THE INSIDE SCOOP

Zanzibar aka “the Spice Island”, on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Together this makes Zanzibar an extraordinary place to discover as well as a dream to relax and unwind.


Explore the mystery of Zanzibar’s unexpected treasures, winding alleyways, pristine beaches and stunning natural beauty. The archipelago of historic Indian Ocean islands, awash with atmosphere, intrigue, and culture. The elaborately carved wooden doors of Stone Town manifest the cultural roots of Zanzibar. The clash of Swahili, Arab, and Indian heritage is probably most notable in the design of Zanzibar doors. If you look close enough, these giant teak masterpieces tell stories of the residents’ social status, religion, and profession.

Tanzanians are Humble, happy and eager to help, probably among the friendliest people in the indian ocean. You’ll encounter children with beaming smiles, resourceful fishermen and warm motherly types that are happy to see you enjoy their country. Traveling in this region opens your eyes to a different. infectiously happy and welcoming side of Tanzania.

What is in for you?

  • 4 nights in Stone Town and 2 nights in Nungwi, in carefully selected Zanzibar resorts and boutique hotels.
  • Enjoy a curated itinerary filled with experiences only insiders could have access to, an immersive insight into Zanzibar culture, history, and traditions.
  • Discover Zanzibar prevalent art, food, music & cultural scene.
  • Dance to Tanzanian, East African and European Afrobeats music
  • A professional photographer/videographer on hand to capture every magical moment. Each morning, you’ll receive a new collection of images, and by the end of the voyage, you’ll collect hundreds of professional shots.
  • Experience the things you’d have a hard time finding on your own.
  • Make meaningful connections with like-minded people
  • Email support and outstanding customer service before, during and after your travel experience with us.
  • Did we mention that it was stress free? Just bring your passport and we’ll take care of the rest. We’ll handle the hard part, so you can enjoy the trip to the fullest!

What’s included

  • Hotel Accommodation (See details in your respective package)
  • Ground Transportation
  • Most Meals (See details in your respective package)
  • Excursion & Activities 
    • Day trip to Nakupenda beach
    • Spice Village Tour and Cooking lesson
    • Stone Town Walking tour 3h (Included in Gold package)
    • Jonazi Forest visit – Reserve
    • Access to Stone Town Film Festival (Included in Gold package)
    • Dhow Countries Music Academy – concert (Included in Gold package)
    • Darajani Bazaar in Stone Town
    • Prison island (Included in Gold package)
    • Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation pond (Included in Gold package)
  • Payment options: Payment in USD, EUR, & GBP is also available (Please contact us to set it up)
  • Private Facebook group: Access to private Facebook group for all participants and staff
  • Private Photographer: Our photographer will stay with us for the duration of our trip. We’ll make sure you look fab while collecting awesome memories. Step back, relax, we got you!

Not included:

  • Flights: Flights from /to home country to Dakar
  • All insurance: Health and travel (We can provide assistance to find appropriate ones)
  • Tips: Recommended 10+%
  • All optional activities: All activities not marked as “included”
  • Personal expenses
  • All beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visas and fees required to enter the country
  • Extra Transportation Transportation from/to not included activities or excursions

ITINERARY

DAY 1
Welcome to Zanzibar!

You’ll land in Zanzibar in mid-afternoon and get a chance to meet your fellow travelers in person for the first time (yay!). We’ll board the private shuttle to our stunning hotel. A stylish combination of Tanzanian and European decor (Silver members will stay in a smart carefully selected boutique hotel). Once you’ve had the chance to get acquainted, we’ll gather for welcome drinks. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore, relax, and get settled in your new surroundings.In the evening, we’ll be treated to a welcome party. An unforgettable way to kick off your stay in Zanzibar

DAY 2
The genuine Stone town & Nakupenda beach – half day trip

You will enjoy a yummy breakfast and have time to relax, before heading to our walking tour of Stone Town a world heritage site. We will get to wander in Stone town’s streets and learn about Zanzibar’s epic history.
In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy the pristine Nakupenda beach for a half day of fun.

DAY 3
Day trip
Spice Village Tour and Cooking lesson 

We kick off the day right after breakfast! We are headed to a unique spice farm.
You will get to smell & taste different spices and fruits, and learn how they are cultivated and used.. You will also get cultural insights about how they are used in Swahili cuisine, medication and as beauty products. Then you can enjoy some fresh seasonal fruits before heading to the nearby village. We will have the opportunity to exchange with locals and get to familiarize with their way of living, see how the houses are build and how people live, how they cultivate cassava. You will get the chance to try your skills as a farmer!
Finally, we will get our hands dirty and lean how to make our very own  Swahili dish! We will collect some cassava leaves, learn the basic elements of Swahili’s cuisine so we can try our skills on an homemade dish cook kitchen
cooking lesson.

DAY 4
Darajani Bazaar in Stone Town + Escape to Nungwi

After an early breakfast, we’re headed to the blazing, intense, Darajani Bazaar, you will need to have your bargaining skills on point!
After lunch we will make our way to Nungwi for some beach time and hang out with the Masai

DAY 5
Nungwi

Today is all about the natural beauty of Nungwi! You will have the whole day to chill or enjoy the various activities the village has to offer.
Gold members will be treated to the Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation center.

DAY 6
Jonazi Forest visit & Prison island tour

Today we’re headed to Jambiani for a Jonazi Forest visit – Reserve : Jozani Forest is a protected reserve in Zanzibar, the forest reserve was created for the conservation of the endangered species of the red colobus monkeys. Jozani Forest has a diversity of woodland landscape, which features tidal water-washed areas between Chwaka Island bays and Uzi, mangrove trees and a variety of marine vegetation.
After lunch    
We will head to  Changuu Island also known as Prison Island.
The island was formerly owned by an Arab and saw use for confinement of refractory slaves but no prisoners were ever housed here instead the island became a quarantine station for yellow fever epidemics.   The slaves were dumped on the island.

DAY 7
Departure Au revoir

We know, it feels like you just got here, but it’s time to say goodbye.  Use today to check off those final items on your list for the city before it’s time to head home.  
The week may have flown by, but the memories and friendships you’ve made will last forever.
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Booking options

Silver package (Payment plan available) – $1700

Available until June 01, 2019

Our Silver package is crafted fo those looking for more affordable fun. and still want to pick and choose among the number of thrilling experiences we offer. Enjoy boutique accommodation and live their best life. 

(We’ll do our best to match you with an awesome like-minded roommate!)  

This package does not include entrance fees to most activities.

All breakfasts and 3 meals are included in this option (beverages not included)

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Silver package price: $1700

Deposit: $500

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Gold package (Payment plan available) – $2200

Available until June 01, 2019

We’ve put together a collection of unforgettable moments and thrilling experiences. that will enable you to experience life in a way that most tourists don’t!  

We believe it will change the way you travel in the future. At the end of this journey, you’ll have discovered some of the best of what Zanzibar cultural life has to offer. You will meet awesome like minded personalities,  make long lasting friendships, and build a deeper connection to the motherland.. 

Our gold package is designed for those who wish to go all out and live the adventure to the fullest! DISCOVER, TASTE, ENGAGE, CONNECT, ENJOY, and take home memories of a premium experience.

All breakfasts and 5 meals are included in this option (beverages not included), as well as all activities 

(We’ll do our best to match you with an awesome like-minded roommate!)  

Gold package price: $2250

Deposit: $500

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Gold package – Single Occupancy – $3200

This option is available for those who prefer not to share their room in the gold package. A payment plan is also available with this option.

Available until June 01, 2019

Deposit: $500

Silver package – Single Occupancy|$2500

This option is available for those who prefer not to share their room in the silver package. A payment plan is also available with this option.

Available until June 01, 2019

Deposit: $500

YOUR AWESOME TRIP PERKS

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

We want to make it easy for you so everything is organized so you stay sane. Arrive before 1pm local time on the first day of your Experience and our private driver will get you and a few others from your group to and from the airport.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR ME?

Well, this means a stress-free arrival, no worries about finding the hotel and struggling with your suitcases.

CUSTOMIZED SERVICE

Oh, hi zen. Are you there? Blackvoyageurs delivers personalized instructions, so you’ll never feel alone. We’ll collect your flight information and send you advice on how to arrive, customized to you.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

You can fly in early and still know exactly how to find us.

YOUR VERY OWN PHOTOSHOOT

You know, just a professional photoshoot of your best vacay highlights. You’ll get the opportunity to run away with our photographer for some time in front of the lens. And we’ll deliver these digitally to you soon after you depart.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR ME?

A private photoshoot on vacation? Enough said.

EMAIL SUPPORT

You get full email support from the day you book your trip until you arrive in country. You’ll feel fully taken care of with our expert advice. You’ll also have the opportunity to join a pre-departure call with our team to answer any of your burning questions. Support is just a nudge away.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR ME?

Don’t waste time Googling, just ask us.

PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP

You’ll receive an invitation to join our private Facebook Group for registered guests only. Connect to others before you go and maintain friendships when you return.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR ME?

One hub for all your travel needs.


THERE ARE PLENTY OF TOUR GROUPS OF THIRTY PEOPLE TRAVELING IN A BIG BUS. WE’RE NOT ONE OF THEM.

WE’VE PURPOSELY LIMITED OUR ZANZIBAR EXPERIENCE TO A SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE. WE WANT YOU TO FEEL AT EASE AS IF YOU WERE TRAVELING WITH YOUR CREW, NOT A FOOTBALL TEAM.

Just think about it. We could totally pack a bunch of people on this trip like most tour companies would. Hint: we have thousands of people on our waitlist.

But this is group travel for people who don’t normally go on group trips. We want you to travel like a local, so we keep our numbers low. We know that small group travel is a great balance of fun and simplicity, and it’s better than traveling alone.

HERE ARE THE PERKS OF TRAVELING WITH US

  • It’s so much more fun than traveling alone.
  • You’ll meet the most epic people.
  • It’s easier than traveling with a friend because we handle all the planning.
  • You have the luxury of drivers and guides to help you with everything.
  • You have a professional photographer by your side.
  • You’ll get the real deal Zanzibar! Not just the things you can find in a guidebook or what you see on TV.
WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR AND FAQ

HAVE YOU ALREADY VISITED ZANZIBAR?

Awesome. So you know how amazing it is — and how much there is to see and do (and eat) there! But think of how much richer your experience could be when you travel with someone who knows the locals and all the secret spots? Unless you have a Tanzanian friend and stayed with them at their home, it’s impossible not to feel like a tourist. We offer an alternative to that.

WILL THIS BE YOUR FIRST TRIP TO ZANZIBAR?

Oh boy, you are in for the biggest treat. If it’s your first time, you’ll love the safety of traveling with our group, and the ease of having all your hotels, transportation, activities and meals sorted out for you. You’ll love that you won’t have to worry about getting lost, ripped off, or hassling with foreign currency. We take care of everything.

BUT HOLD ON. THIS TRIP ISN’T FOR EVERYONE.

IT IS FOR YOU IF:

  • You love insider knowledge: you value traveling with someone who knows the ropes.
  • You’re not afraid to try new things, including but not limited to some amazing cuisine.
  • You love to have a great time and are open to meeting others.
  • You’re down with some strenuous physical exercise.

THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR YOU IF:

  • You have a tendency to be negative or dramatic, or are just plain depressing to be around.
  • You’re not into trying new things or stepping outside of your comfort zone.
  • You don’t like Tanzanian food. That is what we’ll be eating. Every day. (If you’re a vegetarian, or on a restricted diet, you’ll be fine.)
  • You’re a wild party animal that doesn’t respect local cultures.
  • You can’t easily walk up stairs. If you find walking tough, then this trip isn’t suited to you.

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE ARE WE STAYING?

You’ll be staying in 2 different locations throughout the voyage. Our hotels are carefully selected so you can feel at ease and comfortable.

CAN I EXTEND MY STAY?

Great idea! We’ll give you tips.

WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?

Fly into and out of Zanzibar Tanzania. We provide airport transfers for free.*

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, CAN YOU HELP?

We thought you’d never ask. Email hello@blackvoyageurs.com so we can meet you and give you personal advice.

I’M NOT A “TOUR PERSON” AND I USUALLY PLAN MY OWN TRIPS.

Great — you’ll fit right in as our guests are looking for something different, too. Think of this as a trip planned by a local friend, something you would never be able to pull off on your own. We offer you daily activities but don’t feel pressured to do anything — it’s your experience.

WILL I BE TOO OLD, OR TOO YOUNG?

Our guests range in age from their 20s to their 40s. Age doesn’t mean much when we’re all searching for a better life. Our experiences are more adventurous, so in that sense, it does require that you are healthy and can walk or hike easily.

*If you arrive before 1pm local time and depart before 5pm local time

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