Zanzibar Food and Spices Tour Including Traditional Swahili Lunch
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... Read More
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. Read Less
Return DetailsReturns to original departure point
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- 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
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.View Less
Tour started on time and we ended up being 5 girls. We each paid the price of 40 euros so it definitely would have been cheaper to negotiate with a local for a spice tour but this has the advantage or going through a reputable site and great policies with it.
We left on time and headed to our first stop which was in a local village where we visited a family. She explained in Swahili how to plant and cook the cassava plant. We then proceeded to help cook part of our lunch meal and this part was the cooked cassava with coconut
We then took our minivan to the Kizimbani Spice farm. Our lovely guide showed us many different spices, inviting us to guess each spice by odour or taste which was very fun. She was very knowledgeable and courteous.
Towards the end of the tour you can buy some locally made soaps that have spices from Zanzibar and at the very end you can buy spices, coffee or tea from a vendor on the grounds.
For lunch they prepared for us a meal that included fish and some meat. It was delicious. The cassava dish we previously made was also delicious.
Our driver was very nice and made sure to drive carefully.
Pick up was prompt and as advertised. My guide was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. His assistant was enthusiastic and fun, though he spoke less English. The walk around the spice farm was fascinating and ended with a singing coconut tree climber. Then it was time for a cooking lesson and lunch, followed by a local seasonal fruit tasting. Of all the other people wandering the farm, I was the only one getting a private cooking lesson and lunch and it was well worth it, as the cassava leaves we cooked were delicious and it also included a lesson in Katanga wearing the local scarves and fabric wraps from my chef, which was a lot of fun. I didn't visit a cassava farm as stated, but did stop at the local village to see the traditional wattle and daub style, thatched houses. One thing to note, there are a couple of opportunities to shop on the farm and there is a certain level of expectation that you will but something. Also, the guide, the assistant, the chef, the singing climber and the driver all expect to be tipped, so it is worth having smallish denominations in Tanzanian Shillings to hand. Likewise in the village, if you want to photograph the people, they also expect some kind of reparation - all of which is fair, it is just something to be aware of and prepared for. All in all, a great morning out. Would do this again.
This was a fascinating tour and experience. Walked around and identified spices in their raw natural state, followed by a coconut tree climbing singer and lunch. Very interesting.. possibly more so for females.
The tour itself was great- BUT: I was the only paticipant. I had a guide, an "assistant guide" (he made some presents) and a guy climbing up an coconut tree. All expected a tip/ I was asked to tip them!!
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.