What to do and see in Zanzibar Archipelago, Zanzibar Archipelago: The Best City Tours

October 15, 2021 Kelli Reichel

A group of islands and islets some 25 miles off the Tanzanian coast, the Zanzibar Archipelago is headlined by Unguja (often referred to simply as Zanzibar) and Pemba. Once a separate nation, Zanzibar has a long history of trade with the Arab world, dating back to at least the 11th century. The capital, Stone Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has many interesting historic attractions. Zanzibar's bright white beaches and nearby coral reefs make it very popular with the sun and sea set.

1. Stone Town City Tour

New Mkunazini Road, New Mkunazini Rd, Zanzibar, Tanzania Exodus Go Tours
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Stone Town is a very lively place where you’ll find a mixture of Arabic, African, Indian and European cultures living comfortably together. As you walk through the labyrinth of streets too narrow for cars to pass, you can see mosques, churches and temples side to side

Inclusions: Lunch, Bottled water, All Fees and Taxes

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Reviewed By osmanjonker17

The most best experience i had with my family in Zanzibar was well arranged with Mr Omar, he is honest, passionate and trusted person who you might need to look out for when visiting Tanzania. We enjoyed our trip to Prison island with Mr Hamdu as our private tour guide, walking through the historical ruin's and visiting giant tortoise, we also took our next trip to Nakupenda sand bank and had good time's snorkeling and enjoying our delicious lunch with fruits and drinks. The amazing offer i got from Mr Omar was free transfer to and from Rumaisa Hotel Zanzibar which is not included on our tour itinerary with him. i favorably and highly recommend him to any travelers who wants to have a great travel experience in Zanzibar

2. 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!

3. 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

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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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

Urban Tours & Safaris
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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.

7. 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!!

8. Zanzibar: Private Stone Town Walking Tour

Mizingani Road, Mizingani Rd, Zanzibar, Tanzania Tourguide Zanzibar
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It's fascinating to explore historic Stone Town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - but it's easy to lose your way in the area's maze-like, narrow streets. To stay oriented and ensure you don't miss key highlights, join a private guide with deep knowledge of local history, cultural heritage and architecture. It's fully personalized to your preferences, whether you're shopping for local textiles, interested in history, knowing about everyday life, or learning about Stone Town's unique architecture!

Inclusions: Entrance fees/tickets to the old slave market site, Professional tour guide, Pick up from Stone town hotels: (Please request and send us a message in advance)

Exclusions: Transfers from other parts of the island (tour starts in Stone Town), Food and Drinks, Tips/Gratuities for the guide, Any cost of personal nature

Reviewed By Lakies04

I got a good explanation of the city and history. I thought the slave museum was very good. After having spent a day wandering the city on my own it was nice to have the context and history behind what I was seeing. Really worthwhile in my opinion

9. 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.

10. 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)

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