Zanzibar Food and Spices Tour with Traditional Swahili Lunch

Cultural & Theme Tours in Zanzibar Town

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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 what you cook along with more tantalizing dishes! For foodies this tour is a must.
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.

What’s included

  • Cooking Lesson
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • All spices and other products
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Highlights

  • Led by a local guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Small-group tour
  • Family friendly
  • Lunch included
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