The north coast is the dhow building capital of Zanzibar.
Your drive to Nungwi will take you past the fish markets where you can see freshly caught seafood being auctioned. There’s a stop at the ruins of an old Portuguese settlement where your guide will explain the history of the ruins and the Portuguese conquest of Zanzibar dating back to 1497.
A stop at the blacksmith is also fascinating where tools are still made in the traditional way for constructing dhows. At the construction site, dhows are built in the same way they have for centuries where skilled craftsmen bend the wood to create the dhows. Visitors may be invited to try their hand at this unique craft.