Stone Town

Background Information

The stone town is a unique architectural and cultural mix that has formed over a millennium of interaction between people from the East African mainland, Arabia, the Persian Gulf, India, and Portugal etc. A guided tour that will take you through the narrow street of the town. You will visit:

Pricing Info:

No Of Pax. 1pax 2pax 3pax 4pax 5pax 6pax
From Town Hotels $50 $28 $23 $21 $19 $19
From North Hotels $50 $28 $23 $21 $19 $19
From North East Hotels $111 $67 $48 $39 $33 $31
From South East Hotels $133 $89 $61 $50 $42 $39
From South West Hotels $111 $61 $44 $39 $33 $28

Detailed Excursion Itinerary

A half day excursion. Our guide will pick you up at the hotel reception. Stone Town Tour which takes approximately 3 hours, shopping (if needed)

09h00: Pick up from your hotel reception
10h00: Arrive in Stone Town and start the tour
12h00: Finish the tour and drive back to the hotel

Price include:

  • Professional guide full day Stone Town
  • Entrance fee at Anglican church
  • Entrance fee at Princess Salma Palace
  • Cold water in the car
  • Madafu after the tour
  • Return Transfers

You will Visit:

The Slave market:

Zanzibar was the hub of the slave trade in East Africa, until 1873 when it was abolished. On this site now stands the Anglican Cathedral.

Anglican Cathedral:

The Cathedral is built on the site of the former slave market site once an open space surrounded by small houses. In the middle of the houses was the whipping post where slaves could be punished or tested for how much pain they were able to endure to test for their ability to do hard labor. The high altar of the cathedral now stands on the site of the whipping post

Beit-Al-Ajaib (House of Wonders):

Admired for its high ceilings and towering pillars, this used to be the Sultans Palace until 1911. The first building in East Africa to have an elevator. At this house you will have a look only outside.

The Old Fort:

Also called the Arab Fort, and by its local name (Ngome Kongwe) is next to the House of Wonders. It was built between 1698 and 1701 by the Busaidi group of Omani Arabs, who had gained control of Zanzibar in 1698, following almost two centuries of Portuguese occupation. In the 19th century the fort was used as a prison, and criminals were executed or punished here, at a place just outside the east wall.

Fred Mercury House:

Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar and spent his early years in what is now called "Mercury House". Freddie's family had moved to Zanzibar so that his father could continue his job as a cashier at the British Colonial Office. At the age of 17, Mercury and his family fled from Zanzibar for safety reasons due to the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution. At this house you will have a look only outside.

Tippu Tip House:

Tippu tip was a slave trader, whose real name wasHamed bin Mohammed el Marjebi. He was born in the 1840s and began to participate in the slave trade at the age of 18. His nickname is thought to come either from a local word meaning 'to blink', as he apparently had a nervous twitch affecting his eyes, or because his eyes resembled those of a type of bird called Tippu Tip locally because it had characteristic blinking eyes. At this house you will have a look only outside

Palace museum:

This was the palace of Sultan Seyyid Said from 1828 until it was largely destroyed by the British bombardment of 1896. It was then rebuilt and used until the 1964 revolution when the last sultan was overthrown

Where to find Stone Town