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“Walk through the woods, not a working Spice Farm” 3 of 5 stars
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Zanzibar Spice Tour
Stone Town, Tanzania
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“Walk through the woods, not a working Spice Farm”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

I was hopeful to see a working Spice Farm in Zanzibar but instead the guide walked us through the woods where we could see, smell, and touch many of the spices native to Zanzibar. Yes, I learned some things, but the tour was cheapened by a local boy who climbed a tree and sang, and someone else who wove hats, purses,and many other items from leaves. Both wanted a tip. I did buy some spices but noticed the same price as I was departing the airport in Zanzibar. Average but it could have been so much better.

Visited October 2013
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“Spice tour, stone town & tortoise island excursion first class...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We have just returned from an amazing holiday in Zanzibar... One thing we knew we wanted to do before we arrived in Zanzibar was that we wanted to see some of the island by doing a few tours/excursions. When we arrived at our hotel (the hideaway) we discussed a few excursions with our transfer from the airport to only find out that they were really expensive quoting us around €300 to do a spice tour.

So we decided to talk to a few beach boys who had been trying to sell us excursions. One really stood out to us and that was a guy called Marbella - he won us over with his banter and I managed to negotiate 3 excursions spice tour, stone town and prison island to see the giant tortoise. This was a full day tour, lunch not included but we got the whole trip for €100. Which we only paid €20 deposit, the rest was paid at the end of the tour. I had slight reservations after booking as I had heard a few negative stories about the beach boys... I shouldn't have...

We were greeted by Marbella the next morning at our hotel gates and shown to our AC transport for the day driven by an English speaking guide. We had our own private tour for the day exploring the spice farms, stone town and prison island. We had a different tour guide at every location who all spoke great english. We had our own boat and captain which took us over to prison island we had a wonderful time - left the hotel at 8 and was returned by 5pm.

I would highly recommend this tour and Marbella for making it so memorable for us. I just wish we had booked a snorkelling tour with him too. His territory on the beach was in front of the hideaway hotel - if you are approached by him he really is lovely and just trying to earn a living. Please don't feel threatened by the beach boys some of them are really genuine.

Visited September 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

It was a good excurcion, you can see how locals grow there spies and taste different fruits of the region. Also they harvest some fresh coconuts for some refreshment. You could buy some spies there but a bargain wasn't an option, so was expensive. You'll get a better offer in stonetown.

Visited October 2013
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“Something to do...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Everyone was talking about the Zanzibar Spice Tour so we decided to book a trip. It was a fun enough day and only $13 but if time is limited and, like us, spices can only stir so much interest in you, I'd stick to the beach and snorkelling/dhow tours! The most exciting part for us was the van sliding around in the mud at the farm. Lunch was probably worth $1 but it was genuine Tanzanian food if you want to try it. Anyway it was pretty cool and we learnt some things and it was a fun activity for a rainy day.

Visited October 2013
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“Good "en-route-to-airport" tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

The Spice Tour is not a reason to come to Zanzibar. In all fairness, it may not even be a reason to leave your hotel on the beach. I don't mean to be harsh here - but in most island locales the tours aren't that great -- they may sound so in the description. But at the end of the day, it's a hard competition with palm trees, pool, and beach. Anyway, the Spice Tour is a good enough diversion if, like us, you have some time between check-out at your hotel and your flight out of Stone Town.
The tour is interesting in that you get to hold, smell, and guess at what spice is in front of you. There are some surprises! And at the end of the tour you get to sample a lot of fresh fruits. As others have mentioned, you should be ready with tips - both for the person that cuts the fruits for you as well as the person that accompanies the tour and makes little palm baskets to hold the spices throughout the tour (it's interesting how they do this and so quickly, but it's not like you'll be able to get get it through customs on the way home). At the end of the tour, you can buy spices from the farm.

Visited September 2013
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