Reviews: Stone Town Discovery Tour
Below are independent comments from 20 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.
"Insiders' Tour of Stone Town"
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." Read more about this whole safari
"Intersesting, informative Tour"
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." Read more about this whole safari
"superficial over view"
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." Read more about this whole safari
"Stone Town Discovery Tour review"
Liked the cafe he took us to, especially the specialty coffee drink.
Hoped to tour the Membi ruins, but it didn't happen." Read more about this whole safari
"An excellent introduction to the highlights!"
He was very polite, had a good sense of humour and was determined that we should enjoy our tour. We saw everything we wanted to see, felt very safe, were introduced to some delicious street food and packed in as much as possible.
He was also helpful in giving us directions for further sightseeing and shopping on our return to Stone Town on our departure date which was very helpful as well." Read more about this whole safari
Despite two bouts of torrential rain which turned the roads into rivers, we enjoyed every minute as Anjam, a third generation Stone Town resident, had so much to tell us, and there was so much to see and experience! A meal prepared by his wife and shared in their home was a fabulous end to the morning!
The spice tour was very interesting, our guide led us around the plantation on foot, pointing out to us the many different varieties of spices and fruits on the way. The tour finished with a tasting session of the local fruits and drinks made from the spices - very enjoyable!" Read more about this whole safari
"Like being taken around by a friend."
He was very attentive to our needs and made regular stops as it was so hot.
We have had many guides all over the world and he would rate in the top 3." Read more about this whole safari
"Stone Town walking tour"
We would rate the tour itself as 'excellent', but we rated it only as 'good' because of the following organizational incident:
Fisherman's Tours has a main office in town and an office in the Serena Inn. The woman at the Serena lacked knowledge about the trips that she booked for us. She told us the walking tour was 2 hours (although Expert Africa had mentioned 4 hours) and that we could make our booking for the next day's excursion when we returned from the walk. As the walking tour was indeed 4 hours, the office was closed at the Serena when we returned. In fact, we cut our tour short by 1/2 hour to try to get back to the office at the Serena before it closed. We were upset the next day's excursion needed to be booked the day before. Our guide came to our rescue! Soloman phoned someone, who could 'fix' this and our next day trip to Prison Island was arranged through the Fisherman's office in town, with Soloman as our guide. However, the next day there was quite an uproar! The woman at the Serena office was very upset that we had booked through the main office - although she was the one who didn't know the length of the walking tour which created this situation! After many people were contacted, and great discussions, we were on our way to Prison Island, with Soloman as our guide." Read more about this whole safari
"Stone Town Discovery Tour"
We were unlucky that it rained heavily for half of the time" Read more about this whole safari