April 11 to 13, 2021$1,390
Zanzibar is where it all began – and it’s perfect place to end your safari!
Once the most important country in East Africa, Zanzibar is now part of Tanzania, just across the ocean from the mainland city of Dar-es-Salaam in central Tanzania. It is steeped in history, having been the seat of the Sultans of Oman for more than a millennium, and it was from here that they ruled all of East Africa.
The relatively small island, strategically located off the coast midway down Africa, provided a natural sanctuary and safe harbor for the earliest sailors. In 1498 Vasco de Gama landed here and began the Portuguese dominion of Africa that lasted well into the 18th Century. The Omani sultans wrested control over the Portuguese in the middle of the 16th Century and formed a powerful alliance with Arabia. By the 18th Century Zanzibar was one of the richest enclaves in the Indian Ocean as a result of its harbor, spice trade and preeminence in the slave trade. The Omanis retained power until deposed by the British in the latter half of the 19th Century after the British forced an end to slaving. Colonized by the British as a separate country, Zanzibar federated with mainland Tanganyika in 1964 to form the present day country of Tanzania. But the culture and economy of the mainland and the island of Zanzibar remain very distinct, and the political autonomy that Zanzibar retains in many ways makes it a de facto separate country.
This Zanzibar extension is part of the Tanzania Great Migration Safari with three options for the length of your tour:
|Tanzania Great Migration (12 Days)||March 31 to April 11||$ 9,995||$ 490|
|. . . including the Gorilla Trek (15 Days)||March 28 to April 11||$ 14,830||$ 5,270|
|Zanzibar Extension (4 Days)||April 11 to 13||$ 1,390||$ 1,990|
|Price||Single Supplement||under 12||12-16||local air|
The prices include:
** Jim Heck guiding the safari from start to finish;
** Guaranteed window seating in Landrovers & Landcruisers with pop-top roofs;
** Professionally-trained, English-speaking driver/guides with each vehicle;
** Meals as detailed in brackets following each day's description below;
** All park entrance fees, VAT and other government taxes;
** Comprehensive pre-trip material.
Additional expenses not included:
- Meals not included;
- Some beverages;
- All international, regional and local scheduled flights;
- Requisite visas and other travel preparations like inoculations;
- Tipping (Jim Heck does not accept tips).
When the Tanzania Great Migration Safari ends in Arusha, you board a commercial flight to Zanzibar (not included in the safari price but often bundled into your international air ticket). The 90-minute flight takes you briefly over the Indian Ocean before landing on the Spice Island. You’ll be privately met and transferred into Stone Town for check-in at your hotel. Later this afternoon you’ll be transferred to a nearby beach where you’ll climb aboard an ancient dhow for a sunset cruise! Enjoy refreshments as Zanzibaris perform traditional music aboard the boat. The evening is independent. Overnight at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar.[b-l]
A private guide takes you right after breakfast on a guided walking tour of Stone Town. You’ll visit the old slave trading center, the Anglican Church where Livingstone was initially buried, the colorful spice and fish markets and the Sultan’s Palace. Return to the hotel by noon with the afternoon free. A great variety of wonderful restaurants are available for you in Stone Town, including rooftop dining where you can watch the sunset and listen to the calls of the evening prayers. Overnight at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar.[b]
A private guide meets you at 8:15a to take you into the Jozani Forest, which is Zanzibar’s only national park. Here you take a journey on a boardwalk over a swamp and into an everglades where the rare red colobus monkey is found. The park is about 45 minutes from Stone Town. You’ll return to the hotel before 1 p.m. The afternoon is free. Overnight at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar.[b]
Hotel check-out is 10 a.m. Private transfers are available as needed to the airport to begin your journey home. Most departures back to the United States depart late this afternoon or early this evening.[b]