Off the Beaten Track on Zanzibar – See the Real Zanzibar With Local

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South Zanzibar Tour – Village Tour and Abandoned Eco-resort

Off the Beaten Track on Zanzibar is a tour for  travellers that want to see the real Zanzibar – without tourists.

No one else does this tour but me – short car ride to South of Zanzibar, guided walk with lunch through the village and a bumpy ride to empty beach hotel.

travel with a local on zanzibar village visit south zanzibar

From anywhere along the South East coast, I will pick you up by taxi and we take a short ride to the very South of Zanzibar to a small village where tourism hasn’t really reached yet. The local  Zanzibari village invites you for a stroll through the basic yet inviting houses while children follow you around curiously. It is a typical Zanzibar village with some odd natural attractions around. It wouldn’t be an experience with locals without the food, so they will cook a yummy lunch for you to enjoy in the shade while observing village life.
We continue along an African-massage road (very bumpy!) for a couple of kms to reach an abandoned beach hotel – the beach bay was developed some time ago to be abandoned after few years of operation, yet everything is still there and the eerie atmosphere makes it an exciting opportunity to explore the empty bungalows or walk out on the derelict pier. You are far off from anything else, a great spot to contemplate nature, life and human impact – a very different side of Zanzibar.

Minimum 2 people. Tour price includes: Taxi for day, guide, contribution to village development fund, local lunch

Tour off the beaten track on  South Zanzibar can be arranged for one person or more than 6 people people, ask about prices for one person (if you are alone, you can also choose a ride with Vespa!)

Kuumbi Caves by Bike

Explore ancient caves near Jambiani by bike, crossing through bushland and discovering Zanzibar’s interior away from the beach!

Kuumbi Cave Zanzibar tour

From Jambiani, we take our bikes (no worries, I will organise) and take a ride down the road and into the bushland. After 2 km of some bumpy cycling, you are welcome to explore Kuumbi Caves, a collection of caves which show evidence of early human settlement and are nowadays used for worshipping, meeting and visiting. Being away from the hustle of the beach, the caves are wonderfully shady and quiet, giving you a chance to just enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature.

Tour price for visit to Kuumbi Caves: 20 USD per person –  Price based on leaving from Jambiani, ask for taxi to pick you up. Tour price includes:  guiding fee, entrance fee to Kuumbi Caves, bike rental

Sunset BBQ in Michamvi Village

For a great evening out, come and join us for a sunset BBQ with local transport, one of Zanzibar’s best beaches, yummy seafood BBQ and music at the bonfire!

sunset bbq zanzibar

This trip is ideal if you are a group of friends or family on the South East coast  of  Zanzibar (anywhere else, we can organise transfer as well, just ask us). We pick you up with a dalla dalla or local bus and take you up the road to the beach in Michamvi, the only beach on the South East coast with a sunset.

 

Sandbank picnic on Zanzibar – full day

zanzibar sunset bbq on the beach

Enjoy the last hours of the day by going for a swim or grabbing a beer at Zanzibar’s coolest bar Kae Funk, while we light up the BBQ and put finishing touches on the fish, curry, chapati, salad, etc. Just after sunset, sit down for the all-you-can-eat-yummyness before we light up the bonfire underneath the stars (or full moon, if you are lucky) and make some music for you. When you are done with our bush tv (bonfire and stars) we drop you back at your place.

 Minimum 8 people. Tour includes transfer, BBQ dinner and water. Bar is nearby and other drinks can be ordered and bought.

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Lau
LauYour Local Zanzibar Guide
I am Lau, a true Zanzibari, born and bred in Stone Town. I started working within the tourism industry a long time ago as dishwasher, but then I decided to study English and Tourism while I made the village of Jambiani my home. The beach, the sea and anything reggae- and football related is my life. Oh, and my little daughter, of course. I love showing travelers the island of Zanzibar, particularly the South East coast where there are many things to do and see, like snorkeling with a local fisherboat, sunset BBQ on the beach, sandbank picnic with dolphins, village tour with Swahili cooking… Come and meet me!

Lau is no more living on Zanzibar. Thanks for visiting this site.

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No better way to discover the amazing island and people of Zanzibar!!!
Whether you're a nature junkie or want to know more about culture and history, Lau is definitely the go-to guy! He can provide you with great advice and/or custom-made tours all along your trip. Not only he's profesional and dedicated, you can also tell he really enjoys what he does, and that's what makes him so good at it!
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Incredible introduction to Zanzibar, can't wait to go back for more!
Our visit to Zanzibar allowed us just three days to explore the island, and Lau was more than up for the challenge of making the most of our short time there. He was able to organize a custom itinerary featuring all sorts of things we wanted to do ... get a local's perspective on Darajani Market, tour a family-run spice growing collective, see the monkeys and mangroves with one of the original guides at Jozani Forest, learn some classic Swahili cooking, chat with people in Jambiani village and still have time to swim. We really enjoyed finishing up with the sunset BBQ at Michamvi ... such a memorable seafood feast with the best of hosts!
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A picnic in the middle of the sea, a once-in-a-lifetime experience
There are traveller's guide books for almost every spot and every activity on Zanzibar. And then there is Lau for everything you will not find in the books. Trust the local, he knows the best places and the best times to visit them.
We loved our stay on Zanzibar and the tours with Lau and can't wait to go back and do it all again.
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Beautiful tours to places you usually don't get to see in Zanzibar in good atmosphere
Lau makes you feel very welcome and organizes great tours. All you have to do is relax and enjoy. We've been snorkeling in an amazing place. I also recommend the sunset BBQ. I especially enjoyed that the tours are unique and small groups of people.
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Love Zanzibar, love Lau!! I would always book a tour again!
Lau was the perfect guide to explore Zanzibar's culture, history and culinary specialities. I volunteered for three months in Jambiani and had a lot of spare time to discover the island. Therefore I undertook a couple of tours with Lau, such as the South Zanzibar Tour – Village Tour and Abandoned Eco-resort and the Michamwi sunset BBQ. The tours were an unforgettable experience and I can't wait to go back at some point to explore more (and eat Zanzibar's delicious food again) 🙂 Lau's English is very good, he is kind and always puts the customer first.
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Best BBQ in ZNZ with a true and happy Zanzibari behind the grill
I was a regular at Lau's Michamvi BBQs. Great food, fantastic scenery and Lau is just one of the friendliest people you will meet in Zanzibar. This is really worth a try, you will not regret it
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2 Comments

  1. Anne OUIMET 03/31/2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    Travelling soon to Zanzibar, I’d like to connect with Lan.
    Please provide his email address if possible.
    Best, Anne

    • Safari Junkie 04/01/2017 at 7:40 am - Reply

      Hello Anne, Lau isnt living on Zanzibar anymore.

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