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Zanzibar City – The Amazing Stone Town and the "Other Side"

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Zanzibar, otherwise known as “Stone Town,” is a fascinating maze of narrow alleys lined with lavishly decorated houses, small shops, and busy bazaars all constructed with unique architecture resulting from Arab, Indian, Persian, European, and Swahili traditions. Coral stone houses have a particular warm red colour and display Arab and Indian elements with their traditional stone bazaars, the large verandas protected by carved balustrades and finely adorned brass-laced wooden doors. For the city’s major historical landmarks, head to the seafront where you will find the Palace of Wonders, the Old Fort ("Ngome Kongwe"), and the Anglican cathedral Church of Christ with the monument to the slaves next to it. The city is flush with affluent sultan palaces, impressive churches, and mesmerizing mosques. Along the main sea walk of Stone Town, visitors can enjoy Swahili and Zanzibar cuisine delicacies, such as samosas, cassava, grilled seafood, and sweet potatoes.

Location: On the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago

Zanzibar is located on the west coast of Unguja, due north of Dar es Salaam across the Zanzibar Channel. Boats to the city can be boarded from Dar es Salaam or Pemba. The island’s only airport, Zanzibar International, lies about 10 km south of the centre.

Culture: An enticing mix of cultural influences

Stone Town is a city of profound historical and artistic importance, thus subsequently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The city flourished as a commercial centre, exporting clove and other spices, while the slave trade was also prominent here. Built in 1883 as a ceremonial palace for Sultan Barghash, the House of Wonders forms a perfect rectangle and rises topped by a high clock tower over several storeys, enclosed by tiers of pillars and balconies. In its prime, the palace interior had fine marble floors and was installed with electric lighting. It was also the first building in east Africa with an electric lift, righteously claiming its name "House of Wonders".

Activities: Swimming in the Indian Ocean

Stone Town is a profound cultural and architectural marvel, and whilst shopping for exotic spices and woven raffia cloth in the local bazaars allows you to experience local culture, the true gems of Zanzibar are the spectacular sandy beaches with the greyish fishing canoes floating in the deep blue water of the Indian Ocean. In the evenings, head to the popular waterfront street food market near the Forodhani Gardens and mingle with locals.