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Zanzibar Spice Tour

Duration: Half Day

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Located in the Indian Ocean off the mainland of Tanzania, the exotic East African island of Zanzibar is famously known as the Spice Island due to its long history as a centre of trade and production of spices. It was also an important stopping point on the spice trade route from Africa to Arabia in the 16th and 17th centuries. Learn all about these essential ingredients, which are a big part of Zanzibar's everyday life, on the famous Spice Tour. This unforgettable sensory experience will introduce you to the aromas and flavours of a variety of exotic spices, whilst teaching you about their fascinating every day uses.

Not only will the Spice Tour awaken your senses and teach you all about Zanzibar’s famous spice heritage, but it is also a wonderful way to explore the island. Your local guide will lead you through the spice plantations just outside of Stone Town, where you will meet the local farmers and gain a fascinating introduction to the island’s exotic fruits, plants and spices. Sample tropical fruits such as jack fruit, guava, rose apple, rambutan and carambola; and see native plants such as the henna bush, lipstick tree and lemongrass.

You will also be introduced to a wide range of famous spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, chillies, vanilla, turmeric, black pepper, garlic and ginger, to name but a few – all the ingredients found in the average kitchen spice rack. The variety and diversity is fascinating. Walk through the gardens and forests and watch your guide as he climbs trees and points out specific plants, whilst cutting open fruits and carving off branches and bark to enable you to see, feel and taste everything. This is a great way for children to learn about their food and where it comes from. You will also discover the secrets of the spices, and how they are used every day in cooking, cosmetics and dyeing, as well as their traditional medicinal cures for many aliments. This is also the cheapest place to purchase spices and oils, so it’s a good place to stock up!

Your tour will also include a visit to the Persian Baths at the village of Kidichi, which were built in 1850 by Sultan Said (the first Sultan of Zanzibar) as a gift for his Persian wife Sherehezade. Once forming part of a palace, the baths are beautifully adorned with Persian stucco designs depicting plants, flowers and animals. A wonderful addition to your holiday in Zanzibar, this educational tour is a must for both adults and children wishing to explore the raw natural beauty of the island.

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