A trip to Zanzibar will open your senses to idyllic sand beaches filled with palm trees, rich aromatic air of the spice markets, and a chilled atmosphere to take things pole pole – meaning slowly in Swahili. Plan a holiday to Zanzibar to take advantage of its warm tropical waters ...
“This adventure was amazing from start to finish. The food served was delicious and different each day and no one got ill which to be honest everyone expected to be at some point. There was plenty of action but also plenty of time to rest and the campsites had beautiful scenery. We hoped to see a certain amount of animals but we got way more than we ever dreamed of which was thanks to the efforts of the guide and drivers. The campsites were fine and all had flushing toilets and showers (although not all hot). Camping made you feel even more with nature than camping in a fancy lodge as you hear the animal noises in the night and sometimes even have them come visit in the night.”
“A truly memorable experience with some long journeys along some very bumpy and dusty roads but the rewards of close encounters with so much of East Africa's wildlife made it all worth while. Our group was 17 strong with 4 crew who worked tirelessly to ensure that we were able to enjoy our trip to the full and the truck had plenty of room for all of us to be able to enjoy the wildlife and catch some magic moments on camera. Camping is a great way to enjoy and experience the wildlife and although some of the camp sites are very basic the location more than makes up for it together with the fact that often we were the only campers.”
“A great introduction to the wildlife of East Africa, there is nothing quite like the excitement of animal/bird spotting that is an integral part of this tour. Camping allowed one to feel close to nature and was even better as few had other campers close by. Kip and his team were superb hosts keeping us informed of local life, both human and animal, while ensuring we were well fed. On the cultural side we visited a Masai village in the Serengeti and had guided tour of a typical local market in Musoma.”
“This was my holiday of a lifetime and Exodus exceeded all my expectations. It was so well organised and despite camping accomodation we were treated to fantastic meals, so hygenic and well prepared. My principle aim was to see and photograph as many animal & birds as possible and I was not disappointed. Our leader was priceless in his knowledge of wildlife and his ability to support everyone in the group. The whole team (Issa - cook & Bonface - driver) were excellent and I have no hesitation to promote Exodus to friends and family.”
“Very well organised and enjoyable trip. The cook was amazing, everything was kept so clean and hygienic. The driver always made you feel safe and the leader was one of the best I have travelled with.”
“The four crew members, Erellah, Albert, Boniface and Amos were fantastic. Erellah is an excellent tourguide - very patient, funny, helpful: a delight and any group can consider themselves lucky to be in his care. Albert is a brilliant cook and made delicious vegan food for me: not easy to do in East Africa. He was fun and creative and all mealtimes were a pleasure. Boniface is by far the very best driver I've ever encountered: very patient, extremely skilled and was able to take us safely along very poor roads, while also taking care of the truck itself. Amos is very friendly and helpful and worked very hard to support the crew. I'm sure he will be a fantastic tourguide soon. All of the crew were fun to talk to and made us feel very welcome. The trip itself was spectacular - we were very lucky and managed to see many beautiful animals, including elephants, black rhino, white rhino, lions, cheetah and a leopard. I was lucky enough to spot a serval from the truck, but it slipped away into the grass before anyone else could see it. The pace of the trip was good - we covered a huge distance, but spent enough time in each place to get good wildlife spotting. The last few days on Zanzibar were a welcome treat too and really rounded everything off nicely. I will always have fond memories of the group and the trip. The group members were all great: friendly, interesting people I enjoyed meeting and hope to keep in touch with.”
A trip to Zanzibar will open your senses to idyllic sand beaches filled with palm trees, rich aromatic air of the spice markets, and a chilled atmosphere to take things pole pole – meaning slowly in Swahili. Plan a holiday to Zanzibar to take advantage of its warm tropical waters for an underwater adventure, curvy alleys to witness unique architecture representing its culture or to be lost in the jungles to catch a sight of Red Colobus Monkeys, one of the rarest primates in Africa. There isn’t a single moment to lose!
Eat some of East Africa’s best street food at the Forodhani Gardens after sunset
Get lost in the winding streets of Stone Town, Zanzibar’s cultural and historic centre
Explore the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean
Take a trip to Prison Island (also called Changuu Island) to visit the giant tortoises
Tour a spice farm and indulge in the rich scents of everything from lemongrass to chilli
While Zanzibar is the name of the country, it is also the name of one of the country’s smaller (uninhabited) islands. Chances are you will spend most of your time on Unguja, the biggest island in the Zanzibar archipelago.
Get ready to eat some of the spiciest food in the world! Popular as “the spice island”, Zanzibar was a spice plantation in the 18th century and continues to heavily flavour its dishes.
Think you know how to tell time? Think again. Zanzibar operates on Swahili time, which begins to be counted as the sun rises. This means that the 7:00 am you’re used to is in fact, 1:00am in Zanzibar (as the sun typically rises at 6:00am), and so on.
Speaking of time, those in Zanzibar like to take things pole pole - the Swahili term for slow. Relax, don’t rush, and do as the locals do.
Tea drinking is a way of life in Zanzibar. Be sure to try ginger chai (tangawizi), best if purchased from a roadside tea stand.