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Stone Town

Historical Stone Town is the cultural center of Zanzibar

Stone Town is a recommendable stop for all who visit Zanzibar. It’s the cultural hub where you can find everything. Historical information, international and local restaurants, shopping for everything you might want, and many hotels for all budgets. Stone Town is also full or Airbnb’s, like this Historical House with a Rooftop.

Stone Town was constructed from coral stone during the 19th and 20th century. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. This has uplifted the face of the historical city remarkably, and still does. As the whole historical part of town is protected, i Stone Town you can really walk in the same environment the sultans did.

The most popular evening spot in Stone Town must be the Forodhani Gardens, with street food and comfortable cafes. It gets busy around sunset and continues until around eleven.

 

Eating in Stone Town

In Stone Town, there are plenty of choices. Especially local Zanzibari cuisine and Italian food are easy to find. There are also Chinese restaurants, sushi, and Middle Eastern food available.

For a meal to remember, a booking at the Emerson on Hurumzi rooftop is a must. Thre full meal with live music is an experience! The view over the town and the ocean is a great plus.

Forodhani Gardens street food is a must, but make sure you get your food from a reliable stand. That means, go where the locals go. If it looks too good it is too good.

 

Zanzibari museums

Stone Town is the home of the Zanzibari museums, like the People’s Palace Museum, The Old Slave Market and Hamamni Baths. You can visit them by yourself, but if you want to learn a lot in a short amount of time, booking a guided tour is the best use of time, and gives you many more perspectives to Stone Town as well.

 

Shopping in Stone Town

Shopping in this town can be highly rewarding. The big shops on Kenyatta Street are easy for souvenirs, but if you have more time in your hands, head to the local designer shops. Gizenga street and then Changa Bazaar Street are great places to start with.

The local food market also hosts many spice stands, but the same area also has several spice shops, which usually have lower prices.

 

TOURS FROM STONE TOWN

These tours are easy to access from Stone Town, some of them directly and some take a car drive.

Stone Town history tour

Stone Town Tour

A walking tour to the history and present of Stone Town. This atmospheric and mystical town is the cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar.

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Close up of "Zanzibari lipstick"

Spice Tour

Get familiar with spices, herbs and exotic fruits! he Spice Tour is one of the most popular excursions in Zanzibar, the Spice Island.

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Delicious Swahili lunch after or before the tour

Spice Tour with a Cooking Lesson

This favourite tour includes a walk on a local spice farm, and afterwards a tour in a nearby village including a short cooking lesson.

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Zanzibar tours, Pemba tours

Jozani Forest

Jozani National Park is home to several habitats including swamp forest, evergreen thickets, mangroves, as well as a variety of wildlife, including sykes and red colobus monkeys, bush pigs, Ader’s duiker and suni antelopes, elephant shrews, chameleons and lots of birdlife.

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Prison Island giant tortoise

Prison Island

This boat trip will take you to the historical Prison island fro Stone Town. You get a chance to see the islands’ giant tortoise and snorkel in the surrounding corals.

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Zanzibar Full Day Cruise

Fishing village, sand bank, snorkeling and beach life. A Full day trip on a traditional dhow boat around the southern coastline of Zanzibar. This magical journey will take you on an exploration of the Indian Ocean from Fumba fishing village to the Menai Bay conservation area.

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Snorkel with sea turtles at Chumbe Island

Chumbe Island Tour

This is a one day tour in Chumbe Island, one of the best snorkeling and nature spots in Zanzibar. This tour is a bit of luxury, with a beautiful day room and a delicious three course meal.

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STONE TOWN HOTELS

All reservations made through us are the same price as you would get directly from the hotel – no booking fee added.

Beautiful hotel in Zanzibar, Stone Town: Emerson Spice

 Emerson Spice Hotel

This beautiful and unique hotel will make sure you’ll never forget staying here! Enjoy the scenery from your balcony or from rooftop tea room.

Price: High end, 200 usd per room.

 

 

 

Pool and inner court of Dhow Palace Hotel

Dhow Palace Hotel

This is a beautiful, peaceful hotel right in the city centre.

Price: Midrange

 

 

 

 

Double room in Tembo Hotel

Tembo Hotel

This hotel has a unique location by the beach in the centre of Stone Town.

Price: Midrange/high end

 

 

 

 

Sea view double room in Seyyida Hotel

The Seyyida

Beautiful boutique hotel with a garden in the inner court. Spa attached.

Price: High end

 

 

 

 

A double toom in Stone Town Cafe Hotel

Stone Town Cafe

This is a very small boutique hotel in the heart of Stone Town. Downstairs a wonderful cafe.

Price: Midrange

 

 

 

 

Twin room in Jambi Guesthouse

Jambo Guesthouse

Good budget option in the more quiet area of Stone Town, right next to the Green Garden restaurant.

Price: Budget