Zanzibar Food and Spices Tour Including Traditional Swahili Lunch
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Learn the true meaning behind Zanzibar’s nickname of ‘Spice Island’ on this 4-hour food-and-spice-oriented tour. With a local guide, dig deep into the island’s culinary culture and engage your senses on many levels. Get a taste of Zanzibar by visiting a spice farm and trying some of the spices as well as delicious fruit. Visit a local farmer to learn traditional African farming techniques and discover how to make a traditional Zanzibari dish. Then, eat what you cook along with more tantalizing dishes! For foodies this tour is a must.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • Zanzibar City, Tanzania , Tanzania
  • 4 hours
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stephanie.middleton818

I enjoyed the spice tour a great deal. I didn't have lunch but I did enjoy going out into the field with two of the beautiful local women as they went about some of their chores. I appreciated the fact that they were so willing to allow me into their homes and share apart of their day with me.


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Zanzibar Food and Spices Tour Including Traditional Swahili Lunch
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what to expect

Zanzibar has long been known as ‘Spice Island.’ This 4-hour, multisensory tour explores the island’s history in the spice trade. Take in the heady aromas and scents of spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, chilis, vanilla, saffron and curry. The island also cultivates pineapples, jackfruits, lemons, limes, oranges, pomelos, durians and coconuts.
The tour offers an off-the-beaten-path tour to see a part of Zanzibar many travelers don’t witness. Meet your local guide at your Stone Town hotel, and then travel by air-conditioned minivan to a rural farming village. At a spice farm, learn about the history of Zanzibar’s relationship to spices and the spice trade. Taste seasonal spices and a variety of fresh fruits — weather permitting, you’ll even get to taste coconut straight from the tree!

Next, meet a cassava farmer, who will demonstrate typical African farming techniques. Then, learn how to prepare a traditional sauce with coconut milk and cassava leaves during a hands-on cooking lesson in the farmer’s outdoor kitchen. After the lesson, taste your sauce along with a traditional Swahili lunch including spiced rice, bananas and farm-fresh local vegetables.

At the end of the tour, you’ll head back to Stone Town.

inclusions and exclusions

  • Cooking Lesson
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • All spices and other products
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Returns to original departure point
  • Led by a local guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Small-group tour
  • Family friendly
  • Lunch included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Modest dress and good walking shoes are recommended
  • Please note: itinerary may change during the month of Ramadan and on national holidays
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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