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“One of the nicest cities to visit”
Review of Stone Town

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Guelph, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
“One of the nicest cities to visit”
Reviewed 15 June 2011

My husband and I travelled to Stone Town for about 4 days last November (2010). We happened to arrive during election time, and had been warned to expect riots/demonstration/violence.

It couldn't have been farther from reality - the city was pleasant, the people friendly and welcoming. We felt safe everywhere we went, and if you had a smile on your face you were greated likewise.

I HIGHLY recommend it to any travellers!

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
1 review
2 helpful votes
“Zanzibar - More than Beaches!”
Reviewed 7 June 2011

I live in New Jersey and would not travel anywhere to swim or sunbathe, but the Zanzibar International Film Festival attracted me to Tanzania, and I was not disappointed! Films turned out to be the least of what was on offer. I particularly enjoyed the nightly musical performances and lectures for women. Zanzibar has been a crossroads of global commerce, including slavery, and has a long and rich history that has something to teach us about our contemporary international problems..

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rootless
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
27 helpful votes
“overrated”
Reviewed 4 June 2011

when you think of how much it costs to get and stay there, i'd think twice.

i'll admit that the price for a family of four turned me off from the get-go, but we were on safari, so decided to go for it anyway.

maybe i've seen too many souks and middle east cities to get excited by the so-called magic jumble of alleyways that is stonetown. it didn't help that the service at the hotel we stayed at was surly when i dared to criticize the accommodations, or that the hotel, as all semi-decent places in stonetown, was very pricey, say, compared to what you'd get in some places in asia.

the beach was nice, but not at all as eyepopping as i'd been led to believe. we initially took a vacation rental, but it was so horrible that we left after the first night. to the owners' credit, they refunded most of my money. we stayed at a nearby italian resort, warida, that was extremely welcoming and nicely appointed. great staff, though food could use some work in terms of presentation and taste. but it's a new place and i can't praise the staff highly enough.

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Manchester
1 review
2 helpful votes
“city full of hidden history”
Reviewed 25 January 2011

Zanzibar is just amazing with its narrow streets, friendly people, full of historical places and very safe to go around even at late night...
we have been many places like people's palace, Beit aljaib, and old churches... the places are just full of history since the sultan erawho colonised Zanzibar for century and slave trade which was there for years.....
Zanzibar is just amazing in its music 'taarab, kidumbak, beni and others..
Apart from Zanzibar town we have been outside the city as well, we spent 3 days in Nungwi, the beach is super clean and very quite place with lots of fun activities...
If u ever want to visit in Zanzibar dont forget to bring ur camera coz u never know wat u gona miss
thanx
Catherine

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Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
14 helpful votes
“See it While its still there”
Reviewed 26 October 2010

Stone Town is a World Heritage site that is rapidly crumbling. The atmosphere of ancient Zanzibar is palpable in today's Stone Town with the wonderful Indian influenced heavily carved doors, narrow lanes and thick-walled buildings of the colonial era that remain. Over 50% of the properties are government owned and it is these buildings that are most quickly deteriorating. The private structures reveal the great beauty that was created over the many centuries of the archipelago's role as a major trade center.

The people are warm and welcoming and the night food at the waterfront is superlative. Don't miss the spice plantation tour.

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