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Jambiani Village Tour

Jambiani Village Tour

Overview: Jambiani Village Tour

It can be hard to tear yourself away from the gently lapping waves and soft white sands of eastern Zanzibar, but this coastline is more than just somewhere to relax: for thousands of local residents it represents their entire livelihood. Jambiani, stretching for three-and-a-half miles along one of the island’s most picturesque beaches, is one such village. A tour of this community will offer you a fascinating insight into the daily life and work of its 6,000 residents.

The NGO that runs this tour has been operating for many years in the village, and a large percentage of profits are ploughed back into community-development initiatives. The guides have an excellent reputation among the villagers, and this translates into meaningful interactions and genuine exchanges.

What to expect when visiting Jambiani village

The exact schedule for the tour varies from day to day, but typically during term time you will start at the local kindergarten (one of the main places that will benefit from the proceeds of your visit). Don’t be surprised to be serenaded by a group of very happy and enthusiastic pre-schoolers, desperate to perform their latest song!

Your guide will have intricate knowledge of the village, its history and its residents, so you may meet the mganga (traditional healer), or find out how the women make rope from soaked and dried coconut husks. A highlight for us was walking out over the white sand at low tide to the seaweed ‘farms’ set up in the shallows, and gaining an understanding of how the seaweed is ‘processed’ before it is harvested and sold was fascinating.

You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a house, and to hear about the everyday life, traditions, and customs from the villagers themselves.

No visit to a Zanzibari village would be complete without sampling some of the traditional delicacies, so your trip will end at a local restaurant, serving some of the fragrant, spice-filled dishes for which Zanzibar is famed.

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.

Start location
Any of Expert Africa's hotels on Zanzibar
End location
Back at your hotel
Meals included
Lunch at a local restaurant
Duration
Half-day - mornings
Maximum group size
Usually six people per guide

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What to look forward to.


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Your guide will be knowledgeable local resident...
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Who will spend time explaining the history of the village, and how day-to-day life operates...
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Activities include seeing how coconut husks are turned into rope...
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...a laborious and hands-on procedure...
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...which is usually the women's job...
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You can even try yourself!
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You may also meet the local mganga (traditional healer)...
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...who will explain the uses of various plants to heal illnesses.
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Spend some time learning about seaweed farming...
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...learning how it's harvested...
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by the villagers...
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before being sold on.
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Finish up with a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.

Your guide will be knowledgeable local resident...

Who will spend time explaining the history of the village, and how day-to-day life operates...

Activities include seeing how coconut husks are turned into rope...

...a laborious and hands-on procedure...

...which is usually the women's job...

You can even try yourself!

You may also meet the local mganga (traditional healer)...

...who will explain the uses of various plants to heal illnesses.

Spend some time learning about seaweed farming...

...learning how it's harvested...

by the villagers...

before being sold on.

Finish up with a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.

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