Published on January 8th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 HOURS IN STONE TOWN, ZANZIBAR
Spend a day immersed in the cultural crossroads of Zanzibar’s Stone Town. A confusing, almost-unnavigable tangle of streets, lanes and alleys, it’s best not to even pretend you aren’t going to get lost. Just grab your camera, some spare batteries and spend your day snapping the old palaces, mosques, shopfronts, and temples all made from stone.
9am Enjoy a decadently long breakfast at the Zanzibar Coffee House Café, housed within one of Stone Town’s oldest buildings. Enjoy fresh coffee, eggs and fruit on the outdoor terrace, and wonder why you don’t eat breakfast on the terrace of arabesque mansions more often?
11am Take to the streets of Stone Town to fill several memory cards with countless images of arabesque stone arches, crumbling Moorish buildings, quirky local businesses and carved wooden doors. There are more than 50 mosques in this small area, as well as numerous temples. Visit Shakti Temple to see a technicolour place of worship and stripped-back Jaw’s Corner for Arabic coffee, chess and gossip.
3pm Brush up on your history at one of Zanzibar’s most well-known landmarks, the House of Wonders. Poke around the museum inside, then head next door to the Old Fort, an evocative 17th century fortress.
5pm Sounds like a cliché (because it is) but who could resist a beachside sundowner at the Travellers Cafe? This low key spot serves up no-fuss cocktails, beer and bar food with a nifty view of the Indian Ocean.
7pm After sunset, walk along the sea towards Forodhani Gardens – a small, open-air marketplace. Score fresh seafood, grilled vegetables, samosas and more at wallet-friendly prices, which means you can eat double the amount you usually eat, right?