Immerse yourself in some of the best beaches in the world laden with culture and history. Spanning thousands of years, Zanzibar has been home to a myriad of cultural influences from around the Indian Ocean. Experience UNESCO World Heritage Stonetown, snorkel with underwater wildlife, and see the Red Colobus monkey – found nowhere else in the world.
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Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania! Explore the vibrant culture of Stone Town.
Your guide will meet you at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Fly as a group to the island of Zanzibar. Spend the afternoon exploring the beaches of historic Stone Town and immerse yourself in its myriad of cultural influences. Relax on the beach outside your resort.
Day 2: Tour Changuu Island and explore Stone Town
Travel by boat to the pristine island of Changuu. You'll see giant land tortoises and enjoy time for swimming and snorkeling in the blue waters. Changuu (also known as Prision Island locally) has a fascinating history as a yellow fever quarantine station and is well known as a refuge for Aladabra tortoises. In the evening, explore UNESCO World Heritage Stone Town which reflects its diverse historical influences from Swahili culture and Arab, Persian, Indian, and European architecture.
Day 3: Take a walking tour of the "Isle of Spices" followed by a relaxing afternoon at a beach on the northern edge of the island.
The day begins with breakfast amidst serene views of the Indian Ocean's endless horizon. Enjoy a walking tour and experience the “Isle of Spices." This great trading center has been known around the world for spices and timber. After lunch, travel north to Nungwi or Kendwa Beach and explore the idyllic white sand beaches.
Day 4: Snorkel amongst turtles, schools of colorful fish, and bottlenose dolphins.
Spend the day on the water exploring the sea. Snorkel among the protected reefs to spot clown fish, green turtles, and starfish. Watch bottlenose and humpback dolphins play off the shore with a chance to swim with these creatures before returning back to the hotel.
Day 5: Transport back to the airport before saying farewell to your trip mates.
After breakfast, transport to the airport to fly back home or onto your next adventure.
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What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE: Zanzibar has an incredible variety of ecosystems, including coastal coral reefs, mangroves, beaches, and dunes and interior tropical rain forests.
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: Zanzibar is a welcoming escape for travelers of all levels of experience. We will use four-wheel drive vehicles or boats to travel from place to place. A moderate level of physical fitness is required to participate in the hiking sections.
WEATHER: Due to the higher elevations, it can get hot when the sun reaches its peak during midday but cools dramatically at night (45º – 90º F). “Rainy Seasons” are roughly mid-March to May and October-December, but rain is possible year-round.
ACCOMMODATIONS: This will be a lodge-based trip. Typically there are 2 people per room, matched by gender or requests to room together. In most rooms, solo travelers have single beds and couples share beds. Bathroom facilities at lodges are well-appointed with hot showers and common accommodations.
SINGLE TRAVELERS: If you are traveling alone, you will feel at home with a welcoming group. If you would like to have your own room throughout the trip you may purchase a single supplement for an additional fee. Please email or call us if you would like this option.
MEALS: Kick back and relax while all your island meals are prepared for you. We’ll enjoy a variety of fresh, healthy options that include poultry, beef, fish, vegetables, and fruit. We pride ourselves on offering good tasting breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. While we’ll enjoy sharing happy hours together, the purchase of alcoholic beverages is not included in the trip fees.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 5 to 12 participants, plus several local guides. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list.
COVID POLICY: We continue to monitor and update our COVID-19 policies. Wilderness Inquiry strongly encourages everyone to be fully up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination and take other necessary steps for the health and wellness of all. We ask you to self-screen for any signs of illness prior to your trip’s departure. Please contact Wilderness Inquiry if you are exhibiting signs of illness. We will also continue to follow all guidance and requirements of locations that we travel, keeping in mind some international destinations do require vaccinations and/or negative covid tests. We will update this policy as new information and guidance becomes available.
SAFETY WHILE ON TRAIL: Though not required, some individuals may choose to wear a mask, and we expect all participants to respect this choice. Please ensure proper hygiene including, but not limited to, hand-washing and/or sanitizing before eating and after using the restroom. Individuals who become ill or test positive for COVID-19 during a Wilderness Inquiry experience will be isolated to the best of the group’s ability and are responsible for their own transportation and expenses to depart the trip.Read more »