Spice Route & Prison Island

Arabs started large spice plantations making Zanzibar the world’s biggest exporter of cloves at the time. After the abolition of the slave trade in the 19th century, Zanzibar was one of the worlds’ reputed and most important producers of spices. Today, Zanzibar is still acknowledged for its clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, chili and pepper. The Spice Route is a unique opportunity to see and buy them at source.

As you will discover, spices are woven into the very fabric of culture and everyday life in Zanzibar. Their pungent wafts and zingy tastes, organic colours and textures weave a sort of magic, tantalising the senses.

Cool down with a deliciously fresh coconut or sugar cane juice and buy some fresh fruits straight from the plantation.

Afterwards, a relaxing motor boat trip will take you to Prison Island. The island takes its name from the prison that was built there in 1893. At a later stage, the buildings served as a quarantine hospital. The sea trip offers the opportunity to catch a view of historical Stone Town.

Today, only the ruins of the building remain from these days as well as a frangipani lined path around the island where the former patients took their evening walks.

The excursion allows ample time to stroll around, venture into the forested interior, swim, sunbathe or go snorkeling at leisure. The island’s lagoon and white sandy beaches are alluring.

Here you can admire of beautiful peacocks flaunting their spectacular tail of feathers as well catch a close view of giant century old Seychelles tortoises.

Full-day excursion. Starting around 9:00 am to 17:00pm
You may choose a private excursion, which allows you to set your desired time of departure.

It is advisable to wear walking shoes and a hat or cap and to bring your swim gear, towel, insect repellent and sunscreen. You might also want to bring some money if you wish to buy spices, oils and fresh fruits on offer at the plantation and souvenirs on the way.

Lunch is not included but can be provided for a supplement. Food and beverages are also on sale on Prison Island.