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Tanzania – Zanzibar Island Extension

Add a perfect 3 days on a tropical Indian Ocean island to your Tanzania experience.

Consistently rated amongst the world’s top beaches, Zanzibar’s exquisite palm-lined coast is the perfect place to relax and explore East Africa’s rich history.

The Place and The People

Rising up from the Indian Ocean about 25 miles from the Tanzanian Coast, this idyllic archipelago is lapped by turquoise waters lined with coral reefs brimming with an abundance of exotic marine life. At the heart of the island is Zanzibar’s old city, Stone Town. Known to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa, the coastal town’s maze of narrow alleys, lively bazaars, mosques and ornate Arab houses are a step back into time. Further afield lies tropical offshore islands, vast spice fields and rural villages which we’ll explore over this 3 day post-trip extension.

What You'll Do

Over the course of 3 days, we’ll compliment our time in Kilimanjaro’s vast plains with an Indian Ocean island adventure. Explore the winding streets of Stone Town venturing through the former Slave Market, the Sultan’s Palace and the Old Arab Fort on a guided tour. Along the way, experience modern-day island life in the coastal spice and fish markets. Venture offshore to idyllic Prison Island and scout for the island’s famous giant tortoises at a sanctuary, relax on powder white beaches and swim in crystal blue waters.


What You'll See

The beauty of Zanzibar is the breadth of experiences that can be had in such a short period of time. We’ll balance our time exploring the historic alleys and markets of vibrant Stone Town with a relaxing afternoon basking in the tropical sun along the shorelines of the Indian Ocean. Snorkel through the warm turquoise waters scouting for colorful fish along the offshore coral reefs. Visit a giant tortoise sanctuary and come face-to-face with these gentle creatures some of whom are over 100 years old! Back on the main island, venture to a village spice farm experiencing the slow pace of local life while trying some the spices that have made this island a center of trade for centuries.

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Itinerary Overview

On the final day of the Tanzania: Safari & Service trip, board a short one-hour flight to the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar. Upon arrival, we’ll meet our local Discover Corps host and settle-in to our ocean front accommodations. After lunch, enjoy a walking tour through the historic heart of Stone Town. The next morning, take a short boat ride out to the offshore Prison Island. Once home to a colonial prison, the island is now known for its resident giant tortoises and crystal blue waters. After a morning exploring the beaches and

wildlife of the island, head back to the mainland and onwards to the coastal town of Nungwi. Along the way, take a tour through a traditional spice farm and experience local life. On the final day of the journey, swim along the vibrant coral reefs scouting for marine life on a snorkeling tour before jetting back home from Zanzibar International Airport.

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Where You'll Stay

We’ll split our time between two of Zanzibar’s iconic towns so you get to experience both sides of this vibrant island. The first night will be spent at the majestic 4-star Tembo House Hotel on the beach in historic Stone Town. Explore the picturesque seafront, venture through the area’s markets and take a step back into history just minutes from the hotel. The second night of the extension will be spent at the oceanfront Amaan Bungalows in the northern beach town of Nungwi. Set amid a landscape of coconut palms, shaded trees and sweet scented flowers, the hotel provides a relaxing home-away-from-home in Zanzibar.

Karen King

Morrison, CO

Traveler's Journal

“Tanzania was an inspiring place. Mount Kilimanjaro and the wildlife safari were definite highlights, but having a personal connection to the community made a world of difference. While I wish I could have volunteered more, I did feel like my time at the school connected me to the community. I feel like I have friends there now and I’m looking forward to going back.”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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Tanzania: Zanzibar Island Extension

Program Cost (Added to any Tanzania: Safari & Service Departure):

Adult: $795* / Child: $745*

2018 Dates

September 4-6, 2018

Nov 27-29, 2018

2019 Dates

Jan 29-31, 2019 (STS)

March 26-28, 2019

May 28-30. 2019 (STS)

June 10-12, 2019

July 16-18, 2019

September 3-5, 2019

October 22-24, 2019

December 31-January 2, 2020




What's Included

Our trips are all-inclusive which makes your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • All meals included: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 2 nights lodging in beachfront hotels
  • All scheduled activities, excursions and tours
  • Airport transfers and all ground transportation
  • Trip Host
  • See itinerary for details

What’s Not Included

  • Domestic flight between Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar island ($250 supplement)
  • International airfare
  • Tips for guide and driver

Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

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