The is the best day tour which can be marked as many moments of wonder as you view the charms of this old metropolis that has retained its essence, but also has favorably, albeit cautiously embraced the elements of modernization. Every nuance of its vibrant history is evident in the beautiful buildings, some that whisper about the Omani advent in Zanzibar and others that speak about the origins of Swahili architecture fused with a Persian Shirazi influence. The narrow streets are lined with many residential houses that preserve their original Swahili-Omani themes with exquisitely carved doorways with metal studs, overhanging balconies and latticed window.
Side by side, you will see churches that are evidently continental due to the colonial presence and the many mosques commissioned by the olden Sultans of Zanzibar. Step into the House of Wonders and visit the 17th-century built fort. You could also check out the one-time slave market that Zanzibar was repentantly renowned for. To lay your finger on the pulse of the old town, you must take a walking tour through its enchanting labyrinth alleyways. Begin your journey of exploration of Zanzibar’s market where locals buy just about any perishable from reaped fishes just from the deep waters to recently harvested vegetables and outlandish fruits like shoki-shoki (rambutan), custard apple, durian, fenesi and bungo to name a few.
Tour at Glance
- You will visit a UNESCO site
- You will learn about a swahili history and culture
- All entrance fees included
- This is the best tour for families
You will meet your guide at your hotel in the morning, and begin your tour on a 3-hour walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Stone Town. Follow narrow streets lined with plastered buildings and elaborate Zanzibar doors, and find out how cultures from around the world blended in this coastal trading town.
Pass some of Stone Town’s 49 mosques, historic Christian churches and Hindu temples, and see distinctive, two-story private homes. Visit the architectural highlights of the area, from The Old Fort to the towering House of Wonders. Pass the former Sultan’s Palace, a Roman Catholic cathedral, and the waterfront Old Dispensary.
Board a motorized boat for Changuu, a picture-perfect tropical island with a tragic legacy of slave internment, prisons, and cholera. Take in white sandy beaches and a forest that’s filled with wildlife, and spot the slow-moving giant tortoises that roam the island. Finish the tour with return transfer to your hotel, arriving by early evening.