Stone town Zanzibar Itinerary – Day 01
Stone town zanzibar tour this is very interesting and exciting excursion, three – hours very guided tour which takes you to most historical sites in this wonderful Spice Island of Zanzibar.
You will visit Zanzibar town market (opened 1904). Here you will be able to see and buy tropical fruits and spices (if you wish). You will also feel the pulse of Zanzibar and hear different dialects being spoken by the people at the market. From there you will be proceeding to Old slave Market which now stands the Anglican Cathedral Church of Christ built by Bishop Edward Steer, in 1874 on the site of the old slave market.
You will have to remember that Zanzibar was the Slave Centre Market in Africa up to 6th June 1873. The slave trade here was abolished after sultan decree and the slave market was closed.
You will see tiny and dingy room where slaves were kept (Slave Chambers) before sent to the auction table which was placed in the Old slave market. There is no trace remaining that can be a notably evidence of this forgotten slave trade but the High alter of the Anglican Church stand exactly where it was the Weeping post.
The weeping post used to determine how strong slaves are, if slave wiped and stand still means strong and that result onto having the best price on auction. If crying means Weak and result onto very low price. You will then be driven or walk (optional) to National Museum of Zanzibar the (House of wonder built in 1883) to see many interesting relics from the time of the Sultans who ruled Zanzibar ,as you will remember that Zanzibar ruled by Sultanate of Oman for couple of years, and also details of the early Explorers, such as Dr. David Living stone ,Stanley, Speke and Barton.
Then a drive along the beach road up to Forodhani Gardens Park where you will see the Old British Consulate (the house where the body of late Dr. Living stone was kept and later sent to Britain), Dr. David Livingstone dead at Chitambo (ZAMBIA) in 1882 but his body brought to Zanzibar and then sent to Great Britain.
You will then visit the Arab Old Fort built (1700), High Court Building, Old German Consulate, Africa House – (former English Club) Tip Tip House, kelele Square, Old British Consulate, Orphanage Home, Forodhani Gardens, Sultan Palace (Palace Museum). Also you will be luck to watch former French Hotel in Zanzibar ,Custom House, Old Dispensary, Old Harbor are among the topic in this very guided tour in Zanzibar.
Afterwards a leisure walking through the narrow streets of Stone town (old part of Zanzibar town) where most of the houses date back to more than 250 years. In this part of town you will find a lot of exotic small bazaars and shops. Meet Zanzibari People doing their local shopping (they are very friendly and assistance) Finally you will be taken to Maruhubi Palace Ruins built by the third Sultan of Zanzibar (Sultan Barhash in (1880) and Dr. Living stone House built in (1866)
At around 1230 you shall have a lunch break to test and have very delicious local lunch cooked with full of aroma spices ,before enjoying the rare experience (SPICE TOUR)
After very delicious breakfast shall have road transfer to Jozani Friendly Monkeys Forest to watch out the Friendly rare red Colobus Monkeys which are very rare species of the World. A nice wildlife safari you can do on Zanzibar is to have road drive to Jozani Forest Conservation Area to see and shack hands with the Zanzibar rare red -friendly Monkeys, at the only remaining natural forest on Unguja Island (which, along with Pemba makes up the islands of Zanzibar).
To have a complete your forest tour, you must visit all 3 sections that are, shaking hands with the rare red colobus Monkeys, Sea and visit the natural Forest and the Mangroves plants. Zanzibar’s first National Park is centered on Jozani Forest, the largest area of nature forest found within Zanzibar, the forest lies in a shallow through in the fossil coral bed between the mangrove filled bays of Chwaka and Uzi. Seasonal flooding, and a high water table, has given rise to a unique groundwater forest, on the high ground to either side is dry coral rag forest and thicket.
With mangrove forests and salt marshes to the north of the National park, the area is an extremely rich mosaic of Zanzibar’s diverse natural habitats, a Haven and home for much wildlife, including the rare friendly red colobus Monkeys which said to be the World rare species, endemic and endangered.
They live in various forest areas on Unguja, but a special area for them has been set aside at Jozani Forest, a remnant of the indigenous forest which once covered the island, After shaking hands with this type of Monkeys you will then proceed back to Stone town for the last Shopping before transferred to Zanzibar Airport /Sea Port for trip back home or to your next destinations.
The term “Zanzibar” is also regularly used to refer to Oenjoega Island, and Zanzibar is sometimes referred to as the “Spectacular Islands”, although this term is more commonly associated with the Molukke Islands in Indonesia.
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