Free Walking Tour in Zanzibar Free Walking Tour in Stone Town

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Nassor
Quality Verified Registered on May 15, 2022

I'm Nassor a local tour guide born and raised in Zanzibar. I'm a registered tour guide in Zanzibar with a guiding license from the Zanzibar commission of tourism,I love meeting with new people and share my knowledges about Zanzibar its history, cultures and life. I welcome you in my beautiful city (Stone Town) to see its beauty and magic of the city in the architectures, religions and cultures. this world heritage site has a lot things packed in since it creations from the 19th century when it was a capital of Zanzibar and commercial capital in East Africa. Today stone town continue to be the oldest living town in East Africa with its people who brought a mixture of cultures, religions and a unique architectures Join with me as your local tour guide in this Free Walking Tour in Stone Town Zanzibar to explores and wonder the beauty of Stone Town

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Stone town is the birthplace of Zanzibar history, religions, and cultures. It is the beating heart of Zanzibar as it played a very important meeting point throughout the centuries for different races of people. It was here the journey for the expedition of the discoveries for the source of the Nile river began, missionaries, sailors and slave traders have left their marks here. the evidence of their legacy is still seen in the populations, the cultures, and the architectures

Stone town walking tour takes you to the heyday when Zanzibar was the commercial empire in east Africa as the center for slave trade, the land of spices, and the gateway to Africa

While walking in stone town you will see the vibrancy of cultures, religions and the architecture that form landmark buildings of Zanzibar such as the old fort, sultan palace, the Anglican church, and catholic church, the house of wonder and the birthplace of freedy mercury as you visit his home.

The walking tour covers some of the most important historical parts of Stone town with historical significance in Zanzibar history together with a features contributed the formation of Zanzibar history

  • Former slave market site now Anglican church(museum in stone town)

  • A visit to Darajani market which is the central market in Zanzibar to see varieties of foodstuffs produced in Zanzibar inside the market sections together with a local interactions and activities of Zanzibaris in the market

  •  Explore the Carved wooden door once in use as symbol of status for the owner of the house that shows his richness and high esteem in the society 

  • Deep dive into stone town narrow alleyways to witness the beauty of differents architectures designed and made in stone town

  • Heading to the northern side of Stone town dominated with landmark buildings of Zanzibar such as 
  1. Former Zanzibar Sultan Palace
  2. Old Dispensary 
  3. Old Custom House
  4. House of Wonder 
  5. Old Arab Fort 
  6. Forodhani Garden(Night Food Market) 

  • Explore the streetscape of Stone town as you walk down the street and see the faces that represent the cosmopolitan in Zanzibar

  • A Visit to Freedy Mercury House(A home where Freedy Mercury spent his childhood memory in Zanzibar)

  • Saint Joseph Cathedral(AN Example of Romanesque architecture in Zanzibar architecture) 

  • Jaws Corner(The heart of stone town and a place for local people to have a conversation and socializing)

  • Africa House Hotel(Former British Club)

If you love shopping and want to buy souvenirs, the stone town has plenty of shops to complete your needs
The tour end at Africa house as the final stop 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    The Mkunazini Baobab tree, R5HW+R3P, ...
    The Mkunazini Baobab tree, R5HW+R3P, New Mkunazini Rd, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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    We will meet at Lukmaan Restaurent

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    Outside visit
    Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral

    The old slave market was a site where slaves from Eastern Africa part of the central were brought at market waiting for negotiation and sold to Arabs merchant who came to buy slaves for the work in the date plantations and some as a domestic workers in an Arabs houses, the site which used to be a slave market constructed a church by English missionary to mark the end for the abolition of slave trade in 1873

  • 2
    Free admission
    Darajani Bazaar

    Darajani market is the central market in Zanzibar and it is a place to see the local produce and activies of local Zanzibaris The market has five parts inside,each differ with the stuffs found in each section in a market,these are fish part,meat,spices,fruits and vegetable parts it is where local Zanzibaris come to shop and tourists intrested with the spices and buy from here and smell the aroma of the spices from the spice part

  • 3
    Outside visit
    House of Wonders

    The former tallest building in Zanzibar and entire coast of east africa with its wonder's of architecture and its huge size was the first tallest building in Zanzibar and east africa it was a wonder because of it was first with an elevator,water and electricity it is standing as a landmark building of Zanzibar

  • 4
    Free admission
    Old Fort of Zanzibar

    The fort was construcred in 1698 after the Portuguese were expelled in Zanzibar by Arabs from Oman following the Portuguese occupation that last for two century it is the oldest and largest building in Stone town with two parts inside. The fort is visited during the day and has two parts inside with an old part and a new part designed an amphitheater

  • 5
    Entrance not included

    Forodhani garden is an open public garden an a place where night food market happen it is located by the seafront facing the indian ocean it transforms every evening as a night food where local Zanzibaris gather to enjoy their evening with a local food prepared and displayed on the stall

  • 6
    Free admission
    Africa House Hotel

    Former british club with an amazing seaview to see the sunset and enjoy the evening alone or with a friends

  • 7
    Outside visit
    St Joseph's Cathedral

    The Saint Joseph's cathedral is the second church in Stone town and it is an old catholic church in east and central of africa The church still has church services and it is used regularly each sunday

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Lucy 19 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Great guide with very detailed information, answered all our questions along the way and very helpful with tips for Zanzibar.
Kristina 16 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Nassor was a great guide. He knew a lot about the city history. He showed us places we wouldn’t find ourselves, local spice and fish market, many beautiful doors, slave market etc. We also really appreciated that the tour was not shopping based but he also waited for us when we wanted to check out stuff. Although the tour is two hours long it was not tiring. I would absolutely recommend the tour!
Beatriz 08 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Nassor was amazing! Highly recommend :)
Andrea 29 Apr 2024
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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
We had a great tour with Nassor! He showed us all the main sites in Stone Town and also took us off the beaten path. We even got to watch some of the fish auction at the market. We learned a lot and Nassor was very good and tailoring the tour to what we were interested in. We highly recommend this tour!
Eve Brecker 21 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Nassor was an excellent guide and very accommodating. I had asked him at the last minute if I could move up my tour from the next day to the same afternoon and he obliged. The weather was horrible (heavy rains) but he carried on the tour with a smile on his face. Very professional, knowledgeable, and I had a great time with him. Thank you!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 30 people.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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