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Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe) Tours

Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe)
Built in the 17th Century, Old Fort is one of the main attractions in Stone Town and perfect starting out point for first-time visitors to Zanzibar. Its giant stone fortress once protected the city from an outside attack, and it was later used as a prison to house local lawbreakers. Today, the Old Fort has been transformed into a cultural center that caters to tourists interested in exploring the history of the place and purchasing souvenirs like popular paintings and handmade jewelry. 

The open-air theater is the perfect spot for travelers to catch a live dance performance or experience the local live music scene. The Old Fort also provides space for major festivals and even has an information desk for travelers in search of tips, advice and guidance from residents in the know.

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The Old Fort is located on Mizingani Road, adjacent to the House of Wonders and facing the Forodhani Gardens. Old Fort houses the Zanzibar International Film Festival, which takes place each July.
Address: Mizingani Rd, Zanzibar Town, Tanzania
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Stone Town Walking Tour in Zanzibar

Stone Town Walking Tour in Zanzibar

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Discover Zanzibar City’s UNESCO-listed historic center on a Stone Town walking tour that explores Zanzibar’s history and distinctive architecture, from a bustling local market to a Sultan’s palace-turned-museum. Sightseeing on foot mean you can leave cars behind while following Stone Town's most narrow, winding streets, and group size is limited to 10 people for personalized service from the guide.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.75
Price varies by group size
From
$29.75
Price varies by group size

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
From
$60.50
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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
From
$100.00
per group
From
$100.00
per group

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
From
$90.00
Price varies by group size
From
$90.00
Price varies by group size

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
From
$47.95
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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

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
From
$102.81
Price varies by group size
From
$102.81
Price varies by group size

Stonetown Architecture Tour by Bike

Stonetown Architecture Tour by Bike

This tour takes you beyond the picturesque Stone Town and offers deeper insights into urban development from the late 19th century onwards until today. Learn how modern day Zanzibar Town evolved, from East Africa’s first street lighting and water piping to public recreational areas and post-revolution housing projects. Admire the extravagant, Moorish/Saracen inspired buildings of British architect Sir John Sinclair and Indian architect Ajit Singh, who also provided the blueprint for many schools and other public buildings, and hear the background story of Creek Road and the Michenzani flats. It’s a perfect complement and continuation of our Architectural Stone Town Tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.90
Price varies by group size
From
$35.90
Price varies by group size

Zanzibar Stone Town Tour

Zanzibar Stone Town Tour

.Discover the ancient life of the cities, culture and their folklore. Opportunities to explore historic sites left by former inhabitants, colonial places that between them walls containing the history of the ancient dominion of Sultan, traditions, clothes, fragrance and the colors of the places that clearly brings back the memories, more than about old fashion by the same time the poverty of Africa. This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Christ Church Cathedral, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago Slave Market History Duration: 1 hour Stop At: The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago Portuguese Old Fort History Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Mercury House, Stone Town,Freddy Mercury House At: Peace Memorial Museum (Beit el Amani), Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago Museum
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.68
From
$75.68

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
Price varies by group size
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$51.29
Price varies by group size

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
From
$30.77
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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
Price varies by group size
From
$31.16
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
Taking safety measures

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
From
$25.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Stone Town Guided Tour from Zanzibar

Stone Town Guided Tour from Zanzibar

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Visit the historic Stone Town of Zanzibar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a guided, half-day tour from Zanzibar. With an experienced guide to lead the way, you’ll explore a blend of African, Arab, Indian, Persian, and European cultures, following narrow streets shaded by elegant balconies and verandahs. See the former slave market, the Sultan Palace, and a series of beautifully-carved wooden doors, with a 30-minute shopping break to browse for some of Zanzibar’s most distinctive souvenirs.
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  • 3 hours
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$41.03
From
$41.03

History & Nature Tours in Zanzibar (2 Days / 5 Tours)

History & Nature Tours in Zanzibar (2 Days / 5 Tours)

These are remarkable natural and historic attractions/activities for your unforgettable experience. A unique combination with several interpretive stops, that offers an overview of the people, plants, animals and geology. Discover the ancient life of the cities, culture and their folklore. Opportunities to explore historic sites left by former inhabitants, colonial places that between them walls containing the history of the ancient dominion of Sultan, traditions, clothes, fragrance and the colors of the places that clearly brings back the memories, more than about old fashion by the same time the poverty of Africa.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$165.00
From
$165.00
Taking safety measures

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 tour

Stone Town tour

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The tour covers the most attractive places in Zanzibar and is provided by the experienced and certified guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.03
From
$41.03

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
From
$45.00
From
$45.00
Taking safety measures

Zanzibar City/shopping (stone Town Tour)

Zanzibar City/shopping (stone Town Tour)

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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 the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar.The architectural style of Stone town buildings is a unique mixture of various influences and culture. You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques! Stone Town has some excellent gifts shops with plenty of souvenirs and handicrafts to choose from. A guided walk through this colorful and alternating city with tour knowledgeable tour guides, who knows not only funny of Stone town, but also cruel stories to tell about life of the old times in Stone town.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$26.67
From
$26.67

Stone Town Tour

Stone Town Tour

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
From
$30.00
Price varies by group size
From
$30.00
Price varies by group size

Stone town + Prison Island Greatest Destination

Stone town + Prison Island Greatest Destination

We Craft and design your journey to Stone Town And Priston Island to explore and Discover the exotic culture and sights of a fascinating land. You will experience a blend of traditional and modern that combine comfort and authenticity throughout Tanzania greatest destination
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$70.00
From
$70.00
Taking safety measures

Experience Zanzibar by Stone town Walking Tour

Experience Zanzibar by Stone town Walking Tour

Visiting very interesting historical sites like, Darajani market, House of wonder(beit-el-ajaab), Arab fort (old fort), Freddie Mercury House, Old Zanzibar Slave Market, Stone Town. The travelers will get chance to know, the Culture of Zanzibarian, like Wearing style, Shopping, Traditional Music, etc
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.00
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$33.00

Stone Town Tour

Stone Town Tour

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Our tour is made in a form of experiencing the reality of Stone Town based on historical facts that gives a real view of Zanzibar culture at the 19th Century, we have great guides who are very good and friendly with rich social engagement that makes our travelers impressed and satisfied with our services
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.00
From
$35.00
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