Zanzibar School Trip Programme Highlights


Itinerary Highlights

Stone Town

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Zanzibar's magnificent capital, Stone Town, is a unique blend of Indian, African, and Middle Eastern influences and architecture.

Stone Town
  • Visit the Sultan of Oman's Palace, colourful markets and David Livingstone's house.
  • Learn about Zanzibar's unique ecosystems and biodiversity, the threats to these, environmental protection strategies supported by international agencies.
  • Visit a local women's cooperative to learn how they produce 'Fair Trade' handicrafts, through sustainable natural resource management.
  • Learn basic Kiswahili and enjoy seminars on Zanzibar's unique history and trade.

Jozani - Chwaka Bay National Park

You will learn about forestry resources and survey techniques. Forest rangers will teach you about the different habitats supporting many endemic and critically endangered wildlife species.

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In the forest, you will see brightly coloured sunbirds, butterflies as big as your hand, and 200 year old trees and ferns, which have the largest leaves in the world!

You can carry out field studies, including:-

  • Practical observation of primate behaviour (including the highly endangered Zanzibar red colobus monkey)
  • Status of Jozani flora and fauna (with focus on bird monitoring and census)
  • Survey of invasive species

You will also learn about mangrove biology and ecology, and using boardwalks you can explore the Park's different mangroves to see how different species have adapted in different zones. Learn why mangroves play vital roles in coastal systems, and how they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Pemba Island

Pemba Island is a fertile and more rural island than Zanzibar, well-known for its healthy coral and abundant marine life. You will:

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  • Explore the Ngezi Forest, part of the Eastern Arc and Coastal Forests of East Africa - one of the world's 25 most important biodiversity hotspots. Ngezi is home to many endangered and endemic flora and fauna, and undiscovered species. We will:
    • Learn how CARE International, the local government, and villagers are establishing forest management programmes to provide income-earning opportunities for local communities, while conserving the forest's natural resources.
    • Study the status of two plant species of global importance, and the Pemba vervet (green monkey), which is endemic to the island.
  • Visit the beautiful Misali Island Marine Conservation Area to learn about the ecology of critically-endangered hawksbill and green turtles - why coral reefs, one of the planet's most diverse ecosystems, are being threatened, and how we can protect them.
  • Snorkel in special areas and see amazing tropical fish, lobsters, and perhaps even dolphins or sea turtles feeding off the reef!
  • Meet local farmers and study farming systems, natural resource management, and environmental issues during a visit to an organic farm, a salt farm, and the Pemba Oils Distillery.

Chumbe Island Coral Park

Chumbe Island, an outstanding example of self-sustaining conservation, provides a protected breeding ground for over 432 species of fish and many endangered species, which can spread out to recolonize overfished and degraded areas nearby. We will:

  • Explore the virgin coral rag forest and see specialised plant communities which have adapted by surviving without groundwater.
  • Carry out bird monitoring of mangrove and pied kingfishers, and fish eagles
  • Learn about renewable energy and innovative clean water systems
  • Enjoy a superb snorkelling experience on Chumbe Island's Coral Reef Sanctuary, described as one of the best preserved shallow reefs in East Africa. See all the wonders of the underwater world normally only accessible to divers! You will gain an excellent appreciation of the diversity of species in the shallow reef, sea grass and intertidal zone.

Zanzibar's North Coast

Cern Pipes

The perfect place to relax at the end of the trip! We will take a Spice Tour and explore beautiful plantations to learn how saffron, vanilla and many Asian and Middle Eastern spices are produced and exported.

Swim off dazzling white sandy beaches, visit the remarkable Turtle Sanctuary, and learn how traditional boats (Dhows) are made.

Good proficiency in swimming prior to departure is advised.

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