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5 Things You Have To Do In Stone Town, Zanzibar

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    A mild breeze tumbles through an alley just wide enough for you to walk through, and the air wafts of strong, freshly brewed coffee. You’re so enthralled by Stone Town’s commotion when you arrived that you forgot to thank the driver who dropped you off in the middle of it all.

    It’s your first day in Zanzibar. You’ve stopped here before whisking off to your beachside resort in the north. What to do? Where to go? What to see, smell, taste? Let’s take a walk through the highlights of Stone Town and see what we find. The tangle of streets and architectural angles offer a sense of intrigue and romance: peeling walls, high-reaching balconies, tight-knit streets, all of it hugging the Indian Ocean. Stone Town feels a bit like Havana, Cuba, and equally as photogenic. Immediately you can tell. Taking day trips in this Zanzibar city is a must do when in Tanzania.

    5 Things To Do In Stone Town

    1. Elephant Spikes and Baraza Benches

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    You understand this UNESCO world heritage site designation after noticing architectural flair everywhere, from spikes affixed to doors which fended off elephants, to Arab mansions and lavish Indian residences complete with balconies and baraza benches. (Source).

    Famous architect Renzo Piano once said, “One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again.” Here in Stone Town you can see painted on these walls the wrinkles of hundreds of lifetimes.

    2. Grab Coffee, Sit, Watch

    Shutterstock 437746744After strolling past the oldest structure in town, the Old Fort, you stop for a morning buzz at the Zanzibar Coffee House. Any coffee aficionado will agree that Tanzania grows some of the finest beans on the planet, and here your first whiffs of the dark bean sharpen your senses after ordering a macchiato. It’s one of our favorite places to stay, too, if you’re planning an overnight. Easy Travel can arrange accommodations anywhere on the island (Where to stay?).

    3. Visit Famous Ghosts

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    Remember British rock band Queen? (“We are the Champions, My Friends…”). Well, Queen’s lead singer Freddy Mercury was born and raised right here in Zanzibar (Source). His parents were of Parsi descent and they toggled back and forth between India and Zanzibar before the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution moved them to England for good. Today, you can still visit his home.

    Other notable Stone Town residences include explorer and abolitionist David Livingstone and the slave-and-ivory trade mogul Tippu Tip.

    4. Slave Museum

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    We believe it’s vital to visit humanities darkest history in order to learn from the mistakes made by atrocities. Visiting the slave museum will help you learn about the atrocities of the slave trade where they had a regular ‘slave market’ in the streets of Stone Town. No fewer than 50,000 slaves passed through this port annually by the hands of a slave trader, until it was abolished by the British in the 19th century. Let that sink in.

    5. World-Class Markets

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    Coming back into the light, Stone Town has various main markets that are beaming with village life. Darajani bursts at the seams when you arrive, almost as a ceremonial palace for street food. We recommend coming here during the day time, perhaps after or before your boat trip with marine life. Here you squeeze past hanging meats and fruits, sacks of fragrant spices, gifts for loved ones, and nearly every smell and shout under the Zanzibari sun. This truly is a beautiful insight into the daily life of a local. If you decide to stay in Stone Town for the evening, you can scope out the Night Market at Forodhani Gardens (https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/zanzibars-night-market), a gastronomical boon of food and drink. My best advice? Arrive hungry for a dining experience of a lifetime. Here’s a little primer on Tanzanian eats and treats: view more .

    The Darajani Market is a busy place where people buy fresh fish, meat, living chickens spices and fresh fruits. The market is located close Dala-Dala Terminus in Stone Town.

    A Little History!

    As you begin your exploration afoot, you can feel the history running deep here, through every side street, every smile from the local vendors, every whitewashed stone that gives the place its namesake.

    The first of Zanzibar’s inhabitants reach back over 20,000 years. More recently, waves of colonialism have shaped Zanzibar into what it is today: a living, breathing convergence point of power (and a quarter million people!).

    The island is actually named Unguja, the largest in a cluster of isles 25-50 kilometers (16-31 miles) off the coast of Tanzania. Its inlet made a defensible port for colonial powers—Persian, Indian, Omani, Portuguese, British—to conduct business, namely spices and slaves.

    The slave economy pivoted here from Stone Town and was one of world’s last known slave trades, eventually shut down by the British in 1873.

    The Main Takeaway

    Nothing completes a trip to Tanzania like some R&R in Zanzibar. So if you’re there to spend several days of beachcombing, be sure and carve out a day to explore Stone Town, the true heartbeat of this island. It’s busy… Beautiful… Tragic. It’s important. Once you’ve soaked up Stone Town, head down to the blue waters at the beautiful beaches for some water sports or a relaxing day under the sun.

    All things converge here into the most sensorial of urban wonders, and its bound to give you some things to which you’ll never forget. Easy Travel organizes informative cultural tours of Stone Town to provide historical context and ensure you don’t miss a thing. Call us today.

    It’s your first day in Zanzibar. You’ve stopped here before whisking off to your beachside resort in the north. What to do? Where to go? What to see, smell, taste? Let’s take a walk through the highlights of Stone Town and see what we find. The tangle of streets and architectural angles offer a sense of intrigue and romance: peeling walls, high-reaching balconies, tight-knit streets, all of it hugging the Indian Ocean. Stone Town feels a bit like Havana, Cuba, and equally as photogenic. Immediately you can tell. Taking day trips in this Zanzibar city is a must do when in Tanzania.

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