Add-on activities for a memorable conference

The Fort, Stone Town Source: Kate Nathan

AfricaStay offers a number of different, very well-conducted and exceptionally well-guided tours. Corporates and PCOs can discuss a large range of add-ons and activities both on the water and on land with the tour operator.

Even if you have selected a hotel in the far north, (Nungwi in the north, is the most popular resort area), a Stone Town tour is essential. No one should leave Zanzibar without seeing this ancient city, which has a remarkable and tragic history.  One of the charming features of Stone Town is that very little has changed since it was built in the 17th Century, around the time the Dutch arrived at the Cape. A tour of Stone Town can be a half day, with lunch in the shade on the rooftop of the Maru Maru Restaurant, plus a tour of the Kizimkazi Spice Plantation, making it a full day away from the resort.

Cloves are at the heart of Zanzibar’s history and are still an important export. Visitors see how they are grown, along with nutmeg, cinnamon, peppercorns, Anatto dye, vanilla, cardamom, coffee and cacao. Zanzibar was famous for its spice trade even in the 15th century.

Sun Tours also offers tours to the Jozani Forest (a rainforest that is home to some rare mammals including the endangered red colobus monkey); a cooking class with local foods; sunset cruises and sea safaris on a dhow; a trip to Mnemba Atoll for snorkelling and a seafood lunch, plus other options.

Zanzibar was East Africa's main slave-trading port, and so its history is an important part of global slave history. In the 19th century, 50 000 slaves passed through the slave market each year. The explorer, David Livingstone, estimated that another 80 000 people died every year before even reaching the island.  In 1876 the sale of slaves was finally prohibited due to the efforts of abolitionists like Livingstone. The Anglican Church stands on the site of the old slave market, the location of the old whipping post marked on the floor at the altar. Visitors should take the trouble to visit the underground chambers which have been preserved in their original state, to understand the inhumane conditions in which the slaves were kept in these unventilated underground rooms prior to the slave auctions.