What makes Tanzania irresistible and a buzzing epicenter of niche tourists and assorted backpackers alike is its rich diversity. Blending seamlessly into the endless savannahs, the profusion of myriad flora and fauna, the mysterious forests, are the pristine azure beaches, laden with white sands, stunning corals reefs, numerous palm trees of Zanzibar- the paradise island
Looking for the ideal picnic getaway with family? The Zanzibar Bawe and Chumbe Two Island trip is made for you. Spend your time relaxing on the sandy beaches or just go snorkeling on Bawe Islands. And if you want more, go swimming in the marvelous coral reefs. The idyllic Chumbe is a protected area so explore and learn about the exotic marine life, impressive coral reefs, and coral rag forest.
Pressed for time and want to add a safari experience to your beach escape? Then Safari from Zanzibar – Masai Tribe and Arusha NP is the one for you. Combining the thrill of the premier predators and game drive with the humbling view of the indomitable Kilimanjaro, the ways of the Masai and their rich culture- this is an experience nonpareil.
Tick dolphin swimming off your bucket on Zanzibar dolphin tour. Explore the beautiful coastal town ofKizimkazi, and go boat riding on the turquoise waters for dolphin spotting and swim with dolphins (if conditions permit) for that experience of a lifetime
For the prized primate viewing opportunity pick the Zanzibar Jozani forest tour. As the only national park on Zanzibar, it is home 200-year-old Mama Mtondoo, a stately mahogany tree and many species of butterflies and birds. It is also the last sanctuary in the world for the rare red colobus monkey and the Blue Sykes Monkey.
Interested in history? The Zanzibar Mangwapani beach and the slave caves tour is your chance to learn more about the history of slaving in Zanzibar. Visit the Mkunazini (Stone Town) Maruhubi ruins and take a tour of Dr. David Livingstone’s house while relaxing in the Mangwapani beach
Blending the leisure of the pristine beaches with a cultural exploration is Zanzibar Nungwi village tour. A short walk along the beach will take you to the traditional fishing village of Nungwei. Witness the resident sea turtles and varieties of fish at the Nungwi natural aquarium and learn about boat building at Nungwi Boat Yard
If you are an explorer, adventurer or a romantic, for a perfect holiday experience surf with lifetime safari
Zanzibar or Spice Island is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland. The archipelago comprises of 50 small and big islands with Ugunja being the largest island followed by Pemba. Zanzibar evokes a magical dream complete the pristine azure beaches, an endless stretch of salt white sands, stunning corals reefs, numerous palm trees of Zanzibar to offer sensations of leisure and relaxation in the most tranquil settings. Set at the confluence of the spice trade Zanzibar is an enchantingly rich fusion of African Arabic, European, Indian cultures and exotic influences. Zanzibar, the Arabic word meaning ‘the coast of black people’ serves as a reminder of its Arabic linkages which can also be seen in its architecture, cuisine and folklore.
Zanzibar’s culinary spread is as delicious and rich in flavours as it beaches thanks to the Swahili, Indian, European and Arabian influences. The coastal cuisine is spicy compared to the mainland as Indian and Arab traders introduced many spices and the islands are known for the production of various spices.
Pilau(wild rice/ mixed rice), Bagia, Biryani, kabab, Kashata(coconut or groundnuts rolls), Sambusa(Samosa) are widely consumed in the coastal regions.Wali Na Maharage a rice dish served with vegetables, fish or meat, Sorpotel, a tasty meat dish, Ugali, Zanzibar pizza, cassava roasted over charcoal, large variety of fresh fruits besides the incredible choice of seafood, like Tuna and succulent Mchuzi wa pweza (Octopus Curry) make the cuisines an eclectic delight. Zanzibar is draped in Islamic culture where alcohol is prohibited so alcohol is not served in some restaurants and hotels but there plenty of fresh coconut water to feast on.
There is no dearth of a shopping experience in Zanzibar with an array of small and big shops decking up the streets and corners of the town. Stone Town with its maze of winding streets and narrow alleys selling a wide variety of antiques, textiles, wood carvings, spices, brassware, brightly coloured tinga-tinga art, and jewellery is an attractive shopping proposition The Zanzibar gallery on Kenyatta Avenue is of particular interests to tourists. Many souvenir shops are situated along Kenyatta Road in Shangani, and Gizenga Street behind the Old Fort. You can pick up beachwear and bags in upmarket boutiques on Kenyatta Road beside colorful clothing and fabric. Cathedral Street, Hurumizi Street, and the Forodhani Centre are other shopping areas that one shouldn’t miss out on.
Zanzibar is predominantly a conservative Sunni Muslim society with a culture rooted in Islamic mores and an extremely rigid code of dressing. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour in areas away from tourist resorts to avoid offending local and religious sensitivities. In Zanzibar, women should avoid skimpy outfits and beachwear unless at a beach or hotel near the beach and men should not venture out bare-torso. Always cover yourself as skin show is frowned upon. When in the stone town women should take measures to ensure that shoulders and knees are definitely covered. Long skirt, scarves, and kaptans are advised.
Zanzibar or Spice Island is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, comprising of 50 small and big islands with Ugunja being the largest island covering an area of 637 square miles. The islands are characterised by pristine beaches, swaying palm trees, lush mangroves, beautiful corals and stunning underwater seascapes and abundant marine life. The islands are fairly flat with the base of the island primarily composed of a variety of lime stones, coral, and sandstone. The remnants of the natural forests suggest that the islands once had a dense forest cover which now stands reduced. Being a coastal port city the weather, it typically has a tropical and humid climate with two wet seasons (March to May and November to December)
The paradise island certainly lives up to its reputation as a place of rich experiences and luxurious relaxation with a bevy of events and festivals that add to the sandy vibes and joie de vivre to bring to the fore the cultural vibrancy of the island. While there don’t miss out on the Sauti za Busara, the islands top music festivals that showcase music from different genres from talented musicians. If you are movie connoisseur then do catch the Zanzibar International Film Festival, one of the regions premier movie festivals. If you love jazz and have literary pursuits then the Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival is cut out for you. So a sports buff? Zanzibar Beach and oulWater sports Festival should get you going with some spectacular beach sporting activities backed up my live music and jamming sessions. Being a Muslim stronghold Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Hajj are important landmarks in a festival calendar.
Tipping is not mandatory but Zanzibar is a tourist hub and tipping is considered decent. workers and service providers are always expecting some generous tipping. Tipping forms the major chunk of income for the workers engaged in the service industry, so we recommend that you tip the workers based on your discretion and the service they provide to you. For hotel staff, it is always best to just tip once, at the end of your stay. For your driver, or any specialist guides, you can tip at the end of each activity for you may not see them again. Tip should be cash and in US dollars or Tanzanian Shillings. But remember to tip always as it contributes to the local economy and has a positive impact on the workers.
US$8–10 per guest per day for a specialist guide and personal butler
US$5–10 per guest per day for a private chef
US$3–5 per guest per day for the general staff and per road transfer
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I was part of a big group which Lifetime Safari planned a trip for and they absolutely nailed it. Also superaccomodating with everything and managed to please everyone in a group of 55 people. I mean, that is a very hard thing to do but everything went smooth - which means that they planned everything to the tee. Everyone working at Lifetime Safaris are also incredibly nice and genuine. If I ever go back to Tanzania I will for sure use Lifetime again!
Lifetime Safaris made our trip better than anyone could have imagined! Everything was perfectly organized, the places we got to visit were amazing and the food was really good. I am super happy that Lifetime Safaris took care of us in such a good way. Thank you so much Agnes and Baraka, and the rest of Lifetime Safaris!!