4 Days Unearthing the Slave Routes of Zanzibar

Stone Town, West/Urban Region, Zanzibar - Tanzania

Offered in: English, Italian, German and 4 More


4 Days

Minimum Group Size

1 Person

Maximum Group Size

50 People

Package Type

Historical Sites

Meeting & Pickup

Zanzibar Airport or Ferry Port

Return Details

To Original Departure Point



Cut-off Time

48 hours before start time

Cancellation Policy

May cancel up to 30 Days

Children Need to be Accompanied By at Least One Adult

What's Included

  • All entrances fees, and service fees included
  • Services of Experienced Professional Tour Guide
  • Hotel Accommodations as shown in the package
  • Unlimited Portable Wi-Fi connect upto 5 Devices
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • All excursions shown in the package
  • Mineral Water during the tours
  • Transport Waiting Charge

What's Excluded

  • Drinks & Beverages (Champagne, Spirits, Premium Brands and Cigars)
  • Visa fees (US $50 / US $100 for American or Irish Passport holders)
  • Any domestic connection flights on arrival or departure
  • Gratuities for Guides/Drivers (please tip separately)
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance if needed
  • Airport/Departure Tax
  • International Flights

Details Itinerary

Warm Welcome to Zanzibar Island

On arrival at the Zanzibar Airport, you will be met and greet by our guide and the driver then transferred to your hotel. You will have an overnight stay at Mizingani Seafront Hotel on Bed and Breakfast at Deluxe Suite Rooms.

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast (BB)

Type of Accommodations: Mizingani Seafront Hotel or Similar Accommodation

Stone Town City - Livingstone’s House - Anglican Cathedral/Former Slave Market Site - Mbweni Ruins

The excursion begins in Malindi, at the Dhow Harbor, where slave ships brought their human cargo from Bagamoyo to Zanzibar. Next you’ll visit the house of Tippu Tip, the notorious Arab slave trader. Tippu Tip's House is a historical building in Stone Town, Zanzibar, located in Suicide Alley in the Shangani ward near the Africa House Hotel and Serena Inn, about 15–25 minute walking time from the Old Fort and Forodhani Gardens. It is the house where the powerful merchant and slave trader Tippu Tip lived whose real name was Hamad bin Muhammad bin Juma bin Rajab el Murjebi. The building was a private residence until the Zanzibar Revolution, and was later converted into a block of flats. Despite being a tourist attraction, it is not formally open to visitors and it is in such a state of decay that it has been described as "The most magnificent squat in all of Africa". The large decorated carved wooden door, as well as the black and white marble steps, still testify the great wealth of the historical owner of the house. We continue on to the site of the The Anglican Cathedral/Former Slave Market Site built in 1874. The cathedral signifies a potent time in Zanzibar’s history and stands on the sight of a past slave market, its high alter standing on the exact site of the whipping post. Slavery was abolished in 1873 through a decree passed by the then sultan of Zanzibar.

Next we will heading to Visit the house of the good slaves friend Dr. David Livingstone who campaigned for the abolition of slavery which marked its end in 1873. Livingstone’s House was built around 1860 for Sultan Majid, and was used by many of the missionaries and explorers as a starting point. Most notably, Dr David Livingstone lived here before commencing his last journey to the mainland interior. You’ll be then driven to Mbweni to visit Mbweni Ruins - 5km south of Zanzibar Town, formerly a school for freed slave girls. Mbweni Ruins was a Universities Mission to Central Africa (UMCA) base and settlement for former slaves in the 19th century. The ruins of St Mary’s School for Girls, built by missionaries for girls freed from slave ships, is now set amid the lush gardens of Mbweni Ruins Hotel. After tours, you will be dropped off at your hotel for overnight (BB).

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast (BB)

Type of Accommodations: Mizingani Seafront Hotel or Similar Accommodation

Prison Island - Maruhubi Ruins - Mangapwani Slave Chamber

Morning after breakfast pick-up from Mizingani Seafront Hotel for a boat ride to Prison Island, the former prison for slaves and quarantine station for Zanzibar, is an absolute worthwhile experience. In 1893 Lloyd Mathews built the prison. The prison idea was to send violent criminals from the Tanganyika mainland to the Prison Island. The Prison Island ended up being used as a quarantine center, instead of a prison, for yellow fever epidemics that once raged through the region. the Island is a home of Aldabra Giant Tortoises. Flanged by an amazing beach of reef sanctuary.

Next we will heading to Visit the Visit Maruhubi Ruins where 99 necked enslaved women were entertaining the Arab Sultan of Zanzibar (1870-1888) in the luxurious palace. The last stop is at Mangapwani Slave Chamber where slaves were kept waiting for monsoon winded boats to fetch them and to be exiled. Mangapwani Slave Chambers built by Mohammed Bin Nassor Al-Alwi around 1880 from the cave and connected to the seaside 2kms away. It was an important transit point for the captured slaves to be sold to the outside world at the time of the abolishment of slavery in 1873 especial in the middle East. Between 1880-1905, the Slave chamber was being used as a place of concealment of the human cargo pending their disposal. A utilized as the hideout by the Arabs for their human cargo ready for shipment. After tours, you will be dropped off at your hotel for overnight (BB).

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast (BB)

Type of Accommodations: Mizingani Seafront Hotel or Similar Accommodation

Time To Say Goodbye

Breakfast at the Hotel – Swims or Some leisure at Mizingani Seafront Hotel. You can use hotel facilities till the time for the transfer to Zanzibar Airport (Depends on the flight departure timing). Late check-out will be charged extra depending on room availability at the time.

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