At least if you’re arriving in Stone Town by ferry from Dar (es Salaam), this stunning waterfront is your welcoming committee. The old, architectural beauties left over from the sultanate era. Starting from left to right, from the ferry port to the touristy Shangani area (which was far from my favorite part of Zanzibar City’s old town…):
- Old Dispensary is in my opinion the most beautiful of them all! Didn’t try to go inside though, as I believe there are offices in there these days.
- Palace Museum – skip!
- House of Wonders is nice looking with its colonial America vibe. Inside you’ll find the Zanzibar National Museum, which I thought was just OK. If you have time to kill, why not.
- Anonymously looking Old Fort was really…nothing. Besides being a good place for souvenirs. Somewhere within the walls you’ll find a few places where you can get the memento shopping done in one take. And best of all, it’s far from crowded with people.
- Forodhani Gardens is a nice park to chill in. During the day it was quiet and relaxed, and at night when the very popular and enjoyable food market was on, it turned into something totally different. Food smelled heavenly, but being a bit worried about food poisoning, I sadly decided to stay away 🙁