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Zanzibar Dhow Safari

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Tanzania  
Specialty Categories: Island Vacation   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1099 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1099 Pound Sterling (GBP)

From Stone Town you will cruise and sail south to the pristine Fumba Peninsula, enjoying a day of snorkeling, swimming and lazing off sandbanks and Indian Ocean desert isles. After a couple of days chilling at Fumba, you’ll experience a full day private dhow voyage through the Menai Bay Conservation Area to Kizimkazi. With more opportunities for snorkeling and blissful unwind, you’ll feel decidedly energized if you spot playful dolphins during your cruise!

Your final nights will be spent relaxing at Kizimkazi. This Specialist Tanzania holiday is based on superior-style accommodation, staying at The Swahili House, Fumba Beach Lodge and Unguja Lodge. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced local guide during the dhow cruise and assisted by Specialist Tanzania’s local team at other times.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Stone Town, Zanzibar, and check-in to hotel. Today your trip commences in Zanzibar’s Stone Town with check-in at a very centrally-located hotel, The Swahili House (or similar), and a welcome from our local representative. Known locally as Mji Mkongwe, Stone Town is the cultural and historical center of Zanzibar. Consisting of narrow alleyways, ancient houses, shops, museums and mosques the town is an eclectic fusion of African, Indian, Arabian and European influences.

Gazetted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Stone Town is rich in history, atmosphere, architecture and Arab tradition. One of the popular ways to find your bearings and get to grips with the backstreets and attractions of Stone Town is on an optional walking tour with an experienced guide. This can be tailored to your needs and interests upon meeting your guide to include visits to your pick of the following attractions: the House of Wonders (home to the Zanzibar National Museum of History and Culture), Old Omani Fort, Livingstone House, Sultan’s Palace, Tip-Tip House, Slave Market, National Museum, the High Court, Slave Chambers, Old German Consulate, Former English Gentleman’s Club and the Town Market. Perhaps head up to the rooftop terrace of your hotel this evening to watch the sun setting over the Indian Ocean. Accommodation: The Swahili House (or similar).

Day 2: At leisure in Zanzibar Town; optional Spice Tour. Stone Town is a fascinating place to spend a day soaking up more local attractions and watching daily life unfold. This morning you could head to the waterfront to see the dhow harbour and experience the fish market, or make a visit to the Victoria Hall and Gardens – once the place of residence for Sultan Said Baraghash’s harem. You also have time today to enjoy an optional half day "Spice Tour" of the island. Spices have been at the very heart of Zanzibari commerce since the abolition of the slave trade. The huge variety of different spices highlights Zanzibar’s important strategic location as well as the depth of cultural interaction.

No trip to the island is considered complete without a visit to a spice plantation. Awaken your senses with a blend of intoxicating smells, textures and tastes - from the refreshing succulence of green coconut flesh to the hot punch of a chili. To complete a fascinating tour you will also visit the Kidichi Persian Baths, which were constructed in 1850 by Sultan Said Said bin Sultan, the first Sultan of Zanzibar; and the ruins of the Maruhubi Palace, built in 1880 by the third Sultan of Zanzibar, Sultan Said Baraghash Bin Said. Accommodation: The Swahili House (or similar). Includes: (B).

Day 3: Private dhow safari, cruise and sail to Fumba. You’ll set sail this morning at around 9 a.m. to your next destination on Zanzibar, Fumba Beach Lodge. Boarding your privately chartered local dhow you’ll be welcomed by an experienced crew and accompanied by a local guide. Your dhow will be one of the island’s traditional sailing boats of the type used for centuries for carrying cargo between Zanzibar and the Arabian Gulf. Offering an insight into the real Zanzibar, your boat will be equipped with safety equipment, sunshade, snorkeling equipment, a boarding ladder and ice-box stocked with cold drinks.

All you need to do is sit back and relax, enjoy the Zanzibar breezes and dip into the crystal clear turquoise waters. Although our final destination today is Fumba, our itinerary is somewhat flexible and dependent on the local weather and wind conditions. You might like to try your hand at fishing, enjoy several swims, snorkel, read a book, learn some Swahili or simply sunbathe and chill out. Your crew will make a stop on sand banks near Kwale Island, which is a perfect place for snorkelling. They’ll also drop anchor at a picturesque sand beach to prepare a fish barbecue for lunch. Later in the afternoon you’ll arrive at Fumba Beach Lodge on the pristine Fumba Peninsula. Accommodation: Fumba Beach Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Days 4-5: Relaxing at Fumba Beach Lodge. The next two days are spent at Fumba Beach Lodge. Situated on one of Zanzibar’s most beautiful and secluded beaches, the lodge is a comfortable and peaceful hideaway, offering a perfect blend of casual elegance and friendly service with peace and tranquility in a tropical paradise setting. Three naturally formed coves protect the beaches around the lodge.

In the open air restaurant you can enjoy fresh seafood along with an inviting array of international and local dishes. For day time excitement the dive center offers diving and dive courses, with snorkeling, windsurfing and kayak rentals also available. Or just relax at the swimming pool or on the beach under the branches of the baobab trees and do nothing. At the Zanzibar-style "Baobab Spa" you could pamper yourself with a massage, feet or hand beauty treatments, a Jacuzzi or henna painting. Accommodation: Fumba Beach Lodge. Includes 2x(B), 2x(D).

Day 6: Private dhow safari, cruise and sail to Kizimkazi.
This morning you’ll rejoin your private dhow and set sail around 9am for Unguja Lodge and the fishing village of Kizimkazi on the southwest tip of the island. Today you’ll explore the Menai Bay Conservation Area and enjoy Zanzibar’s breathtaking coastline and aquamarine waters. Menai Bay was designated as a conservation area in 1998 due to its outstanding natural beauty.

Established by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), Menai Bay Conservation Area was designed to give Zanzibari people in the Fumba area a vested interest in their environment to ensure they will protect it. The project is aimed at teaching villagers how to conserve their natural heritage, and how to profitably exploit it in a sustainable manner. Eco-tourism plays an important role in that profitability. The bay has a number of beautiful uninhabited islands and sandbanks and is frequented by humpback and bottle-nose dolphins.

Much like your previous day sailing to Fumba, your voyage across Menai Bay will be a relaxed affair with a stop for snorkelling off sandbanks and a traditional Zanzibari lunch on a desert island (including a selection of grilled fish, slipper lobster, squid and rice with a coconut sauce). If you are lucky you may also spot dolphins at some point during your cruise. Under sail you’ll arrive at Kizimkazi late afternoon. Accommodation: Unguja Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Relaxing at Unguja Lodge, Kizimkazi. The last day of your holiday is spent relaxing at Unguja Lodge, a small upmarket personal retreat with just ten spacious villas, a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and dive centre. Integrated into the environment, Unguja was built using many local materials. A small nature trail leads to a small permanent tidal beach. Rare Red Colobus monkeys are regular visitors along with Black-tail monkeys and dik-diks.

The flora of the lodge is especially beautiful with very old mango and baobab trees. Here you’ll have chance to experience the daily life of Kizimkazi, an untouched and very historical village, on a guided tour or perhaps independently. The only remaining ancient mosque in Kizimkazi is adorned with a Kufic inscription which traces the existence of the Shirazi people in Zanzibar after their migration from Persia. Watch the fishermen at work, or see how local women make rope from coconut shells.

If you didn’t see dolphins yesterday you also have the chance to join an organized dolphin tour which departs daily from Kizimkazi. These magnificent animals school in the rich hunting grounds of the cove, employing their cunning to feed their growing appetites. Dolphins are frequently seen in this cove but like all wild animals there is never a guarantee that they will appear. Accommodation: Unguja Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Your Specialist Tanzania Zanzibar Dhow Safari holiday ends today after check-out from your accommodation and a transfer to either Stone Town or Zanzibar airport, depending on your final onward transport arrangements. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Road transfer from airport to Stone Town at the start
- Road transfer from Kizimkazi to Stone Town/airport at the end
- Assistance from Specialist Tanzania's local team during your holiday
- 2 nights in deluxe room in The Swahili House (or similar) with breakfasts
- 5 nights in sea view rooms at Fumba Beach and Unguja lodges with breakfasts and dinners
- Privately chartered dhow with boat crew and transfers for two days of cruising/sailing
- Two lunches during dhow cruise with soft drinks and water
- Hire of snorkeling equipment during dhow cruises
- Menai Bay Conservation Area marine fees.

Price Excludes:
- Flights or hydrofoil to/from Zanzibar
- Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
- Laundry, souvenirs and items of a personal nature
- Optional activities and excursions
- Personal travel insurance
- Tanzania visa.

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