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This bike tour is all around the exotic paradise island of Zanzibar showing you the heart of the city and the soul of the locals. You will lay on the white sanded palm fringed dream beaches and swim in the crystal clear turquoise Indian Ocean – this is life in this paradise.
We have picked out our favourite spots and activities: sunsets over the Indian Ocean and over the mysterious Stone Town, mangrove forest, soulful African villages, snorkelling at the world famous Mnemba atoll, as well as swimming with dolphins in the crystal clear turquoise waters of Kizimkazi. Along the way, our guide will show you the life on Zanzibar and you can taste ripe fruit, freshly made juices and local specialties.
Cycle tour map available in Gallery
Max distance per day: 55km
Min distance per day: 23 km
Days on bike: 6
Bikes and equipment
The bikes come in various sizes. They are equipped with bottle holders and baskets on the steering to keep necessities such as sunblock, camera etc. We have water bottles and helmets, however, it is preferred to bring your own helmet.
- If there are only 2 people cycling, the guide will bring the luggage on his bike (one 15 kg soft bag per person). The remaining luggage will be taken to your final destination.
- If there are more than 2 people cycling, their luggage will be transported daily to their accommodation.
All beverages are for the guests own expense.
JAMBIANITransfer from the airport or harbor to Jambiani. Briefing with guide and test of bicycles. In Jambiani you will see goats, ducks and lots of cheerful kids running around. It is said, Jambiani has the best beach on the eastern coast. The beach has a long white sandbank, which allows for amazing swimming at high tide where the villagers go out to grow the seaweed and pick mussels for dinner at low tide. Dinner and overnight at Jambiani. Dinner, excl. drinks
KIZIMKAZIEarly morning departure by bike to the Southern point, Kizimkazi (22 km) for Dolphin spotting. We pass the village Makunduchi with its red clay huts and banana trees showing you a bit of Africa. We can stop and try the exotic fruits sold along the way. People from the coral rock village Kizimkazi will give you a good indication of the local lifestyles. In Kizimkazi we take a boat trip searching for dolphins that come here for to rest and breed. The possibility of seeing the dolphins is good, however, it cannot be guaranteed. After the dolphin spotting/ swimming, we enjoy lunch and rest on the quiet and beautiful beach of Kizimkazi. During high tide, the fishermen bring their catch in and we can view the fish auction. With this, you can also enjoy the dolphins dancing in the distance. Our accommodation is at a local resort chosen for its sea views. Breakfast, local lunch and dinner. Excl. drinks
STONE TOWNToday we cycle approximately 56 km. It is long but flat and comfortable stretch to Stone Town. We will take you through villages and busy areas showing you the real life on Zanzibar. Together with your guide, you will choose which roads to take: village roads, shortcuts, main road, off-road. We stop along the way and eat a simple local lunch and fruits and other foods. After a day full of experience you are rewarded with an amazing dinner experience. Stone Town is a UNESCO world heritage site and a humming mysterious place where people live and enjoy their life on display in the narrow alleys. Here Africa meets Oman and you can see, feel and smell the mix of different cultures and heritages as the citizens cook their food on the street, children are playing and the men play bao in the corner debating what the next move to make. Evening dinner at Stone Town enjoying a panoramic view of the ocean. Drinks are excluded but dinner starts shortly thereafter.
Overnight in Stone Town
Breakfast, lunchbox and dinner, excluding drinks.
STONE TOWNAfter breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Stone Town and experience the buzzing life in the narrow streets where men shout over bao games and women bake chapati on the streets and where the kids are running around.
Overnight in Stone Town
CHUINI/BUBUBUAfter breakfast depart to Spice farms (20 km) for a tour where you will see, smell and taste the tropical fruits and spices in season: vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass, cloves, ylang-ylang, cumin, garlic, ginger, coriander, pepper, tamarind, chili, oregano and many others. Lunch will be eaten at the farm. Ride to Chuini /Bububu for dinner and overnight in Chuini/Bububu. Chuini/Bububu is surrounded by a tropical garden with spices, coconut palms and mango trees. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Excl. drinks
NUNGWIRide to the northern point of Zanzibar Nungwi via Mkokotoni, a small genuine fishing village where locals take their boat to Tumbatu, to the fruit and fish market (approximately 53 km). Nungwi is the most exploited place on the island but still very cute, having a definite spirit of Zanzibar. Here you can explore the village along a very safe swimming beach with little or no current. On this day, you will enjoy a packed lunch, since finding decent food along this streach, is not too easy a task. Dinner and overnight in Nungwi. Flame Tree Cottages is a peaceful place with small villas, where they serve breakfast on your private veranda and that the beach- and nightlife is merely a 200 m away. Breakfast, lunch box and dinner. Excl. drinks
PONGWEAn early morning departure to Pongwe , (approximately 45 km). We pass through the Kiwengwa/Pongwe Forest – rich both in fauna and flora species. Here, you could spot Red Colobus Monkeys, Sykes, Blue Monkeys, Sunni antelope and several species of snakes, 47 bird species and 100 plant species including many medicinal species. Beside the forest you will visit a sugar cane farm and by-pass beautiful rice fields. Breakfast and dinner. Lunch eaten along the way at your own expense, as this day has to be adjusted to cater for everyone in the group. Therefore, it may is not be too easy to be able to predict where lunch will be served.
PONGWENo activities today but time to enjoy this private paradise Lodge and the area. Check out the seaweed farms and the beauty when the tide runs out
Breakfast and dinner, lunch for your own account.
JAMBIANIAt Chwaka (13 km) we catch a wooden dhow and pack the bikes and ourselves to cross Chwaka Bay,.Then we follow the coastline to Jambiani (22 km). The circumnavigation of the island is celebrated with a special dinner at the Lodge. Perhaps the Red Colobus Monkeys come and join in the celebration. Breakfast, lunch box and dinner. Excl. drinks.
TRANSFER OR EXTRA DAYSTransfer to airport today or later if wanting more days.
- Luggage Transport
- All tours and meals mention (Beverages Excluded)
- International Flight
- Domestic Flights from Arusha to Zanzibar (flight can be requested at an additional cost)
- VISA’s – Please visit your local Embassy to enquire about the VISA requirements
- Travel insurance
- Personal insurance
- Extras at the lodges and hotel I.e. Drinks, Laundry service etc
- All items not mentioned above