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World Heritage Site status, as well as a bustling party atmosphere, help to put Stone Town at the top of your list for a Tanzania holiday. The seaside trading town was once the East African center for trade in ivory, gold, and slaves. Houses, shops, and bazaars fill the maze of narrow streets that make up the city, which showcases a mixture of African, Arab, Indian, and European architectural elements. In the meantime, 19th-century forts, museums, and houses of prominent historical figures pay tribute to the history of East Africa and serve as some of the tourist attractions here. Visitors today can take in a local football game, go on a dolphin safari, or book a sunset cruise for things to do. The town comes alive as the sun sets; locals commonly gather at the local garden for barbeques. Stone Town is in Zanzibar City. Make the most of your holiday in Stone Town by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our Tanzania tour planner.

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Stone Town is full of historical buildings you can stay in dating back to the 1800s. You'll find a range of hotels here, including the Zanzibar Hotel--the island's first hotel. Accommodations also include hotels that once served as slave houses and old, Arabic buildings where the rich once stayed. Lodges in Stone Town provide a budget-friendly place to stay. Most of the accommodation options are located in the town center.
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