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Review of Zanzibar Spice Tour

Zanzibar Spice Tour
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$41.00*
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Zanzibar Food and Spices Tour Including Traditional Swahili Lunch
Ranked #1 of 17 Tours in Stone Town
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Varendonk, Antwerpen, Belgium
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“leerrijk”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 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 bubbles 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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Chicago
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“Good "en-route-to-airport" tour”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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Frankfurt, Germany
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“Spice tour in Zanzibar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

It started as a dream and ended with reality with beautiful memories... I booked my trip with Zamani Tours and Safaris, i went with my wife and we passed through stone town to the spice farm and enjoyed very much the taste of different spices and free spicy lunch served by the staff of Zamani Tours and Safari... I have a lot to say but surely i recommend this spice tour to anyone want to go to Zanzibar, and i also reccomend Zamani Tours and Safaris.

Visited August 2013
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Axbridge
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“Many, many spices”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

We had a private tour of a spice farm and had a most interesting couple of hours. It was fascinating to see how spices actually grow as most of us in the west just reach for the jar in the supermarket. Our guide also made us various artefacts out of leaves as we went around, we then had a demonstration of how coconuts are harvested which ended with us drinking the delicious fresh milk. The tour ended with a taste of many of the fruits grown on Zanzibar.

Visited September 2013
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