Zanzibar Weekend & Traditional Medicine Experience

April 16, 2013

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Fancy a weekend on a paradise island? Soak up the tropical sunshine on white sand beaches, take a traditional sailing boat into the Indian Ocean, swim with wild dolphins and learn about traditional healing practices from a Zanzibar Medicine Man!

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This trip includes all your travel by private minibus with other Gap Medics students to and from the Gap Medics House in Morogoro, escorted all the way by your tour guide. It also includes hotel accommodation, food, Zanzibar ferries,and your experiences in the island – all for £395 (US$690).  


You’ll be met at the Gap Medics house early on Friday morning by your tour guide, and driven by private minibus to Dar es Salaam to catch the 12:00 ferry to the island. On arrival, you’ll check into your hotel in the heart of Zanzibar’s beautiful old capital, Stone Town, with time to freshen up before boarding a traditional wooden dhow (Arabic sailing boat) for a 2-hour sunset cruise in the Indian Ocean. 

After the cruise, it’s off to Forodani Gardens on the waterfront to buy dinner from the incredible street food night market… it’s a seafood lover’s paradise, with everything from lobster to shark, fresh tuna and octopus, but also has plenty to offer those with other tastes. Food here is the only thing we don’t include in the price, as there is so much to choose from and you just pay the stall owner directly, but you only need budget about £8 for a really good feed!


The day starts early, with a private minibus across the island to the east coast for the traditional medicine experience. You’ll spend around two hours with a Zanzibarian medicine man, learning about the ancient ways of healing in this part of Africa, as well as seeing how they impact on modern-day healthcare delivery.

And from there… to the beach! You’ll have the whole afternoon to relax on pure white sand, the sea lapping at your toes, with snorkels and flippers available to rent if you fancy exploring the shallow warm waters. Your hotel for the night is right on the beach, with dinner served under the stars.

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Sunday begins with a short minibus transfer south to take a boat out for a chance to swim with wild dolphins in their natural environment. As with any wild animals, no one can predict when and where the dolphins may turn up, but four out of five trips do find them so you’ve a pretty good chance.  

You’ll then catch the midday ferry back to Dar es Salaam, where the minibus will be waiting to take you back to the Gap Medics House in Morogoro in time for dinner and to meet the new students who have arrived that weekend.


If you would like to take part in the Zanzibar weekend and Traditional medicine experience then simply complete the form below and we will add the experience to your booking.