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Zanzibar Stone Town Walking Tour Half Day Trip is a guided walk through stone town – The old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, little has changed in the Last 200 Years.
Zanzibar Stone Town Walking Tour Half Day Trip takes place in Stone Town also known as Mji Mkongwe (Swahili for “old town”) is the old part of Zanzibar City. The tour takes 3.5 Hour tour and is guided by a local professional guide.
Zanzibar is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This workmanship is particularly reflected in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors.
This is a walking tour that takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the former slave market for East African Slave trade, the Palace Museum (People’s Palace), Dr Livingston’s House and the Arab Fort amongst others.
It is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. The architectural style of Stone town buildings is a unique mixture of various influences and culture.
During your Zanzibar Stone Town Walking Tour Half Day Trip 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.
An optional stop is the Zanzibar Coffee House, where you can take a rest from the hustle and bustle and the heat. There’s a selection of drinks on offer here, as well as local sweets and seasonal fruits – the perfect pick-me-up before continuing on your tour!
Stone Town has some excellent gifts shops with plenty of souvenirs and handicrafts to choose from. The tour ends on a high note with a stroll through the narrow, winding streets of Old Stone Town.
Zanzibar Stone Town Walking Tour Half Day Trip Prices
Zanzibar Stone Town Walking Tour Half Day Trip Rates Includes:
Local guide + Bottled Water + Transport in air-conditioned minivan + Entrance fees to museums, parks, and spice farms & Hotel pick-up and drop off from stone town hotel (transfers from hotels out of stone town are available on request at an additional cost)
|Price Per Person
|Children Aged 8 to 12 Years
|1st January 2023
|31st December 2023
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Zanzibar Stone Town Walking Tour Half-Day Trip Rates Do Not Include:
* 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)
Zanzibar Stone Town Walking Tour Half Day Trip Places of Interest
The Old Dispensary
The Old Dispensary (now known as the Stone Town Cultural Centre) is a grand four story building with a set of decorative balconies. It served as a dispensary during colonial times but fell into disrepair in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
It is one of the Stone Town buildings that has been successfully restored, in this case with funding from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. It can be found on Zanzibar’s seafront on Mizingani road.
The market is a great place to visit even if you don’t want to buy anything. It is a vibrant place where everything under the sun is bought and sold. People bring their produce here from all over the island, and other people come to buy things they can’t get in their own villages
Of special interest is the huge selection of brightly colored khangas (worn by the local women) and the auctions that are held regularly.
Livingston’s’ House was built around 1860 for Sultan Majid, and was used by many of the missionaries and explorers as a starting point. Most notably, Dr David Livingston’s lived here before commencing his last journey to the mainland interior.
The Peace Memorial Museum
The Peace Memorial Museum is an interesting look at Zanzibar’s history. It has sections on archaeology, early trade, slavery, palaces, mosques, sultans, explorers (includes Dr Livingston’s’ medical chest), missionaries, colonial administrators, traditional crafts and household items, stamps, coins, fishing, and clove cultivation.
The Palace Museum
The Palace Museum is a large white building with castellated battlements, and was built in the late 1890’s for members of the Sultan’s family.
Originally called the Sultan’s Palace, in 1911 it became the official residence of the Sultan of Zanzibar, but following the revolution in 1964, it was renamed the Peoples’ Palace.
In 1994, the palace was turned into a museum dedicated to the history of Zanzibar’s Sultans which necessitated a third change of name to the Palace Museum. For the first time, visitors can see much of the Sultans’ furniture and other possessions that survived the revolution.
The House of Wonders
The House of Wonders is a very large square-shaped building, with several stories, surrounded by tiers of pillars and balconies, and topped by a large clock tower.
It was built in 1883 as a ceremonial palace for Sultan Barghash and was the first in Zanzibar to have electric light and an electric lift.
Not surprisingly, when it was built, the local people called it Beit el Ajaib, meaning the House of Wonders. Today, it is still one of the largest buildings in Zanzibar, and there are plans to open it as the National Museum.
The Arab Fort
The Arab Fort is situated next to the House of Wonders and was built between 1698 and 1701 by the Busaidi group of Omani Arabs. It is a large building with high, dark brown walls topped by castellated battlements. The fort is open to visitors and now contains various shops and an open air theatre.