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Stone Town

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Islands · Gardens · Beaches
World Heritage Site status, as well as a bustling party atmosphere, help to put Stone Town at the top of your list for a Tanzania holiday. The seaside trading town was once the East African center for trade in ivory, gold, and slaves. Houses, shops, and bazaars fill the maze of narrow streets that make up the city, which showcases a mixture of African, Arab, Indian, and European architectural elements. In the meantime, 19th-century forts, museums, and houses of prominent historical figures pay tribute to the history of East Africa and serve as some of the tourist attractions here. Visitors today can take in a local football game, go on a dolphin safari, or book a sunset cruise for things to do. The town comes alive as the sun sets; locals commonly gather at the local garden for barbeques. In the build up to your vacation in Stone Town, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Tanzania trip planner.
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Popular things to do in Stone Town

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Island
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
3.8
Duration: 3h 30 min
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Garden
Forodhani Gardens
2.9
Duration: 1 hour
Beach
Nakupenda Beach
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
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Architectural Building
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)
1.9
Duration: 3 hours

Side trips from Stone Town

Dolphin / Whale Watching
The Safari Blue Zanzibar Island
4.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Nature / Park
Cheetah's Rock Zanzibar Island
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling Nungwi
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Nungwi Beach Nungwi
4.4
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Stone Town

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Farm
Tangawizi Spice Farm
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Freddie Mercury Museum
1.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Spa / Wellness
The Spa at Park Hyatt Zanzibar
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Other
Zanzibar taxi driver excursion
5.0
Duration: 3 hours

Museums in Stone Town

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History Museum
Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)
2.7
Duration: 3 hours
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History Museum
Peace Memorial Museum (Beit el Amani)
2.1
Duration: 3 hours
Art Gallery
Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
History Museum
Princess Salme Museum at Emerson on Hurumzi
3.9
Duration: 3 hours

Wildlife in Stone Town

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Vanora Zanzibar
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Zanzibar Bookings - Day Tours
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Safari
Babu Tours & Safaris
4.2
Duration: 3 hours
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Cosmo Tours & Safaris
4.2
Duration: 3 hours

Shopping in Stone Town

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Gift & Specialty Shop
The Coins Shop
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
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Flea Market
Darajani Bazaar
3.2
Duration: 3 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Memories of Zanzibar
3.5
Duration: 3 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Zanzibar Curio Shop
3.9
Duration: 3 hours