Day 3 - Zanzibar, here we come!
Feb
12
10:00 AM10:00

Day 3 - Zanzibar, here we come!

Zanzibar. Its name alone inspires romantic visions of mythical seafaring tales and indigo ocean vistas. Spend the day taking in the local Swahili culture and enjoying the beach – whether swimming, snorkeling, diving, or simply relaxing at the resort. The reefs and coral offer exquisite views, including an immense diversity of vibrant aquatic life: butterfly fish, emperor angel fish, dolphins, lion fish, green turtles, and manta ray are a few of these amazing creatures. Along the beach, you might also see Zanzibari fishermen and sea merchants carving or readying their dhows: these are old Arab-African sailing vessels that have been used to navigate between East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula for centuries. Once a hub for the vast Indian Ocean trading network, Zanzibar became a home for Africans, Arabs, Persians, and Indians alike. The island was the main slave market of the East African Coast and an important center for ivory trade, as well as a home to many clove and spice plantations. Today, fishing and trade by sea remain the backbone of Zanzibar’s economy, along with tourism.

This morning, we will hop on a plane for a quick flight to Zanzibar, our home for the next four days. Once on Zanzibar, we will visit lush spice farms and their dedicated farmers to discover the unique cinnamon, clove and nutmeg grown on the island. We will then head to our resort hotel for an afternoon and evening of relaxation. Take in the views of fishermen on the horizon sailing in their distinctive, hand-crafted dhows. Perhaps you’ll enjoy a dip in the crystal-clear waters or even go on a snorkeling adventure. A massage at the hotel is never a bad idea.

Each evening, we will meet up at the bar before dinner for a drink and casual talk by our academic host Adam Tooze who will paint the historical backdrop of this island—from the Age of Exploration when the Portuguese Empire was the first European power to gain control of Zanzibar to the country falling into the hands of the Sultanate of Oman, to the Arab slave trade, to the British Empire, to the Zanzibar Revolution all the way to today. Adam’s talks will inform our understanding of the culture and architecture all around us.  

We will tuck into dinner as a group after our first beachside history lesson.  Once at Zuri, all meals will be served at the hotel and included in the trip. You’ll have no reason to want to venture elsewhere: the ingredients from the local garden make each dish a delicacy.

ZURI ZANZIBAR HOTEL & RESORT (B, L, D)

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Day 4 – Why hello there, white sandy beaches!
Feb
13
10:00 AM10:00

Day 4 – Why hello there, white sandy beaches!

There’s no denying it - Zanzibar and Zuri are heaven on earth, and the days in this haven are yours to enjoy as you wish without schedules or alarm clocks. Do as much or as little as you like. Take your pick of activities including boating, snorkelling or diving. We will be more than happy to help you arrange everything in advance. If lazing about is the order of the day, there are few better places on earth to relax as the pristine beaches of Zanzibar, whether hanging out on a comfy lounge chair with a good book or swaying in a hammock under a palm tree. Be sure to take a stroll along the white sand beaches or lay back by the pool, cocktail firmly in hand. Indulge in the hotel’s wonderful spa services, which can be booked directly with the Zuri, or we can book them for you.  

Choose to have your lunch today whenever suits best and spend the afternoon at leisure. We will meet up this evening for our casual history-by-the-beach talk with Adam Tooze. Dinner as a group will follow. 

ZURI ZANZIBAR HOTEL & RESORT (B, L, D)

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Day 5 - Swaying in hammocks and napping on loungers to our hearts’ content.
Feb
14
10:00 AM10:00

Day 5 - Swaying in hammocks and napping on loungers to our hearts’ content.

Our leisurely beach days continue, for you to enjoy as you please.  By this time, you might just be getting over that jetlag!  This evening, Adam will prepare us for our upcoming tour of mesmerizing Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and buzzing cosmopolitan town.  Dinner is included at the hotel of course, but as it is Valentine’s Day, perhaps you might enjoy a romantic evening on your own—may we suggest a sunset tête-à-tête meal?

ZURI ZANZIBAR HOTEL & RESORT (B, L, D)

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Day 6 – A visit to Stone Town and its intricate doors.
Feb
15
10:00 AM10:00

Day 6 – A visit to Stone Town and its intricate doors.

Time to see historic Stone Town with its striking architecture. This morning, we will leave Zuri for a private guided tour of Stone Town. Amongst the bustling alleyways, you will visit the House of Wonders, a palace built in the 1880s that has since housed the headquarters of the colonial administration, a school and finally, a museum. We will also learn more about the island's tainted history as a slave and ivory trading capital. This evening, we will set sail for a sunset cruise in a traditional wooden dhow. A very special way to end our journey on this fascinating island. Lunch and dinner are on your own, so you’ll have a chance to explore and try some local delicacies.

PARK HYATT ZANZIBAR (B)

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Day 13 - Exploring the Ngorongoro Highlands.
Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

Day 13 - Exploring the Ngorongoro Highlands.

We will rise early once again to take in the delightful chorus of songbirds from your verandah: the twee-wee trill of the yellow-throated long claw, the bell-like boo-boo of the tropical boubou, and the soft warble of the scarlet-chested sunbird. You’ll be served coffee and tea on your verandah as you listen to nature’s morning symphony.

After breakfast we will take a guided tour of Gibb’s garden, a sloping 10 acres of vegetables and fruit gardens, growing everything from artichoke to zucchini and providing most of the ingredients for the delicious organic meals we will share at the farm. Our guide will teach us about the sustainable practices at Gibb’s as we take a tour through a pig and dairy farm where we will have the chance to try our hand at milking a cow. We will end by taking a leisurely stroll through the famed coffee bean fields that gave the farm its start over 80 years ago.

Our delectable farm-to-table lunch will be a meal you won’t soon forget. The afternoon is for you to enjoy on the farm. Gibb’s Farm sponsors East African artists, from botanical illustrators to Makonde carvers, who live at the farm and develop their work. In fact, it is their sculptures, paintings, and artwork that adorn the many luxury cottages and facilities at Gibb’s. Meet with one of the artists and learn more about his or her work, inspiration and techniques. Enjoy a relaxing denouement to the day: with a view of the coffee farms and forests that surround Gibb’s Farm, take in the accompanying aromas and sounds as you have afternoon tea on the verandah and unwind.

GIBB’S FARM (B, L, D)

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