Tanzania, United Republic of
The Mangapwani Slave Chamber is about 20 kilometers north of Stone Town. The Zanzibar Slave Chambers were built around 1880 from the cave and connected to the seaside 2 km away. At the time of the abolishment of slavery in 1873, it was an important transit point for the captured slaves to be sold to the outside world. Between 1880 and 1905, the Slave Chamber was used as a safe haven for human cargo awaiting disposal. The Slave Chamber is a square underground cell that was cut out of coralline rock with a roof on top. The area is surrounded by a variety of indigenous trees such as breadfruit, rambutans, and fragrant shrubs. The chamber was originally built by Mohammed Bin Nassor Al-Alwi, a prosperous slave trader, to store his slaves. Boats from Bagamoyo on the Tanzanian Mainland would unload their human cargo on a secluded beach, separated from the main Mangapwani Beach by coral-rock outcrops. The dirt path from the beach to the slave chamber still exists today.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Tourists may combine this tour with either the Stone Town Tour or Spices Tour.