STONE TOWN TOUR
This is a walking tour that takes you almost 3 hrs in the narrow streets through this colorful and alternating city with our tour knowledgeable tour guide, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the former slave market for East African slave trade, and the Arab Fort. The architectural style of Stone town buildings is a unique mixture of various influences and culture. There is a lot of carved wooden doors in Stone Town. At last count in Zanzibar, these doors were 560. The oldest door discovered in Zanzibar is dated AD 1694. When a house was built in Zanzibar, the door was traditionally the first part to be erected. The greater the wealth and social position of the owner of the house. You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market (opened 1904), where you can see and buy tropical fruits and spices. From there the tour takes you to the Anglican Church built by Bishop Steers in 1874 on the site of old slave market. You will see a tiny and dingy room where slaves were kept before reaching the auction table. Stone Town has some excellent gifts shops with plenty of souvenirs and handicrafts to choose from. The City Tour is very flexible and can be adapted suit your interest and time frame.
Zanzibar is rich in different cultural influences; Arabic, Indian, Persian and European heritage mix together with local African traditions to create a unique feel to this sprawling seaside town. Historic buildings and beautiful architecture hang ominously above the narrow winding streets of Stone Town. Our tour includes a valuable insight into the distinctive culture of Zanzibar and includes a visit to a town market, Slave market, house of wonders, Sultan palace, National museum ect. You will also have about 30 minutes of shopping.