Princess Salme Tour

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Discover how Princess Salme sent shockwaves through Zanzibar and visit the relevant places in this princess' unusual life
Discover how Princess Salme sent shockwaves through Zanzibar and visit the relevant places in this princess' unusual life

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Learn about the life of Princess Salme. Was she a rebel, outcast or revolutionary? Discover how she sent shockwaves through Zanzibar and visit the relevant places in this princess' unusual life.


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This tour takes you to Mtoni Palace, where Princess Salme was born in 1844, the daughter of Sultan Said and one of his secondary wives. She spent her childhood in the palace where she played in the gardens and attended to by servants. You'll then head to Marhubi Palace, built by Sultan Barghash, Salme's older brother who she helped to escape after a failed attempt to overthrow their other brother Sultan Majid.

From here, you'll travel to Stone Town, where the princess lived in relative exile, unmarried and shunned by her family for her role in the intrigue. The Palace Museum has a room dedicated to Salme's life and writings. Your guide will tak you to her house, where her romance with the German merchant Heinrich Ruete began. The tour ends at the Gallery Bookshope, where you can buy Salme's sensational book, "Memoirs of an Arabian Princess," available in several languages.


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  • Hotel pick-up

  • Transport

  • Services of an experienced guide

  • Entrance fees


  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

Please Note

  • Child rates are applicable from ages 0 to 11 years.

  • Guides are available in English, French, Italian and Spanish. Must be pre-booked at the time of booking.

  • Guests are advised to wear comfortable closed walking or hiking shoes and pants and to bring a hat and sun cream.

  • Please dress conservatively.

  • For departures from other areas, please inquire.

  • During the holy month of Ramadan, please be advised that all restaurants not part of hotels will be closed and will not offer services during daytime. Hotels and similar establishments will have to restrict food and drinking services to the confinements of their premises. Please refrain from eating, drinking, kissing and smoking in public as this will offend the traditional and cultural norms of the country during this period.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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