17 Spellbinding Things to Do in Stone Town, Zanzibar
Visit Stone Town, Zanzibar, and you’ll be gob-smacked by its twisted alleyways, crumbling limestone palaces, mosques and faded mansions. Stone Town is the historic old part of the capital of Zanzibar.
Stone Town is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich and storied past. There are many unique and fascinating things to do in Stone Town!
Get lost in Stone Town
See locals shopping, vendors selling food on the streets, the devout going to pray at mosques. Stone Town isn’t that large, and it can easily be explored on foot.
These are no ordinary doors they’re marvelous wooden masterpieces! Some, reflecting an Indian influence, are decorated with rosettes or brass spikes.
Marvel at the Zanzibari doors
Weep at the old slave market
One of the saddest places to visit in Stone Town is the old slave market and whipping post. Zanzibar was once the center for the East African slave and ivory trade.
Meander through Darajani Market
We had to gingerly step across dirty wet floors – picking our way around toothless vendors squatting on the ground, weighing yellowfin tuna, ringed by local bidders.
Visit the Old Fort of Zanzibar
It was used as a prison, then a railway terminal and a ladies’ club. It’s the oldest building in Stone Town – and it’s free to wander in and look around.
Shop for souvenirs
Look for handmade cinnamon-scented soaps, colorful sarongs, palm-leaf bags and coasters, beaded jewelry, hand-crafted wooden animals and spices. Don’t forget to bargain!
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