Things to do in Stone Town, Zanzibar Archipelago: The Best City Tours

May 20, 2022 Viva Honore

Former palaces and Arab mansions along the twisting streets of Stone Town hint at a grander age for this port city on the western coast of Zanzibar. The Old Fort, built in the 1700s to fend off the Portuguese, now hosts local performances, a café and an art gallery. Overstuffed bazaars lend an air of nonstop bustle. Mafia Island Marine Park sits just offshore, a haven for snorkeling the local reefs. Day tours visit working plantations where the island's legendary spices are grown.
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1. Stone Town City Tour

Tembo House Hotel, Shangani St, Zanzibar 0004, Tanzania Serenity Experience
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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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Reviewed By Coachcassfit

I absolutely love the Serenity Experience team! Their level of care, detail, charisma and creativity is unmatched in Zanizbar. I’ve used them for previous group trips and I will continue to use them again because of the top notch service and care they provide. Major shoutout to the owner Captain T who not only gives us what we expected but goes above our expectations! My group of 18 had such an amazing time. I highly recommend this company. I’m Attaching pics so you can see some of the awesome experiences they provided for me and my group!! Thank you so much!

2. Stonetown City Tour by Imani Zuberi

Darajani Street, Darajani St, Zanzibar, Tanzania Imani Zuberi
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The tour is guided by a certified and licensed tour guide. It is flexible in terms of the time to start and end. It gives the visitor access to the history,culture, architecture and way of life of Stonetown which is the World Heritage site. It is affordable.

Inclusions: Parking Fees, Entry fee at slave market site

Exclusions: Lunch, Private transportation

Reviewed By J7703XZandrewy

Imani is a gentleman, a knowledgeable guide with a great sense of humour. He is very willing to go the extra distance to ensure you have a great time, stay safe, and enjoy all that Zanzibar has to offer. Imani made our experience a truly special one, taking us on many different experiences including this amazing tour of the the historical spices of Zanzibar. The tour is a peaceful stroll through the different spice producing plants - educational, fun and at the end their is an opportunity to purchase a wide variety of spices at very reasonable prices.

3. Spice Tour + Stone Town Tour + Prison Island

Forodhani Gardens, Zanzibar City, Tanzania Zan Archipelago Tours & Safaris
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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.

Inclusions: Pick up and drop off from your Hotel (Around stone town only), Service Entrance Fees, Shopping time, Services of Experienced Professional Tour guide, Spice lunch and Drinks, Snorkelling Equipment

Exclusions: Guide tip, Expenses of a personal nature

Reviewed By AAS1111

Asante Mady for such a safe and amazing tour! Your knowledge of Zanzibar/Tanzania history and culture was very informative! If anyone gets a chance to take a tour with Mady, you will not be disappointed.

4. Stone Town Zanzibar Walking Tour

Lukmaan Restaurant, The Mkunazini Baobab tree, New Mkunazini Rd, Zanzibar, Tanzania Ricco Travel &Tours
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Exciting tour that will take you through the narrow alleyways of this old city. Stone Town boasts of more than 2000 thousand buildings which are all made of lime stone, embodying a huge African, Arab, Indian and colonial influence. Zanzibar, as well as Stone Town is truly cosmopolitan. The tour will take you to the Anglican Church (former slave market), House of Wonders (national museum), the Africa House (former British Club), the Old Fort, Old Dispensary; Tip Tip House and the Freddie Mercury House

Inclusions: All Fees and Taxes

Exclusions: The excursion doesn't include food and drinks.

Reviewed By Hemed S

I enjoyed the trip with my girlfriend. It was so amazing. Happy to be guided by a professional Team. You have made our holiday unforgettable. We will surely do it again.

5. Zanzibar Hop-On Hop-Off Tour from Nungwi Beach

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Zanzibar Hop-On Hop-Off Tour from Nungwi Beach: Make sightseeing in Zanzibar Stone Town easy with this private Bus tour from Nungwi 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.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, All Fees and Taxes

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Reviewed By Sandies_Tours_tz

Me and my wife decide our holiday in Zanzibar. We got a recommendations from our friends to choose dream bay which was close to Mnenba island. We enjoyed diving, snorkeling over mnemba atoll. All guides of Urban Tours and Safaris are very knowledgeable and fun. We miss to see sea turtles which was our big hope in mnemba but the guide offered us a trip to kendwa beach. We enjoyed more time there till the sunset. Would definitely come back to Zanzibar by August 2020.

6. Stone Town Tour

Guía Español -Zanzibar
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Zanzibar as one of the most tourist destinations, it has so many tourist attractions. For you to reveal hidden cultures and their stories. You should need a local professional tour guide to narrate all this.

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Reviewed By Kyliekylie39

Ame was recommended by our wonderful guest house, and he took us on an excellent tour of Stone Town(this is a must for historical context). Ame took us to hidden and fascinating locations, explaining in depth the information we needed to know. He was passionate, honest and relaxed; also very knowledgeable. I fully recommend his services as our tour was a real unexpected highlight of our travels around Zanzibar. 5*s!!

7. Stone Town Tour (Group Walking)

Forodhani Gardens, Zanzibar City, Tanzania Zan Archipelago Tours & Safaris
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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.

Inclusions: Services of Experienced Professional Tour guide, Shopping time, Service Entrance Fees, Mineral water , Pick up and drop off from your Hotel (Around stone town only)

Exclusions: Expenses of a personal nature, Guide tip

Reviewed By AAS1111

Asante Mady for such a safe and amazing tour! Your knowledge of Zanzibar/Tanzania history and culture was very informative! If anyone gets a chance to take a tour with Mady, you will not be disappointed.

8. Stone Town Walking Tour in Zanzibar

Old Fort, Mizingani Rd, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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Explore Stone Town, the atmospheric cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar City, on this 3-hour walking tour with a guide. Constructed from coral stone in the 19th and 20th centuries, Stone Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000. You'll get to know the town as you see heritage sites and architecture, visit a local marketplace, check out the Anglican church and memorial at the old slave market, admire the former home of the sultan, and do some shopping with the help of your guide. Tour is limited to 10 people to provide a small-group experience.

Inclusions: Local taxes, Bottled water, Guide, Pickup from hotels located in Stone Town, All Fees and Taxes

Exclusions: Food and drinks, unless specified, Transfer from other parts of the island (tour starts in Stone Town)

9. Stone town Tour & Prison Island (Boat Trip)

Forodhani Gardens, Zanzibar City, Tanzania Zan Archipelago Tours & Safaris
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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.

Inclusions: Services of Experienced Professional Tour guide, Snorkeling equipment, Service Entrance Fees, Mineral water , Shopping Time Around Stone Town

Exclusions: Expenses of a personal nature, Guide tip

Reviewed By AAS1111

Asante Mady for such a safe and amazing tour! Your knowledge of Zanzibar/Tanzania history and culture was very informative! If anyone gets a chance to take a tour with Mady, you will not be disappointed.

10. Stone Town Bike Tour in Zanzibar

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Gets your majestic experience during 3 hours Stone Town Bike Tour in Zanzibar. We have design the most scenic biking rout in the old city of Zanzibar, riding the most recognized landmark as you explore the ancient buildings, colonial places that between them walls containing the history of the ancient dominion of Sultan. House of wonder (the palace of Sultan No.1)  The old Anglican church (before -was the slave market)  The born house of  Freddy Mercury , Sultan Palace, The Portuguese old forte, the house where the powerful merchant and slave trader Tippu Tip (1837-1905) lived, Hamamni Persian Baths, The Old Dispensary, Old market of fruits, vegetables and fishes, Marughubi Palace and Amaan Stadium. With our expert guides, your biking trip leaders know the least trafficked cycling routes and also the most terrific stops. A Back roads bike tour is a dream experience, can you already feel a cloves breeze and the sunset on your face?

Inclusions: Bottled water, Professional art historian guide

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Reviewed By BEACHJWALKER

We loved the diversity of this tour. Walking amoungst locals, boat ride to Prison island to see hugh Galapagos turtles. Our guide, Ibrahim Said was wonderful.

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