Exploring Stone Town
A visit to Unesco World Heritage Site, Stone Town, is a must for anyone visiting Zanzibar. This fine example of a Swahili coastal trading town is characterised by narrow streets winding between tall, lime-washed buildings distinguished by elaborately carved Zanzibar doors. The town has a rich history, having served as the capital for the Sultan of Muscat and Oman’s empire at one stage. Female visitors are advised to cover up while in town, as the local population is 99% Muslim.
The island’s famous cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper can be purchased at the Stone Town spice market. Visit the Malindi Bamnara Mosque, the Old Fort, the birthplace of Queen lead singer Freddy Mercury and the Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, which was built on the site of Zanzibar’s last slave market.