Sea Cliff - Resort & Spa Zanzibar

Excursions

Zanzibar is a country filled with history and culture. There are so many different ways to enjoy this beautiful country from roaming the streets of Stone Town to swimming with dolphins and visiting the Jozani forest. There is so much to see and do in Zanzibar but we have listed a few of our favorite excursions below to help you plan your holiday.

Below we have suggested some of our favourite trips,

Stone Town Trip
Follow the trail of the sultans, slaves and explorers in the winding streets of Stone Town. Your guide will tell you about the events that shaped Zanzibar leading you through the buildings where everything happened including the former slave market, the Anglican cathedral the house of wonders and the Sultans palace museum, the old Arab Fort etc. Then your guide will show you some modern Zanzibar sites including the fish and vegetable markets.

Freddy Mercury Trip
Born Farouk Bulsara in 1946 in Shangani, Freddie Mercury spent his formative years living and playing in Stone Town’s winding alleyways. Wonder through Shangani where he was born and lived with his family, from there you’ll head to the mystical Zorostrian temple, where Mercury worshipped with his family. You’ll end the day at the Mercury’s restaurant

Jozani Forest Tour
The forest is home to a number of endemic species, including the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey. Your guide will take you on a nature trail, lined with eucalyptus and mahogany trees and explain the medicinal properties of various plants and tell you about the animals, birds and reptiles that make their home in the various habitats of the tropical rainforest.

Kizimkazi Dolphin Adventure
Approximately a 1 hour drive from Stone town to Kizimkazi on Zanzibars south coast. The clients board a traditional ocean going dhow and set sail on the Indian Ocean in search of dolphins. The dhow can get as close as 10 – 20 meters away from the dolphins and some guests have even been lucky enough to swim and snorkel with these beautiful animals. The boat trip takes approximately 2 hours and includes snorkeling in the pristine coral reef as well as lunch.

Princess Salme Trip
Princess Salme sent shockwaves through Zanzibar, teaching herself to write, conspiring in a plot to overthrow her brother, becoming pregnant and eloping to Germany with a young merchant. Follow her life from Mtoni Marine where she was born to Marhubi Palace which were build by Sultan Barghash, Salme’s brother and end the tour at the Palace Museum where a room has been dedicated Salem’s life and writings.

Prison Island Trip
Prison Island also known as Changuu Island gets its name from the prison built to condemn Zanzibar citizens to the isolation of the island, looking out at the coast. Previously owned by an Arab to house his rebellious slaves, the prison was never used, and the island is now home to a tortoise sanctuary, prison ruins and hotel. Giant tortoises shuffle through the trees and are said to be over 100 years old.

Sand Bank Picnic
The dhow leaves from Serena Inn and then sails to Prison Island. After exploring the island there will be a guided snorkeling trip to see the stunning array of colored corals and tropical fish. Then sail away to a sand bank with wonderful bird life, where lunch is served. After lunch it’s time to relax on the beach or explore the underwater life surrounding the sandbank. The dhow slowly sails back toStone Town arriving at 3:30 pm.

Slave Routes of Zanzibar
This excursion begins at the Dhow Harbour where slave ships brought their human cargo from Bagamoyo to Zanzibar. The tour continues to the Anglican Church on the slave market and past the missionary graves. You’ll end the tour at Mangapwani where you can walk the through the caves which stored hundreds of slaves, kept waiting for the monsoons and the arrival of the dhows to be exiled away from home.

Spice Tour
In the past Zanzibar was known as the spice island, exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the world. Nowadays the plantations are a tribute to the islands past. Walk through the spice farms with your guide – touch, smell and taste different spices and tropical fruits. Learn about their properties, their origin and their use as medicines and in food and drink.

Sultan Panorama
It’s a full day excursion, starting in Stone Town, covering the history of the sultans, slave trade and invasions that shaped Zanzibar’s history. You’ll visit Darajani Market where you’ll experience city life with all the hustle and bustle, smells and noises. You will also be driven to a spice farm, and given the opportunity to taste seasonal spices and fruits as your guide describes their properties and uses.

Snorkelling
Daily Snorkelling Trip from Sea Cliff Resort in Mangapwani
In the Mangapwani area is the sobering slave cave, a dank, dark cell that was used as a holding pen to hide slaves after the legal trade was abolished in the late 19th century. Explore the history of the are aand enjoy a day of superb snorkeling in the pristine waters off the west coast of the island in Mangapwani. The boat leaves at 8.30 in the morning from the jetty of Sea Cliff Resort and will return at around 11.00 depending on the tides. ( Seasonal)

Sunset Cruise from Sea Cliff Resort in Mangapwani
In early days, slaves were exported from the Mangapwani coast through thousands of miles, away into the deep and far continents. Now tourists can explore the coastline fringed with coconut palm trees and enjoy the most breathtaking sun sets while on a sunset cruise from the Sea Cliff Resort. The hotel provides jungle juice and cocktails and canapes as the boats sails along the coast and returns back to the jetty of Sea Cliff Hotel. ( Seasonal)

Diving
Sea Cliff Resort & Spa does not have a dive centre at the hotel but we have a relationship with a very well established dive company that has dive centers all over the island. One Ocean Diving and diving can be arranged at any one of the dives centre’s including Matemwe Beach for diving the Mnemba Atoll. The diving in Zanzibar is highly recommended.

Swahili Cultural Trips
There are many elements to the Swahili culture – music and dance, visual arts, traditional games, cuisine, and dhow cultures to name a few. A cultural tour is a great way for visitors to immerse themselves in the local culture and to see how many Zanzibari’s live on a day to day basis. The Cultural Tour is the ideal excursion for those who want a real insight into the people and life on the island, and is a great way to support sustainable tourism and the people of Zanzibar.

Whale Watching Tours
Tours are conducted between July and August. Guests are taken on a local Jahazi or dhow to see the whales whilst being given information regarding the conservation of the humpback whales.

As an endangered species, to see the whales in their natural habitat is a once in a lifetime experience.

Safari Blue
Sail away on a traditional dhow to a private island and enjoy some wonderful snorkeling on the way. Then a seafood barbeque lunch is served under the trees. After a day full of swimming, relaxing and local dancing sail back to the mainland after stopping off for a quick swim in the cool waters of the mangroves.

All of the different excursion can be booked with your ground handler or with the onsite tour operator based at the hotel.