Explore the cultural heritage of Zanzibar


Used briefly as a prison for rebellious slaves and then as a quarantine station for yellow fever cases, Prison Island is now a picturesque island home to a colony of giant tortoises. Visitors to the island can enjoy a stroll around the island or snorkeling in the gin-clear turquoise waters. The nearby sandbank, Nakupenda Island, is also worth a visit. From Xanadu, it is about 1-hour drive to Stone Town and another half an hour ride by boat.

Spice Farm Tour

Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island which derives from its former important status as a spice exporter, a trade that still exists but has been declining in recent years. Spice farms offer an interesting insight into the local cuisine, showing exotic spices in their natural habitat while also offering the guests a taste of the Swahili cuisine. The spice farms are about 60-70 minutes drive from Xanadu.


Stone Town is the historic quarter of the main city of Zanzibar and a fascinating maze of alleys with each corner displaying another narrative of its Arabic and European history. Made a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being an outstanding example of a Swahili trading town, the early 19th century city offers famous attractions such as House of Wonders, Forodhani Gardens, and the Anglican Cathedral which was one of world‘s last open slave markets, as well as a range of markets, souvenir shops, and restaurants. A guided tour of the historic centre of Stone Town is a must for every visitor to Zanzibar and is about 1 hour drive from Xanadu.

Visit the street market in Stone Town

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