Experience the Princess Salme Historical Tour

Discover the intriguing story of Princess Sayyida Salme

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Take a Journey back in Time to Experiences the Memoirs of an Arabian Princess

About the tour

Discover the intriguing story of Princess Sayyida Salme, the youngest daughter of Sultan Said, the former Omani ruler of Zanzibar. She was smart and remarkable and is the authour of Memoirs of an Arabian Princess. Princess Salme was a revolutionist who gave the quiet Zanzibar quakes when she conspired to overthrow her brother before fleeing with her German lover when she got pregnant. Her life was a shade of many things including adventure, romance and rivalry. Join this tour to discover the birthplace of Princess Salme, Mtoni Palace and how she lived her life.

Highlights:

  • Visit the Mtoni Palace, the birthplace of Salme and discover how she spent her childhood including the gardens she played in as a child. 
  • Explore the Marhubi Palace that was built by Salme's older brother, Sultan Barghash. She helped Sultan Barghash to escape after her failed attempt to overthrow their brother, Sultan Majid.
  • Travel to Stone Town, the historic town where Salme lived in exile. There is a room in the Palace Museum, dedicated to Salme's writings and life stories. 
  • You will be taken to her house where her secret romance with Heinrich Ruete, the young German merchant across balconies. 
  • Walk to the Galley Bookshop, where you can buy Salme's book, Memoirs of an Arabian Princess, which is available in many languages.


Your guide/s, plus any mandatory entrance fees if relevant. Transport to and from the Marhubi Palace

Please dress conservatively. Women should cover their shoulders and legs.
Closed and comfortable walking or hiking shoes are recommended.
Camera, hat, water / money for refreshments

Open to all. Infants may need to be carried within the ruins and other places of interest.

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