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Itinerary: Zanzibar cycling tour - Jambiani to Stone Town

Zanzibar cycling tour - Jambiani to Stone Town

Cycling from East to West, through forests, passing rice and bean fields you'll follow the farming life on Zanzibar stopping for a visit at the Spice farms and ending in Stone Town with a cultural walking tour.

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Zanzibar cycling tour - Jambiani to Stone Town

Max distance per day: 44 km
Min distance per day: 20 km
Non-scheduled days: 0
Days on bike: 3


Day 1 Jambiani
Transfer to Jambiani.
Brief and test of bicycles. In the authentic village Jambiani you will meet a piece of Africa. Goats, ducks and lots of cheerful kids are running around and the life on the beach is vivid.

Dinner and overnight at Red Monkey Lodge, situated on the best beach on Zanzibar ( us) with a laid back barefoot atmosphere. Maybe the Red Colobus Monkeys pays a visit for breakfast.

Meals: Lunch | Dinner
Accommodation: Red Monkey Lodge

Day 2 Jambiani to Pongwe - crossing Chwaka Bay in boat
Today we bike along the coast to Michamvi ( 22 km) to catch a wood dhow and pack bikes and ourselves to cross Chwaka Bay. Then we follow the coastline to Pongwe (13 km) and Seasons Lodge. If you want you can stop at Pingwe and take something to drink at Upendo overlooking the famous restaurant The Rock.
Seasons Lodge is a favorite for its special location and quiet atmosphere. Mornings are amazing here so if you enjoy the morning light- get up early.

Meals: Breakfast |Lunch | Dinner
Accommodation: Seasons Lodge

Day 3 Pongwe to Stone Town via Spice Farms
This is a lush and green day! On our way to Chueni ( 44 km) we cross the TheKiwengwa/Pongwe Forest Reserve - an important biodiversity spot in the coral rag zone. The forest reserve is rich both in faunal and floral species. Here we can spot Red Colobus Monkeys, Sykes, Blue Monkeys, Sunni antelope and several species of snakes, 47 bird species and 100 plant species including many medicinal species.

After passing the rice- and bean fields where you can follow the farming life on Zanzibar we reach the Spice farms area. There we stop for a tour where you will see, smell and try the tropical fruits and spices in season: vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass, cloves, ylangylang, cumin, garlic,ginger, coriander, pepper, tamarind, chili, oregano and many others. Lunch will be eaten with raw material from the farm.

18.00 Roof top dinner at Emerson on Hurumzi . Best roof top in town where you will enjoy 270 degrees sea view accompanied by the call for prayers and the tingling sound from the Shiva temple below. Drinks excluded (sunset and drinks around 18, dinner starts 19).

Overnight at Kholle House - a personal boutique hotel filled with antiquities following the Spice Route to Zanzibar. A feeling of home and lots of beautiful balconies and terraces to enjoy.

Meals: Breakfast |Lunch | Dinner
Accommodation: Kholle House

Day 4 Stone Town
After early breakfast Stone Town walking tour to experience the buzzling life in the narrow streets where men shout over bao games and women bake chapati on the streets where the kids are running around.
Stone Town is a UNESCO world heritage site and a humming mysterious place where people live and enjoy their life on display in the narrow alleys. Here Africa meets Oman and you can see, feel and smell the mix of different cultures and heritages as the citizens cook their food on the street, children are playing and the men plays bao in the corner debating what the next move should be.

Meals: Breakfast

End of tour around 12 pm

Further arrangements according to preferred accommodation or transfer


Bikes and equipment
We have bikes in various sizes, equipped with bottle holders and baskets on the steering to keep necessities such as sun block, camera etc. We have water bottles and helmets bringing your own helmets is preferred.

If 2 people the guide will bring the luggage on his bike- one 15-liter bag per person. The remaining bags will wait for you at the final destination.
If more people the luggage will be transported to the hotel every day.

Water, soda and other drinks along the way and for lunch and dinner are paid by the guests.

Price low season
15 March - 30 June
1 November - 20 December
US$ $ 868 per person sharing – Minimum 2pax

Price high season
11 January- 14 March
US$ $ 935 per person sharing – Minimum 2pax

Price peak season*
US$ $ 993 per person sharing – Minimum 2pax

*during peak season, the island is full and it can be hard with bigger groups unless willing to prepay for keeping rooms
Single price: 70 % of the price for shared double.
Incl. transfer, accommodation, guide, bike, luggage transport, all tours and meals acc. to itinerary (drinks not included)

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