Stone Town: "Hakuna matata"

February 28, 2018

 

A week after leaving Zanzibar, I was back for more aimless wandering around Stone Town’s historic heart.  It is simply irresistible and the second I stepped off the Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar ferry I knew the hard work of mainland Tanzania was behind me, with the simple pleasures of watching the world pass by (with a mango shake or beer in one hand) ahead of me.  I was back to the "Hakuna matata”, “no worries” lifestyle of Zanzibar.

 

I did a lot of the same as I did on the first visit… but this time without any plans or need to be anywhere else except in the moment I was already in.

 

Football corner…

 

Shown as a public landmark and museum on Google maps, the Liverpool Scoreboard is a blackboard scribbled over with the latest football scores.  To find it head deep into the tangled heart of the historic old town.   

 

 

Buildings you can’t miss…

 

The Old Fort was built by the Omani Arabs in the late seventeenth century to defect the island from the Portuguese.

 

 

The House of Wonders is the largest and tallest building in Stone Town, and it face the Forodhani Gardens on the old town’s seafront.

 

 

The Palace Museum, built in the late nineteenth century is a wonderful faded white grand piece of architecture.  

 

 

The Old Dispensary, painted in light green and pink along with its wooden carved balconies and stained glass decorations is one of the most beautiful buildings in Stone Town.

 

 

Friendly Smiles...

 

A school bus at the dala dala terminal 

 

 

Sunset…

 

After all that walking around you will undoubtedly need to cool down so why not take a dip in the sea and afterwards order a mango ice cream shake from the Tembo House Hotel bar.  From here you will get a perfect view of the beach as it bursts into life, with local teenagers performing dance moves and back flips on the soft sand with the soft orange glare of the setting sun in the background.

 

 

 

Photo Journal

 

There are always more photos to be shared, but sharing them all on this journal page will just make it look cluttered – so if you want to see more photos for inspiration, check out my Flickr 2018 - Tanzania album.

 

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