East Coast Zanzibar Experience - Independent

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
5 days
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Experience excellent hotel accommodation in the heart of stone town and along a pristine beach on the east coast, both with private swimming pools and air conditioning.
  • Savour the fragrance and flavours of the ‘spice island’ with an exploration of a local spice plantation. sample the local fruits and seasonings, and see exotic plant varieties like the henna bush and lipstick tree.
  • Take time to soak up the sun and lie back in the shade of a coconut palm, along with the chance to enjoy activities like snorkelling and windsurfing.

Short Description

Travel to Zanzibar for a taste of ’The Spice Island’, a colourful mixture of coastal serenity and historical allure. Start your independent experience by exploring the World Heritage-listed Stone Town and sampling the fruits and spices grown on a local plantation. Finish your adventure by relaxing on the pristine white sands of the East Coast. Independent Experiences Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short packages that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, depart daily and offer the back-up of Peregrine, our local offices and expert resident guides. /experiences

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City Stone Town
End City Zanzibar

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Tanzania

Attractions & Cities Visited

Zanzibar

Activities & Interests

Culture Independent

No Single Supplement
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Itinerary

Day 1 Stone Town

Welcome to Zanzibar. This Independent Expreience begins on arrival at Zanzibar Airport, where you’ll be met by our local operator and transferred to the Tembo Hotel (approximately 15 minutes) in the atmospheric and historic centre of Stone Town. Just the name Zanzibar conjures up images of a remote island paradise where the water is transparent and the air is filled with the heady scent of spices. Only 40 kilometres off the mainland coast of Tanzania lies this beautiful island, known to the locals as Ungudya. It has an area of 1,400 square kilometres and a population of about 100,000, of whom more than half reside in the capital, Stone Town. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the winding alleyways and streets of Stone Town. Your local guide can advise you on the range of activities available in the area. This evening, maybe get a toast of local flavours at Forodhani Night Markets along the seafront. Notes: The Tembo Hotel, once an American Consulate, is located in the heart of Zanzibar on the sea front and is fully equipped with first class facilities. The spacious hotel rooms are fully air-conditioned with hot and cold water, television, phone and mini bar at your disposal. To cool off during the heat of the day there is also a swimming pool at the hotel.

Day 2 Stone Town

Today is a free for you to explore Stone Town’s maze of narrow streets with whitewashed coral stone buildings, magnificently carved, brass-studded teak doors, quaint shops and bazaars that all reflect a unique blend of architectural traditions. The market and bazaars are fascinating and are ideal spots for topping up your spice collection at home or shopping for souvenirs. Zanzibar was also one of the headquarters for slave trading and the starting point for many of the famous explorers such as Speke, Livingstone, Burton and Grant. From here they ventured into the vast interior of east Africa. Perhaps learn more about the island’s history at the Old Fort, the Slave Markets, or at the House of Wonders (so-called because it was the first building on the island to have electricity and running water), which houses the Zanzibar National Museum of History and Culture. This afternoon you'll embark on an afternoon tour of the spice plantations, where you'll have the opportunity to see and taste a variety of spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, etc.), as well as tropical fruits. Your guide may also introduce you to some rare plant species, including the henna bush and lipstick tree, before driving you back to Stone Town. Later, maybe enjoy a dawa cocktail as you watch dhows sail along the Zanzibar coastline.

Day 3 East Coast Beaches

In the morning you will exchange the narrow lanes of Stone Town for the beaches of the east coast (approximately 1.5 hours drive). The interior of the island is covered with clove and spice plantations as well as groves of tropical fruit tree, and the coral reefs, sandy beaches, mangrove and coastal forests are home to rare and endangered species such as the red colobus monkey, the green sea turtle and the blue duiker. On the coast you can run your hands through the perfectly fine white sands and enter the warming embrace of the Indian Ocean – deep blue in colour, filled with marine life, and perfect for swimming and snorkelling. This is the perfect place to climb into a hammock with drink and a book, watch a gorgeous sun set and then relax underneath a blanket of glowing stars. Notes: Your accommodation on the east coast is at Breezes Beach Resort, where each tastefully decorated room has private facilities and air-conditioning.

Day 4 East Coast Beaches

During your time on the coast you can enjoy swimming or simply relax on the beach – your wonderful resort is situated along beautiful white sands. There are a number of optional activities to take advantage of, from full or half-day deep sea fishing expeditions, sailing trips on a dhow ship, snorkelling, or a visit to Prison Island (named for its former use, but now home to giant land tortoises). There is a fitness centre at the accommodation for those who want to exercise to work off all the excellent meals that are served in the restaurant. There’s also a swimming pool, water sports, restaurants, bars and shopping bazaar. It's a perfect place to unwind.

Day 5 East Coast Beaches

Today you’ll be transferred back to Zanzibar airport by a representative, and your tour will end on arrival (approximately 1.5 hour drive).

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Sri Lanka

We recently completed the Jewels of Sri Lanka tour starting on 22 December 2019.

Our adventure in Sri Lanka with Peregrine tours was an absolute pleasure. Our guide Opasiri (Siri) apart from being knowledgeable and articulate in all aspects of his country and it’s history was also a genuinely nice bloke.

His helpfulness and sincere want to ensure all his guests on the tour were accommodated was a credit to him. He continually bent over backwards to ensure everyone had the best possible experience.

At this point we would like to say a personal Thankyou to Siri for making our stay in Sri Lanka a treasured memory.

All our destination points were of immense interest, either in religious, cultural or environmental aspects. We found the Sri Lankan people to be friendly, open and hospitable.

Highlights included seeing leopards in the wild, visiting Buddhist temples that are centuries old with such well preserved artefacts, ancient kingdoms, a beautiful train ride through the countryside and of course the amazing scenery of the central highlands.

Our recommendation for anyone wanting to explore Sri Lanka as we did is to go with Peregrine as you will not be disappointed. The hotel accommodation on all our overnight stays was to an excellent standard, the food is without question a gastronomic delight, with local “Lion” beer to an international standard.

A big istuti (thank you) Peregrine, Siri and his crew for giving us a wonderful and unforgettable Sri Lankan experience, we will be back.
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Comfortable hotel (2 nights),Beach resort (2 nights)

Guides

INDEPENDENT EXPERIENCE This is an ‘independent’ trip. You will have a local Peregrine guide for each activity (but not while on transport between each Experience if you booked several). As the name suggests, this is not a group trip, so it is just you (and your travelling companions if you booked with a friend). You will have 24/7 support from your guide and our local office.

Additional Information

Finish point

  • Zanzibar Airport
  • Zanzibar Airport
  • Zanzibar
  • TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF

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