January 24 to 27, 2021
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 tour is an extension to the 2021 Great Migration Safari, with four options for the length of your tour:
|Nairobi Extra Day||January 8||$ 390||$ 490|
|Kenya Safari||January 9 to 13||$ 4,605||$ 5,270|
|Tanzania Great Migration||January 13 to 24||$ 10,995||$ 11,625|
|Zanzibar Extension||January 24 to 27||$ 1,090||$ 1,990|
The prices include:
** 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 take a short flight (not included) to Zanzibar. You'll be personally met and privately transferred to the Park Hyatt Zanzibar in Stone Town. Sitting majestically on the beachfront in the heart of Stone Town, the Park Hyatt Zanzibar is the quintessential destination from which to experience the idyllic East African island of Zanzibar and embrace the rich culture, heritage, and historical significance of the hotel’s location. The hotel provides the ultimate haven among Stone Town’s labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling markets, mosques, and famed Zanzibari doors, featuring magnificent ornate wooden carvings. The town’s key attractions are easily accessible by foot. Enjoy a sunset cruise before your overnight at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar.[b]
Spend the morning touring Stone Town's bustling markets, including the morning's fish market with its morning catches and the space market displaying all the rare spices brought in from interior farms. You'll also visit the Anglican Church where Livingstone was first buried and which was built over the last horrific slave market. The afternoon and evening are free. Overnight at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar.[b]
The day is free to spend as you wish! Visit Forodhani Gardens, the Old Fort, the Old Dispensary, the Peace Memorial Museum, the Palace Museum, the House of Wonders . . . or simply lounge on the beach in complete relaxation! Overnight at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar.[b]
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then spend the morning as you wish before your transfer back to the airport for your flight home.[b]