Why simply hear about a culture, when you can dive in and get your hands dirty !
It is understandable that many tourists, having saved to get here and traveled a long way from their home countries, just want to lie on that perfect beach for their whole holiday. But it is also a shame to travel such a long way and not get a taste of the culture of your host country.
Visiting in Jambiani, the village on South east coast you will have this opportunity. This long, narrow coastal village hugs one of the island’s loveliest beaches, dotted with hotels and guesthouses. Three and a half miles long, with a population of over 6000 people, this village has for some years featured a cultural tour that gives travellers an insight into the daily lives of locals, and some idea of their past and how their future might unfold.
Eco + Culture Tours, the creator of the tour, ploughs all the profits back into community projects, including a kindergarten for children from the age of three to seven. It was the first such kindergarten in the southern district of Zanzibar, set up in 2000, and provides an early education for local children in languages – Kiswahili, Arabic and English – as well as maths, science and environmental studies.
The tour starts at the kindergarten so visitors can see where the money from their tour is going. Our experienced guide starts with the brief history of the village , go on with our guide.