Zanzibar Hotels

Zanzibar Excursions

Stone Town has numerous tour operators, a selection of the more reputable ones and the tours they offer are listed below. Individual hotels also offer a variety of tours and excursions. These are listed on the hotel’s dedicated pages. Bear in mind that bookings made through operators and hotels may mean you get less for your money than you would if arranging these excursions independently. However, what you lose in value you definitely gain in facility. Arranging public transport or transfers, entrance costs and gear or boat hire can be a very arduous task, especially if you have no Kiswahili. Many travellers wish to avoid this hassle during a break on Zanzibar.

Excursions and tours cost up from USD 10 per person and as much as USD 200 per person for private trips.

Stone Town Tour Operators

Located at Mtoni Marine Hotel, where the very efficient Khadija occupies a desk facing the hotel’s reception.

Sea Zanzibar offer all the usual tours and excursions (Stone Town, Prison Island, Spice Tours, Kizimkazi, Jozani Forest, Safari Blue, Mnemba Lagoon) and are the obvious choice for guests staying at Mtoni Marine.

Located on Hurumzi Street opposite 240.

Telephone: +255 24 2233 731

Mobile: +255 777 410 873

Eco+Culture offer most tours and excursions including: Safari Blue, Jozani Forest, Swimming with Dolphins, Prison Island Tour, Spice Tours and City Tours. They are known for adding interesting cultural twists to trips such as walking tours of local villages and history trips. They also are happy to discuss bicycle trips that you might be interested in trying. Tours cost USD 45 and upwards, depending on what you are keen to do.


Located on Vuga Street.

Telephone: +255 24 2238 791

Fisherman Tours and Travel are a long established company offering all the standard day and half day trips listed on this site. They also offer full day cultural tours to Nungwi and Mangapwani.

Located on Shangani Street opposite Tembo House Hotel.

Telephone: +255 24 2238 183

Mobile:  +255 777 410 346

Email: E.jojobatours<at>

Jojoba offer some more interesting tours with plenty of inventive twists and extras to the standard tours of the islands. Their day-long North Tour is one of the best value for money tours on Zanzibar and includes a trip to Mkokotoni to see fishermen at work, swimming in a cave, a visit to the only maker of Dhow building nails on the island and a women’s group making scented soaps, a turtle aquarium and some time on the beach for USD 35 a head (minimum four people, excludes lunch).

Located on Funguni Road, Malindi.

Telephone: +255 24 2234 636

Mobile: +255 777 418 098

Mitu claims to be the inventor of spice tours and this is all that’s on offer. The spice tour offered at Mitu’s is very standard but at USD 13 per person it is the cheapest.

Located on Gizenga Street

Telephone: +255 24 2233 543

Mobile: +255 777 430 385

Sama Tours offer most of the tours listed on this site as well as a unique tour of Vijijini, a suburb of Stone Town. They are one of the only tour operators to list full prices for their tours including all entrance fees, additional meal costs etc. They are also good for those who want less hurried tours.

Located on Kenyatta Road

Telephone: +255 24 2230 322

Tabasam offer a top end service. Tours are slightly more expensive but unhurried, and bookings and staff are more professional than at some outfits. All the standard tours are on offer as well as a combined Spice Tour and City Walk. Prices start at USD 50 per person.

Located in Malindi behind the Passing Show Hotel

Telephone: +255 24 2233 042 or +255 24 2233 116

This is a large tour operator that is part of the ZanAir group. Tours are very reliable and all those listed on this site are available. Tours are fairly priced. Despite being a sizeable outfit ZanTours generally charge no more than other operators.

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