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EXPLORING STONE TOWN

OUR LAST FULL DAY IN AFRICA

sunny 30 °C

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Today we did a visit to a local spice farm and then on to Stone Town. The spice tour was very informal but we had the change to walk through a government run farm and see all the local specialties. We saw cinnamon trees, cloves, vanilla and nutmeg. The red stuff surrounding is the nutmeg seed is mace, the kind used as tear gas. We saw much more including plants used locally for medicine and this pretty flower, whose pod is used by natives for face paint and lipstick. It was really interesting and Isaac loved it. A couple of the workers made the boys ties outta leaves, and us frog necklaces. At the end of the tour we had the chance to try many local fruit.

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We then went into Stone Town which was the center of the spice trade and slave trading in the 19th century. Zanzibar is 95% Muslim and you could sure feel it there. Women were covered in varying degrees and the men were also traditionally dressed in Arab attire. Completely different than mainland Tanzania. Our first stop was at the Anglican Church built where the slave market used to be. Outside the church is a monument to the slaves. We were also able to go inside the slave holding cells which was very disturbing. Not much space for the large number that could be held there for more than a week. Most of these slaves went to Oman since the Sultan of Oman had residence in Stone Town and took over the town.

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After a fabulous seaside lunch, we wandered through the streets admiring the beautiful teak doors that Zanzibar is famous for and explored the local markets, including the smelly fish market. This guy outside was using a machete to chop up a manta ray.

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It was extremely hot and humid today and we were beat. I slept almost the entire 1 hour drive back to the resort and we were all quick to jump in the pool before dinner. I won’t bore you with more food pictures but will say it was delicious.

Hard to believe this is our last night in Africa. We leave tomorrow night but have a snorkelling trip booked for the morning. We are taking fully advantage until we are on board our flight.

Posted by curlygirl 11:22 Archived in Tanzania Tagged town africa safari zanzibar stone tanzania adventures

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What a wonderful trip Shelley!! Thanks for sharing!

by Tammy

What an exciting trip, always look forward to your pictures. Thanks for sharing!

by Krista

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