Princess Salme Spice Tour Zanzibar

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Princess Salme Spice Tour Zanzibar is a Tour about Princess Sayyida Salme – daughter of the first Sultan of Zanzibar and a beautiful Arab Zanzibar princess who sent shockwaves through Zanzibar.  Was she a Rebel, outcast or a revolutionist?

Reason being she taught herself to write, conspired in a plot to overthrow her brother, became pregnant and eloped to Germany with a young merchant, Heinrich Ruete and wrote the sensational Memoirs of an Arabian Princess.

0800 Hours: You will be met by your guide at your Stone Town hotel around 09:00 and driven to the Mtoni Palace to start your tour. The tour begins with a sailing cruise on a traditional dhow along Stone Town’s famous seafront to the Mtoni Palace ruins.This boat ride is a unique Zanzibar experience.

Mtoni Palace (Beit il Mtoni) is Princess Salme’s birthplace – where she lived as a child, just north of Stone Town.

We visit the ruins (Palace by then) where Salme was  born in 1844. Her bestselling bookMemoirs of an Arabian Princessgives a lot of interesting details about Zanzibar’s history and her life in the palace.

We take a tour of the ruins with a guide bringing to life both the palace’s and Zanzibar’s history. Next, a 15 minutes’ drive will take you to Salome’s Garden.

This is a stunning Omani mansion which once belonged to Salme’s uncle. It is set in an extensive and beautifully kept garden right by the sea.

These days, it is home to the Zanzibar Creative Education Foundation, a small non-profit project that teaches children from different backgrounds following Rudolf Steiner’s concept of holistic learning.

You will be treated to a traditional coffee ceremony in the lush, romantic garden, with birdsong and happy kids providing a feel-good ambience. Then, you will visit the Kidichi Persian Baths, built for the second wife of Salme’s father.

You can still walk around the bathhouse, prayer room and relaxation area. Keep an eye out for the decorative peacocks and flowers in the stucco render.

You continue to Mzee Yusuf’s spice plantation, which is also connected to the Sultan’s family: you can still see the remnants of a small rest house that once belonged to Salme’s brother.

A detailed Spice tour will take you around the plantation, and you will learn about (and taste!) the abundance of spices, fruits and herbal remedies grown in Zanzibar.

1200 Hours: After the tour you will be served a delicious local lunch, surrounded by the sights and sounds of Zanzibar’s countryside.  The traditional lunch includes Pilau, fish masala, stewed bananas, kachumbari salad, several vegetarian dishes, an array of fruits, fresh fruit juice and spice tea.

1300 Hours: From here, you’ll  travel to Stone Town, where the princess lived in a relative exile, unmarried and shunned by her family for her role in the intrigue.

The Palace Museum has a room dedicated to Salme’s life and writings. Your guide will take you to her house, where her romance with Heinrich Ruete began across the balconies, resulting  in secret trysts and meetings in the countryside. 

1400 Hours: The  tour ends at the Gallery Bookshop,  where you can buy Salme’s book, Memoirs of an Arabian Princess, available in many languages.

Princess Salme Spice Tour Zanzibar Prices


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* Do wear a hat & be prepared for some walking
* Please dress conservatively and wear closed walking or hiking shoes
* This is a private tour, and will be booked exclusively for your party; each guide can take a maximum of six people per tour
* All of our guides speak excellent English, and have fascinating stories for the insights into today’s Zanzibar, as well as the island’s history

Princess Salme Spice Tour Zanzibar Rates Includes:

* Professional English speaking guides
* All entry fees, service charge and taxes
* Home-made Traditional Swahili Lunch in Kidichi
* Pickup from your hotel in Zanzibar Stone Town and drop-off to your hotel
* Mtoni palace entrance fee, Boat ride to Bububu, Coffee ceremony at Bububu house, Donkey Ride from Bububu to Kidichi, Spice tour in
Kidichi, Entrance fee to Persian baths Kidichi and Mzee Yusuf cutting cinnamon

Princess Salme Spice Tour Zanzibar Rates Do Not Include:

* Drinks
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Minimum of 1 person required
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

Booking & Reservations for Princess Salme Spice Tour Zanzibar Contacts;

Booking Office Tel: + 254 718-179-967
Mobile/ WhatsApp : + 254 721-242-711
Mobile : + 254 780-242-711

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