Plantations have always played a large tribute to the island’s past. In fact it is still one of the main contributors to the economy of Zanzibar. This excursion is a merger of plantations and history that will explain to you why Zanzibar is known as “The Spice Island”.
Starting point of this tour is any point that is requested by the guest. We will then venture our drive to the lush countryside on the outskirts of Stone Town, Our spiced destination is the Kizimbani town which is approximately 20 kilometers from Stone Town. Relax and enjoy the drive as you experience astonishing views and different local activities along the way.
Once arrived at Kizimbani, You will join our informative guide that will take you for a magnificent walk through spice farms as you can touch, smell and taste different fruits and spices. You will learn about the properties, origins and medical benefits of different plants and spices; a basic example would be the leaves of a Neem tree, it is traditionally believed to cure Malaria and Indigestion. You will also get to see the rare perfume and lipstick trees and the delicate henna bush.
Trying to figure out a specific plant through its shoots, vines or its crushed leaves; you shall be baffled from all the choices you have to distinct from; Cloves, Nutmegs, Vanilla, Cardamom, Turmeric, Lemongrass, Ylang Ylang, Allspice, Oregano and so much more.
After this enlightening tour, our guide will take you to a local village where you will be welcomed by a traditional Swahili lunch. An ideal moment to have a real spice filled meal. This is also a great opportunity to experience local village activities.
This tour also includes a visit to the Kidichi Persian Baths that were built by Sultan Seyyid Said for his Persian wife; Shehrzard, who was also the granddaughter of Fateh Ali Shah of Persia.