Forodhani Gardens, Zanzibar, Tanzania  

One of the best ways to ease into Zanzibar life is to stop by this waterfront public space. It’s a social hub for tourists and locals alike; there’s a large restaurant jutting into the sea, two small cafes with outside seating, benches under shady trees, a children’s play park, and food stalls in the evening.

The gardens were originally laid out in 1936 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Sultan Khalifa you can still see the domed podium where a brass band would play, while the marooned ceremonial arch at the water’s edge was built to welcome Britain’s Princess Margaret on a state visit in 1956.

Epic Tanzania Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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