands include a groundwater forest, coastal forest, and grassland, with mangroves and salt marsh at the coast.

The vegetation types found within the park once existed throughout Zanzibar.
Endangered animals that reside within the park include:
the Zanzibar red colobus ( Piliocolobus kirkii ), an endemic monkey species that exists only in Zanzibar.
the Aders’ duiker ( Cephalophus adersi )
the Zanzibar servaline genet ( Genetta servalina archeri )
Ecotourism
CARE International sponsored a development project for the wilderness area and surrounding communities from 1995 until 2003.
A revenue sharing program from park entrance fees has been used to construct schools and health clinics for local villages.

Let’s see some pictures :-

This tour is combined with Dolphins tour, continue reading the dolphins tour, you will see the price below.


DOLPHINS TOUR

Kizimkazi – officially Kizimkazi Mkunguni , but also known as Kizimkazi Mtendeni – is a fishing village on the southern coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania and was once a walled city. It is situated three miles southeast of the Kizimkazi Mosque (which is located in Kizimkazi Dimbani , commonly known just as Dimbani). In recent years, Kizimkazi has become a major tourist attraction , as daily boat tours are organized to bring visitors off shore to watch bottlenose dolphins and swim with them.

Let’s see some pictures.

This Tour is combined with Jozani National Park and cost 80$ per person including:-

  1.  Transfer
  2. Entrance fees to both Tours
  3. Snorkeling equipments
  4. Tour Guide

MNEMBA ISLAND

Mnemba Island is a single small island located about 3 km off the northeast coast of Unguja , the largest island of the Zanzibar Archipelago ,
Tanzania , opposite Muyuni Beach. It is roughly triangular in shape, about 500 metres (1,640 ft) in diameter and about 1.5 kilometres (0.9 mi) in circumference. It is surrounded by an oval reef seven by four kilometres in extent. These reefs have been declared a Marine Conservation area. Mnemba Island and its reef are sometimes called Mnemba Atoll which is incorrect because an atoll is an island that encircles a lagoon, which is not the case for Mnemba Island.
Mnemba island near Zanzibar
Mnemba Island is a popular scuba diving site, with a wide variety of corals and associated species, as well as occasional sightings of larger species such as turtles and dolphins . Calm conditions are most frequent in November and March, with maximum visibility. The island itself is privately owned and can be visited only as a guest at a price of US$1155 to US$1600 per person per night (2015 rates). As Mnemba is a private island, non-guests are not permitted to land on the island. The island has a 200-meter exclusion zone around the island within which non-guests are not permitted.
Mnemba Island is a 90-minute drive from Stone Town across the main Zanzibar Island, before a twenty-minute boat crossing.
The marine reserve comprises four distinct habitats which are home to a diverse array of Indian Ocean wildlife:
Nesting place of threatened green turtles (monitoring and protection project has been underway since 1996)
Humpback whales (July to September)
Three species of dolphin
Whale sharks (the world’s largest fish)
Migratory and resident shore birds feed and roost on the Island
Approximately 600 species of coral reef fish.
Green Sea Turtles can be seen laying their eggs on the beaches between February and September.

Let’s see some pictures :

The price depends on where we pick you up.

If you are at Nungwi, it Can cost 100$ per couple, the more the couple the cheaper the price.

If you are from other villages or from Stone Town, it will cost 130$ per couple.

The price includes :-

  1. Transfer go and return
  2. Entrance fees
  3. Boat
  4. Snorkeling equipments
  5. Fresh Fruits
  6. Tour Guide

 

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