Zanzibar Cultural Tours

Kizimkazi Village

Enjoy a road trip to the southern region of Zanzibar Island to experience the local Zanzibari village life and see the local livelihood activities. Enjoy a tasty seafood lunch meal and visit the local school at Kizimkazi.

Towards the southern tip of Unguja, 53km from Stone Town, Kizimkazi is well known by visitors for Dolphin Tours, and historians for being one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements on Zanzibar, one that served for a period as the capital of Zanzibar Island’s leaders: the Wawinyi Wakuu before the Omani conquest in the 18th century. Kizimkazi is actually 2 places: Kizimkazi Dimbani is the village itself, set behind a lovely sheltered bay in which dozens of outrigger canoes are set at their bays. Further south, lies the second village: Kizimkazi Mkunguni which has several resorts and a few ancient baobab trees, the older and larger of which is thought to be over 600 years old.

From Stone Town the road trip takes about an hour and half driving to Kizimkazi area. Kizimkazi is a traditional fishing and farming village. It has a long history dating back to the 12th century. It is the first place visited by the Persians who built a mosque in 1170. In the mosque there are inscriptions written in kofic. A wall whose remains are visible even today formerly surround the village. You will enjoy a seafood lunch. And later visit to Qur-ani School where you will meet and interact with students.

You will meet the locals and you will have the opportunity to learn about their daily social-economic activities. In the fishing village, women cultivate search for oyster-shells, while men prepare for fishing in the Indian Ocean by mending nets or getting ready to sell their day’s catch. Wedding ceremonies happen on Fridays and if you are lucky you may have the unique opportunity to see it happening.

We arrange Cultural Tours to Kizimkazi, starting with a road transfer from your place of stay in Stone Town to Kizimkazi. We generally advise guests who are interested in the Kizimkazi Cultural Tour to book in advance by emailing us at: [email protected]  

Nungwi Village

Nungwi is well known for its humble beginnings as a fishing village and dhow-making center of Zanzibar. Nungwi region is comprised of three unique areas: the village itself, which lies a short distance inland and is practically invisible from the shore, and the two main stretches of beach, where almost all the beach resorts, bars and restaurants are located. The eastern shore area is quite calm, with no facilities outside of its few resorts, which makes it an ideal retreat for getaway experiences, and its tranquil beach. The western shore area of Nungwi is rather busier with more beach resorts, local bars and restaurants as well as a market.

Your drive to Nungwi will take you past the fish markets, where you can see freshly caught seafood being auctioned. Nungwi has remained a traditional fishing village, whose history of seafaring and dhow building is a source of pride. The craftsmen have become accustomed to visitors and showcasing their dhow building works. Tools are still made in the traditional way for constructing dhows. At the construction site, dhows are built in the same way they have for centuries, skilled craftsmen bending wood to create dhows. Visitors may be invited to try their hand at this unique craft.

A guided tour of Nungwi village, where mamas wrapped in kangas cook over firewood and smiling kids play. Walk down to the beach where you can enjoy an optional lunch at one of Nungwi’s popular restaurants and enjoy some free time sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. A visit to the Nungwi turtle sanctuary and aquarium follows, where ailing turtles are nursed back to health and released into the ocean. The natural aquarium is a natural formation carved out from the coral bedrock from the erosion of millions of waves crashing against the shore.

The northern tip of Zanzibar offers some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. The sky turns pink and gold as the sun sinks over the Indian Ocean. Sundowners and a late transfer back to your hotel can be arranged if you wish to stay to enjoy the sunset.

We arrange North Coast Tours to Nungwi, starting with a road transfer from your place of stay in Stone Town to Nungwi with intermediary stops at a local market and sightseeing sites. For enquiries, kindly send us an email at: [email protected]