Zanzibar was once internationally renowned as the Spice Islands, exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the edges of the world. At one point 90% of the world’s entire clove supply was from Zanzibar, and even today Zanzibar is still a major exporter of spices. The foundations of the Spice Islands were planted predominantly during the era of Sultan Barghash. The spices were even brought from all over the world ranging from Asia to South America to be planted in the tropical isles lustrous climate, which allowed for spices to thrive.
Swapping spices for tourism, combine both in a spice tour, one of the most popular excursions on the island. Nowadays the plantations are a tribute to the island’s past, immerse yourself in the plantations as you spend learning the ins and outs of the world renown spice industry hub.
Walk through the spice farm with your guide. Touch, smell and taste different spices and tropical fruits. Try to guess which is which, from the crushed leaves, the fruit, shoots and vines and creepers crawling up the trees. Learn about their properties, their origins and their use as medicines and in food, drink, and industry.
A visit to a spice farm village gives you an insight into local life and the opportunity to try some Swahili dishes, taste the fruits in season and try some spiced tea. Depending on the season you are visiting, you can find anything from vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass, cloves, ylang ylang, cumin, garlic, ginger, coriander, pepper, allspice, tamarind, chilli, oregano and more!
Fruits can include banana, pineapple, jackfruit, custard fruit, oranges, star fruit, tangerine, passion fruit, mango, avocado, pear, papaya, grapefruit and many others for your tastebuds to enjoy.