Zanzibar Archipelago Culture & history

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Bagamoyo Historical Tour - Everyday

1. Bagamoyo Historical Tour - Everyday

Visit Bagamoyo, a historic center of trade located 65-kilometers north of Dar es Salaam on the coast opposite Zanzibar. Travel to fascinating archeological sites on a guided tour and discover the incredible history that shaped this ancient town. Step into the Kaole Ruins located 5-kilometers south of Bagamoyo. Learn the story of the ancient Arab town of Kaole that was forced into decline by the arrival of the Portuguese in the 15th century. Explore the ruins which consist of 30 tombs and the oldest mosque in East Africa. Bear witness to the reminders of Bagamoyo's past. Visit the prison where slaves were held captive during the slave and ivory trade. The word Bwagamoyo means “Here I throw down my heart,” reflecting the despair of those who would never return to Africa. See the relics of the colonial era at the Old Boma, a statehouse constructed by the Germans in 1897 and later taken over by the British after the first world war. Later, walk among the tombs of German leaders who perished during the First World War. Trace the roots of Christianity in Bagamoyo with the Catholic Museum, the former resting place of the famous explorer Dr. Livingstone. Then, see the First Cross erected in 1867 by French missionaries. Finally, enjoy the warm hospitality of Bagamoyo. Beautiful beaches and hotels make it the ideal destination for relaxation during a visit to Dar es Salaam.

Stonetown Historical Walking Tour & Traditional Lunch

2. Stonetown Historical Walking Tour & Traditional Lunch

The tour will start in one of the most important parts of the old slave market site, the Anglican Church, then continue through the narrow streets. The next stop will be at city market. Here you can see the biggest market of all the islands. Locals buy and sell all sorts of products here, including the freshest fruits and fish auctions where locals bid on sea food. Afterward the tour will cover the main sights of Stown Town, such as the Palace Museum, House of Wonder, which is the largest and tallest building in Stown Town and also known as the Bait-al-ajab. Visit an old fort, the Tippu Tip and of course the most famous spot, Freddie’s Mercury’s house. Visit the Peace Memorial, Natural History Museum and many more. Your tour will end with local lunch in a cozy restaurant.

Zanzibar City: Guided Tour of the Stone Town District

3. Zanzibar City: Guided Tour of the Stone Town District

Discover Stone Town, the old part of Zanzibar City, through the eyes of a local guide. Learn about the spice island's history and see Freddie Mercury's childhood home, the Old Dispensary, Old Fort, and more. During the walking tour, meet locals and discover the best places to visit. After hotel pickup, follow your guide through the alleyways of Stone Town. Take in different historical landmarks and discover how the town has changed over time. See the Anglican Cathedral Church, House of Wonders, and Freddie Mercury's home. Learn about slavery at the Slave Chambers. Take in the majestic Sultan's Palace, now the People's Palace Museum. Meet locals in Darajani or Stella Market. See the landmark big tree near the Old Dispensary. Marvel at the Old Fort and learn about its Portuguese and Omani history. Take your time exploring the maze of alleyways with your guide.

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What people are saying about Zanzibar Archipelago

Great tour with an excellent guide, Salum. The visit is very interesting; Salum took us to all the key places in Zanzibar and was very available and very clear and interesting in his comments. He has a very good knowledge of the history of his city and his country. We warmly recommend this visit and this guide, Salum, who is also very friendly and smiling.

Good guide, seems that everyone in Stone City knows him. We wandered through the narrow streets, visited most landmarks and were told about local architecture traditions. Afterwards we had a lunch in an Indian-cuisine restaurant. It was good.

Our guide was very professional but still fun. He knew a lot of historical and modern things about Stone Town. He showed us some shops but was not forcing us to buy anything. We learned a lot of Zanzibar history. Would recomend it 100 %!!

Very good and punctual service! The guide responds to all the wishes of the tourists! This tour of the old town is highly recommended! Gladly again and again!

Friendly, knowledgible guide with a good sense of humour.