Top 9 Archaeology Tours in Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Archipelago

September 22, 2021 Lashaunda Abraham

Zanzibar City (or Zanzibar Town, often simply referred to as Zanzibar; Swahili: Jiji la Zanzibar; Arabic: مدينة زنجبار‎) is the capital and largest city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. It is located on the west coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago, roughly due north of Dar es Salaam across the Zanzibar Channel. It also serves as the capital of the Zanzibar Urban/West Region, and qualifies as a district, formally known as Zanzibar Urban District. In 2002 its population was 205,870.
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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 Tours

Forodhani, Zanzibar, Tanzania Ibrahim juma said
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The traveler will meet a guide on time , we provide the professional skilled guide who will take care to all needs of tour and we are kind and well understandble to any exuse .

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3. Stone Town and Prison Island from Zanzibar

Bookings Central
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A great combination of the two activities that formed a unique full Stone Town’s History and Nature tours

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, National Park fees, Bottled water, Professional art historian guide

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Reviewed By leonardopS8263TS

Happy to say me and my girlfriend had an amazing, safe lunch in this mesmerizing oasis. Fully sanitized and clean the staff was incredibly friendly and the food was just incredible. Try the Rock Special! A must !

4. Stone Town Walking Tour

Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania Pongwe Tour & Safari

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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Reviewed By SteveDeb1971

We did a walking tour of Stonetown and Prison Island and it was enjoyable but not terrific or spectacular. The town was compact but there wasn’t a great deal of places of interest and why would we think there would be! It was an okay walk around a market and part of the African experience so don’t expect too much. You will visit shops or stalls expecting you to buy something of course. Prison Island is a 30 minute each way boat trip which is pleasant in the sea breeze and a look at the giant turtles. They are worth seeing as they are monsters but there is nothing else on the Island. If you do this trip don’t pay too much if you want value for money!

5. Stone Town Tour Zanzibar

Zanziplanet Tours

Discover the rich cultural heritage of Zanzibar. Visit Zanzibar Stone Town, an old historical city founded in the early 18th century by Oman Sultans. Head to Sultans Palace Museum and House of Wonders. Admire its unique blend of Europe and Arab Beaux-Arts Architecture. Explore House of Wonder, Hindu Temple, a monument to the Indian spirit of religion, royalty, and traditional art. Along the way to the temple, admire the stunning Colonial Architecture. Explore the opulent architecture, and breath-taking art within Stone Town.

Inclusions: Private transportation, Bottled water, All Fees and Taxes, Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions: Lunch

Reviewed By mariaapostolos

We went to Zanzibar for our honeymoon trip while combining it with New Year's Eve 2019. We arrived there on December 27, 2018. Unfortunately our hotel Neptune Pwani Beach Resort and Spa was not what we expected and in general our accommodation experience was one of the worst we ever had mostly due to the poor room amenities and set up and the unprofessional service of the personnel. We had booked the accommodation with another safari tour operator from Tanzania. The reason we are referring to that is to make even stronger the point that although we were not happy with our hotel and we could not sleep well, we overall had an amazing experience in Zanzibar. We owe this to Zanziplanet Tours and to Mussa Hassan personally. Mussa Hassan is THE man in Zanzibar. He is extremely professional, with great manners, very helpful, discreet, very friendly and very well connected to all Zanzibar hotels and resorts managers, restaurants managers, local store owners etc. We felt that he is very well respected to the local tourist community. As soon as we arrived to Zanzibar airport after a long stop-over flight from Greece, Mussa welcomed us very warmly. This is exactly what we needed at that time. He dropped us at our hotel and the day after our adventure with him began. He and a young professional driver were picking us up everyday at the time we wanted and they showed us all the main sight-seeing locations of Zanzibar but from a local perspective. We don't like touristic attractions that much and Mussa got it from the beginning. The interesting thing is that from the first day, we didn't feel that we were accompanied by a tourist guide/butler but we are on vacation with a friend of ours. And that's merely the result of Mussa's personality. We kept discussing with him about local trends, Zanzibar history, social, economic and political situation of the island and of Tanzania in total. He was very well informed about everything while he was an excellent listener as well. Equally important, he was extremely adaptable to any last minute changes we requested like change plans for NYE dinner. As we didn't like at all the resort we were staying at, we decided to spend our NYE to Park Hyatt Zanzibar in Stone Town. We had to make a reservation on a really busy day. We went there and he arranged everything for us. He drove us to amazing beach locations like Nungwi, great resorts for dinner like Zalu, to Stone Town and street markets to experience the local lifestyle. He was responsible for all our restaurant reservations and trasports back and forth. He took care of any wish and need that we were coming up with daily. We are deeply grateful for meeting Mussa in Zanzibar. He literally made our day! We would recommend him anytime and we are happy to provide any additional information if needed. Great professionals should be rewarded for their excellency. Maria - Apostolos Greece

6. 3 days full Zanzibar Experience. Top 6 tours in three days

Old Fort, Mizingani Rd, Zanzibar, Tanzania Zanzibar Local Experience

This three days full experience will show most popular tour in Zanzibar. You will explore top destinations with such diverse. Recommended for those who like to get everything in just three days, especially when everything included Day 1 Stone Town Tour Prison Island Tour Spice farm Day 2 Jozani Forest (Zanzibar National Park) Village Tour With Witch Doctor Visit Day 3 Blue Safari (Sandbank Picnic)

Inclusions: Lunch, Lunch, Lunch, Air-conditioned vehicle, Use of Snorkelling equipment, All Fees and Taxes

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Reviewed By Lovenlife7

This tour delivered on all points. My guide, Juma was professional, very knowledgeable, and eager to share information. He was a perfect gentleman along with being my private photographer. Because he was taking photos, I could pay attention to the tour and concentrate on history shared by the guide at the slade trade history museum. The information was extremely emotional for me, but certainly worth the time and cost of the tour. Oh! And the driver was friendly and safe. Loved the entire tour!

7. Private Guided Historical and Cultural Tour of Stone Town

Old Fort, Mizingani Rd, Zanzibar, Tanzania Tanzania Experience

This Experience will take you to visit the most beautiful places in Stone town and you will learn about the African still life and their culture. Visit the highlights of Stone Town. It’s fascinating to explore historic Stone Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Breathe in Zanzibar scents and spices on a 4-hour Swahili culture. It’s fully personalized to your preferences, whether you’re shopping for local textiles, interested in history, or learning about Stone Town’s unique architecture.

Inclusions: Guide: English speaking guide, Coffee and/or Tea

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8. Stone town + Prison Island Greatest Destination

The Door Tours and Travel

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

Inclusions: Bottled water, Private transportation, All Fees and Taxes

Exclusions: Alcoholic Beverages, Use of bicycle, Lunch

Reviewed By DENNIS P

My husband and I cannot recommend the Door Tours more. Imani and his brothers Geoffrey and Kevin, grew up in Zanzibar and are full of many interesting details of the city and its history. We walked thru the fish market and witnessed an authentic fish auction, learned about the sad history of Zanzibar's Slave Market and explored the underground holding rooms. Also wandered thru narrow alleys with elaborate door carvings which identified the residents as being involved in the slave trade.This was our best tour on our entire 3 month trip. These guys were such great people. You'll be glad you chose this tour. They also gave us more time and took us more places than the other Zanzibar city tours that we considered and all at a great price. Martha and Dennis from California

9. Full-Day Tour to Zanzibar Spice and Stone Town with Lunch

Visit Zanzibar

Zanzibar is one of the world's leading producers of spices. Travelers will learn more about Zanzibar island history culture and its spices which is one amongst popular things in Zanzibar. Our guides will take you to organic farms with a variety of plants around the year. Travelers will also be able to touch, smell, taste and eat the delicious meal with those spices.

Inclusions: Lunch, Parking Fees, Private transportation, Bottled water

Exclusions: Gratuity for your guide, Alcoholic Beverages

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