We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“I love spices!! Always dreamt of visiting Zanzibar! The spice tour was fantastic!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zanzibar Spice Tour

Zanzibar Spice Tour
Book In Advance
More Info
$41.00*
and up
Zanzibar Food and Spices Tour Including Traditional Swahili Lunch
Ranked #1 of 17 Tours in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Level Contributor
39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“I love spices!! Always dreamt of visiting Zanzibar! The spice tour was fantastic!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

As a kid I did a project on the spice islands of Zanzibar and finally in june I got to go to Zanzibar. I loved the spice tour, incredible to see household items, we buy in small packets, growing on huge trees and dangling from creepers! The spice tour guides are wonderful, they really go all out! We were not just informed and shown around, but beautuful banana leaf bags and hairpieces and ties fot the guys were given to us along the way. A mini market at the end was fantastic and very reasonable. They sold spices, vanilla cloves etc also perfume essence and soaps. I was particularly happy to also find packets of hibiscus tea, you have to try it, it is delicious. I deffinately recommend this excursion when in Zanzibar Tanzania.

Helpful?
Thank Tessa E
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

641 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    284
    232
    99
    15
    11
Date | Rating
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Winnipeg, Canada
Level Contributor
102 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Very cool stuff to learn”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

The tour was great, everything according to plan! You get a stop in the market to pick up fresh food to be prepared for lunch! Nice 25 minute drive to the spice farm which allows you to see some of the countryside. The guide & support staff were super friendly, cracking jokes & making little surprise treats for us along the way, necklaces, rings, ties out of the plant leaves! They would help with any questions regarding the tour that you had. At the end the politely requested a tip, which I was happy to provide, then the asked for a little more.... Really? I obliged them by giving in. Then as we were walking along people came out and were trying to sell us things they had made, no problem, when I said no thank you a few times they then started requesting money several times, after saying no a few times they left us alone! We then stop at the spice shop to purchase any spices that you may want & off the a wonderful lunch.... We then went back as we only took the half day tour! All in all very good tour

Helpful?
Thank James O
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
at sea
Level Contributor
188 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“spice it up with this tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

Starting a few minutes late, our minibus stopped at a few hotels to pick up passengers and was soon on its way north out of Stonetown, through Bububu and eventually we arrived in an area that is set up for tours of small spice plantatiions. We were walked around a small 5 acre private spice farm and experienced not only the botanical history and local importance of the various spices, but we also were treated to tastes of jackfruit, cardammon, cinnamon, fresh coconut and more.....all very entertaining, interesting and fun. Our small group did not seem like a regular tourist process and we were all treated as individuals. After we finished the tour, we went to a small village to look at spices and syrups for sale and at one, we sat down to a satisfying and tasty lunch of Rice Pilau, tomato chutney and greens. At this point, our group divided into two groups, those who wanted to go back to Stonetown and the rest who wanted to visit a beach and cave system. The Cave system was a bit disapointing only from the point of view that we did not progress far into the cave system, however shortly after, we were led down a small path to a pristine beach (well lots of plastic) and a delicious swim in warm clear water....All this for about $9 each which included lunch, allow for a few tips along the way and to buy the odd soft drink and a thoroughly enoyable day for less than $12.....good value

Visited October 2012
Helpful?
Thank Footsac
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
226 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Well worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

We weren't that bothered about doing this but then other people we met said how good it was.
We were staying at Matemwe and rather than pay to do this trip from the hotel we asked the guide who was arranged to transfer us to Stone Town for our final night (for the early BA connection) if we could do it on the way to Stone Town. Not a problem and much cheaper as it was on the way.
We did not know quite what to expect but were delighted with seeing, tasting and smelling many spices that we knew only from jars or dried.
A great education which also gave us a much wider appreciation of where the spices come from, the economies of producing them and where to use them.
Yes, there are 'tipping opportunities' at various points but just consider their economy and how poor Zanzibar is. A few Schillings or $s is not a lot to us and cheap for the quality of the tour and the spices we purchased.
They worked very hard to earn a small amount of cash.
Fun visit!

Visited October 2012
Helpful?
1 Thank peterindevon
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
southampton
Level Contributor
235 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Be prepared to tip many times”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

We booked this tour through our hotel and firstly be warned this is the most expensive way to do it. We were staying at the North of the Island and the Most popular tour site is about an hour away.
We were taken by taxi and our driver was friendly and divulged lots of interesting information about life on Zanzibar. At the Spice tour we were assigned a guide and a young lad who was training. It is interesting to see, smell and taste the spices and the mood is friendly and upbeat.
There are several obvious tourist performances including the coconut tree climb and the making of hats/crowns from palm leaves. All very pleasant but all with a good tip in mind. You can purchase many of the spices plus flavoured coffees and teas. It is a good trip but not worth the price paid via the hotel ($194 for 2).
The preferred tips are in dollars.

Visited September 2012
Helpful?
Thank shamwari
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Zanzibar Spice Tour also viewed

Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago
 
Stone Town, Zanzibar City
Stone Town, Zanzibar City
 

Been to Zanzibar Spice Tour? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing