Tanzania·May 14 - 23 2023

Roots in Zanzibar

Join us as we explore the island, its various coasts, forests, mosques and more!

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Overview

Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of 4 large islands and several smaller islands. The main island, Unguja, has long been a centre of maritime trade. Its capital, Stone Town, where much of the architecture is still well preserved, you can breathe and feel the footprints of the rich and cosmopolitan history of this city, a unique place where East and West converge. Outside the city, the island abounds with endless white sand beaches popular with kite surfers, but also wild, rocky and quiet coves. Join us as we explore the island, its various coasts, forests, mosques and more! This trip is for anyone who enjoys adventure, food and good company. We've planned beach days, boat rides, a cooking class, mosque visits, forest trekking, a spice farm tour and more! As always, we ask that you travel with heart open and spirit ready!

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DAY 1

Arrival

Welcome to the island of Unguja, popularly known as Zanzibar! Upon arrival, you'll  meet the group and team at our hotel. Check in begins at 3:00 PM. Our team will be there to ensure that check in is smooth and easy for everyone.

Once everyone arrives, we'll meet everyone for our very first dinner and opening night.

Please note that airport pick up and drop off is not part of the package. 

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DAY 2

Stone Town Visit

After breakfast, we'll join our tout guide and begin with a guided tour of Stone Town. We'll learn about its culture, history and explore World Heritage sights. We'll learn about the slave trade, visit local markets and the port where the House of Wonders and Sultan's house are located.

After lunch, you'll have time to explore the old city alone to shop, enjoy its cafes and mosques.

We will meet for dinner at 7:30 PM

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DAY 3

Safari Blue

Grab your sunscreen, bathing suit, snorkelling gear (if you wish), as we will go to the starting point of the Safari Blue, a full day of activity. You will embark on a traditional Dhow (sailing boat) and head to a paradisiacal sandbank in the middle of the ocean. You can swim, snorkel and enjoy Zanzibar's clear waters!

Afterwards, we'll head to another island for a good seafood lunch!

*Lunch & dinner are included on. this day, if meal plan is purchased*

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DAY 4

Jozani Forest

You will meet your specialist guide in Jozani Forest who will accompany you throughout the tour. Starting with a walk on a nature trail through the forest, you will be able to observe various species of wildlife and vegetation while your guide provides you with an informative knowledge about the surroundings. After a walk through the forest, you will reach an impressive mangrove forest with a wooded path, a natural paradise. 

Afterwards, you will visit Pete Village and enjoy a visit to the caves and a ferry boat trip.

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DAY 5

Jambiani Forest

Jambiani is a local elongated village with a relaxed atmosphere, with a kilometre of white sand beach with some rocky areas, with irregular tides and perfect winds. There are small local restaurants with menus full of spices, seafood and tropical fruits. Optional activities offered: surfing, kitesurfing, snorkelling, massage sessions, Dhow sailing tour. In the evening you can go to the beach to see the djembe percussionists play. 

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DAY 6

Spice Farm Tour

Your driver will take you to the starting point of a guided tour of Spice Farm, where you will learn more about the spices and their use and healing powers and abilities. Later, you will implement this knowledge in our Swahili cooking class (Instructor and materials included). Lunch included in cooking class. 

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DAY 7

Cultural Visit

Drive to seaweed centre and visit with an expert local guide. At seaweed centre you will learn about seaweed farming, which is the second largest industry on the island. Located in Paje, this local enterprise creates opportunities for women algae farmers to improve their standard of living and participate in economic development activities that benefit the community. Depending on the tide, you may see the seaweed harvest. You will visit the processing centre and factory located in the village, where the seaweed is transformed into products such as organic soaps and essential oils. 

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DAY 8

Bwejuu Visit

A visit to the local village of Bwejuu:  Our guests have the opportunity to visit the local school, dispensary, mosque, have a soda in the village and take a walk through a typical Zanzibari fishing village. All the proceeds of this day trip go to The Palms for Bwejuu charity, which is engaged in giving back to the village. 

After the visit, you'll enjoy the rest of the day to swim, explore and rest.

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DAY 9

Matemwe Beach Day

Free morning in Matemwe to enjoy one of the best beaches on the island with crystal clear waters and white sand, ideal for a bit of relaxation or also to take advantage of the impressive seabed by snorkelling or diving. Matemwe is an area where there are ample gastronomic experiences, you’ll be free to roam and choose your own lunch location.

In the afternoon, we’ll  transfer to the sunset Dhow (traditional sailing boat), the departure will be at around 16:45 and will last until sunset, during this cruise you will be able to see the wonderful scenes of the Indian ocean along the coastline

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DAY 10

Departure

We're sad to see you go but pray that all those who cam as strangers, leave as friends! Safe journey insh'Allah 

What's Included

What's Included

Accommodations

Daily Breakfast

3 Lunches and 4 Dinners

All attractions

Cooking Class

Daily Transportation

Personal tour guide

Tour Curator

Personal Photographer

International Airfare

Airport Shuttles

Travel/Medical insurance

Additional expenditure

FAQs

Yes, of course. We welcome everyone to travel with us: couples, singles and families (depending on the age of the children). 

Our retreats are open to all, anyone from any part of the world, so you can expect to make plenty of new friends. From the first day you all meet at the airport as we pick you up, the journey of travel and building news friendships begins. We keep our groups small and intimate, with not more than 20-25 people. 

We stay in Jamaican-owned villas and guest houses. Our accommodations are clean and comfortable. The emphasis is not on luxury, but on a practical room for a good night’s rest and grounds that are inspiring. 

We room 2 or 3 guests per room with an en suite bathroom in each room. Men will room with men and women with women. Unless, of course, you’re travelling with your spouse or partner. 

Roots in Zanzibar

Tanzania· May 14 - 23 2023· 9 nights

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