Our Zanzibar Spice Farm tour is recommended if you are staying in Stone Town for a night or two, or even en route to your beach resort. It lasts around 2 to 2½ hours. You go to a small family run farm (some are shared across several families) and see all the different spices being grown including vanilla pods, nutmeg, cloves, cinammon and ginger. The farm guides make it entertaining with impromptu fruit carvings. The tour ends with a tropical fruit tasting and opportunity to buy some spices (great for easy presents for home…).
In days past, Zanzibar was known as a spice island, exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the world. The spices were brought over from Asia and South America and flourished in the tropical climate. Nowadays the plantations are a tribute to the island’s past, swapping spices for tourism, combining both in a spice tour, one of the most popular excursions in the island. Walk through the spice farm with your guide – touch, smell and taste different spices and tropical fruits. Try to guess which is which, from the crushed leaves, the fruit, shoots and vines and creepers crawling up the Zanzibar Spice Tour trees. Learn about their properties, their origins and their use as medicines and in food and drink.
The Zanzibar Spice Farm tour gives you the opportunity to visit a spice farm village giving you an insight into local life and the chance to try some Swahili dishes, taste the fruits in season and try some spiced tea. Depending on the season you are visiting, you can find anything from vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass, cloves, ylang ylang, cumin, garlic, ginger, coriander, pepper, allspice, tamarind, chilli, oregano and more! Fruits can include banana, pineapple, jackfruit, custard fruit, oranges, star fruit, tangerine, passion fruit, mango, avocado, pear, papaya, grape fruit and many others.