Zanzibar North Coast Tour
Duration: Half Day
Located in the Indian Ocean, approximately 20 miles off Tanzania’s East Coast, the exotic island of Zanzibar is blessed with some of the most beautiful coastline in Africa. The unspoilt north coast is particularly breathtaking, boasting picture postcard scenes of glorious white sandy beaches and crystalline turquoise waters. This memorable tour will reveal the highlights of the northern shores as you explore spice farms, beaches, historic caves and slave chambers on an unforgettable day of discovery in paradise.
The first stop on your journey along the north coast is a traditional spice farm. Zanzibar is famously known as the ‘Spice Island’ because of its successful trade and production of spices (particularly cloves) in the 19th century. This tour will awaken your senses and teach you all about these essential ingredients, which are a big part of Zanzibar's everyday life. See a wide range of well known spices in their raw forms, including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, chillies, turmeric, black pepper, garlic, ginger and vanilla, to name but a few. Discover the secrets of the spices and how they are used every day for medicinal purposes, cooking and cosmetics.
We drive onwards to the Mangapwani Coral Cave, a deep underground cavern which has a natural freshwater pool. Further up the coast, we reach the historic Mangapwani Slave Chambers. Carved out of the coralline rock, this dark and gloomy cell was formerly used to hide slaves after the legal trade was abolished in the late 19th century. The Coral Cave and several other caves along the north shores were also believed to hold slaves during this time. An illicit trade continued for many years.
No holiday in Zanzibar is complete without some rest and relaxation on some of the world’s best beaches. We make our way to the mellow beach resort of Nungwi on the island’s north coast, which hosts one of the most beautiful beaches in Zanzibar. Famous for its wide stretch of powdery white sand and alluring turquoise waters, this is a tranquil haven for holiday makers and honeymooners who come here to swim, snorkel and soak up the sun in breathtaking surroundings.
A variety of water sports are available for those looking for action and adventure, including fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing and diving. A dive school is run by professional instructors on site, offering underwater adventures for PADI certified divers. Whichever water sport you choose, exploring the natural beauty above and below the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean is an experience not to be missed.
The Nungwi resort also offers a range of facilities for its guests and visitors. Spend time sipping tropical cocktails at the beachside bar or enjoy a delicious seafood buffet and spicy island fare in one of the restaurants. For the ultimate relaxation, enjoy a massage on the beach and let you cares float away. Life in Zanzibar is extremely laid back, so do as little or as much as you like.
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