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Zanzibar Town Travel Guide: 245 reviews and 643 photos

Stone Town and its People

Stone Town or Zanzibar Town is a magnificent place to visit. It has UNESCO World Heritage status. This town was shaped by so many cultures over years, and it is most probably that what makes it so special.
It has a very rich history. Zanzibar and Stone Town was a major slave trading post for many years. Freddy Mercury was born here, but never returned.
Most people here speak Kiswahili, but English is understood and spoken by many.
The central part of the town reminds me of a Souq, especially the Souq of Tunis, where daily living is continued.
With my next visit to Zanzibar, I would definitely stay in Stone Town and not at one of the resorts on the Island.

If you would like to read more about the island, you can visit my page on Zanzibar Island.

Essential Stone Town


Sitting at Mercury's at sunset, drinking an ice cold local beer, watching the kids play soccer on the beach.



The waterfront and its buildings
Getting lost in Stone Town
Fusion of cultures
Local spicy food
Friendly locals
Architecture (including the doors)

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  • Last visit to Zanzibar Town: Jun 2009
  • Intro Updated Jun 21, 2009
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  • Sep 7, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Slaves were never kept in St Monica's guesthouse. The building was erected in 1905. This has become a way of earning money from tourists. Prof. Abul Sheriff, an expert on Zanzibar says that the basements were used to store medicines - being cool.

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    Jan 16, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    I see it's a great place to visit! Thanks for your story and pictures, Pierre! ><><><

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Super pages. Great advice.

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2009 at 2:06 AM

    Nice new tips here.


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