While spices no longer dominate Zanzibar's economy as they once did, there are still numerous spice plantations in the centre of the island, which make an interesting visit. Friendly and informed guides will escort you on a walking tour of the spice farms, picking bunches of leaves, fruit and twigs from bushes and trees, inviting you to smell or taste them to guess what they are.
Almost all the ingredients of the average kitchen spice rack can be found on this tour. Local children weave small 'gifts' from palm leaves as they follow you around and will quickly scamper up a coconut palm to cut a fresh coconut for you.
This is a great opportunity to find out why Zanzibar is known as the 'Spice Islands'.
This is a half-day tour and includes transfers, guide and admission fees.