The Tembo House Hotel stands on the seafront in the very centre of Stone Town, Zanzibar, some 10-15 minute's drive from the international airport. A magnificent building poised at the edge of this Indian Ocean island town, the hotel is a historic icon that once served as the American Consulate in 1834 and later as the premises of Cowasjee Dinshaw and Partners, a famous trading company in the western Indian Ocean in 1884.
Today a superb hotel, Tembo House features an array of antique furniture and ornaments from all over the World; from unique Swahili beds to wood carved furniture which is rarely seen in many countries.
Zanzibar, the spice island of Tanzania is one of the continent's most famous destinations when it comes to beach travel, beach vacations, beach resorts and Tanzania holiday options. Offering excellent beach hotels and resorts, coral reef discovery, water sports, family holidays, spice tours and ocean paradise islands.
The Spice Isle For centuries past, cardamom, clove and cinnamon culled from the fabled spice gardens of the enchanted island of Zanzibar have been prized by sultans and princes alike. Now you can pick them for yourself on a spice tour that takes you from the winding alleys, carved doors and cool courtyards of Stone Town, through the slave caches of the coral bays, past the blue-domed bath-houses of long dead sultans and out onto the silver and blue ribbons of Zanzibar's perfect beaches. To enter the world of Zanzibar is to step through the looking glass into the world of a thousand and one nights and black eyes that smile from behind deep veils. There's a House of Wonders and a street of food, a Palace Museum, an ancient slave market, an age-old fort, a ruined harem and the house where Dr Livingstone once lived. There are Red Colobus Monkeys and dolphins and a bright tapestry of Arab, African and Swahili culture, folklore and cuisine that are as mesmeric as myth.
Location and season The Tembo House Hotel stands on the seafront in the very centre of Stone town some 10-15 minute's drive from the international airport. There are daily air connections between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Pemba and Arusha as well as to the Selous Game Reserve and the northern parks. There are also regular flights to Mombasa and Nairobi and a ferry service operating between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam and Pemba. Dhows also link Zanzibar with Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Bagamoyou and Mombasa. When to go: Zanzibar enjoys a typical Equatorial climate. From December to March the weather is hot and relatively dry. The cooler, dry period from June to October is also pleasant. Heavy rains can be expected from March to the end of May and short rains during the month of November.
The Background Originally built as the American Consulate in 1834, in 1884 Tembo House became the premises of Cowasjee Dinshaw and Partners, one of the famous trading companies operating in the western Indian Ocean. It is also next door to the former British Consulate where Dr. Livingstone's body was brought back to in 1874. In 1930 Mahatma Gandhi came to stay here with the Cowasjee Dinshaw Brothers.
The island of Zanzibar is known as the ‘Spice Island' because of its long-standing association with the clove industry. A low-lying stretch of land, approximately 37 km off the coast of Tanzania, it is a place of wonder, magic and mystery. Zanzibar Town, on the western side of the island is made up of a labyrinth of winding lanes, ancient stone houses, Arabian arches, heavy carved wooden doors, circular towers, narrow latticed windows, overhanging balconies and a fascinating selection of bazaars, curio shops, art galleries and spice troves. To the north of the town lie mile upon mile of pristine beaches, which end at the northern tip of the island with the dhow center and tourist resort of Nungwi. Yet more stunning beaches lie along the eastern shore. The Zanzibar archipelago also includes the neighbouring island of Pemba and numerous small islands off shore to include Changuu (Prison Island), Bawi, Cahwani (Grave Island), Tumbatu, Mnemba, Chumbe and the sandbanks of Nyange, Pange and Murogo.
Accommodation The hotel offers 37 rooms, each offering a differing array of antique furniture and ornaments. All are air-conditioned and have ensuite bathrooms. Some have balconies overlooking either the beach or the swimming pool. The hotel has its own swimming pool.
Child-friendly The hotel is exceptionally child-friendly. Family rooms, babysitting, children's menus, children's amusements, pool and beach games.
What to see and do The activities on offer include swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking, diving, water sports, dhow trips and nature trails plus visits to a dhow workshop and the brooding caverns of the Mangapwani Slave Caves where slaves were hidden after the abolishment of slavery made their shipment illegal. Other places of interest in Stone Town and around are: the Portuguese Fort, the Sultan's Palace, the old Dhow Port, the Old Slave Market, the House of Wonders, the Old Dispensary, the home of the slaver, Tippu-Tip, the Livingstone House, The Hamamni Bath, The National Museum, The Chukwani Palace, The Jozani Forest - the last red colobus monkey sanctuary, The Mtoni Palace ruins, The Maruhubi Palace ruins and the Persian Baths of Kidichi.
Activities include: Other attractions Originally built as the American Consulate in 1834, in 1884 Tembo House become the premises of Cowasjee Dinshaw and Partners, one of the famous trading companies operating in the western Indian Ocean. It is also next door to the former British Consulate where Dr. Livingstone's body was brought back to in 1874. In 1930 Mahatma Gandhi came to stay here with the Cowajee Dinshaw Brothers.
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