Property Profile: Africa House

May 22, 2013  By: Gretchen

1710Our award-winning safari ‘In Livingstone’s Footsteps – The Final Journey‘ takes travelers to visit important sites from Livingstone’s adventures in Tanzania, including Zanzibar, where he started his last expedition, and Ujiji, where Stanley found Livingstone, stating, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” Stops on this unique journey also include Mikumi, which was a stopping point for Sussi & Chuma as they carried the explorer’s body more than 1,000 miles after his death; and Bagamoyo, the final launching point for transporting his body back to England via Zanzibar. We want to have a more in depth visit to each stop of Livingstone’s Final Journey on the Safari Journal Blog. Today, we’ll visit Zanzibar.Best view of sunset in Zanzibar is from the rooftop of Africa House Stone Town says Jenny from AAC, with friends Jay and Arvind_lr

Travelers on this safari will kick off their journey by diving in to history upon arrival. Lodging in Stone Town will be at the Africa House – a building that dates back over 150 years. Its original owner was a wealthy slave trader from Oman, who shortly before his death handed the property over to the Sultan of Zanzibar. In 1888 the first English Club of East Africa opened in this former royal residence. The original interiors of the club included a bar, restaurant, library, billiard room and guest rooms. At a later stage a terrace was built, which is the present day Sunset Bar – a popular meeting place among tourists and locals alike.

Africa House RoomThe Africa House has only 15 rooms. The hotel has the aptly named Sunset Bar (see photo above), Tradewinds Restaurant and The Majlis Shisha lounge as well as a library.  All rooms include air-conditioning, ensuite bathroom, satellite TV, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities and a minibar which is stocked on request.

On this safari you can discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town with its small alleys, ancient coral stone buildings and many attractions, such as the House of Wonders, The Old Fort and the Palace Museum.  One 1214activity that travelers will enjoy while visiting Zanzibar on our National Geographic-awarded ‘Best Tours’ itinerary is a historical walking tour of Stone Town, including visits to the slave market, and Livingstone House. Livingstone stayed in this house before sailing to the mainland to begin his last expedition in 1866. Other explorers searching for the source of the Nile and more, such as Burton, Speke, Cameron and Stanley, also stayed here while preparing for their own expeditions. You’ll also visit the Anglican Cathedral, where there is a cross made from the tree under which Livingstone’s heart was buried in Zambia.

This is just a taste of our award-winning adventure. Put on your boots and follow ‘In Livingstone’s Footsteps’ to watch history come alive!

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