Zanzibar used to and still has many references as being
known as the “Cuba of Africa” as communist roots run very deep into this
unique archipelago located in the Indian ocean off Tanzania.
You’ll begin the tour with us in Dar Es Salaam, the
largest city in Tanzania as we make our way to Zanzibar by boat arriving in
Stone Town. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a unique mixture of Arab,
Persian, Indian and European elements. During your tour you’ll explore a former
slave market, the Lenin Memorial Hospital, meet the students at Ben Bella
Secondary School, and watch a football match of Chuoni FC who are proudly sponsored by YPT at Mao Zedong
wondering why Zanzibar has such a rich culture of naming things after
communists and African revolutionaries, the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964, which
overthrew the Sultan and Arab minority rule, led to the USSR, China, North
Korea, Cuba and others recognising the new government as an independent
country. Zanzibar was even renamed the People’s Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba.
Zanzibar merged with Tanganyika to create Tanzania later that year, largely
encouraged by the British to prevent a communist Zanzibar republic.
Combine your Zanzibar tour with us on our Tanzania tour to make the most of our your visit to East Africa.
Wednesday 8th June – Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania – Stone Town, Zanzibar
Arrive at your convenience into Dar es Salaam – the largest city and former capital of Tanzania with regular flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
For those who arrive early you may leave your luggage at the Azania hotel and visit the Askari Monument – dedicated to the African soldiers (askari) who fought in the British campaign against the German Army in East Africa in World War I, and visit the Karimjee Hall – the former parliamentary building.
Pre-tour meeting will be held at the lobby of the hotel at 1:00pm to discuss tour itinerary and to meet your fellow travellers and YPT guide.
Jump aboard the ferry departing downtown Dar at 3:45 pm to Stone Town in Zanzibar (3 hour journey)
Check into Zanzibar Stone Town Lodge to freshen up and prepare for the evening
Head to the most popular street with lines of vendors selling a wide variety of street food. You must try the Zanzibar pizzas – they’re not quite the pizzas as you know them. This pizza begins as a small ball of dough that is thinned out then piled with your choice of ingredients.
Explore the nightlife
Overnight at Zanzibar Stone Town Lodge
Thursday 9th June – Stone Town
Breakfast at hotel and begin our day of exploring the largest city in Zanzibar
Visit the Palace Museum, also known as the Sultan’s Palace – the palace was built in late 19th century and is now converted to a museum with details and items about the daily life of the Zanzibari royal family including items that belonged to Sayyida Salme, a former Zanzibar princess that fled to Europe with her husband.
Visit the former Slave Market – this market was one of the world’s last open slave markets. It was operated by Arab traders until it was forced to shut by the British in 1873. The slaves were shipped here in dhows from the mainland and crammed so tightly that many fell ill and died or were thrown overboard.
Stop by the Old Fort – built in the 17th century by the Omanis, this heavy stone fort in shape of a square contains a Zanzibar cultural centre in the open courtyard.
Lunch at a nearby joint in town to eat biryani and pilau – it’s said to have originated in the Indian Subcontinent, biryani and pilau are rice-based dishes cooked with a mixture of spices.
Explore the House of Wonders – built in 1883 and restored after the Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896. This was the former Sultan’s residence; it then became the seat of the Afro-Shirazi Party after the revolution in 1864. It was the very first building in Zanzibar to have electricity as well as the first building in East Africa to have an elevator. The house has now been converted into a museum on Swahili and Zanzibar culture.
Visit the People’s Old Market – a bazaar held in a classic Swahili public space, mixing architectural and cultural influences from East Africa, Arabia, Persia, and India.
Dinner at Mercury’s Restaurant – named after the one and only, Freddie Mercury! This man needs no introductions. Why is there a restaurant named after him here? Because he was born in Stone Town, of course!
Overnight in hotel
Friday 10th June – Nungwi Village
Breakfast at hotel
Early departure to Nungwi Village located at the northern tip of Zanzibar island.
Stop by the beach and watch local fishermen on the very edge of the coral reef catching a number of different small sea creatures including squid, octopus, puffer fish and the occasional ray.
We’ll then head to the fish market – depending on the catch on the previous evening here we may have a chance to see tuna, king fish, dorado and a wide variety of other large fish for sale.
Fresh seafood for lunch, or meat for those who aren’t as into seafood as the locals are.
Visit a natural aquarium formed by erosion of countless waves crashing against the shore forming a bedrock at the bottom of the coral. This created a safe home for endangered sea turtles and a variety of fish.
Stop by the Nungwi boatyard – here we’ll meet the shipyard owner as he’ll teach us how the local dhows are built; from the sourcing of the wood, to how the boats are launched.
Use this time to take a dip and relax by the white sand beaches.
Return back to Stone Town for dinner at Lukmaan Restaurant
Overnight at hotel
Saturday 11th June – Stone Town
Breakfast at hotel
Visit Patrice Lumumba Secondary School – formally known as King George VI College, the school was renamed in 1964 after Congo Premier Patrice Lumumba who served as the first Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Visit V.I.Lenin Memorial Hospital – which is now these days mostly staffed by the Chinese and has 630 beds in total.
Visit Haile Selassie School – named after the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974
Visit Ben Bella Secondary School – named after Ahmed Ben Bella who was an Algerian politician, socialist soldier and revolutionary who served as the first President of Algeria from 1963 to 1965.
Visit Mao Zedong Stadium and watch a Zanzibar Premier League football match of the Chuoni FC who YPT are very proud to sponsor! – the stadium was a gift from the Chinese as part of their stadium diplomacy in the 1960s and 1970s, when Tanzania was China’s main ally in Africa.
Farewell dinner and drinks by the beach
Overnight in Stone Town
Sunday 12th June – Stone Town – Dar Es Salaam
Breakfast at hotel
Board the 9:30am ferry back to Dar Es Salaam where the tour will conclude. Airport drop-off can be arranged according to your flight details – YPT is also able to arrange post-tour accommodation or advice for flights.
• Full visa support
• Accommodation in twin share basis
• Breakfasts and lunches
• All entrance fees and football match tickets
• English Speaking local guides and YPT tour leader
• All transport including return ferry and minibus
• Flights to and from Tanzania
• Dar Es Salaam Airport transfer fee $30 USD
• Visa fee (YPT provides full visa support)
• Single supplement ($210)
• Pre-tour or post-Tour accommodation
• Dinners, drinks and personal spending
• Tips for the local guides and drivers
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.