Stone Town

Local nameMji Mkongwe
LocationZanzibar City, Tanzania

Stone Town of Zanzibar, also known as Mji Mkongwe, is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. The newer portion of the city is known as Ng'ambo, Swahili for 'the other side'. Stone Town is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate, and flourishing centre of the spice trade as well as the slave trade in the 19th century, it retained its importance as the main city of Zanzibar during the period of the British protectorate. When Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined each other to form the United Republic of Tanzania, Zanzibar kept a semi-autonomous status, with Stone Town as its local government seat.

Stone Town is a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture, giving a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements.

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Stone Town and Prison Island Half-Day Tour from Zanzibar from 54 USD

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Address New Mkunazini, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Coordinates -6°9'49.712" N 39°11'30.448" E

Tours and activities: Stone Town

Stone Town and Prison Island Half-Day Tour from Zanzibar

from 54 USD

Full-Day Stone Town and Prison Island Tour in Zanzibar

from 129 USD

Spices and Stone Town Tour in Zanzibar

from 34 USD

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