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Zanzibar Town or Stone Town is the cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar. Stone Town, locally known as Mji Mkongwe, meaning old town is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. At Zanzibar Africa meets the Orient.
Stone Town is a very fascinating city with an unique atmosphere. In many ways it looks like the medinas of North Africa by its lively bazaars and markets, Arab mansions, but especially by its labyrinth of narrow and twisting streets and alleyways.

Staying in Stone town for six days at the end our trip of three months through Africa was a great choice.

View from the boat

Zanzibar lies in the Indian Ocean, 35 KM off the coast of mainland Tanzania, six degrees south of the Equator.

Stonetown lies at the west coast of Unguja, the largest island of Zanzibar. From Dar es Salaam you can reach Stonetown easily by boat.

Zanzibar doors

We stayed in former Arab mansion, at one of the narrow alleyways. At the roof of the mansion was a bar with great views at the town and surrounding ocean.

When we strolled around in the many alleyways we could feel and see the fusion of cultures. There are mosques, churches, hammans, temples, lively shopping and marketstreets. We especially liked the architecture with its lovely balconies and nicily carved doors.

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  • Last visit to Zanzibar Town: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2010 at 2:49 AM

    Your Africa stories are great, Ali! Thanks for sharing here!

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    Nov 14, 2007 at 8:35 PM

    Me missed Victoria garden xxx

  • cleocat's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2006 at 12:53 PM

    Great pages. Nice info. Hopefully I will go there soon. Can't wait.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2006 at 3:13 PM

    Great page, surprise and discovery for me! What an interesting destination! Thanks for sharing.

  • Acirfa's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2006 at 2:59 AM

    Oh my goodness, I love your pages, love them, thank you for such insight, so glad I have found them.

  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2005 at 3:01 AM

    Absolutely great pages! Never been and will prob never be able to go, but just seeing the pics and reading your info about Zanzibar Town makes the feeling of why we travel to far off places worthwhile!!!

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2004 at 3:51 AM

    What a great page on Stone Town. I loved the pictures and tips.

  • marcelo15's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2004 at 9:54 AM

    Nooooooo!!! Your zanzibar page is so amazing. Specially for the pics about Freddie (almost crying)LOL. Defenetely i have to be there someday + talking about Queen. Ali, thanks a million for showing us this pics. sigue trabajando duro...

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2004 at 9:08 AM

    Wow Ali, another fantastic page! Your photos are beautiful and really capture the atmosphere of this unique place. Great tips too - wish I had gone when I was so close!!!

  • eden_teuling's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2004 at 1:20 AM

    thanks, Ali: a very well done job en I enjoyed it as thoroughly as you built it! Oh, a HAMMAM visit: great, great! elisabeth


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