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Stonetown South
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Stonetown South


... is a section of the west cost of Zanzibar Island off the coast of Tanzania.

The areas to the south of Stonetown have always included some of the more desirable residential quarters on the islands.

Over the centuries the Zanzibar royal family built a succession of royal palaces along this stretch of shoreline, most of which are no longer in evidence. During colonial times the British tried to recreate the atmosphere of an English village in the Mbweni area, complete with a full-sized parish church, which remains operational to this day.

In recent years the area has become more densely inhabited and, although plots remain large enough to retain a suburban feel, modern architecture and other signs of 'progress' such as the ubiquitous satellite dishes and security fences have robbed the area of much of its character.

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