Zanzibar’s capital, Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage and is one of Africa’s most evocative locations. Its urban structure and ancient architecture along with customs and habits result in this exotic cultural fusion and flavour.
With so much to offer, including some of the best beaches in the world, ancient alley ways to roam and a rich cultural history, it is steeped in the opulence of the Sultans and influences from Europe which has created a unique legacy and a mythical atmosphere.
The Spice Island has a history dating back to the 1st century AD. During this time and for many centuries, there wasintense trading activities between Asia, Africa and Europe of traders searching for ivory, ebony, fruits, timber, spices, fabrics and of course slave trading.
Zanzibar had great symbolic importance in the suppression of slavery since it was one of the main slave-trading ports inEast Africa and evidence of this human trade are very evident with the holding cells still intact and a visit to the sites is a somber reminder of the horrific period.
9am pick up after breakfast, for a historical walking tour of Stone Town. Little has changed here over 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses. The walking tour that takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the former slave market for East African Slave trade, and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. The architectural style of Stone town buildings is a unique mixture of various influences and culture.
You will then drive to the spice farms where you will learn and taste all the extravagant spices this island is known for and also includes a delicious traditional Swahili lunch which will be served in a local house near the spice farms.
You’ll be returned to Stone Town by around 4.30pm with plenty of free time to find the perfect spot for a cocktail as the sun sets!
Accommodation: Emerson on Hurmzi. Breakfast, Lunch.
Spend today exploring Stone Town on your own. You are right in the hub of everything here and exploring on foot is so rewarding.
Wander the ancient alley ways of old Stone Town, mingle with the locals, head to the fresh market place and see the locals bid for fresh seafood, arriving directly from the traditional dhow fishermen. Try some of the freshest seafood and extraordinary fare on offer from every culture imaginable. A sunset ride on a traditional sailing dhow is an absolute must!
Grab your swimmers and head off on a day trip to one of the neighbouring islands or activities. There is so much to do, you may want to extend your stay!
Accommodation: Emerson on Hurmzi. Breakfast
After breakfast, check out at 10am and you will be driven to the south west of the island. Fumba Beach Lodge is a small scale, peaceful hideaway set on one of Zanzibar’s most secluded beaches. With only 26 free standing spacious cottages, the essence of Fumba Beach Lodge is privacy, space, relaxation, nature and attention to detail.
Accommodation Fumba Beach Lodge (deluxe room) Upgrades available at extra cost. Breakfast, Dinner.
The lodge is far away from all the busy tourist areas which makes it a perfect venue to enjoy the tranquility, and dream, swim, dive, walk amongst tropical gardens and has many secluded spots to escape on your own.
The lodge is located in the Menai Bay Conservation Area. This is both a large marine haven, and an eco-project. The Fumba peninsula is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty since 1998, by the World Wild Life Federation.
While at the lodge you could choose to join the crew for a sail on an “ngalawa”- a local canoe with outriggers which has been carved from a single mango tree. Picture yourself snorkeling (instructors to advise/help you), dolphins, coral reefs, sandbanks, swimming in the lagoon and sumptuous seafood lunch. This is a full day out and loads of fun. (Add USD $65 p/p)
Accommodation Fumba Beach Lodge (deluxe room) Upgrades available at extra cost. Breakfast, Dinner.
Breakfast and pick up for drive to Zanzibar airport. Breakfast.
A friendly reminder:
Zanzibari people are generally very warm, open and hospitable and appreciate it if you show your respect by adhering to a few simple rules.
The population of Zanzibar is predominantly Muslim with a rich Swahili culture. Because of religious and cultural traditions, dress code is important, and men and women should dress appropriately: Try to wear loose-fitting, non-transparent clothes that cover your shoulders and your knees. You will see quite a few tourists who don’t seem to care, but Zanzibaris will notice and appreciate it if you do!
Beachwear on the beach is fine, although nude or topless bathing is not tolerated. When in villages or in Stone Town, wearing beach wear would (and does) cause offence.
Please ask for permission before taking photographs or filming local people. Do not take photos or film at sensitive government sites including the State House, seaport, airport or military sites. If uncertain, it is always better to ask.
The consumption of alcohol is not permissible for Muslims, and many will feel uncomfortable in the company of people who drink. However, it is perfectly ok to drink alcohol in bars and in many (though not all) hotels and restaurants.
Public displays of affection such as kissing are not customary and considered offensive, unless behind closed doors.
Please do not enter private courtyards and houses unless you are invited in. Mosques are places of worship, and generally entry is not permitted for non-Muslims.
When offering or accepting things, try and remember to offer and receive with your right hand.
Imagine waking to the fragrance of jasmine in a bedroom featuring Zanzibari antiques, hand-painted glass lamps and windows, oriental rugs, chandeliers and billowing mosquito nets draped over four-poster beds. Waft over to your balcony to see the early morning sun light up the rooftops of Stone Town as the muezzin calls from the mosque’s minaret. Picture yourself bathing outdoors in an enormous, sunken stone bath shielded from the world by a lattice-enclosed veranda. Then step out into the hustle and bustle of Stone Town and spend the day exploring the maze of alleyways in this ancient town with its open-air markets, old palaces and intricately carved doorways.
This majestic building with the spectacular views is designed to marry the culture and style of the building with the distinct culinary heritage of the era, the main house that today hosts Emerson on Hurumzi has particular historical significance since it was where the abolition and emancipation of slaves occurred in the 1870’s.
The sixteen guestrooms are beautiful and romantic, each representing Zanzibari traditions in a distinct way. All rooms except for the Kipembe room, are equipped with large stone bathtubs providing unique bathing pleasure where a bubble bath and a bottle of wine are a frequent request. Ceiling fans keep you cool along with the constant breeze on the upper floors.
Second and first floor rooms as well as the South room are equipped with air conditioning for added comfort. The sultan-sized rooms on the first and second floors have 20 foot ceilings, carved doors, original stucco décor and hand painted glass lamps and window panes. All guest rooms have large Zanzibari beds complete with netting.
If you’re an incurable romantic and fancy being swept up in the drama and mysticism of an Arabian Nights fantasy, Hurumzi is the place. This beautifully restored guesthouse was once the home of Sir Tharia Topan, one of the richest men in the Swahili Empire. It’s now a place to dream of a long-gone era and bask in the opulence it inspired.
Make sure you return to Hurumzi before sunset to climb the stairs to the roof (it’s the second-highest building in Stone Town) where you’ll find the Tower Top Restaurant. Toss off your shoes at the door and sit Arabian-style on giant pillows laid upon the Persian-carpeted floor. Watch the sun dribble gold into the Indian Ocean as robed waiters bring a five-course meal to your knee-high table or chose conventional seating. With the rooftops, mosque minarets, temple towers and church spires below, you really do feel on top of the world!
Fumba Beach Lodge is one or the newest editions to Zanzibar’s thriving luxury guest house market. It boasts over 40 acres of grounds, protected but the WWF due to the areas outstanding natural beauty, and an impressive 2km of private beach containing 3 sandy coves.
Fumba Beach lodge is the only property to be set in the Menai Bay Conservation Area which was set up in 1998. The project was designed to teach villagers the importance of protecting their natural heritage and show how Eco-tourism could bring in much needed money without damaging the environment.
This property has everything you would expect from a top quality guest house, we found the open air restaurant to be very accommodating, serving good quality international cuisine as well as a variety of local specialities and of course plenty of sea food.
In the Dhow FumBar, partly constructed from an old Zanzibari dhow and set on top of a cliff, you are guaranteed service with a smile and the perfect place to watch the sun go down, whilst relaxing by the pool.
Fumba Beach Lodge is an excellent property in a great location. We would recommend upgrading to a suite if available as they are more secluded and have better access to the beach. Snorkelling is fantastic here and dive facilities are available, although for the best dive sites you will need to travel.
Next to Fumba Lodge is the Fumba Village; like the site of Fumba beach Lodge it was originally bush. The villagers helped us finding this remote area, and with their help the lodge was built. Some villagers are still employed by Fumba Lodge and the Sheha (chief) of the village regularly passes by to say hello.
Guests are welcome to take a stroll through the village by themselves or accompanied by Duma, A Rhodesian Ridgeback who has lived at the lodge since he was a puppy. Duma is regularly mistaken as the Guest relation manager with his particular attitude, confidence and friendliness!
Guests can ask at reception to be accompanied by one of the staff to show them around the village to experience the local culture and daily life.
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