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Tanzania Safari Post-Tour Extension: Zanzibar Island

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Preliminary Tour Itinerary

Itinerary: Zanzibar Island, Jane Goodall Institute
Duration: 4 days

Day 1: Karatu, Arusha and Tour Departure
In the morning you drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Arusha. Following lunch at the Cultural Heritage Centre you check into your rooms at Mountain Village. The afternoon is unstructured providing time to shop or rest. In the evening you bid fare well to the members of your group that will not be going on the Zanzibar extension.

Day 2: Explore Zanzibar Island

Following breakfast you transfer to the Arusha Airport and board the scheduled flight to the spice island of Zanzibar. Its very name conjures up images of heavy carved doors and wooden chests, narrow streets, coral reefs and faces representing the four corners of the Indian Ocean. It has rightly been called the island of sensations - the smell of spices, the color of tropical flowers and fruits, the hum of different languages and the feel of the equatorial sun. With a rich and tempestuous past, Zanzibar has witnessed the rise and fall of the great Swahili civilization. Just over one hundred years ago this island was one of East Africa's most important centers of the 19th century slave trade. Today, despite the strong forces of modernity, Zanzibar is a tranquil paradise where ancient ruins crumble amongst coconut and clove plantations, where boat builders construct sailing dhows, farmers till the soil and fishermen launch their canoes much as they have for centuries. Following your arrival you transfer to the Zanzibar Serena Hotel, have lunch and then depart with your driver guide for the Jozani Forest Reserve. This is the largest area of mature forest on the island and it provides a habitat for several unique species including the Zanzibar red colobus monkey, Sykes monkey, bush babies, duikers, hyraxes, more then 50 species of butterflies and 40 species of birds. Your dinner and overnight accommodations are at the Zanzibar Serena Inn.

Day 3: Guided Tour of Zanzibar Island 
In the morning, you will visit Stone Town's city market, first opened in 1904. Here you find a variety of tropical fruits and spices for sale. Ccontinue on to the 1874 Anglican Church of Christ which was built by Bishop Steers on the site of the old slave market. At the Zanzibar Museum, opened in 1925, you have an opportunity to study artifacts from the times of the Sultans and early European explorers.  A drive up the beach road takes you to the old British consulate, the site where the body of Dr. David Livingstone was kept before being shipped back to Britain. You then visit the Mangapwani slave caves. This is where the slaves who had been brought over from the mainland were kept chained prior to being sold at auction. In the afternoon, visit the Chuini and Imzimbani spice farms where you have an opportunity to see cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, nutmeg and many more being farmed. Some of the tropical fruits grown here include jackfruit, breadfruit, pineapples, bananas and coconuts, as well as many other rare and useful plants such as henna. After a brief stop at the Persian baths, built in 1850 by Syyid bin Sultan (the first Sultan) for his wife, Princess Scheherazade, granddaughter of Fateh Ali, Shah of Persia, the tour will return to the Serena Inn for the evening.

Day 4: Visit the Jane Goodall Institute in Dar es Salaam
In the morning, board the scheduled flight to Dar es Salaam and transfer to day rooms at the Kilimanjaro Kempinski Hotel. In the afternoon, the tour will visit the Jane Goodall Institute to learn about some of their important conservation programs. Following dinner you transfer to the Dar es Salaam Airport for your return flight. 

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