Breakfast in Nairobi, and we’re off on a flight to paradise. Your hotel, either the Zanzibar Serena or the Blue Bay Resort, waits quietly in the sun, absorbing its rays as they reflect off the adjacent sea. These hotels, specially selected for their exceptionality, immerse the traveller in the romantic atmos- phere of centuries gone by. The perfumed air caresses you with the scents of all the spices that have grown in abun- dance throughout the island since time began.
Old Town and Spice Plantations
The morning begins with a sumptuous breakfast as you gaze over the Indian Ocean to the endless horizon. A walking tour is the only way to truly experience the town, which exists today much as it did in the years when Zanzibar, the Isle of Spices, was a great trading centre known the world over for spices, timber and slaves. The marketplace is alive with vendors who hawk their exotic wares in a multitude of languages, as many as the intense palate of colours which mark their fabrics, their spices, their intricately carved wood and other goods for sale. As you move away from the rau- cous market, the winding streets grow serene and mysteri- ous, with their whitewashed houses and ornately carved wooden doors and balconies studded with brass. You will visit the Zanzibar Museum and the Old Fort. Lunch, relaxed and oh-so-luscious, and we proceed to spend the afternoon touring the plantations on the outskirts of town where cin- namon, cardamon and strong, flavourful Arabic coffees are grown. And, of course, we see the cloves, the gold of Zanzibar, the world’s finest and most desired spice, grown here in the very centre of the Spice Islands.
Leasure and Relaxing
Zanzibar – Nairobi
Today brings a farewell to the island. Depending upon your flight time, which—being in a splendidly far flung outpost of civilization after all—can sometimes be early, perhaps you’ll make one last trip to the marketplace for that fantasti- cally carved teakwood chest or supply of intensely scented clove pomanders—a heady reminder of your sojourn in this ageless Swahili paradise.