This morning I was determined to have breakfast at the Jetty. So I set my alarm for 8am and made my way. It’s located at the tip end of the Jetty. It’s quaint, very intimate and yes, it is the Kat’s Meow. Yes, serve me. I detest buffets. I practically had the place to myself until Katrina and Phil joined me. It was such a beautiful setting and there was no rush to leave. I’m sure we were there a couple of hours; just chillin’.
This afternoon the group was set for the Stone Town tour. Stone Town is the older part of Zanzibar City. One of the highlights but quite sobering and chilling is the site of the former slave market which where later the Anglican Cathedral of Christ Church was built. Built on the location of the whipping post from the island’s largest slave market. The Church was built by the third Bishop of Zanzibar and famous abolitionist, Edward Steere. Steere is buried behind the main altar, as he died a few weeks prior to its completion. The grounds also hosts one of the most famous Slave Monuments in the entire world.
Zanzibar was one of the largest Slave ports in the vast Indian Ocean Slave trade, which was dominated by Arab slave traders. Although best known today as an island paradise, there are many reminders of Zanzibar’s dark history in the slave trade around Stone Town and across the island.
The slaves were shipped here in boats from the mainland, crammed so tightly that many fell ill and died or were thrown overboard. Dozens of slaves including women and children were imprisoned for days in crowded cellars with little air, no food or toilets.
We walked through the maze of alleyways, seeing the sights, smelling the scents of the market; and soaking up the local color while enjoying the education but now most were ready to make our way to JAFFERJI HOUSE ROOFTOP RESTAURANT. Our guide cautioned us it was 4 flights of stairs. Well I don’t know about his counting but it was more like 9 flights. Heck, he had already walked us 5 miles through the town; another extra few flights of stairs wasn’t going to make a difference.