Stone Town, Zanzibar, is a maze. A beautiful, chaotic labyrinth that harkens back to another world. As I walked the narrow streets, I almost felt like I was in a Moroccan medina.
Historically, Stone Town was a base for Middle Eastern traders who came to East Africa in search of spices, ivory, and slaves. Over time Swahili culture was born, which is a blend of Arab, African, and Indian cultures.
Swahili culture is precisely what makes Stone Town, and Zanzibar, so unique. I absolutely loved experiencing Swahili culture in Stone Town; from the melodic Swahili language to Stone Town’s ornate Indian-style doors.
Where exactly is Stone Town?
Stone Town is located on the eastern side on Zanzibar. Zanzibar is an archipelago about 20 miles from mainland Tanzania. It’s popular with tourists for its beautiful beaches and unique history and architecture.
How long do you need in Stone Town?
I was in Stone Town for 48