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House of Wonders (Beit-al-Ajaib) Tours

House of Wonders (Beit-al-Ajaib)
House of Wonders, which is home to the Museum of History and Culture, is not only the largest—but also the tallest building in Stone Town. Built in 1883, the palace was the first building on the island to have electricity and the first in the region to have a working elevator. Since the early 2000s, House of Wonders has showcased a permanent collection of artifacts related to Swahili and Zanzibari culture. 

Travelers can explore the grounds, which include a traditional Swahili boat, old-world fishing tools and famous ships, or wander the halls that offer an up close look at traditional garments, historic portraits of royalty and ancient furniture taken from former sultans’ homes. A visit to House of Wonders provides travelers with a window into the local culture and the island’s rich history. 

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House of Wonders is located just south of the Zanzibar port and ferry terminal near the Maru Maru Hotel on Sokoku Street. The building faces the Forodhani Gardens and is stationed between the Old Fort and Palace Museum. Entry to the museum costs about 6,000 Tanzanian Shillings for adults. 
Address: Sokoku St, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Admission: 6,000 Tanzanian Shillings
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36 Tours and Activities to Experience House of Wonders (Beit-al-Ajaib)

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Stone Town and Prison Island from Zanzibar

Stone Town and Prison Island from Zanzibar

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Tour Zanzibar's UNESCO-listed historic district and premiere natural attraction on this tour to Stone Town and Prison Island. Learn about the current culture and history in Stone Town as you walk past its attractions, including a Portuguese fort, the Sultan Palace, and the birthplace of Freddie Mercury, before continuing your tour to Prison Island, famous for its population of giant tortoises.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.18
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$42.18
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Stone town and prison Island tour

Stone town and prison Island tour

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Immerse yourself in Zanzibar’s culture - history on a full day guided tour of Stone Town and Prison Island. Explore on foot and by boat for a comprehensive overview of the area. Bring your swim suit along for swimming-snorkeling in Prison Island
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.50
Price varies by group size
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$60.50
Price varies by group size
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Stone Town Tour (Group Walking)

Stone Town Tour (Group Walking)

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It is a three-hour tour which begins at your hotel or entry point where you walk and driven around the historic old city. Our first visit during this tour and excursion in Zanzibar is the fruit market which was opened in 1904 here you will see and buy a variety of the tropical fruits and spices, Guests will visit the Cathedral, Slave Markets, Sultans Palace, Tip Tip’s House, The Old Arabic Fort, Freddie mercury house, Forodhani Park and the famous Zanzibar Doors in the petite streets.  Also to see and look at beautiful things concerning to Zanzibarculture like traditional wearing (khanga) for women and (kikoi) for men.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Stone town tour

Stone town tour

Walk around the street of Stone town and discovery the historical places of Zanzibar. This is good opportunity to learn more about Zanzibar history
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.42
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$56.42

Stonetown Historical Walking Tour & Traditional Lunch

Stonetown Historical Walking Tour & Traditional Lunch

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Stone Town is a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture, giving a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The tour will start on the Old slave Market site (Anglican Church) through the narrow streets, the next stop will be at City Market where you could see local Fishes and fruits Market, Palace Museum, House of wonder, which is largest and tallest building in Stown Town a.k.a. Bait -al- ajab, an Old fort, Tippu Tip and Freddie’s Mercury’s House. A chance to visit Peace memorial and Natural History Museum and many more.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.95
Price varies by group size
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$47.95
Price varies by group size
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Easy Stone Town Tour

Easy Stone Town Tour

The Stonetown Tour will start in one of the most important parts of the old slave market site. Then Anglican Church then continues through the narrow streets. The next stop will be at the 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 seafood. Afterwards, 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 Stone 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. This tour we will skip museums where you need to pay for entrance
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.00
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$19.00

Zanzibar Stone Town Tour

Zanzibar Stone Town Tour

Stone town is the old residential city area in Zanzibar islands and among the popular town in East Africa since it has many famous and attractive historical sites. The unique beautiful architectural features of the buildings and doors of the most houses in this old city dating us back how Zanzibar was in 19thC, during colonial domination. The stone town tour is about 3-hours walking tour through passing the narrow streets. The guide will give you much details about all the sites which have significant histories such as Old fort also known as Arab fort built between 1698 and 1701 by the Busaidi group of Oman Arabs as defense against the Portuguese, Old Dispensary, Roman Catholic Cathedral, former Slave Market, Fruits and spice city market, House of Wonder (The tallest and largest building around the stone town as well as the first building to have an electrical elevator in East Africa) built by the second sultan of Zanzibar in 1883 and so on.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00

Cultural Walking Tour through Stonetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cultural Walking Tour through Stonetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Stonetown is a UNCESCO world heritage site since 2000. It was the main center of the slave trading around the Indian ocean, you can see many important spots of the abominable past of this time. The city is full of historical importance in East Africa. Stonetowns architecture, reflects the various influences underlying the Swahili culture, giving a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. Immerse yourself in all the wonderful smells, colors and spectacle that you can only find here through the mix of the different cultures. In our guided Tour we will see and explain all important places of the history, the House of Wonders, Forodhani Garden, Slave Trade Museum / Anglican Church, the Hindu Temple, Catholic Church, Darajani Market, Jaws Corner and much more. Loose yourself in the narrow streets, look at the carved doors which tell stories, venture into the rush of the market and feel the spirit of Zanzibar.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.65
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$25.65

Historical Stone Town Tour

Historical Stone Town Tour

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We’ll take you to see many of the important sights of Stone Town. You’ll visit the former Slave Market, the Anglican Cathedral, the House of Wonders, the Sultan’s Palace Museum, the Old Arab Fort – and other sites that may be of interest to you. Our city tour is flexible and can easily be customized to your requirements
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.67
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$66.67

Stone Town Tour (Full Day)

Stone Town Tour (Full Day)

Come and join our experienced guide for a half-day visit. You will be introduced to the historic charms of old Stone Town, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage The excursion starts around 9.30 with the visit of the old monuments and exploring the past stories of the sultans and princesses. The visit incorporates a visit to the bustling bazaars, the past slave market, and chambers, the National Museum, the House of Wonders, the Old Fort, the Sultan’s palace as well as cathedrals and countless mosques. Stop for lunch in a local restaurant and enjoy the delicious dishes in front of the ocean. (main course, dessert & 1 soft drink) Then walk around the narrow streets of Stone Town where most of the houses date back more than 150 years for some shopping and enjoying the arts of the local craftsmen. Visit also a local bakery, door carvers, and antique shops.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.47
Price varies by group size
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$58.47
Price varies by group size

Spice Tour + Stone Town Tour + Prison Island

Spice Tour + Stone Town Tour + Prison Island

This is the combination tour of Spice tour, stone town tour and prison island tour. During Spice Tour: The traveller will walk through the farm, guests will be shown and given explanation of each and every spice that are found in Zanzibar. After being fully packed with knowledge, our guests get time to buy spices, soaps and creams which are all handmade by the community within the farm. During Stone Town Tour: Guests will visit the Cathedral, Slave Markets, Sultans Palace, Tip Tip’s House, The Old Arabic Fort, Freddie mercury house, Forodhani Park and the famous Zanzibar Doors in the petite streets. During Prison Island Boat Trip: This tour offers nature, history and adventure combined in a relaxing, enjoying the beautiful and nice beach, feeding giant Aldabra tortoise and colored fish and corals for snorkeling in the channel of the Indian Ocean.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00
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Zanzibar Hop-On Hop-Off Tour from Kiwengwa Beach

Zanzibar Hop-On Hop-Off Tour from Kiwengwa Beach

Zanzibar Hop-On Hop-Off Tour from Kiwengwa Beach Make sightseeing in Zanzibar Stone Town easy with this private Bus tour from Kiwengwa Beach. Enjoy the convenience of hop-on hop-off access at any stop along the route, and soak in the views from a private Toyota Coaster bus. See sights like Palace Museum, Freddie Mercury House, Anglican Cathedral, and the iconic House of Wonder as you listen to your Expert guides on some routes.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00

Zanzibar Hop-On Hop-Off Tour from Kendwa Beach

Zanzibar Hop-On Hop-Off Tour from Kendwa Beach

Zanzibar Hop-On Hop-Off Tour from Kendwa Beach Make sightseeing in Zanzibar Stone Town easy with this private Bus tour from Kendwa Beach. Enjoy the convenience of hop-on hop-off access at any stop along the route, and soak in the views from a private Toyota Coaster bus. See sights like Palace Museum, Freddie Mercury House, Anglican Cathedral, and the iconic House of Wonder as you listen to your Expert guides on some routes.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00

Stone Town (Full day)

Stone Town (Full day)

This tour takes you from the hotel to Stone Town, about an hour away, and, together with a guide, will walk you through the town, visiting the Old Fort built in the 1600’s and the House of Wonders, the residence of the previous Sultans of Zanzibar. Winding your way through the alleys of Stone Town, a world heritage site, you will proceed to the Anglican Church, where the old slave market was, and on to the old dispensary. The informative guide will talk you through the history of the town and its people, and historical architecture. The price includes entry fees into all the places of the interest.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.81
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$102.81
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City Tour

City Tour

Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar.It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This is a walking tour that takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders,the former slave market for East African Slave trade, and Arab Fort,Freddie Mercury house, spice market, roman catholic church, Anglican cathedral church and others. The architectural style of Stone town buildings is a unique mixture of various influences and culture, ornately carved doors Stone Town has some excellent gifts shops with plenty of souvenirs and handicrafts. A guide walk through this colorful and alternating city who knows not only funny of Stone town, but also cruel stories to tell about life of the old times in Stone town. Stone town tour is a walking tour and takes almost 3 hrs walking in the narrow streets.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.77
Price varies by group size
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$30.77
Price varies by group size
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Stone Town City Tour

Stone Town City Tour

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No visit of Stone Town is complete without doing a guided city tour. The beautiful UNESCO world heritage city is home of many magnificent buildings and other sights, which reflect a period of over 1000 years of colonisation. Elements of Arab, Indian, African and European create a unique and fascinating townscape, which is still intact today. Our multilingual and experienced guides will show you the most prominent sights of Stone Town and some hidden treasures, while giving you detailed information to the history of these fascinating places. ​
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.16
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$31.16
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Cheap Stone Town Tour

Cheap Stone Town Tour

My style of story telling, I will take back to Zanzibar history, and make you feel like you are watching movie of Tarzan and kunta kunte. Hope you them haha. I usually make you feel the culture of Zanzibar, by giving hints, joy, amusing and jokes of Zanzibar people, and of course you may try street food if you wish to buy some.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.16
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$46.16

Stonetown City Tour & Local Food at Lukmaan Restaurant in Zanzibar

Stonetown City Tour & Local Food at Lukmaan Restaurant in Zanzibar

Experience the rich culture of Zanzibar by touring the City and walking through the ancient buildings and attractions. Climax your tour with local Zanzibar delicacies at the best local restaurants.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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$60.00

Stone town Tour & Prison Island (Boat Trip)

Stone town Tour & Prison Island (Boat Trip)

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This is the combination tour of Stone Town and Prison Island Boat trip, we will start with Stone town tour where you will get to explore the historical city of Zanzibar under the guidance of professional and experience guide, this will be around 1hour once you are done with Stone town tour our guide will take you to Prison island where you will get to see giant aldabra tortoise and an old prison which was never used.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.29
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$51.29
Price varies by group size

Stone town & Spice Tour

Stone town & Spice Tour

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Explore Stone Town(the heart of Zanzibar).Visit Spice Farms walk around the herb and spice plantations, tasting and smelling various spices
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.39
Price varies by group size
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$65.39
Price varies by group size
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Zanzibar Stone Town Tour (City Tour)

Zanzibar Stone Town Tour (City Tour)

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Stone Tour is one of the tour which most of guests in Zanzibar prefer to have. Is not a time consuming tour but its uniqueness and varieties to see, no one would prefer to miss it. We have well trained and experienced guides who have been doing the tour for years and some decades. With thus vastnesses, we can guarantee the satisfaction to our guests. Book with us and you will be our ambassador.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.00
Price varies by group size
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$25.00
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Stone Town Tour

Stone Town Tour

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This tour is based on architecture, historical buildings and the stories behind those buildings. Guests will also see how local people culturally live.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.65
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$25.65

Stone Town Walking Tour

Stone Town Walking Tour

Stone town walking tour - get to know the culture, heritage sites, architecture and history.Stone Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Zanzibar Excursion

Zanzibar Excursion

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We take care of every thing and guides are well trained to perform and giving good service that a traveler should feel comfortable always with us, All questions about Zanzibar You'll be able to get their answers from Sayari Tours & Safaris.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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$50.00
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