Zanzibar Stone Town | Adumu Safaris

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Stone Town is located on the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago, Tanzania. It is also known as Miji Mkongwe, which means “old town” in Swahili. Stone Town holds great significance in history and to the artistic community. In addition, it is known for being the center of the spice trade.

But what you can’t discover on Google are the beautiful views from one of the many rooftops. You can see the trees mixed with the buildings and the waterfront filled with beautiful boats and clear water from just one roof. You can see the historic architecture of the area which stems from Arab, Persian, Indian and European roots. These architectural inspirations are most evident in Stone Town’s many intricately designed gates.

In 2000, Stone Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and remains important for tourism, attracting those who want to see the unique architecture and culture around every corner. While there are many historic buildings and sites, here are a few. On the seafront is the House of Wonders. It was built in 1883 and has been a museum since 2000. Right next to the House of Wonders is the Old Fort, built in the 17th century by the Omanis to protect against European invasions. Today it is a cultural center. Standing with the Indian Ocean behind you and century-old buildings in your field of vision is truly a remarkable experience.

The town itself is far too crowded for cars, but don’t worry. This just means you’ll have a great day walking around and soaking up the art, history, shopping, and more.

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