Discover Zanzibar’s artisan workshops and markets on a 4-hour cultural tour from Stone Town and enjoy a traditional lunch by the sea. Learn how the country’s vivid fabrics are made in a textile workshop then walk the aisles of Mwanakwerekwe market, where vendors display mounds of fresh fruit, brilliant clothing and souvenirs. Sip juice straight from a coconut at a market stall, stop by a woodworkers’ shop, then relax with a meal and a beer at a Zanzibari restaurant with views to the Indian Ocean.
Very informative tour. It was great to try my hand at door carving. It was great to see artistry at work.
This tour was a total waste of money, with the good point: a comfortable vehicle. We visited one small craft workshop to see very basic batik dying - using a large paint brush. We also saw shells being strung for a wall hanging and thread being prepared for spinning. This was in fact the highlight of the tour a 10 minute visit. We also went to a woodwork workshop to see a door on a trestle table and a student showing us how he used a chisel at most a ten minute visit. There were no intricate objects being carved nor famed wooden beds being constructed. We then walked through a section of the nearby market and saw some bags of spices, tomatoes and potatoes, No, there was no tasting of dafu, no knickknacks, no clothes, no colourful fabrics etc! We did drive through Stone Town.....how else could we get to the destinations? As far as the restaurant for a late lunch .. it was three o'clock when we ended up in front of a shack near the army barracks and were invited to have egg and chips. We declined. We are quite willing to eat local food, but had severe doubts as to the hygiene standards. We were pleased to be dropped back at the fort there is no local pickup, as is still being advertised at 4pm, just 2 and a half hours into our 4 hour tour. We would have rated this as less than one star if possible. The only excitement on this tour was the number of near misses as we drove around including almost being t-boned by a 20 seater bus.
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