All the Glory that was ancient Rome would have remained hidden without the help of the trusted guide. For between those pillared triumphal boulevards lay labyrinths of rabbit warrens where resided the hoi polloi. Such is Stonetown. Much of the most interesting lies hidden and off the beaten tracks. Even our history is foggy, or cursory at best, for most of our visitors, Did you know that on Tharia Square in front of Emerson Spice is where Tharia Topan, the richest man in Zanzibar, dried his thousands of soggy banknotes, guarded by gloriously bedecked Baluchi askaris?
Or did you know that Livingston described his friend Topan; "One of the most honest men among all individuals, white or black, red or yellow is a Mahometan Hindi called Tarya Topan"?
Or that the philanthropist Topan built the mosque across the square to honor his Sunni neighbors, not his own religion, for he was Ismaili? Just stepping out the Emerson Spice door, see what you would have missed without a guide?
To enjoy this city at its fullest, we suggest that you start your first morning with a tour of Stonetown by one of our young aspiring historian guides. You will gain perspective and insights into this rich cosmopolitan culture, as well as a good orientation to continue your explorations.