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  • Stone Towns' most famous son is Freddie Mercury and a popular inclusion on your Tanzania safari.

Stone town is situated in the old part of Zanzibar City in Tanzania. It is the cultural heart of Zanzibar and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is thus named because of the reddish-coloured coral stone used in the construction of many of its buildings. Its influences architecturally are a combination of East African, Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. It was at one time the centre of the spice trade and slave trade in the 19th Century. This is an excellent addition to a Tanzania safari.

It is a maze of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, houses, shops, mosques and churches. Many of the houses date back to the 19th Century and are distinguished by their verandahs and finely decorated wooden doors with rich carvings. On the seafront, one will find buildings that were once former Sultans’ palaces and fortifications as well as churches and mosques. 

Some of the major landmarks are the House of Wonders dating back to 1883, a former Sultan’s palace, now a museum of Swahili and Zanzibar culture, the Old Fort, built in the 17th Century, now a cultural centre, the Palace Museum with its memorabilia of a Zanzibari Royal Family, the Forodhani Gardens where each evening after sunset, one can enjoy grilled seafood being sold from the numerous stalls, the Darasani Market which sells everything under the sun and Livingstone’s House where David Livingstone once resided.



Tanzania Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Tanzania travel.

Learn about the history and culture of Tanzania, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Tanzania's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Tanzania for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Tanzania safaris today!


Extend Your Trip

After your African Safari, why not consider one of Goway's Europe tours or Egypt tours en route from Tanzania or perhaps a stopover in Dubai on one of our United Arab Emirates tours


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