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Zanzibar Food and Spices Tour Including Traditional Swahili Lunch

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Zanzibar, Tanzania

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Breathe in Zanzibar’s scents and spices on a 4-hour food and culture tour with a Swahili lunch, and learn to prepare a traditional cassava leaf sauce. Visit a spice farm deep in Zanzibar’s countryside, and learn the island’s remarkable role in the historic spice trade. Taste fresh spices and seasonal fruits, see how cassavas are cultivated and processed, and join in a short cooking lesson in the farm’s outdoor kitchen. Enjoy a traditional meal of richly spiced rice with vegetables and fruit then return to Stone Town in an air-conditioned minivan.
  • A 4-hour food- and spice-focused tour in a local farming village
  • Visit a local spice farm and learn about the history of Zanzibar’s relationship to spices
  • Meet a rural farmer and learn African farming methods and even perform some techniques yourself
  • Discover the many vibrant spices that Zanzibar has to offer
  • Learn to make a traditional island sauce and then eat it with lunch
Cooking Lesson
Lunch
Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Gratuities
All spices and other products
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Old Fort and Cultural Center, Hurumzi St, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures Tanzania

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.

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What is the maximum group size during Zanzibar Food and Spices Tour Including Traditional Swahili Lunch?
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This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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  • "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." See review
  • "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." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Eye opening
JAJ00000
, Sep 2019
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.
star-3
Good tour ~different operator
mwilliams323
, Sep 2019
Spice market that was chosen was beyond amazing. I was charged to be picked outside of Stoneton. I paid $55 and the car that came to pick me up was dirty and did not seem that would be transportation you would send for anyone. The hotel rep gave me a side look when it arrived and later.told me that the car looked weird. After the spice tour I met another gentleman for the walking tour of Stonetown which is included in this package. While he was charming and funny, there was not alot of info shared about the places we went. There was a reliance on the posted signs at some spots. We met back up with the driver and he drove the other guide home and then proceeded back to my hotel...about a 1 hour drive. 10 minutes in his car broke down. We then switched to his uncles car then his friends car. Took almost 2 hours to get back. I never met the tour operator. I had scheduled the sunset cruise with this company for the next day but cancelled because of the previous exp. Since I had paid for the cruise, I didnt get money back but would have thought it a good gesture due to paying $55 for transportation that was not sufficient
star-4
Great tour and interaction with locals
sjaf_xo
, Aug 2019
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.
star-5
Zanzibar spice tour!
2slee88
, Jul 2019
It was an excellent tour. The guide was very knowledgeable about different spices and fruits that grow on the island. Also the the cooking experience was very interesting and the foods were tasty. Highly recommend!
star-4
Pick up was prompt and as...
Jules
, Dec 2017
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.
star-5
This was a fascinating tour and...
Jeanette P
, Oct 2017
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.
star-1
The tour itself was great- BUT: I...
Sonja Z
, Sep 2017
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!!
star-4
I enjoyed the spice tour a great...
stephanie.middleton818
, Jul 2017
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.
star-5
I did quite a bit of research on...
Suzanne H
, Feb 2017
I did quite a bit of research on spice tours and even had one offered to me by the guided tour I was on for the week but I'm really glad I stuck with my initial decision and went on this one. From what I can tell it's pretty much the only one that goes to a local's home and farm where you get to interact with the family, really see how they live and even sample a bit of food grown from their land and cooked right there with you in their cooking hut. That's all before you even get to the spice farm! The spice farm itself was also very educational and just a lovely walk through nature to be honest. Ending it with a traditional Swahili lunch was icing on the cake and from observing other groups nearby I could tell we were the only ones afforded that treat. So for me, this added lots of perks and extra benefits on top of the typical traditional spice tour which is offered by a million other providers and often more expensive than this. Can't go wrong in my opinion...this is the only way to go for a spice tour in Zanzibar!
star-5
The tour was a really amazing...
Taliah M
, Feb 2017
The tour was a really amazing experience! You are really connected to the people, the village, the farm and the food. It was very interactive. Upon arrival we were greeted and immediately taken to the farm where we would pick our food for the cooking lesson. We were told how the Cassava plant grows and what parts are eaten. I assisted in picking only the red leaves as I was instructed. We returned to the village kitchen and sampled the root of the Cassava plant which is often eaten raw. Then the fun part began, the leaves were washed and put into a mortar and pestle and the pounding began. Onions, peppers and other seasonings were added to the leaves as a fresh coconut was being shelled right in front of us. It was grated and made into coconut milk, which was then added to the leaves. After a few minutes it was done...The fresh Cassava leaves were delicious! To participate in the preparation from start to finish was a very rewarding experience. Our Spice Tour was equally enjoyable and rewarding. We learned so very much about the many things grow there, their uses and the medicinal value. Our tour ended with a light lunch of a traditional Zanzibar food which consisted of Pilau, more Cassava leaves, vegetable curry, coconut bananas and a sampling of various teas and fruit. I would highly recommend this tour those of you who really want to get a Taste of Zanzibar!!!!!!

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