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As you step from the port wharf the smell of cloves carried on the ocean breezes intoxicate your senses, you are transported back in time to an ancient somewhat medieval atmosphere as shadows play with shafts of sunlight and glimpses of ornate latticework on a balcony or intricate carved wooden doors catches your eye. The narrow staircases winds its way into cool interiors, children's voices echo in hidden courtyards, old men chat next to the crumbling stone walls and tantalizing scents of spices coils the doorways and dark corners. A walk that plunges you into the past; welcome to Stone Town situated in the Spice Islands Archipelago of Zanzibar Tanzania, a World Heritage Site and a living museum.
You are greeted by the sight of Arab dhows dancing on the azure waters, veiled woman with decorative henna patterns on their hands and feet pass you by, historic buildings narrate the diverse cultural influences, your imagination takes you back to the dark days of the lucrative slave trade and the reign of sultans. While exploring the many cultural and historical wonders of Stone Town, stay at the variety of luxurious hotels available or opt to unwind at one of the nearby beach lodges. Feast on seafood delights served nightly at Forodhani Gardens on Stone Town’s waterfront or partake in the giant outdoor seafood barbeque while interacting with the locals. Please show respect for their religious and cultural traditions by adhering to the covering of shoulders and knees dress code and do ask permission before taking photographs and filming the local people.
Visit the grandiose House of Wonders and the harrowing ruins of the Old Slave Market; explore Stone Town’s fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways saturated in many interesting sights and vibrant markets and a trip to Zanzibar will not be complete without a tour of the abounding spice plantations. Prison Island lies just off Stone Town and is fringed by a pristine stretch of beach and a spectacular coral reef which is ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling. Nature lovers can take an excursion to Jozani Natural Forest Reserve home to the endemic Red Colobus Monkey and an array of plant, butterfly and bird life.
The cultural heart of Zanzibar, ageless and oozing old world charm, Stone Town’s soulful character will ensnare your heart and fill your spirit with unforgettable spicy memories.