21 Mesmerizing Photos of Stone Town, Zanzibar (in Black and White)

By Mark Wiens 55 Comments

The island of Zanzibar is located just off the coast of Tanzania, East Africa.  Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, overflows with beauty and history, making it a fascinating place to visit.  Here is a series (no particular order) of 21 photos of Stone Town, Zanzibar.

Zanzibar Door and Child
1. Zanzibar Door and Boy

1. Zanzibar Door and Boy

Stone Town Alley
2. Stone Town Alley Way

2. Stone Town Alley Way

Into Zanzibar
3. Peaking Into Stone Town

3. Peaking Into Stone Town

Square Door in Zanzibar
4. Zanzibari Square Door

4. Zanzibari Square Door

Zanzibar Coffee Man
5. Stone Town Coffee Shop

5. Stone Town Coffee Shop

Men With Coffee
6. Man's Coffee Shop

6. Man’s Coffee Shop

Stone Town Store Front
7. Stone Town Storefront

7. Stone Town Storefront

Selling Peanuts
8. Peanut Seller

8. Peanut Seller

Football Scores in Stone Town
9. Football News in Stone Town

9. Football News in Stone Town

Man on a Bike in Zanzibar
10. Biking Through Stone Town

10. Biking Through Stone Town

Darajani Fish Market Auction
11. Darajani Fish Market Auction

11. Darajani Fish Market Auction

Basket of Fish
12. Basket of Fish

12. Basket of Fish

Weighing the Catch
13. Weighing the Catch

13. Weighing the Catch

Angel Shark
14. Angel Shark

14. Angel Shark

Broken Sailfish
15. Broken Sailfish

15. Broken Sailfish

The Shark Dragger
16. The Tiger Shark Undertaker

16. The Tiger Shark Undertaker

Cowhead at the Market
17. Cowheads

17. Cowheads

Eggplant Seller
18. Eggplant Pusher

18. Eggplant Pusher

Chili Peppers and Children
19. Chili Peppers and Children

19. Chili Peppers and Children

Through a Boat
20. Front to Back of a Boat

20. Front to Back of a Boat

Tree on the Wall
21. The Living Tree

21. The Living Tree

I hope you enjoyed these 21 photos of Stone Town, Zanzibar! If you have a moment, I would love a quick comment.  Have you been to Zanzibar?  What is your favorite picture?

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  • Dwight Turner

    10 years ago

    All the love here is well deserved! Nice job man.

  • jen laceda

    10 years ago

    truly mesmerizing! these are NG-worthy!

  • Mark Wiens

    10 years ago

    @Michael: Hey Michael, I will definitely publish a photo article in color in the future as well! Thanks for looking at this!

  • Michael Hodson

    10 years ago

    one of my favorite photography towns, but wish you’d done some in color also. Love me some B&W, but Stone Town also has some incredible colors. Great stuff though!

  • Mark Wiens

    10 years ago

    @Ken: Thanks a lot Ken, when you make it to Zanzibar, I know you will take some amazing photos!

  • Ken Kaminesky

    10 years ago

    Great images Mark, I hope to get there one day myself. I love being inspired by beautiful photos. Thanks!

  • Mark Wiens

    10 years ago

    @Kimberly: Thank you very much! Thanks for the comment.

    @Federico: Great, thanks for stopping by!

  • Federico

    10 years ago

    Great b&w photos Mike. You really get a feeling of what the place is like!

  • Kimberly

    10 years ago

    Wonderful photography! You captured daily musings in Zansibar, beautifully.

  • Mark Wiens

    10 years ago

    @Laurel: Thanks! Hope you get to visit soon!

    @Siddhartha: Thanks!

    @Joel: Appreciate my man!

    @Dina: Thanks Dina! I think my favorite is #1 actually, I remember the little boy in person and how happy he was!

  • Dina

    10 years ago

    Marvelous collection, Mike. I haven’t been there, but I seems like the photos are catching the essence of life there. I really like the honesty in them. My favourite one is the peanut seller. I’m not sure why, perhaps the body position/gesture. Which one is your favourite?

  • Eating Thai Food

    10 years ago

    Ya the black and white photos are really taking it man! Well done

  • Siddhartha Joshi

    10 years ago

    Ah…some truly amazing pictures!

  • Laurel

    10 years ago

    Great photos! Zanzibar has always seemed like a captivating place to me! Hope to make it there one day!

  • Mark Wiens

    10 years ago

    @Natalie: Great, glad you could check this out, I will be posting many more photos soon!

    @Dave and Deb: Thanks a lot!

    @Zablon: Thanks!

    @Jade: Great, that’s 1 of my favorites as well!

    @Robin: Yes! I’ve never actually been to Lamu, but I’ve heard it’s quite and enchanting place – similar to Zanzibar, I would love to go there too!

    @Norbert: Thanks for voting Norbert!

    @Syd: Thanks!

    @Laura: Thanks a lot! Sometime black and white just brings out hidden details!

    @Breville: Thanks!

  • BrevilleBJE200XL

    10 years ago

    Like the black and white photos!

  • Laura

    10 years ago

    Zanzibar looks like a fascinating place and I’m loving that you choose to photograph it in black and white. Beautiful!

  • Syd

    10 years ago

    Beautiful black and white images! Very effective.

  • Norbert

    10 years ago

    Great image selection! Like them all but definitely love #7, and #19… great contrasts, textures, and composition. Beautiful photography!

  • robin

    10 years ago

    Beatiful photography – I’ve never been to Stone Town but spent some time in Lamu, further up the coast off Kenya. These remind me of it.

  • Jade

    10 years ago

    Wow- stunning. I love the first one and the little boys look on his face! charming!

  • Zablon Mukuba

    10 years ago

    these are really beautiful photos

  • Dave and Deb

    10 years ago

    Wow! These shots are fantastic! I love them in Black and White, it really captures the essence of Zanzibar. We were there a couple of years ago and you definitely made me feel like we were right back in the middle of it all. Beautiful work.

  • Natalie – Turkish Travel Blog

    10 years ago

    Fantastic pictures Mark. The only thing I know about Zanzibar is what my friend told me as she grew up there but she has never showed me any pictures.

  • Mark Wiens

    10 years ago

    @Inka: Yes, Thanks Inka, I agree with your black and white description!

    @Jamie: Hey, right now I’m using a Canon sx210, it’s a glorified point and shoot, hoping for my DSLR soon!

    @Amy: Thanks!

    @Jeremy: Thanks for the vote Jeremy!

    @Piryank: Hey Thanks! Yes, the detail at the markets was what I really loved!

    @Michael: Happy New Year to you too! Hope you have a chance to visit Zanzibar sometime!

  • Rebecca

    10 years ago

    Beautiful photos! I’m going to Zanzibar later this year and can’t wait. It looks like an amazing place with such a mix of cultures.

  • Michael Figueiredo

    10 years ago

    Wow–these are gorgeous shots! I agree with everyone here and love the Black & White! I have never been to Zanzibar (in fact it’s never even been on my radar) but it certainly looks like an interesting place to visit. Happy New Year!

  • Priyank

    10 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    Very beautiful pictures here, and b&w makes everything appear so different and distant! It certainly made it easier to see the pictures of slaughtered animals!
    Priyank

  • Jeremy B

    10 years ago

    Great photos Mark! The photo of the Living Tree is crazy!

  • Amy

    10 years ago

    Beautiful images! I love the living tree.

  • jamie

    10 years ago

    stunning photography mark! you definitely captured the personality of the place. what do you shoot with?

  • inka

    10 years ago

    Black and white brings out the drama of all those dead animals more than color could. A brilliant idea.Zanzibar has been on the back of my mind for a long time, glad you went and brought it back to the forefront for me. Talk about inspiration.

  • Mark Wiens

    10 years ago

    @Matt: Thanks!

    @Jason: Thanks man!

    @Rob: Yes, definitely, a wonderful place and a lot of exploration. Did you get to check out the beaches?

    @Glen: Thanks!

    @Ayngelina: Yes, that’s what I really like about b&w too! Thanks for the vote!

    @Alex: I like that one too! Happy New Year 2011!

    @Corinne: Thank you! Happy 2011 to you too!

    @Scott: My parents live in Dar Es Salaam, on the coast of Tanzania (I’m visiting them right now), so Zanzibar is just a 2 hour ferry away! Thanks for checking this out, Happy New Years!

    @Laura: Definitely, and thanks!

  • Laura

    10 years ago

    Stone Town is such a beautiful place and these photos more than do it justice. Well done!

  • Scott @ Ordinary Traveler

    10 years ago

    Hey Mark,
    I’ve never been to Zanzibar before, but I really enjoyed the collection. I’m definitely a fan of black & white photography when it is done well. My favorite is 11. Darajani Fish Market Auction. So what drew you to Zanzibar?

  • Corinne @ Gourmantic

    10 years ago

    I like the gritty black and white effect in this series. My favourite is the first. I like the boy’s smile!

    Happy 2011 to you Mark. Hope it’s full of travel and happy moments! 🙂

  • crazy sexy fun traveler

    10 years ago

    Love the shots! I always prefer black and white or sepia color! Really like pic no 1, the child is cute! And 11 – the fish look great in the basket!

  • ayngelina

    10 years ago

    I love the photos in black and white, the texture really reminds me of film which I adore.

    My favourite is 19.

  • Glen

    10 years ago

    Great photos! Black and white is perfect for them.

  • Rob

    10 years ago

    When I went to Zanzibar, I only stopped in Stone Town for a few hours before my flight. Its an amazing vibrant place and its well worth staying overnight. There are a number of wonderful unique hotels where you can base yourself ready to explore the maze of streets.

  • Jason

    10 years ago

    I really like 7 and 21. I need to make it back to Zanzibar again!

  • Matt

    10 years ago

    Beautiful photos, really enjoyed the black and white aspect.

  • Mark Wiens

    10 years ago

    @Cam: Thanks!

    @Bethany: Thanks for checking it out!

    @Joan: Thanks for checking it out! Yes, these photos are more of my personal feelings and things I like to walk around and see. I’ll be posting many more articles and photos of Zanzibar soon, with not so many pictures of fish or cows.

  • joan mckniff

    10 years ago

    yes, have been to Stonetown. very good photos….but too many fish and cow heads for both my taste and for the real feeling of Stonetown, but of course that is subjective.

  • Bethany

    10 years ago

    Great photos Mark! I love the Black & White 🙂

  • Cam

    10 years ago

    Great collection Mark! You’ve captured it well. I like the B&W. Cheers!