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Zanzibar Stone Town
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Zanzibar Stone Town

Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, grew out of Zanzibar's historical trades, a metropolis built to harbour secrets in its labyrinthine alleyways. Emblems of a rich and tumultuous history survive today, depicted through Arabian Nights palaces, mournful Slave Markets, aromatic spice bazaars, ornate cathedrals and an historic fort that was the scene of the worlds' shortest war survive today.

It is difficult to resist the sheer vivacity of life in Stone Town, and although there are the first signs of a commercialism at odds with its charms, it is difficult not to feel beguiled by the town's character.
We always suggest a few days here, even if the beach options are taken on Mafia or Pemba, if only to walk around and enjoy a little freedom after the more confined requirements of the safari. With good restaurants, good hotels, a selection of historical/ cultural excursions and the joys of people-watching to indulge, Stone Town rarely disappoints.


Emersons & Green

Situated in the heart of Stone Town, it has only 12 rooms, each decorated to a different theme. A very original and exotic place, filled with wonderful antique furniture in Emerson's inimitable style. Fine restaurant, bundles of charm and atmosphere, with no phones or A/C. If you want to spend a night in a room redolent of Moulin Rouge or Aladdin, there is no more suitable a choice.
Zanzibar Serena Inn
The renovation and tasteful rehabilitation of two protected Stone Town building has created the Zanzibar Serena Inn. It provides fifty-two ocean facing, air-conditioned rooms, each with its own private balcony and bathroom, a seafront restaurant and bar and a spacious and secluded swimming pool. This is the superlative property in Zanzibar Stone Town itself.

Tembo House

Comfortable rooms on 3 floors of a restored building - one of the oldest in Stone Town. All have A/C, fans and mini-fridge. Beautifully decorated with antique furniture, this hotel has the advantage of being on the sea and close to town. Does not "allow" alcohol on the premises meaning the restaurant sees little business.