Stone Town to Matemwe
Zanzibar cycling holiday from town to the North.
This 4 days Zanzibar cycling holiday takes you along the West coast to the Northern tip and end at the famous Mnemba atoll. A sunset over the roof tops of Stone Town and our amazing Spice Tour are other highlights.
If you rather start from the coast, check out our cycling holiday Jambiani to Stone Town South or Jambiani to Stone Town North.
Stone Town /Chuini/ Nungwi/Matemwe
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For you who want to smell, taste and touch Zanzibar
Swimming and snorkelling at Mnemba atoll
Taste all the fruit and spices in season
Sunset over the roofs in Stone Town
Swim in the mangroves
Shorts and t-shirt. Bring scarf to cover shoulder in the villages and town
English speaking guide
695 USD pp incl all in the itinerary described
Day 1: Stone Town
Pick up at airport and transfer to Kholle House in the heart of Stone Town.
Briefing and test of bicycles.
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).
Kholle House is our absolute Stone Town favorite. Small and personal filled with quirky details and antiquities. Breakfast in the lush courtyard under the langi langi tree and a refreshing morning swim in the pool- how about that?
Day 2: Chuini
To avoid the erratic traffic in Zanzibar city, you embark the local bus. After a 20 min you arrive to the spice farm area. Then some easy and beautiful cycling ( 3 km) to get to our favorite and pioneering Spice Farm run by Abeids Family. There you will be able to see, smell and taste all the fruit and spices in seasons as you walk around the grounds to discover. Some of them are ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, lemon grass, black/green pepper, mangos, bananas, cloves and lots of other spices you have only seen dry on the shelf before. While you are doing the tour the women will prepare a tasty lunch with spices, fruit and vegetables from their farm.
With filled belly you move on, mostly downhill and flat luckily, another 6 km before arriving to Chuini. You arrive early enough to have time to enjoy the peaceful family owned Mangrove Lodge, its lush garden, pool and the mangroves.
Mangrove Lodge is an Eco-lodge surrounded by a tropical garden. As it is on the West coast you have chance to witness a colourful Indian Ocean sunset.
Breakfast, lunch at the farm and dinner. Excl.drinks
Day 3: Nungwi
This day you will probably fill in your legs as it is 53 km to Nungwi. But it can be cured with a fruit smoothie upon arrival- or even a swim. And then there is always the local buses to catch along the route should you so wish.
After some hours cycling and exploring you will come to Mkokotoni, a small untouched fishing village. It’s close to the island Tumbatu so the boats over runs from here. Quite spectacular if you manage to see one. Nungwi is the most tourist developed beach on Zanzibar. Many places to visit, many roof top sunsets to see. Or you just stay at Flame Tree Cottages and enjoy the tranquillity. Your choice!
Flame Tree Cottages is a quite vast plot with few enough cottages to offer privacy. You will have your own veranda where breakfast is served and the swimming can take place in the ocean just outside or the refreshing pool. Should you want some party it is a mere 10 min walk away.
Breakfast, lunch box and dinner. Excl.drinks
Day 4: Matemwe
Going South today- 21 km. A bit inland and then out to the North East coast to go snorkelling by the world famous Mnemba atoll. Unbelievably clear blue water. The reefs surrounding the island have colourful coral and fish. Sometimes the dolphins are arounds so fingers crossed.
Breakfast and lunch . Excl.drinks.
End of program around 2 pm.
Further arrangements according to preferred accommodation or transfer