Stone Town is the cultural heart of the island and the old city area of Zanzibar City, located on the Western shore. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. The buildings are actually not made of stone, but with mortar and corals
The city got its name from the many big multistory buildings made of stone which form the landscape of the old town part,. Although the corals were a good and easily available building material, they are also easily damageable. This one-upmanship is particularly reflected in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors – there are more than 500 different examples of this handiwork. Some of the houses are in a bad shape and the Stone Town Conservation Authority co-ordinates the restorations of this houses to maintain the towns original glory.
You can spend many idle hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways.
Met by your guide either at your hotel or a central location to begin your walking tour of Stone Town, a lively place where you’ll find a mixture of Arabic, African, Indian, and European cultures. As you walk through the labyrinth of streets too narrow for vehicles, see mosques, churches, and temples side by side.While you walk, your guide takes you on a historical and cultural journey past sights such as Darajani Bazaar, the House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and the Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe). The included visits on your tour are to the Anglican Cathedral built on the site of the Old Slave Market and the Sultan’s Palace (Beit al-Sahel), also known as the People’s Palace and today a museum. During the tour, listen to your professional guide’s commentary on Stone Town, its history, and Swahili culture.