DAY 2: ZANZIBAR
Full day on Zanzibar Island. Overnight ZANZIBAR SERENA INN or TEMBO HOTEL.
DAY 3: ZANZIBAR-NAIROBI
Transfer to the Airport for your evening flight back to Nairobi
This is an island of spices and butterflies. Along its narrow streets, shaded with mystery great teak doors studded with brass belong to palatial houses of decaying splendour. The harbour protected by smaller islands has the snick value of an inland sea, its water cut by the triangle sails of dhows.
Zanzibar Town, capital of the island is on a small peninsula once cut off by a creek. The impressive white building on the sea front, known today as the Peoples Palace, was the Sultans residence from 1896 to his overthrow in 1964. It has now been transferred into a museum illustrating the Islands history and the sultan’s opulent lifestyle. Near at hand also facing the harbour is belt El Ajaib, the House of wonder and tallest building in the town, designed by a marine engineer for sultan Sayed completed in 1883, it was the sultans home till the palace was built and serves today as the government building. The two bronze cannon which guard it are Portuguese, electing from the mid 16th centaury. The doors are particularly handsome, covered with inscriptions from the Koran.
The Fort, which stands slightly further back, was built in 18th century by Oman Arabs. It had a mixed career as barracks, prisons, slave quarters and repair shop for the Bubu railway.
Not far away is one of Zanzibar iniquitous dungeons, a holding area where slave’s wave kept in airlines underground calls before being sold.
Time has not yet eased the painful memories of the abominable slave trade which had its commercial outlet in Zanzibar. An Africans were brought huge distances from the mainland interior shipped to Zanzibar and sold in the square which is now the site of the cathedral of the united mission n the central Africa. The square was often filled with a through f boo slaves and buyers. The original church of mud and stake was used for Muslim prayer on Friday and for Christians worship on Sundays. The present building of coral stone was inaugurated on Christmas day, 1877.The crucifix in the chancel is made from the tree near Lake Bangweulu where the heart of Dr.Livigstone buried.
The national museum is worth a visit and you may enjoy exchanging the time of day with the tortoises that roam the garden. Inside is a display of arts and crafts but the prize exhibit is Dr.Livingstone medicine chest.
What matters most is Zanzibar atmosphere, best captured in the Old Town known as “stone town” because of the tall white washed stone houses that line the rambling streets. The Arabs have competed to see who could build the most impressive dwelling ceiling height depended on the length buff mangroves poles available, much I demand as termites resistant timber. The buildings doors are usually teak, decorated with hefty brass stuck and beautifully caved motifs. The oldest carved doors on the islands dates from 1694; you’ll find it if you go round behind the national museum.
Leaving town by the north, you pass Livingstone house hant to him by the sultans Majid bin Said as a base for his expeditions. The tourist office how has its quarters here. About a Kilometer away the dhow harbor is still visited by many sailing craft. You will see all kinds of merchandise being discharged and clause and sopra being loaded.
Historic ruins are to be found all across the island. These at Maruhubicontained the heaven of Sultan Bargach bin Said, burnt down in 1899.At Kidichi, near the small town of Bububu once the terminus of the Zanzibar railway line advice the admire the elegant stuccoed multi-domed bathhouse built by Seyyid Said for his Persian wife.
Further north, Mangapwani is the site of a cave used to hide slaves after the formal abolition of the trade. They were removed under cover of darkness to dhows waiting in the bay.
Traveling south, you cross Jahazi Reserve, known for its rare reel colobus monkeys and come to Kizimkazi, once a fairly extensive walled town. Its mosque, supposedly the oldest known building in the East Africa dates from 1107 and the northern wall carries an inscription in cubic script an early form of the Arabic alphabet.
On the East coast , the village of Makuduchi, fronted by a fire stretch of white sand is the Idd-ul-Fitr ceremony marking the end of Ramadhan.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
- Accommodation with full boards table dhote meals or buffet as the itinerary specifies.
- Transport including game drive and excursions as indicated in the itinerary.
- Entry and park fees as indicated in your itinerary
- Hotel service charges and Hotel government taxes
- Cooler box with mineral water throughout your safari
- Services of multilingual driver guide
- Prices based on per person sharing in a room
- Cost of scheduled flight tickets as indicated in the itinerary
- Services of a flying doctor in case of an emergency
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- Gratuities, beverages, laundry and other items of personal nature, any communication cost(such as telephone calls)
- Any supplementary charges imposed by hotel/lodges
- Tips to drivers, waiters or couriers
- International Airfare and Visa Fees