Stone Town Discovery Tour

Reviews of Stone Town Discovery Tour

Excellent(91%) From 15 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 15 of our travellers who have done this activity and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr & Dr S. from Knutsford
Date: 12-Nov-2019 Based at: Zanzibar Palace Hotel
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Superb & authentic local tour guide

Our guide Anjam was a wonderful host and showed us a side of Stonetown that you would never discover without a guide.

He showed us the "real" Stonetown - a place that people live in day-to-day, not just a tourist destination - as such we were introduced to local traders, herbal pharmacists and shared coffee with a local book seller. The salted chilli mango was a seasonal taste sensation!

We couldn't recommend Anjam enough - a true gentleman and great company for a few hours.

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Ms S. from Bainbridge Isla
Date: 6-Nov-2019 Based at: Zanzibar Coffee House
Overall:
Good
Good

Nice guide;OK tour

Stone Town has a fascinating history but the historical building/museumes have not yet been developed enough to make them worth going to.

The guide walked us around and told us stories but really you could have just read it. There just wasn't much to see. That said, it is always interesting to walk around an African town and market if you have never done it before. We have so I would have skipped this.

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Mr W. from Cheshire
Date: 11-Aug-2019 Based at: Zanzibar Palace Hotel
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Excellent

Our Stone Town tour was excellent and all the credit goes to the particular guide we had.

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Mrs L. from London
Date: 11-Aug-2019 Based at: Zanzibar Palace Hotel
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Stone Town Discovery Tour review

Interesting and informative guide. We learnt a great deal about the history of the town.

A very worthwhile tour.

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Mrs E. from Bristol
Date: 21-Jul-2019
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Stone Town Discovery Tour review

We absolutely LOVED Amjam - he gave us a fantastic insight into life in Stonetown - and was delightful and kind and respectful - it was one of the highlights of our trip !

He encouraged us to try foods that we wouldn't dream of normally trying - unripe salted mango and baobab sweets - !

He was extremely knowledgeable and well informed - his English was, of course, faultless.

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DGJM from London
Date: 19-Jul-2019 Based at: Zanzibar Palace Hotel
Overall:
Good
Good

Insiders' Tour of Stone Town

It was an interesting experience to be taken around Stone Town by a local who was born and raised in Zanzibar. He took us through local markets and the winding streets of the town, which could have been confusing to navigate on our own. He also encouraged us to try local foods to enhance the experience (halwa, baobab, coffee).

We enjoyed hearing about his history of the town, but would have been interested to hear more about the interactions of all the various groups that comprise Zanzibar, particularly post-revolution. Still, it was a great introducing to the town.

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Damara Dik Diks from UK
Date: 18-Jul-2019 Based at: Emerson Spice
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Intersesting, informative Tour

Our guide was very good. He explained the history of Stone Town and also took us to the markets and we had a very good all round walk. We could see and he explained to us, the dire need for renovation. It is sad to see things on hold, eg the House of Wonders. Money seems to not reach the right people! A sense of a town which is surviving but which really needs its government to direct funds to restore buildings and things like refuse collection.

Local people great, and a sense of harmony between Christian, Hindu and predominantly Moslem communities. This was a big positive.

Sensed the future depends upon government really thinking carefully about how it regulates tourism and ensures locals have chance to stay living within Stone Town.

Very good English spoken by our guide and he gave us a really good tour.



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Mr S. from Edegem
Date: 13-Jul-2019 Based at: Emerson Spice
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Stone Town Discovery Tour

A different perspective on Stone Town.

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Mrs P.S. from Baldock
Date: 24-Sep-2018 Based at: Emerson on Hurumzi
Overall:
Average
Average

superficial over view

It was a good way to understand the layout and history of the place.

It did not include any visits to museums but the guide gave plenty of information.

We were disappointed not to be taken into the slave museum as we has specifically asked for our tour to be focused on the slave trade when we booked our holiday months beforehand.

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Expert Africa comments

We were really disappointed to learn of these travellers' experience of the Stone Town tour, after Expert Africa discussed at length with the tour company about tailoring their tour specifically to the slave trade, as this was their primary interest. It seems that they were told that they couldn't enter the slave trade exhibition at the museum, whereas in fact they should have been informed that they were free to go in their own time at the end, as the tour guide couldn't come with them. Other than that, the tour company felt that the guide tailored their tour sufficiently to meet the needs of these travellers and were sorry to hear that it didn't deliver. We will ensure communication is more clear in future.

Mr Peter P from USA
Date: 19-Aug-2018 Based at: Chumbe Island Lodge
Overall:
Good
Good

Stone Town Discovery Tour review

Was a slight dissapointment. Hope to do some shopping for wood carvings, but it didn't happen. The guide and his family were very hospitable for the home hosted lunch. However, it was way too much food for the middle of the day, especially given the heat. Enjoyed the conversation however.

Liked the cafe he took us to, especially the specialty coffee drink.

Hoped to tour the Membi ruins, but it didn't happen.

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