STONE TOWN, THE CAPITAL CITY

Elected as an UNESCO site this certainly deserves a visit and caters for all tastes. It has a mixed history, as mixed and flavoured as its typical spicy curry dish. A mix of races, culture, religions, languages, arts, disputes, histories of both awful slavery and mighty empires. It is no surprise that it is the capital for Swahili culture and home to an important art and music festival within its castle walls. The things to see and do are endless so it is advised toread up on the city to decide what you most want to see, and make the most of your time there, it’s easy to lose yourself and time flies in this city. The architecture ranges from Arabic to Colonial, there are multi ethnic zones so you can see both a catholic and anglican cathedral, a Hindu temple and various mosques all fairly nearby. There are historical and cultural sites such as the slave market and the curious “House of Wonders”, as well as sites of literary importance such as the Africa House Hotel and also commercially important places such as the narrow streets lined with shops selling anything and everything. Hidden behind intricately carved wooden doors lie the “hammam” – bars where you can drink delicious tropical juices or small hotels boasting great views over the city from their balconies. All kinds of restaurants offer you Swahili, European, Indian, Arabian and Chinese cuisine.You certainly can’t get bored! It’s easy to get lost although people are generally very kind and helpful in helping you find your way (especially if a small tip is offered). It is not a particularly dangerous city even though as in all cities common sense is the rule. Once you have been around the city an absolute must is to stop for dinner at Forodhani Park opposite the House of Wonders. Whilst during the day this is a typical park where you can stroll under the shade of the trees, in the evening it becomes animated with food stalls of every type of cuisine. Fish, fruit, sugar beat juice and local pizzas. It’s a good idea to get there feeling hungry and curious!

The tour is conducted by an official guide. Proper clothing is recommended in accordance with the local custom.

Our guests can choose between two options:

  • A complete city tour lasting a full day with a free moment during the lunch break
  • A shorter city tour lasting half a day

The Stone Town tour can be combined with the Spice Tour or with Prison Island

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