House of Wonders, Zanzibar

68 activities found
Sort by:

House of Wonders, Zanzibar: Our most recommended tours and activities

Zanzibar: Stone Town Guided Tour with Prison Island

Zanzibar: Stone Town Guided Tour with Prison Island

This is a half a day trip where you can visit a historical street constructed from coral stone during the 19th and 20th century. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. Stone Town is a very lively place where you’ll find a combination of Arabic, African, Indian and European cultures living happily 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. While you wonder around the city, your guide will take you on a historical and cultural journey through the old slave market, the House of Wonders, the Old Fort, Sultan’s Palace , Darajani market place and Forodhani Gardens . Afterwards we will take a boat from the shores of Stone Town, setting down anchor 5 km away, on the beautiful beach of Prison Island. The prison – which is now owned by a hotel – was built in 1893 and was originally intended to house violent prisoners from the mainland and sick people. You will get the opportunity to visit the tortoise sanctuary, which contains a large colony of giant tortoise imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century. The average weight of these creatures is 200 kg, and many of them are said to be over 150 years old. There will be a chance to touch the tortoise and take photos. The island is also a home to a colony of beautiful peacocks. For the rest of the trip, you can either enjoy the marine life as you snorkel around the coral that fringes Prison Island or just relax under the warm glow of the sun, until you head back to Stone Town.

Zanzibar: Private walking tour in stone town

Zanzibar: Private walking tour in stone town

Stone town is famously known for its prominent historical and artistic importance from Eastern to Central Africa. Its history mostly dates back to 7th century with defused culture and its architecture where the world explorers met up. Enjoy walking in the World heritage site of Zanzibar’s ancient town. You will visit different historical sites, the bustling market, the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum, and the site of the former slave market at the Anglican Cathedral Church. Discover Zanzibar City’s UNESCO-listed historic center on a Stone Town walking tour that explores Zanzibar’s history and distinctive architecture, from a bustling local market to a Sultan’s palace-turned-museum. Sightseeing on foot means you can leave cars behind while following Stone Town’s most narrow, winding streets, and group size is limited to 10 people for personalized service from the guide.

Stone Town's Hidden History: Private Guided Walking Tour

Stone Town's Hidden History: Private Guided Walking Tour

Get ready for a fascinating journey through Stone Town, Zanzibar, where you'll discover the town's geography, history, architecture, and culture. As you stroll through its narrow streets, you'll find more than 2000 limestone buildings. These streets cover an area the size of 14 football fields, and around 18,000 people live in the neighborhoods. Stone Town is like a mix of different cultures, including African, Arab, Indian, Persian, and European influences. Because it's so special, it's been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. A Melting Pot of Cultures: Zanzibar and Stone Town are like a big blend of cultures. During your adventure, you'll visit places like the Anglican Cathedral (which used to be a slave market), the House of Wonders (now a national museum under renovation), the Palace museum, the Old Fort, Darajani market, Hamamni Bath's street, Catholic Cathedral, Jaw's corner; Freddy Mercury's house, and you'll also experience the bustling streets, the lively market where people drink coffee, and the beautiful doors of Zanzibar. You'll see why Stone Town deserves to be called a World Heritage Site. Don't forget to explore the bazaar shops zone where local people shop for their everyday needs and a colorful market street. Custom-Made Experience: No matter if you're into history, culture, architecture, or shopping, our guides can adjust the tour to match your interests. They'll share stories, some funny and some sad, about how people lived and what the culture was like in old Stone Town. And when the tour ends, our guide will make sure you safely return to where you started the tour or where you first met. This tour is a delightful dive into Stone Town's rich diversity, where history and culture come together, waiting to be discovered and appreciated!

Spice Tour + Stone Town Walking Tour

Spice Tour + Stone Town Walking Tour

walking to the spice plantation we will get opportunity to see, smell and test some tropical spices and fruits like cinnamon, cardamon, black pepper, chill, ginger, vanilla stick, lemon grass, lemon mint, turmeric, nutmeg and cloves. and also to experience the nature of spices and how are grown in Zanzibar, and of the tour will get opportunity to see some one is calling human butterfly who is climbing the coconut tree until the top and singing " hakuna matata song" and Stone town tour is the walking tour, where we are going to get experience of history of slaves since 17th century and 18th century. when we walking there we get opportunity see the old slave market site, darajani fish market, Freddy mercury house, house of wonders and old fort. where the first ones to set foot on Zanzibar was parshian from Iran and they became Portugal under Vasco-dagama and late Arabs from Oman and British. stone town tour is very excited tour involving with a lot of history and different influence.

Zanzibar City: Guided Tour of the Stone Town District

Zanzibar City: Guided Tour of the Stone Town District

Transportation if a booking of 1, 2, 3 ,4 pax Transport not including you will have to pay additional taxi fee but if a booking of 5... pax transport is including and l will follow you at hotel no need to come to the meeting point Discover Stone Town, the old part of Zanzibar City, through the eyes of a local guide. Learn about the spice island's history and see Freddie Mercury's childhood home, the Old Dispensary, Old Fort, and more. During the walking tour, meet locals and discover the best places to visit. After hotel pickup, follow your guide through the alleyways of Stone Town. Take in different historical landmarks and discover how the town has changed over time. See the Anglican Cathedral Church, House of Wonders, and Freddie Mercury's home. Learn about slavery at the Slave Chambers. Take in the majestic Sultan's Palace, now the People's Palace Museum. Meet locals in Darajani or Stella Market. See the landmark big tree near the Old Dispensary. Marvel at the Old Fort and learn about its Portuguese and Omani history. Take your time exploring the maze of alleyways with your guide.

Zanzibar: Stone Town Walking Tour

Zanzibar: Stone Town Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Stone Town on a guided walking tour. See the Old Slave Market, the Anglican Cathedral of Christ, and the Sultans Palace Museum. Admire the architecture of the city and learn about its history. Start your tour at the main City market, which was opened in 1904. Get a comprehensive view of the Stone Town architecture, its sand and stone ancient built houses, some of them have Arab/Indian with carved doors with brass studs, and carved balconies. Continue to the Old Post Office and the house where Freddy Mercury was born. Stop at the Anglican Cathedral of Christ, on the site of the Old Slave Market. From here, continue to the Sultans Palace Museum, House of Wonders (Beit-el-ajaib), and the Old Arab Fort. Finish your tour at the Forodhani Garden.

Zanzibar: Spice Tour, Stone Town tour & Prison Island

Zanzibar: Spice Tour, Stone Town tour & Prison Island

Zanzibar is also known as a spice island because of the use of different spices in daily life starting from breakfast, lunch but also dinner. Through this tour, you will have an opportunity to see, touch taste, and smell some of the spices that we have here in Zanzibar because most of the people just eat the food without knowing what the tree looks like by its origin. Also, there is a session of seeing the coconut climber also known as a butterfly and you can taste the fresh Zanzibar coco-cola. In the end, there is a fruit testing session whereby you can have time to taste some tropical fruit that we have here in Zanzibar. After that, we can do a stone town tour where the customer can have time to visit and see the culture of Zanzibar people with some of the historical sites that we have here in Zanzibar town as the House of Wonders, the Old Fort, and the old slave market as well. The last point is Prison Island where the customer can have time to visit Changuu Island also known as Prison Island and see some tortoise around the place but also some history.

Zanzibar: Stone Town Tour & Prison Island with local Guide

Zanzibar: Stone Town Tour & Prison Island with local Guide

Embark on a half-day excursion to explore a historic street built with coral stone during the 19th and 20th centuries, designated a World Heritage Site in 2000. Stone Town thrives as a vibrant hub, harmoniously blending Arabic, African, Indian, and European cultures. Navigate the maze of historic narrow streets, where mosques, churches, and temples coexist without the intrusion of cars. While strolling through the city, your guide will lead you on a captivating historical and cultural journey, unveiling landmarks such as the old slave market, the House of Wonders, the Old Fort, Sultan’s Palace, Darajani market, and Forodhani Gardens. Following this exploration, a boat ride from the shores of Stone Town will take you 5 km away to the picturesque beach of Prison Island. Initially built in 1893 to house violent mainland prisoners and the infirm, the prison is now transformed into a hotel. Explore the tortoise sanctuary, housing giant tortoises imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century. Many of these fascinating creatures, weighing an average of 200 kg, are reputed to be over 150 years old. Enjoy the opportunity to interact with and photograph these magnificent creatures, and witness the island's peacock colony.

Zanzibar: Stone Town & Prison Island Guided Tour

Zanzibar: Stone Town & Prison Island Guided Tour

Experience the charm of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built from coral stone in the 19th and 20th centuries. Immerse yourself in the vibrant blend of Arabic, African, Indian, and European cultures as you stroll through narrow streets lined with mosques, churches, and temples. Your guide will lead you on a cultural journey through historical landmarks including the old slave market, the House of Wonders, the Old Fort, Sultan’s Palace, Darajani market, and Forodhani Gardens. Then, embark on a short boat ride to Prison Island, where a fascinating history awaits. Originally built in 1893 as a prison for violent offenders and the sick, Prison Island is now home to a tortoise sanctuary housing giant tortoises imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century. Touch these magnificent creatures, some of which are over 150 years old, and snap photos with them. Additionally, explore the island's colony of beautiful peacocks before choosing to snorkel among the coral reefs surrounding Prison Island or simply bask in the sun's warm rays. Finally, return to Stone Town, enriched by a day of history, culture, and natural wonders.

Stone Town: Guided Walking Tour

Stone Town: Guided Walking Tour

Explore the fascinating Stone Town on a guided walking tour. Learn about the city's history, architecture, and culture as you visit the Anglican Cathedral, the House of Wonders, and the Palace Museum. Meet your guide and set off on a walking tour of Stone Town. Learn about the city's geography, history, architecture, and culture as you explore its narrow streets. Admire the more than 2,000 limestone buildings that cover an area of 50 hectares and house a population of 18,000 people. Discover the city's unique blend of African, Arab, Indian, Persian, and European elements, which led to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Visit the Anglican Cathedral, the former slave market, and the House of Wonders, which is now the national museum. Continue to the Palace Museum, the Old Fort, the Darajani Market, and the Hamamni Baths. Admire the Catholic Cathedral, the Freddy Mercury House, and the colorful doors of Zanzibar. Explore the markets where locals purchase their daily requirements and a market street full of colorful textiles.

Top Attractions in Zanzibar City

Things to Do in House of Wonders, Zanzibar

Cities in Tanzania

Other Sightseeing Options in House of Wonders, Zanzibar

Want to discover all there is to do in House of Wonders, Zanzibar? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about House of Wonders, Zanzibar

Overall rating

4.3
(3 reviews)

Our guide Stirieo was great. He speaks really good German. The driver was also very friendly and helpful. We really liked the spice farm, we were able to learn and try a lot. Stone Town didn't really convince us. The slave museum was very interesting. We had a great day.

We enjoyed our tour very much. Abdi was very knowledgeable, customized our tour for the 3 sites we wanted to see. He was punctual and courteous. We would highly recommend him.

The tour was very good! Both Abdul our driver and our tour guife were very helpful and everything run smoothly. Would definitely reccomend !

We were picked up at the hotel. Stierio is a very friendly guide. He does his job very well. We had a great, fun day. 👍🏻

Knowledgeable guide. Was on time and took us to see all the historical sites in Stone Town.