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Ufufuma Forest Zanzibar Half Day Tour: The name “Ufufuma” is derived from the 13th century chief, Mzee Ufufuma, and this historic forest is located only 45 minutes drive from Stone Town.
It is a truly exotic and unique place to visit. It is home to some of the rarest wildlife in Africa, sacred caves and to this day still serves as the location for traditional healing practices performed by witch doctors.
Ufufuma Forest Zanzibar Half Day Tour Highlights
Ufufuma forest Tours: In the Ufufuma Forest, will get the unique opportunity to see the natural, native forest very famous for traditional medicines, spirit caves, and wildlife such as insects, birds, and monkeys found nowhere else on the planet.
Witches dances: Normally witches dances are performed in order to call upon devil spirits. In this type of indigenous dance you will see a local doctor speaking with spirits who have entered into the body of an afflicted person.
In the course of a witch dance, traditional instruments are played, Swahili medicinal treatments are made, and spirit houses are visited. There will also be direct interviews with local doctors.
Authentic Swahili food: After the tour, you will get another opportunity to complete the tour with an exceptional food experience that includes: Swahili food tasting, witnessing the preparation of pregnant women in the area in which they will give birth and an explanation concerning the traditional child’s upbringing within 40 days after birth
Ufufuma Forest Zanzibar Half Day Tour Itinerary
Ufufuma forest is well protected by the Zanzibar government and is home to a wide variety of plant and birdlife, insects (especially butterflies) and animals including wild pigs, bush babies, adders duikers, tree hyraxes, Sykes and red colobus monkeys and bats.
With a population estimated at fewer than 2,000, the red colubus monkey is one of the rarest monkeys in Africa and can only be found on the main island of Zanzibar. Ufufuma Forest is also where the last evidence of the Zanzibar leopard was encountered.
Although not seen since 1970, prints and droppings have been found as recently as 1994. The unofficial conclusion in the scientific community is that the Zanzibar leopard is now extinct.
The forest contains several sacred caves that once served as homes to 13th century indigenous people.
You will have the opportunity to enter the caves, and visit some of the old homes that today are used as traditional spiritual and healing centres where special ceremonies are held for people looking for talents, blessings, richness, cures and protection against diseases and evil spirits.
You will have the opportunity to observe local people in their traditional affairs including explanations of the healing instruments, how traditional medicines are made and used, the unique preparations and practices surrounding childbirth and the first forty days after birth, as well as direct interviews with a local witch doctor.
Depending on the day, you may get to observe a witch dance where a local witch doctor speaks with spirits that have entered the body of an afflicted person.
A site to behold, musicians play mystical tunes on traditional instruments while the group dances and sings the sacred healing songs.
Ufufuma Forest Zanzibar Half Day Tour Prices
Ufufuma Forest Zanzibar Half Day Tour Rates Includes:
Swahili Traditional food for lunch + Professional English speaking guides + All entry fees, service charge, and taxes + Pickup from your hotel in Stone town and drop-off to your hotel + Guided Nature walking Tour in Ufufuma Forest (Ufufuma Forest Visit + Witches Dances and Food) & Witnessing the preparation of pregnant women and the area in which they will give birth and an explanation concerning the traditional child’s upbringing within 40 days after birth
|Price Per Person
|Children aged 12 Years & Below
|1st January 2023
|31st December 2023
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* The walk in the forest takes about 3 hours
Ufufuma Forest Zanzibar Half Day Rates Do Not Include:
* Drinks & Lunch
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers Insurance
* Communication charges
* Minimum of 1 person required
* Visas, international airfares, and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)