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Itinerary: Zanzibar Island cycling tour - Stone Town to Matemwe North

Zanzibar Island cycling tour - Stone Town to Matemwe North

This cycle tour of Zanzibar takes you from Stone Town to Matemwe in the North of the island, visiting Spice Farms, passing through fishing villages and interacting with the local people. There's plenty of time to enjoy the gorgeous white palmed fringed beaches and have a tip in the Indian Ocean.

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Zanzibar Island cycling tour - Stone Town to Matemwe North

This bike tour comes in several versions and can be reversed and customized to your requirements. We have picked out our favorite spots, accommodations and activities. Which one is our favorite? We cannot really tell. They all have its particulars.

Max distance per day: 56 km
Min distance per day: 20 km
Non-scheduled days: 0
Days on bike: 4

Day 1 Arrival to Stone Town
Pick up at airport and transfer to Kholle House.
Briefing and test of bicycle.
18.00 Roof top dinner at Emerson on Hurumzi. Best roof top in town where you will enjoy 270 degrees sea view accompanied by the call for prayers and the tingling sound from the Shiva temple below. Drinks excluded (sunset and drinks around 18, dinner starts 19).

Overnight at Kholle House - a personal boutique hotel filled with antiquities following the Spice Route to Zanzibar. A feeling of home and lots of beautiful balconies and terraces to enjoy.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Kholle House

Day 2 Stone Town to Spice farms
Today we visit the lush Spice Farm area (20 km) north of Stone Town. We will go to a Spice Farm for a tour where you will see, smell and try the tropical fruits and spices in season: vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass, cloves, ylangylang, cumin, garlic, ginger, coriander, pepper, tamarind, chili, oregano and many others. After lunch we continue to Chueni /Bububu for overnight (6 km) at Mangrove Lodge – an Eco-lodge surrounded by a tropical garden with spices, coconut palms and mango trees. The sunset can be watched while lying on the warm sand.

Meals: Breakfast |Lunch | Dinner
Accommodation: Mangrove Lodge

Day 3 Nungwi
Early morning ride to Zanzibars´Northern point, Nungwi, via Mkokotoni, a small genuine fishing village where locals take the boat to Tumbatu and where you will find an authentic fruit and fish market (53km). Nungwi is the most vivid place on the island but still very cute and Zanzibari. You have the village to explore and the sea here is amazing and with no tide to talk about you can swim from the shore 24/7.

Afternoon, dinner and overnight in Nungwi, Flame Tree Cottages. Flame Tree Cottages is a peaceful place with small villas. We love that they serve breakfast on your private veranda and that the beach- and nightlife is merely a 200 m away.

Meals: Breakfast |Lunch | Dinner
Accommodation: Flame Tree Cottages

Day 4 Matemwe
Early morning departure to Matemwe (26 km). Snorkeling at Mnemba atoll. Mnemba Island is a Marine Conservation area with a vast oval reef system. The reefs surrounding the island are colorful and you can expect to see lion fish, moray eels and stingrays swimming around in the shallow water. If we are lucky you can jump in the water surrounded by dolphins.

Meals: Breakfast |Lunch

End of program around 2 pm.

Further arrangements according to preferred accommodation or transfer


Bikes and equipment
We have bikes in various sizes, equipped with bottle holders and baskets on the steering to keep necessities such as sun block, camera etc. We have water bottles and helmets bringing your own helmets is preferred.

If 2 people the guide will bring the luggage on his bike- one 15-liter bag per person. The remaining bags will wait for you at the final destination.
If more people the luggage will be transported to the hotel every day.

Water, soda and other drinks along the way and for lunch and dinner are paid by the guests.

Price low season
15 March - 30 June
1 November - 20 December
US$ $ 868 per person sharing – Minimum 2pax

Price high season
11 January- 14 March
US$ $ 935 per person sharing – Minimum 2pax

Price peak season*
US$ $ 993 per person sharing – Minimum 2pax

*during peak season, the island is full and it can be hard with bigger groups unless willing to prepay for keeping rooms
Single price: 70 % of the price for shared double.
Incl. transfer, accommodation, guide, bike, luggage transport, all tours and meals acc. to itinerary (drinks not included)

This trip can be customized to preferences and fitness. Itinerary and prices can vary according to season and room availability. Note that presented hotels are booked according to availability else an alternative will be presented.

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