Zanzibar Road Trip

Experience the magic of Zanzibar Island on an exhilarating journey filled with cultural immersion and stunning landscapes.

Discover the rich history of Stone Town and visit Prison Island, then venture along the captivating east coast, exploring spice farms and the charming village of Makunduchi. Embark on a captivating dolphin tour, snorkel near THE ROCK, and unwind on NUNGWI’s pristine beaches. Join a sunset cruise, take a thrilling cycling trip, and make a difference through a community project. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure that will leave a lasting impression.


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Program Description

This is an eco-tourism travel program that allows you to visit the most beautiful places in Zanzibar in 14 days! Traveling through this island allows you to experience everything from its amazing culture, beautiful beaches, and unique nature to its sublime cuisine. This program is environmentally friendly, which is consistent with our organization’s values.

When you arrive at Zanzibar Airport/Ferry Port, you will be met by our tour guide. After you check into your hotel, you will be given a thorough orientation to your travel itinerary. The following day, you will begin your adventure early in the morning by exploring the unique and historic Stone Town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience this wonderful heritage town tour that takes you through the town’s narrow streets and onto the panoramic rooftops with views of the Indian Ocean. Following the tour, your day will continue with a traditional wooden boat ride to Prison Island, also known as Changuu Island, or the home of the giant tortoises. After that, you will return to your hotel for the night.

On the next day of your journey, go on an adventure to learn about spices in the Rural areas of the island. Your day will conclude with a flavorful homemade spice lunch.

After a two-week adventure, you will join a community project where you will be able to contribute to a social project and give back to the community. You can get involved in education, childcare, and construction and renovation projects.

What’s included

  • Airport transfers as per the policy – pickup in Amani Abeid Karume.
  • The presence of a dedicated program coordinator throughout your travel, at the projects and facilities- and logistical management support in case of emergencies
  • Authentic Zanzibar meals and European meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for the duration of the entire program as per the meal plan – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Accommodation at hotels, homestays, and at our accommodation facility – Shared single-gender accommodation.
  • Local transportation to all venues
  • Entry fees to all places
  • Extensive pre-departure information
  • Community Engagement project on your final week

What’s Excluded

  • Personal expenses such as table drinks, room service items, laundry, telephone calls, tips, portage at hotels or airports, bottles of water during your road trip, etc.
  • Any additional expenses caused by or liability for disturbances in the trip program due to circumstances, weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots, etc.
  •  Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods
  • Our program does not cover any liability and does not insure participants. Participants must have appropriate insurance before joining the program
  • Any camera fee, where applicable
  • Any service not specified above

A few things to consider while you are with us

  • Request to be back at the accommodation by 22:30 everyday
  • Participants will not be entertained by hiring any vehicles on their own
  • Consumption of alcohol are strictly prohibited at all our Centers
  • Respect and adhere to our code of conduct
  • Our staff is there to support you, guide you, and make your trip memorable. We request that you kindly follow their instructions at all times.
  • You will not be allowed to bring outsiders inside our centers, guest houses or hotels
  • Please provide your mobile phone number at the time of booking, as this will be useful for us to contact you at the  airport. This is quite a crowded airport, and we would not want to lose you!

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this program is to bring you closer to authentic Zanzibar and to truly immerse you in its culture, customs, and lifestyle. This program will also give participants the opportunity to take part in community engagement projects and activities to better understand the local community’s lifestyle.


Week 1

Day 1: Sunday

Our coordinator will meet you at the airport and transport you to our Stone Town accommodation, where you will spend the first two nights.

Day 2: Monday

The day begins with a full orientation and overview of the road trip. Thereafter, you will be heading for a tour of the historic Stone Town  followed by a tour of Prison Island.

Day 3: Tuesday

We depart to “Makunduchi ”, the South -Coast of Stone Town, via a Spice farm, where you will learn about herbs and spices. The evening will be finished with a bonfire, dinner, and a briefing.

Overnight stay at Makunduchi.

Day 4: Wednesday

It will be an early morning rise today for you as you will join an early morning dolphin tour. Then visit the very first Mosque ever built in Kizimkazi village,  and thereafter visit Makunduchi Village for a  cultural experience.

Overnight stay at Makunduchi.

Day 5: Thursday

You will travel to Jozani Forest and Mangrove Forest, then to Ngunga Cave and Paje Beach for a packed lunch before returning to Makunduchi.

Overnight stay at Makunduchi

Day 6: Friday

Today you will be helping renovating  at a  local school followed by evening activities

Overnight stay at Makunduchi  

Day 7: Saturday

Today is a day for chilling and Snorkeling close to the reef by Upendo Beach, opposite The Rock restaurant.

Overnight stay at Makunduchi

Week 2:

Day 8: Sunday

Today you will travel to Matemwe and visit and indulge in the culture at Matemwe Village, where you can relax all afternoon and take a walk on the beach.

Overnight stay at Matemwe.

Day 9: Monday

Today you will be at Mnemba Atoll, where you will be snorkeling and learning about marine life.

Overnight stay at Matemwe.

Day 10: Tuesday

We start the day by traveling to “Nungwi” and visiting the Natural Aquarium for Sea Turtles, where you will help the staff out with some of the daily activities of the sea turtles.

Overnight at Nungwi

Day 11: Wednesday

Visit the Natural Aquarium for Sea Turtles, where you will help the staff out with some of the sea turtles daily activities.

Overnight stay at Nungwi

Day 12: Thursday

Today you will visit the Natural Aquarium for Sea Turtles, where you will help the staff out with some of the daily activities of the sea turtles.

Overnight stay at Nungwi

Day 13: Friday

Today you will visit the Natural Aquarium for Sea Turtles, where you will help the staff out with some of the daily activities of the sea turtles.

Overnight at Nungwi

Day 14: Saturday

Today will be your last day of the Discover Zanzibar Road Trip. You will start the day today with a cycling tour through Nungwi, and in the evening you will head on a Sunset Cruise on a traditional Wooden boat with snacks, followed by a BBQ on the beach.

Week 3:

Day 15: Sunday

Today we head back to our Stone Town accommodation, where you take a rest after much traveling.

In the evening, we will conduct a briefing for the coming week of the community engagement project.

Day 16 – 20: Monday to Friday

Community Engagement project

After an adventure of two weeks, you will join a community project where you can contribute to a social project and give back to the community. You can join teaching, childcare, and construction and renovation projects.

Day 21: Saturday

Head to the airport for your departure.

***Mode of transportation could change due to unavoidable circumstances***

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

First Monday of every month.

During 2024

First Monday of every month.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                65

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

  • Older participants are required to have a medical clearance, while participants under 18 might need signed parental consent.
  • At least 18 years old. You may be exempt if you have the permission of a legal guardian or are accompanied by your parents or someone older than you.
  • Have completed the following vaccines: typhoid, tetanus, Rabies, Malaria, Hepatitis A, and Diphtheria.
  • Tanzania is a country of mixed beliefs, including Christianity and Islam, as well as a number of other conservative traditions and faiths. Therefore, modesty is the ideal, thus, wearing clothes that cover the knee and shoulders for women and shorts, trousers, and t-shirts for men is highly advised.

Additional Equipment

  • Medicines you may require: if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis, bring them along. Otherwise, be aware that most basic medicines and even antibiotics are available in Zanzibar, for which you should have a doctor’s prescription.
  • A first-aid kit should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, antihistamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, and any extra prescription drugs you may be taking
  • Mosquito repellents/mosquito nets
  • Hiking shoes or trainers
  • Please bring a rucksack (backpack),; avoid trolleys and suitcases to make you travel comfortable
  • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders, such as Long pants, long skirts, and shirts that cover shoulders
  • Shawl or scarf for temple visits
  • Cash, credit and debit cards
  • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
  • Flashlight/torch
  • Fleece top/sweater
  • Locks for bags
  • Outlet adapter
  • Toiletries – Preferably biodegradable