Known as Spice Island and overflowing with influences from Africa, Arabia, India, and Europe, Zanzibar is a fascinating destination with a dramatic history, endless coastlines, and a magical atmosphere.
Day 11: Flight from Arusha to Zanzibar
Friday, March 3, 2023
Following this morning's game drive and flight from the Serengeti Grumeti airstrip to Arusha, board the quick flight to Zanzibar—the Spice Island.
Overnight: Zanzibar Serena Hotel (L,D)
Day 12: Zanzibar / Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park
Saturday, March 4, 2023
Awake to your spectacular view over the Indian Ocean. After breakfast, set out on a walking tour of Zanzibar's old town, Stone Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and its market, which exists today much as it did in the days when Zanzibar was a popular trading center known throughout the world for spices and timber.
Following the winding streets, notice the serene atmosphere and neighborhoods dotted with whitewashed houses, ornately carved wooden doors, and balconies studded with brass.
Visit the House of Wonders, which displays exhibitions dedicated to Swahili culture, as well as the Palace Museum, highlighting its ties to Zanzibar's Omani history.
At the Zanzibar Old Fort, discover the fortification's colorful history, from its development in 1698 to how the structure is still being occupied today.
After lunch, travel across the island through quaint villages and lush vegetation to enchanting Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park—the only national park in Zanzibar and home to the unique red colobus monkey. Enjoy time to explore the forest before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Zanzibar Serena Hotel (B,D)
Day 13: Zanzibar / Optional Spice Plantation Tour / Depart for U.S.
Sunday, March 5, 2023
The morning is at leisure to wander Stone Town or enjoy the beach.
Or, depending on departing flight times, you may choose to join the optional spice tour excursion. This walking tour and tasting through organic spice plantations reveals why Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island. The bounty of cloves, nutmeg, ginger, chilies, black pepper, vanilla, coriander, and cinnamon have found their way around the world for centuries. (You may purchase this optional excursion in advance from our Guest Services team. We recommend reserving early for best availability as space is limited.)
Relax in your room at the Zanzibar Serena Hotel until taking the complimentary transfer to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport for flights home.
Day Room: Zanzibar Serena Hotel (B,L)
Day 14: En Route / Arrive in U.S.
Monday, March 6, 2023
(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
This post-tour is not escorted by an Orbridge Travel Director. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide. Space is limited, so it's recommended to reserve early for best availability.
Activities are generally not very strenuous, but a fair amount of walking can be expected. It is our expectation that guests are able to follow a guide through cobblestone streets, as well as even and uneven terrain, at an average pace for two hours, and walk up and down stairs without assistance.
Zanzibar Serena Hotel
March 3 - March 5
Zanzibar Serena Hotel is in a stunning location—directly on Zanzibar's idyllic waterfront, flanked by an exotic mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient harbors, and bright bazaars. It's a tranquil setting just a short walk from the bustling city center. Antique clocks, crystal chandeliers, Persian rugs, and brass-studded doors enhance the hotel’s gracious tropical colonial décor.
Room Amenities: Individual climate control, mosquito nets, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, minibar, safe, 240V/3 pin (square) sockets and shaver sockets, tea and coffee maker, bathrobes and slippers, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.
Optional Spice Tour Excursion: $75/person
Post-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Airfare from Arusha to Zanzibar and from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam is included in the post-tour rate. Airfare otherwise not included.
- Internal airfare from Arusha to Zanzibar
- 2 nights accommodations at Zanzibar Serena Hotel (or similar) plus a day room during departure day
- 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
- Guided panoramic city tour
- Admission to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum, and Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park
- All excursion transportation
- Airport transfer for guests departing at the suggested times