Silversea Luxury Cruises To ZANZIBAR

ZANZIBAR

A tropical paradise, with swathes of long white sand and flanked by tall, skinny, palm trees, Zanzibar sits in the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Part of the Zanzibar archipelago, the island – also confusingly called Zanzibar – is found just 22 miles from mainland Tanzania. Considered today as a honeymooners’ paradise, visitors will find vestiges of both Arabic and Portuguese colonialism (the island was Portuguese until 1698 when it was seized by the Sultanate of Oman), amid the picture perfect landscape. View more

But there is much more to Zanzibar than meets the eye. With just one step off the ship, and you are already breathing the heady scents of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and cloves. Rightfully known as the Spice Isle, Zanzibar was once a trading hotspot on the trading route from Arabia to Africa. At the time, the island enjoyed an influx of wealth and European bourgeoisie, with spices being traded at astronomical prices. The influences of the various colonies are glamorously reflected in the main city’s architecture. But sensual smells and beautiful beaches aside, Zanzibar has the vestiges of sinister history. The island was a capital for the slave trade in the 19th century, with an estimated 50,000 slaves passing through the Zanzibar slave market each year, with many more dying en route. The epicentre for trade was in the Market Square, in the heart of Stone Town, a melting pot of Arabic, African and European history that today is one of the world’s most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions in ZANZIBAR

Maharubi Palace Ruins & Spice Plantation

Taking a spice tour in Zanzibar provides a good way to understand why Zanzibar and spices are synonymous. In the 19th century, the Sultan of Oman introduced cloves to the island, which today is Zanzibar's main export product.


Depart from the pier and drive past the house of Dr. David Livingstone, where he stayed while planning his explorations into the interior.


You will visit the ruins of Maruhubi Palace, built by Sultan Barghash, the third Arab sultan of Zanzibar, who used the building to accommodate his wife and concubines. The sultan himself lived in a separate palace in Zanzibar Town. In 1899 the Maruhubi Palace was destroyed by a fire, leaving only a few remains, including some massive stone columns which supported a large wooden balcony which surrounded the upper floor.


Proceed to the countryside, where we offer the first time visitor a look at and taste of the spices grown mostly in off-road regions not easily accessible. You will stop in a luscious green clearing, where examples of spice plants are available for you to smell, taste, touch and see, you will get to see what the products you normally buy in packets or jars in supermarkets look and taste like fresh off the plant. The great variety of spices and plants grown here is used in food flavouring and preparation, cosmetics, dyes and traditional medicines. A local boy will climb up a tall coconut tree while you are walking through the spice area, to reach those plants situated high of the ground, as he then uses his legs to shimmy back down the swaying palm. It is possible depending upon the season to sample some of the edible fruits. Spice packets are available for sale on the rustic tables set up whenever visitors are spotted.


After this experience, you will continue with a visit to the Persian baths at Kidichi, built by the first Sultan for his Persian wife. Then commence your return back to the pier.

Sandbank Dhow Adventure

Embrace the beauty of the Zanzibar coast in a unique new way during this picturesque, half-day dhow-boat cruise to the sandbank.


Cruise to Sandbank

Depart the pier for the short transfer to the Africa House boarding point. After receiving your safety and tour instructions, embark your traditional, hand-built dhow-boat for a scenic, approximately 30-minute cruise to the sandbank.


Swimming, Snorkeling and Lunch

Upon arrival, you can relax in the shade, sunbathe, or swim and snorkel on a delightful reef that is just a short boat-ride from the sandbank. Your crew is on-hand to provide instruction on the boat and in the water at all times. Refreshments, snacks, fresh juices, and a Zanzibar-style seafood-and-beef buffet lunch are served on the sandbank. After lunch, relax with a coffee served with Amarula liquor and some additional free time for another swim in the ocean.


At the conclusion of your visit, embark your dhow-boat and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the boarding point. Upon arrival, re-board your coach for the short transfer back to the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Zanzibar at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier either in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Zanzibar at your leisure during a half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Zanzibar at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier either in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Zanzibar at your leisure during a half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Stone Town - A UNESCO's World Heritage Site

Discover the highlights of Stone Town (a UNESCO's World Heritage Site), Zanzibar's major port and town. Your introduction begins with a visit to the city Market where you experience the hustle and bustle of morning activities. See and smell the tropical fruits piled high and the freshly ground spices neatly packed for sale.


Slave Market

Proceed to the Anglican Church built in 1874 by Bishop Steer on the site of the Great Slave Market, once the hub of the slave trade for the whole of East Africa. At its peak, up to 60,000 slaves passed through the market each year. You also visit the underground chambers where the slaves were held before being taken to the market. The site hosts a recently commissioned photo exhibition showcasing the slave trade and its abolition.


Palace Museum

Proceed to the Sultan Palace Museum, which was the Sultans residence. During your visit you can view a collection of portraits of past sultans and relics of early explorers, including Dr. Livingstone's medicine chest.


Old Fort

Overlooking a small square and the ocean, the fort was established by the Portuguese as a trading depot in the 16th century. It has been recently restored and now houses a number of craft and souvenir shops around the inner courtyard. From the fort, your guide leads you on a short walking tour through the narrow alleys that lead to the heart of Stone Town, passing the Roman Catholic Church, some extraordinary Zanzibar doors and glimpses of typical Zanzibar life.


Re-join your coach for the return drive to the pier.

Sultans Heritage

Discover the influence of the Sultan's on this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the highlights of Stone Town with a glimpse of the sights and sounds of everyday life in the typical Zanzibar village.


Your introduction begins with a visit to the city Market where you experience the hustle and bustle of morning activities. See and

smell the tropical fruits piled high and the freshly ground spices neatly packed for sale.


Slave Market

Proceed to the Anglican Church built in 1874 by Bishop Steer on the site of the Great Slave Market, once the hub of the slave

trade for the whole of East Africa. At its peak, up to 60,000 slaves passed through the market each year. You also visit the

underground chambers where the slaves were held before being taken to the market. The site hosts a recently commissioned

photo exhibition showcasing the slave trade and its abolition.


Palace Museum

Proceed to the Sultan Palace Museum, which was the Sultans residence. During your visit you can view a collection of portraits

of past sultans and relics of early explorers, including Dr. Livingstone's medicine chest. There is a section dedicated to Princess

Salme (famously remembered as Emily Reute)


Kizimbani Village

Thereafter, you will proceed to the village of Kizimbani in the center of the island. Here you will learn about the importance of nutmeg and cloves - the island's two main spices. The villagers will also show you how they construct their mud houses and live their traditional lives in the village. (How coconut is extracted, Henna painting etc)


You will conclude your tour with a visit to a Muslim Koranic School or Madrassa before embarking on your air-conditioned coach for a return drive back to the pier.

The Monkey Business of Jozani Forest

Indulge your senses with the splendid beauty and wildlife of Zanzibar's only National Park during this memorable, half-day excursion to the Jozani Nature Reserve.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Jozani Forest Nature Reserve, the only mature forest on the island of Zanzibar. With mangrove forests and saltmarshes to the north of the park, the area is an extremely rich mosaic of Zanzibar's diverse natural habitat, and a haven for rare, endemic and endangered wildlife species such as the red Colobus monkey.

Other game found in this area includes the Sykes monkey, bush babies, Ader's duikers and hydraxes. More than 40 bird species and over 50 butterfly species have also been recorded in this park.


Upon arrival, take a guided trek along a nature trail lined with eucalyptus and mahogany trees. Along the way, learn about the medicinal properties of various plants, and marvel at the abundant animals, reptiles, birds and butterflies that inhabit this tropical rainforest. The mangrove boardwalk takes you over the swamps where, depending upon the tide, you may be fortunate to see some of the tropical fish and crabs between the mangrove roots.


At the conclusion of your rainforest trek, some free time is made available to relax before re-boarding your coach and commencing the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.

World Cruise Collection: Jozani Forest & Rock Restaurant

Indulge your senses with the splendid beauty and wildlife of Zanzibar's only National Park during this memorable, half-day excursion to the Jozani Nature Reserve.


Jozani Forest Reserve, Red Colobus Monke, Michamwe Pingwe peninsula shores

Depart from the pier for a 50 minute towards the East Coast along a mostly flat road, passing by some local villages and lovely countryside with tropical vegetation. We will visit the Jozani Forest Reserve enroute. At this reserve, you may have a chance to view the rare Red Colobus Monkey and enjoy a short trek in this tropical rainforest. We will then drive onwards to the Michamwe Pingwe peninsula shores.


Here, you will take a short boat ride to the restaurant. (Please note, you will be expected to be able to board the small boat by wading into water (which can be knee high depending on tide), climbing in and later disembarking onto the restaurant stairs. During very low tide, one can walk across on the rocky sea bed.


The Rock Restaurant, Michamvi Pingwe beach

Located in a unique position on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean, The Rock Restaurant is a charming exclusive restaurant that in a very short time has become one of the icons of the island. The Rock restaurant was founded in July 2010. It was originally a fisherman post in the Indian Ocean and is located in the middle of the sea in front of Michamvi Pingwe beach on the south-east coast of the island.


Entirely restructured and decorated with a simple style inspired by local style, the restaurant is specialised in seafood and serves up to 12 tables, all facing an unforgettable view on the sea and the coast.


After a brief rest stop, you will depart from the Rock, by boat back to the shore or by walking across if low tide and be transferred back to the pier passing through the famed Mango Alley and time permitting through the Stone Town waterfront.

Zanzibar Seaweed Farms

Taking a seaweed farm tour in Zanzibar helps you contribute directly to the economic wellbeing of the seaweed farmers in Zanzibar.


House of Dr. David Livingstone, Jozani Forest Nature Reserve, red Colobus monkey

Depart from the pier and drive past the waterfront and the house of Dr. David Livingstone, where he lodged while planning his explorations into the interior and drive for approximately one -hour along the countryside to the Jozani Forest Nature Reserve, the only mature forest on the island of Zanzibar. With mangrove forests and saltmarshes to the north of the park, the area is an extremely rich mosaic of Zanzibar's diverse natural habitat, and a haven for rare, endemic and endangered wildlife species such as the red Colobus monkey.


Mahogany trees, mangrove boardwalk

There are more than 40 bird species and over 50 butterfly species in this forest. Upon arrival, take a guided trek along a nature trail lined with eucalyptus and mahogany trees. Along the way, learn about the medicinal properties of various plants, and marvel at the abundant animals, reptiles, birds and butterflies that inhabit this tropical rainforest. The mangrove boardwalk takes you over the swamps where, depending upon the tide, you may be fortunate to see some of the tropical fish and crabs between the mangrove roots.


Seaweed centre, village of Paje

After this interesting visit to the forest, we drive to a nearby resort for lunch before proceeding onwards to the Seaweed centre, located in the village of Paje situated on the South East Coast of the Island. The seaweed centre supports the residents of Paje through empowering the women and equipping them with skills to run the project whose mainstay is seaweed farms which can be viewed clearly in low tide. Guests can see the raw as well as the dried seaweed and be able to view the entire process resulting in the end product such as finished soaps. You may be lucky to see the women planting or harvesting the seaweed


After a refreshing stop at the centre's shop where you may purchase some of the seaweed products available, we drive back to the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.