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Stone Town Discovery Tour

Stone Town Discovery Tour

Overview: Stone Town Discovery Tour

For centuries, Zanzibar has been shaped by ideals, influences and rulers from far overseas, each adding to its fusion of character – and nowhere is this clearer than in Stone Town. Gaining an understanding of these myriad cultural forces can be challenging, but doing so is thoroughly worthwhile. Take a wander through Stone Town’s maze of alleyways with an erudite Zanzibari resident, meeting the locals, marvelling at its fusion of architecture and cultures, learning about the food, music, beliefs and everyday life, for an utterly fascinating experience.

What to expect on your walk

Your Stone Town tour will focus on exploring the city’s UNESCO World Heritage centre with a highly knowledgeable and engaging Zanzibari guide – spending time focusing on aspects that interest you most, be that traditional medicine, cuisine, the role of women, the structure of education, architecture, the social lives hidden in concealed courtyards, or any number of questions that may arise as you journey past the more well-known landmarks and the hidden gems.

These trips are relaxed and free-flowing, feeling very much like an exploration with an old friend, taking you to places to pique your interest and make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Visit an atmospheric dispensary, still very much in use, to learn about traditional herbal remedies; walk over to Stone Town’s Anglican Cathedral to see the slave pits and hear of Zanzibar’s role in the slave trade. After this you may wander through the narrow streets to the ruins of the Old Fort, located on Stone Town’s waterfront and built on the ruins of a Portuguese church, or perhaps you’ll meet family jewellers cutting tanzanite gemstones before heading to Forodhani Gardens and the House of Wonders, the first building in Zanzibar to have electricity. Experience the market without being harassed, whilst your guide will likely have you taste the seasonal fruits on offer, offer some culinary advice, and educate you on the many local uses for the array of spices on sale. Watch local craftsmen hammering brass details into Zanzibari chests or restoring Stone Town’s famous carved wooden doors, share Arabic style tea or coffee and hear about Swahili society.

In our opinion, learning about both this city’s history and its modern challenges, its residents' hopes and ambitions, and having the opportunity to genuinely engage with this community and your guide is one of the finest Stone Town pastimes, and comes highly recommended as a way to better enjoy and understand this city and its people. The hand-picked guides that we work with are, we believe, Stone Town’s best and are able to give real insights into the island’s history and people on many different levels. They were all born and brought up in Zanzibar, and live in the Stone Town community themselves, and so are uniquely placed to help you interact with its residents and understand its culture, both modern and ancient.

This is a private tour and generally starts at 09:00. However, as every element of this excursion is designed around you, it is possible to start later in the morning, or even the afternoon if you wish. The tour can either end back at your hotel or, there is also the (highly recommended) option to end with a local family, enjoying a home-cooked Zanzibari meal.

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.

Start location
Any of Expert Africa's hotels in Stone Town
End location
Back at your hotel
Meals included
No meals are included
Duration
Half-day
Maximum group size
Six people per guide

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What to look forward to.


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Join one of our highly knowledgable Stone Town guides...
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...who will lead you through Stone Town's winding alleyways.
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Discover the symbolism behind Stone Town's famous carved doors...
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...explore the bustling markets...
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...learn how 'Jaws Corner' got its name...
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...and smell the freshly picked spices.
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Head down to the waterfront and explore the beautiful tropical gardens...
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...learn about Zanzibar's defences and old trade routes at the harbour...
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...walk around the fort and old amphitheater...
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... and finish up with a Zanzibari tea or coffee at the Mrembo Spa.

Join one of our highly knowledgable Stone Town guides...

...who will lead you through Stone Town's winding alleyways.

Discover the symbolism behind Stone Town's famous carved doors...

...explore the bustling markets...

...learn how 'Jaws Corner' got its name...

...and smell the freshly picked spices.

Head down to the waterfront and explore the beautiful tropical gardens...

...learn about Zanzibar's defences and old trade routes at the harbour...

...walk around the fort and old amphitheater...

... and finish up with a Zanzibari tea or coffee at the Mrembo Spa.

Stone Town Discovery Tour reviews

3 independent first-hand comments from our travellers.


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14 reviews since August 2007
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Dr & Dr S.fromKnutsford

12 Nov 2019

"Superb & authentic local tour guide"

"We couldn't recommend Anjam enough - a true gentleman and great company …" Read Dr & Dr S.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ms S.fromBainbridge Isla

6 Nov 2019

"Nice guide;OK tour"

Overall rating: Good

Mrs L.fromLondon

11 Aug 2019

"Stone Town Discovery Tour review"

"Interesting and informative guide. A very worthwhile tour. …" Read Mrs L.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

DGJMfromLondon

19 Jul 2019

"Insiders' Tour of Stone Town"

"He encouraged us to try local foods to enhance the experience (halwa, baobab) …" Read DGJM’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

Overall rating: Excellent

Damara Dik DiksfromUK

18 Jul 2019

"Intersesting, informative Tour"

"Interesting, informative Tour …" Read Damara Dik Diks’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr S.fromEdegem

13 Jul 2019

"Stone Town Discovery Tour"

"A different perspective on Stone Town. …" Read Mr S.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs P.S.fromBaldock

24 Sep 2018

"superficial over view"

"It was a good way to understand the layout and history of the place. …" Read Mrs P.S.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Average

Overall rating: Good

Mrs Sfromfrance

7 Sep 2017

"Anjam"

Overall rating: Excellent

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