Explore UNESCO-listed Stone Town, from its decorative Arabic doors to daily market life and Freddie Mercury’s former home…
Discover UNESCO-listed Stone Town on this half-day tour, from its decorative Arabic doors to daily market life and Freddie Mercury’s former home. The aim of the trip is for visitors to soak up Zanzibar’s culture and get an insight into how locals live. Zanzibaris traditionally make a living fishing or farming and there’s still a barter trade system on the island, which you’ll learn about on the tour.
Our trip starts in Stone Town’s slave market, which lies next to the Anglican church and has a moving memorial sculpture. Here, you’ll learn the sobering legacy of the slave trade in Zanzibar. You’ll get the chance to explore Darajani Market too, which is a hive of activity for locals. We’ll wander around the stalls which are filled with colourful produce, nuts, meat and spices, spotting the town’s famous carved doors along the way. Guests really enjoy visiting juice corner, where you can watch sugar cane being squeezed and buy a cup of juice to taste.
Next, we move on to visit the former home of famous Queen singer, Freddie Mercury, who was from Zanzibar. This is a highlight of the tour for guests who know and love his music. The house is close to the Old Fort and the House of Wonder, which was built by some of the island’s first British settlers. After learning about these key landmarks, you’ll have time to go shopping for wooden carvings, batiks, spices or Tanzanite jewellery.
The tour usually ends with a visit the Forodhani food market. This is the most popular place for locals and tourists to gather in the evening on Zanzibar, as it’s full of Swahili food stalls and eateries selling all kinds of seafood, pilau dishes and Indian cuisine. If your tour is in the afternoon, we’ll end here and you can enjoy a golden sunset from this popular meeting place.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Gemma, who's travelled extensively in Tanzania. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it on their own. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot to enjoy your sundowner.
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