Zanzibar was known as a Spice Island, exporting cloves, Vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom to the world. The spices were brought over from Asia and South America and flourished in Zanzibar’s tropical climate.
Nowadays the plantations are a tribute to the Island’s past, swapping spices for tourism and combining both in a spice tour, one of the most popular excursions on the Island. Walk through the spice farm with your guide, touch, smell and taste different spices and tropical fruits. Try to guess one spice or fruit from the other, from the crushed leaves, the fruit, shoots, vines and creepers crawling up the trees. Learn about their properties, their origins and their use as medicines and in food and drink.
A visit to a Spice farm village gives you an insight into local life and the opportunity to try taste the fruits in season and try some spices tea. Depending on the season you are visiting, you can find anything from Vanilla, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, turmeric, Lemon grass, Cloves, Ylangylang, Cumin, Garlic, Ginger, Coriander, Pepper, allspice, Tamarind, Chilly, Oregano and more!
Fruit can include Banana, pineapple, jackfruit, oranges, star fruit, tangerine, passion fruit, mango, avocado, pear, papaya, grapefruit and many others.