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ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA

STONE TOWN


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Ancient Stone Town was once the center of one of the most influential ports on the eastern coast of Africa. It also has an infamous history as the capital of the slave trade in the mid 19th century.

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Inside the Old Fort (built by Omani Arabs around 1700) – the Tinga Tinga paintings sold in this corner are made by 6 artists in one family. The heat and humidity are oppressive this time of year so there aren’t many tourists. We became eagerly sought-after targets!

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The Serenity anchored serenely off shore.

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We sought refuge from the heat and the hawkers at the shoreside Temba Hotel. We decided not to take the transportation option pictured here – these boats come equipped with buckets for bailing!

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This guy is carrying an almond tree. We didn’t buy any almonds, but Zanzibar has long been known as the “isle of spices”, particularly of cloves and cinnamon- we did buy some of those!

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Universal child transport.

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The wooden doors in Stone Town copy a style from India– with intricate carvings and studded with sturdy brass – to keep out the elephants!

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Fishermen still sail their dhow with the type of sail used by their ancestors.

Posted by Swenigale 08:54

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