Miji Mkongwe or more commonly known as Stone Town, is the oldest part of the capital city of Zanzibar. Zanzibar City is actually on the island Unguja but also nicknamed Zanzibar Island or Zanzibar in the country of Tanzania. It is one of several islands lying of the east coast of Africa surrounded by the stunning Indian Ocean.
Stone Town is the cultural heart and old city of Zanzibar is a labyrinth of winding alleyways and narrow streets filled with historical buildings, beautifully crafted, grand Arabian houses, bazaars and mosques making it an interesting place to wander.
The spice and slavery trades as well as blended cultural diversity of Arab, Indian, Persian and European mix have enriched the Stone Town of Zanzibar which is now protected as a UNESCO world Heritage site.
The markets in Stone Town are very interesting and well worth browsing… you never know what you might get, dried squid anyone? The Stone Town night market, Forodhani, is something to be experienced. The savoury local tamarind broth filled with finger foods is a must, with cassava chips on top. Don’t forget to try the freshly pressed sugar cane juice.
The Stone Town waterfront is full of history too. Noted for the shortest war in recorded history of 38 minutes.