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STONE TOWN TOUR EXPERIENCE IN ZANZIBAR WITH AFRICANMECCA
Your Stone Town tour of Zanzibar with AfricanMecca will be marked by many moments of wonder as you view the charms of this old metropolis that has retained its essence, but also has favorably, albeit cautiously embraced the elements of modernization. Every nuance of its vibrant history is evident in the beautiful buildings, some that whisper about the Omani advent in Zanzibar and others that speak about the origins of Swahili architecture fused with a Persian Shirazi influence.
The narrow streets are lined with many residential houses that preserve their original Swahili-Omani themes with exquisitely carved doorways with metal studs, overhanging balconies and latticed windows (read more on hotels options in Stone Town). Side by side, you will see churches that are evidently continental due to the colonial presence and the many mosques commissioned by the olden Sultans of Zanzibar.
Step into the House of Wonders and visit the 17th-century built fort. You could also check out the one-time slave market that Zanzibar was repentantly renowned for. To lay your finger on the pulse of the old town, you must take a walking tour through its enchanting labyrinth alleyways.
Begin your journey of exploration of Zanzibar’s market where locals buy just about any perishable from reaped fishes just from the deep waters to recently harvested vegetables and outlandish fruits like shoki-shoki (rambutan), custard apple, durian, fenesi and bungo to name a few.
With the taste of the flavors still on your tongue to sample the fruits, head out to the Anglican Church that was built to bond religious gaps and in celebration of the end of all traces of the slave trade. Its foundations stand at the exact location where slaves were traded and the church altars were built in place of the whipping pole that stood in the slave bazaar.
Here, you will learn that the Sultan of Zanzibar abolished slavery in 1873 in a treaty with its commercial partner in slavery, the British Empire, as a result of the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 under English law. Next, your well-informed AfricanMecca guide will lead you to Sultan's Palace Museum (Beit-al-Sahel) and House of Wonders (Beit-al-Ajaib) that houses a collection of personal items from the royal rulers of Zanzibar.
Go on to the Tippu Tip’s House, Africa House that was once a British Club, the Old Fort, Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat Dispensary and Forodhani Gardens. End your journey on this leg of your cultural and historical vacation in this part of Africa with a souvenir extravaganza at the small stores along the narrow streets and haggle for delicate jewelry, distinct Swahili clothing, hand-carved curios and paintings (read more on why you should visit Zanzibar).
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BEACH VACATIONING IN ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar is a tranquil, beach paradise for an idyllic Indian Ocean vacation in Africa, amidst soft, white sands and the shimmering turquoise waters dotted with picturesque traditional fishing dhows.
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WHERE TO STAY IN ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar has varied beachfront and Stone Town hotels located in distinct areas of the island. Option include staying in the north, east, south and west seasides to distinct, private islands like Mnemba and Chumbe.
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GUIDE ON ZANZIBAR
An exquisite Indian Ocean jewel, off the east coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar or the Spice Island is a laid-back little settlement where history whispers and pristine beaches sooth your mind, body and soul.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT ZANZIBAR
Thanks to its southern equator location, Zanzibar has a tropical climate allowing you to plan your seaside vacation in Eastern Africa at any time of the year without any extreme variability in temperatures.
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The Zanzibar Stone Town tour guide was superlative. He was outstanding and gave us undivided attention. We felt that was great value and to be escorted round the market place and slave stations was like walking in a living museum.
Viv & Kirsty Turner - KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
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AfricanMecca Safaris created a remarkable honeymoon tailored to our interests and desires. The quality of service and delivery of experience was unsurpassed. I highly recommend AfricanMecca Safaris to honeymooners, families, or any traveler.
Noorin & Jason Nelson - Maryland, United States
Greetings to you and our most fervent thanks for a wonderful trip of Kenya, Zanzibar, South Africa & Victoria Falls. Everything went very well. This was truly a perfect vacation. Thank you so much for all your arrangements.
Adrienne & Barrie Carter - Canada
We have returned from our African adventure and would like to thank you very much for your part in making this such a wonderful experience. We were lucky enough to time the Great Migration from the Serengeti, which was amazing.
Denise Paterson - Belmont, Australia
Ras Nungwi was a beautiful property, the pristine white beach not more than forty feet from our lovely room, the Indian Ocean sublime. Raza, it was the vacation of a lifetime, again, thanks so much.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI & BEACH BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR ZANZIBAR IN EASTERN TANZANIA
When beach vacationing in Zanzibar, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Zanzibar Island attractions and tour activities after your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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