Zanzibar is the world's main supplier of cloves, a little nail-shaped spice that gets embedded into hams, or stuck into oranges to be hung on Christmas trees. Cloves are grown for export on Zanzibar, but the spice plantations also grow a vast selection of other spices -- cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, vanilla, turmeric, and chilies, among others -- for local use, and as a tourist attraction.
Tours of the spice plantations can be arranged almost on every street corner in Stone Town. We booked ours through our hotel (Mbweni Ruins -- see my review) with the agency run by the charming Mohammed Ali the Second. The daytrip for six cost about $10/person. The price included hiring a van, a driver, an...Read More