Share the spirit of the season and join Saint Joseph's Catholic
Church Choir for a Sunset Christmas Carol sing-along as Emmanuel Kazumba
leads you through a jamboree of carols.
The party starts at 8pm! Rock around the Christmas Tree with Santa's
Karaoke Party and lots of sparkling good cheer.
Christmas Day Chill Out
Join us at the Sunset Bar for lazy day Christmas
cocktails and Sizzling Sunset Bar-B-Q. Savour a variety of
fresh local seafood & quality meats marinated with our Chef's own secret
recipe & char-grilled to perfection.
New Year's Eve
Indulge in the exotic flavours of our specially prepared New Year's Eve menu
for an evening of fine dining in Tradewinds
Restaurant. The diet starts in January so this is your last chance
to indulge one last time!
The clock is ticking for an unforgettable New Year's celebration with Big Music
from Big Joe entertaining all the party revellers with the best sounds this
side of the Equator.
Countdown to 2014 in style in the
The place to be and be seen!
House of Wonders
The House of Wonders is located near the Palace
Museum and opposite of Forodhani
Gardens in the old quarters of Zanzibar Town, also known as Stone
Built in 1883 it was once the ceremonial palace for Sultan Barghash. Spacious
verandahs supported by columns surround this very large, four-storied building
with a highly visible clock tower. A large roofed courtyard in the centre is
surrounded by open galleries. Large wooden staircases wind up along the inner
walls. On each floor are four giant carved wooden doors, some of which have
inscriptions from the Koran. On order of Sultan Barghash the huge carved main
door was made wide enough so that he could easily ride an elephant through.
The upper balcony surrounds the entire building and offers great views onto
the ocean and Stone Town. The locals named the palace Beit-al-Ajaib,
meaning the House of Wonders, because it was the first house with electrical
lights and even an electrical elevator in Zanzibar, built in 1913 by the
British. Still today, it is one of the largest buildings in Zanzibar.
During the Anglo-Zanzibar-War in 1896 the palace was slightly damaged by a
British bombardment in an attempt to overthrow Sultan Barghash, who claimed
the thrown after the death of Sultan Hamad. After reconstruction, Sultan
Hamoud used the upper floor as a residential palace during his reign from 1902
to 1911. Later on the building was used as government offices and after the
Zanzibar Revolution as a school. Today the house is open for tourists as the
Museum of History and Culture of Zanzibar & the Swahili Coast. The
entrance fee is USD 3 per person.
P.O. Box 3246, Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar
Tel.: +255 (0)774 43 23 40 or +255 (0)777 212621