SPICE TOUR WITH AUTHENTIC COOKING LESSONS AND LUNCH
Zanzibar became renowned as a spice island, when it started exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the world. The spices, which had been brought over from Asia and South America, flourished in the tropical climes.
Nowadays, the plantations are a tribute to the island’s past, swapping spices for tourism, by combining both in a spice tour, one of the most popular excursions on the island.
Walk through the spice farm with your guide and experience feeling, smelling and tasting different spices and tropical fruit. Try to guess one from the other from crushed leaves, the fruit, shoots, vines and creepers crawling up the trees. Learn about their properties, their origins and their use in medicine, food and drink.
Depending on the season, you can find anything from vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass, cloves, ylang ylang, cumin, coriander, pepper, tamarind, chili and more! Fruits include banana, pineapple, jackfruit, custard fruit, oranges, star fruit, tangerine, passion fruit, mango, avocado, pear, papaya, grape fruit and many others.
Lunch is served on the plantation with local cuisine and the menu gives you a true experience of the spice tour. An authentic Swahili cookery lesson will follow either before or after lunch depending on time. These cooking lessons are designed for those who want to try their hand at creating delicious Swahili meals.
The next stop will be at a local village for a slice of Zanzibari culture and life. Cooking, weaving, building houses and playing with the children, you’ll have chance to see what life is like for Zanzibaris.