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... Read More
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. Read Less
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Itinerary Details

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... Read More
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. Read Less

Important Details

Included
  • Local guide
  • Cooking Lesson
  • Lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • All spices and other products
Departure Point
Old Fort and Cultural Center, Hurumzi St, Zanzibar, Tanzania
9:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • 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
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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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.

Customer Reviews

4.5
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Based on 11 reviews

Reviewed: September 23, 2019

Judith J

This was a really interesting tour. It started with a mud hut cooking lesson given by a local woman. A salutary lesson in not taking western infrastructure for granted! We then had the tour of the spice plants which was fascinating, even if you’re not into cooking. We then had a traditional lunch, including our previously made dish. An eye opening experience into the daily life of locals.


Reviewed: August 14, 2019

Samantha D

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.


Reviewed: December 4, 2017

Jules

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.


Reviewed: October 19, 2017

Jeanette P

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.


Reviewed: September 28, 2017

Sonja Z

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!!
Very disappointed!!