Walking city tour of Stone Town, Zanzibar

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Guru: Shamis
Registered on June 11, 2022

As a tour guide in Zanzibar, I'm passionate about sharing my knowledge and experiences with visitors to this beautiful island. I have extensive knowledge about the history, culture and traditions of Zanzibar, and love sharing this information with my guests. With me as your guide, you'll get to see and experience the best that Zanzibar has to offer, from the stunning beaches to bustling markets and everything in between. I'm committed to providing a safe, enjoyable and educational experience for all of my guests, and I'm always happy to answer any questions you may have. Book me as your tour guide and let's explore Zanzibar together.

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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

Welcome to the tour of the Old Stone town!

Explore the most beautiful city of stone town of Zanzibar. Stone Town is one of the oldest living Swahili towns in East Africa. Established by Arab slave and spice traders in the early 19th century.

The town gets its name from the beautiful houses built with coral stone. The town was also an important base used by many European explorers including David Livingstone.

It’s beauty and historical value has earned it a well-deserved place on the UNESCO world heritage list.

This walking tour offers you a complete introduction to the city. You'll hear interesting facts about the city that you wouldn't notice walking around by yourself.

Most sites to see in Stone town are within walking distance. You will discover the history and culture of Zanzibar Island, together we will get to know the most important and most beautiful places such as:

  • Forodhani garden
  • Old Fort
  • House of wonders 
  • Palace museum 
  • Bath house
  • Local market 
  • Saint Joseph church 
  • Anglican cathedral 
  • Slave monument 
  • Former family home of Freddie Mercury 

... And many more.

I'm looking forward to meeting you!
I will do my best to make your visit unforgettable and memorable. 

Feel free to reach me out if you have any questions regarding my tour list. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
    Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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    I will be waiting for you outside of the Old Fort

  • 1
    Free admission
    Old Fort of Zanzibar

    Old Fort was built in the 17th century by Arabs to defend against Portuguese attacks and now houses a cultural center

  • 2
    Outside visit
    House of Wonders

    House of Wonders was built in 1883 by the third Sultan of Zanzibar, Barghash bin Said. It was meant to be used as ceremonial palace and reception hall but later after the revolution of Zanzibar, it was converted into Museum to show the history and culture of Zanzibar and East African coast.

  • 3
    Outside visit

    Zanzibar became a center of trade in the 19th century, when it was a major hub for the East African slave trade and the ivory trade. And before the Forodhani garden, the place used to be a harbor with coming coming of hundreds of dhows from different part of the world. But now the place is used as a garden and during the evening there is a food market where you can try some of the local snacks and watch the sunset over the Indian ocean.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral

    The Old Slave Market in Stone Town is a sobering reminder of Zanzibar's dark past. It was one of the largest slave markets in East Africa, and it's estimated that around 50,000 people were sold into slavery there. The site has been preserved as a memorial to the victims of the slave trade, and it's an important place to visit to learn about the history of slavery in East Africa.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    St Joseph's Cathedral

    French missionaries built this church, St Joseph Cathedral as a base to spread Christianity in East Africa

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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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
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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