Asmini Palace Hotel
Travel Blogs from Stone Town
... these are vivid sensory impressions of Stone Town engrained in my mind. I loved the vibrancy and exoticism of the town, a heady mix of East Africa, Europe and the Middle East (though Swahili culture dominates). We had booked a sunset dhow cruise for that evening, as a final activity before leaving Zanzibar. Dhows are the beautiful traditional Arab sailing vessels that we have seen peppering the ocean skyline all over Oman and Zanzibar. Of course the cruise ...
... arms. We registered and found ourselves in an old Arabian styled room with two big beds, a large bathroom with shower, a sitting area and air conditioning. We ate supper at the hotel that night and enjoyed sitting back and relaxing on the patio afterwards. Dawna didn't have a very good sleep though because the air conditioner didn't work properly and the air from the fan didn't reach her. The following night we got it working.
Stone Town is actually the ...
... a tour of Prison Island and saw huge tortoises.
One was 189 years old.
This means it was born in 1824 !!!!!!!!!!
The tour wasn't up to much but the snorkelling was good.
We returned to Stonetown and went for a meal on the beach.
Tomorrow, we get the early ferry back to the ...
... islands. The main inhabited islands are Unguja (Zanzibar), Pemba and Tumbatu.
- Zanzibar has an estimated population of 1,3 million people of African, Arab, Persian and Indian origin.
- Zanzibar is predominantly Muslim (99% of its population).
- In Stone Town there are over 50 mosques, 2 cathedrals and a couple of Hindu temples.
- English is widely spoken, much more compared to the ...
... re told that 30% of Zanzibar’s income comes from cloves, 42% from tourism, and the remaining 28% from a variety of things.
On the way north to the resort, we pass a number of villages amongst the palms and greenery, see some good loads and ox carts, but get no decent photos from the back of the bus. We pass through a very large and crowded village on a point, with lots of traditional boats, plus a large gathering of men in white in a covered, screened off ...