Silversea Luxury Cruises À 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 depuis ZANZIBAR

In the Footsteps Of Princess Salme

Explore Zanzibar's rich culture and sultan's heritage during this memorable tailor-made tour.


Start with the captivating story of an Arabian Princess who broke tradition, and taught herself to read and write, something unthinkable in the 19th-century Zanzibari Court. This is the story of Princess Salme, the daughter of Sultan Said Bin Sultan and it highlights the drama of yesteryears. She was the youngest of the 36 children of Sayyid Said bin Sultan Al-Busaid, Sultan of Zanzibar and Oman.


Set off on this Arabic nights' tale with a visit to the Maruhubi Palace Ruins and then Mtoni Palace Ruins by the waterside.


The Maruhubi Palace, located on the coast, about 4km north of Stone Town Zanzibar, was built in 1882 for Sultan Said Barghash as a harem to accommodate his concubines while he lived at the palace in Zanzibar Town. Named after the original owner of the estate who sold the land to Sultan Barghash, the palace was built with coral stone and wood, and was reported to have been one of the most flamboyant on the island before it was gutted by a fire and left in ruins. The maIn remains of the palace now are the massive stone pillars which supported the upper storey, the Persian-style bathhouses and separate bathrooms for women along with the surrounding lawns. The House of Wonders in Zanzibar Town contains a photo of the palace taken at the end of the 19th century when it was still in use.


The Mtoni Palace is located just north of Maruhubi and it was built between 1828 and 1834 for Sultan Said on the site of an older house believed to have belonged to Saleh bin Haramil, the Arab trader who imported the first cloves to Zanzibar. Mtoni, which means 'place by the river', is the oldest palace in Zanzibar. This is the place where Salme grew up and she fondly refers to it in her book "Memoirs of an Arabian Princess in Zanzibar". She describes the Palace as it was in 1850 thus: it had a large courtyard where gazelles, peacocks, ostriches, and flamingos wandered around, a large bath-house at one end and the sultan's quarters at the other, where he lived with his principal wife, an Omani princess whose name was Azze. According to Salme, over 1,000 people were attached to the sultan's court in the palace and she described how the sultan would pace up and down on a large round tower overlooking the sea, where he could see his fleet anchored off the shore. In 1885, the palace at Mtoni had been abandoned and left in ruins.


Although in ruins today, you can easily imagine the life that Sultans and their family at that time led.


From here we make our way to the centre of the Island, where we visit a spice farm nested in the Countryside. We will stop in a green area where samples of spice plants are available for you to smell, taste, touch and see. The great variety of spices and plants grown here are used in food flavoring and preparation, cosmetics, dyes and traditional medicines. Thereafter, we visit the nearby village of Kizimbani where we learn about the importance of nutmeg and cloves - the island's two main spices. The villagers will also show how they construct their mud houses and live their traditional lives in the village. There will be an opportunity to sample fruits in season as well as taste few traditional bites cooked by the villagers such as friend cassava, banana crisps and 'vitumbua' (traditional coconut rice pancakes)




We drive to Forodhani area for a look at the House of Wonders (currently under renovation) and enjoy some free time in the gardens as you take in the views of the sea and your cruise ship before visiting the Sultans Palace museum. The palace was built in late 19th century to serve as a residence for the Sultan's family and was the scene of the shortest war ever fought in history when the British army descended on the sultan's palace 114 years ago to stop a sultan whom they considered unfriendly to their interests. The war lasted 40 minutes! The palace is also where the story of Princess Salme continues. This is where she met and fell in love with her neighbor, a German merchant, Rudolph Heinrich Ruete, with whom she eventually eloped. She thereafter adopted the name Emily Ruete. One floor of this museum is dedicated to Princess Salme; the exhibits include some of her writings, clothes and daily life accessories. Various items in exhibition give visitors an idea of how life in Zanzibar was during the 19th century.


The House of Wonders was once the most modern building in East Africa. It is the largest and tallest building of Stone Town and occupies a prominent place facing the Forodhani Gardens on the old town's seafront, in Mizingani Road. It is one of the palaces built in 1883 for Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar. It was intended to be used as a ceremonial palace and official reception hall, celebrating modernity, and it was named "House of Wonders" because it was the first building in Zanzibar to have electricity, and also the first building in East Africa to have an elevator.


Driving past the old dispensary will give you a glimpse of the diverse cultural influences Zanzibar has had. The ornately carved Indian balconies on the buildings along Mizingani Road indicate the Indian influence and the drive past Darajani showcase the modern influences interspersed with the historical. A photo stop infront of the Africa House Hotel (a former English club) provides the visitor with yt another glimpse of the sites and sounds of Zanzibar. A short walk behind the house takes us past the Tippu Tip's (the famous salve and ivory trader) house with its huge hand carved door to Kelele Square, location of an old slave market. The word Kelele means noise, probably referring to the noise that was created in the slave market. Today, it is a peaceful garden with large trees providing welcome shade and right across the Serena Hotel which is a fine example of two old restored buildings. (These were the former Chinese Doctor Residence and the extelcoms house). This will be our comfort stop as we enjoy the views of the ocean. A Swahili Lunch lightly spiced with the exotic spices grown on the Island is served along with some freshly extracted fruit juices. A taraab band plays softly in the background as you enjoy the taste of Zanzibar. For dessert, what better than to taste the Arabian sweet dish 'halwa' accompanied by pure brewed coffee known as 'Kahawa'. Truly in the tradition of the sultans.


Tippu Tip, (1832 - June 14, 1905), was an Arab-Zanzibari slave trader, ivory trader, explorer, plantation owner and governor. He worked for a succession of the sultans of Zanzibar and traded in slaves for Zanzibar's clove plantations. As part of the large and lucrative ivory trade, he led many trading expeditions into Central Africa by constructing profitable trading posts that reached deep into the region. He bought the ivory from local suppliers and resold it for a profit at coastal ports. He met and helped several famous western explorers of the African continent, including David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley. He featured in the front cover of 7 December 1889 issue of the Illustrated London News.


After lunch, we drive to the old fort, known as 'Ngome Kongwe' in Swahili. It was built by Omani Arabs after expelling the Portuguese in 1699 and used as a garrison and prison in the 19th century, and as a terminal of the Zanzibar railways. Its courtyard has been adapted to serve as a cultural centre with curio shops selling tourist-oriented merchandise such as 'tinga tinga' paintings; it also has an open-air amphitheater where live dance and music shows are held most evenings. We make our way through it and exit in the square behind, referred to as the Princess Salme square. From here you can see the Sultan Palace Museum and the house where Heinrich Ruete lived. A short walk from here brings us to the narrow streets of UNESCO World Heritage Stone Town and you may enjoy some free time just browsing along the streets or enjoy some time shopping along Kenyatta street.


Just before we end our tour, you will have an opportunity to meet Javed Jafferji, a professional photographer who has captured images of Zanzibar and has published over 90 coffee table books. He has received the Almanacs Top 100 Africans of 2000 for his work in promoting Africa worldwide and is also an award-winning filmmaker. As you enjoy a cup of spiced tea or coffee, Javed will present you with an autographed book for you to remember and cherish your visit to Zanzibar on this Silversea World Cruise.


After this day tracing the footsteps of the Arabian Princess, we board our airconditioned coach and drive back to the pier with lots of stories to tell back on board

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- Half Day

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.

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.