AOS Zan takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People’s Palace), Dr Livingstone’s House and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques! A trip to the site of Sultan Barghash’s harem at Marahubi should also be included and rounds off an insight into Zanzibar’s huge history and vibrant culture.

Stone Town has some excellent gifts shops with plenty of souvenirs and handicrafts to choose from. The Jozani Natural Forest Reserve is located in the central east region of Zanzibar Island and is home to the rare Red Columbus Monkey (picturedopposite), which is endemic to Zanzibar.

These monkeys are full of character, and roam freely. They can also be seen at very close quarters just outside the reserve\s perimeter and are incredibly photogenic. Jozani is home to other species including Sykes monkeys, small buck and bushpigs. The elusive Zanzibar leopard (last sited several years ago) is said to feed here at night -perhaps this is why the reserve is only open during the day. Jozani has anexcellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative.