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Eco & Culture Tours

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Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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About Eco & Culture Tours
A responsible Tour Operator company, Eco & Culture Tours is deeply committed to providing world-class travel adventures for discerning, caring travelers. Founded in 1998 Eco & Culture Tours Zanzibar, is a Tour Operator Company owned and managed by a non profit making local organization called Eco + Culture NGO, registered under Societies Act of 1996, with a registration number 59. We are registered and licensed Tour Operator Company by the Commission of Tourism Zanzibar,Zanzibar Revenue Board (ZRB) and has a Tax Payer Identification number (TIN) no 101-109-320, and a member of Zanzibar Association of Tour Operator (ZATO). Eco & Culture Tours is a pioneer of conservation development and community empowerment, and the company’s philosophy of caring for the land, its wildlife and its people is evidenced in everything we do.
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Gill W wrote a review Feb 2021
London, United Kingdom20 contributions18 helpful votes
This time last year, we had an amazing trip to Nyemembe Island from Unguga Ukuu with Abdallah and I wanted to ask him if he intends to offer livestream tours on the new website Virtual Trips, as we'd love to join him on one, if so!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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robbinreads wrote a review Oct 2020
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania442 contributions130 helpful votes
We booked a combination Jozani Forest Tour and Spice Tour for two adults, and had a really excellent time. Pickup was on time (early actually) in a comfortable vehicle with a friendly driver, and our guide, Rasheed, shared lots of information with us en route from once place to another, and answered all of our questions with a smile. Our visit to Jozani Forest was good, with a close encounter with some red colobus monkeys. Lunch was a Swahili lunch at the home of one of Rasheed’s colleagues. We had requested a vegetarian meal and they were able to accommodate. Honestly, this was the best meal that we had the entire time we were in Zanzibar: there were six different dishes all made with local produce and local flavor, and we were blown away. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a photo, but suffice to say, it was fantastic, and the servings were ample. In the afternoon, we did a spice tour, and got to see all sorts of different spices and fruits growing while learning about the agriculture industry. Next, we got to try a number of different fruits; some were unfamiliar, others we’d seen before, but they were all infinitely more delicious than what we can get in the US. Before we left the spice farm, we saw a coconut tree-climbing demonstration and got to enjoy fresh young coconuts. On our way back to town, we stopped at a historic Persian-style bath and got to go inside and take a look around. Rasheed and our driver (whose name I, regrettably, did not catch) were helpful and friendly, and made this tour day such a treat. They went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot, and even stopped briefly before dropping us off at our hotel so we could run a personal errand. This company was excellent to work with, and we would absolutely recommend it to friends and family.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Sanne Aakermann Ø wrote a review Feb 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark46 contributions14 helpful votes
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We made arrangements with Robert for a dhow sunset trip and a Unguja Ukuu boat trip. And we absolutely enjoyed both of the trips. The sunset trip was peaceful and beautiful as we where sailing with sails most of the time. And the trip to the island was outstanding. Money well spent.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Gill W wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom20 contributions18 helpful votes
We highly recommend this trip. Our guide, Abdallah, was superb - his English is excellent, his local knowledge unbeatable and his respect for nature self-evident. He was charming and courteous, and generous with his time and attention from start to finish. He is ably supported by the company owner, Robert, who answered emails promptly in advance of the trip. Commendations also to chef Omar, who cooked us an amazing seafood lunch, and to the captain of our dhow, who made for a safe trip and kept watch while we snorkelled to make sure all was well. I won't spoil the surprise by giving away too much of the detail, but take it from me, this was a truly magical day!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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David F wrote a review Nov 2019
San Francisco, California205 contributions100 helpful votes
We took the Stone Town tour with the company. We were happy with the tour. The guide seemed very knowledgeable. After the Stone Town tour, we took the spice tour with the "Swahili" lunch. The "Swahili" lunch was in the company's owner's home living room. The lunch was OK, but very limited. The spice tour was not that interesting. I would skip it. Because we were satisfied with the city tour, we booked a trip to Mnemba atoll. It is a long ride to the boat, 1.5 hours. Once we got there, they put us on a boat "captained" by a child. He was probably 14 years old. We were uncomfortable with the trip, we had to ask for life jackets. The boat was pretty run down, they had to borrow snorkeling equipment. The other boats had equipment & offered snacks to their guests. I will say that the "captain" was friendly & helpful. The snorkeling here was just OK. There were plenty of colorful fish, but the coral is washed out. That is not the company's fault.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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