Princess Salme Tour


Princess Salme Tour

Country: Tanzania, United Republic Of, Region: Zanzibar, City: Zanzibar

Tour Information

• Please dress conservatively.
• Closed and comfortable walking or hiking shoes are recommended.

Tour Description

Princess Salme - Rebel, outcast or revolutionary? Salme sent shockwaves through Zanzibar teaching herself to write, conspiring in a plot to overthrow her brother, becoming pregnant and eloping to Germany with a young merchant, Heinrich Ruete and writing the sensational Memoirs of an Arabian Princess.

This tour takes you to Mtoni Palace, where Salme was born in 1844, the daughter of Sultan Said and one of his secondary wives. She spent her childhood in the palace served by slaves and playing in the gardens.

You’ll then head to Marhubi Palace, built by Sultan Barghash, Salme’s older brother, who she helped escape after a failed attempt to overthrow their brother, Sultan Majid.
From here, you’ll travel to Stone Town, where the princess lived in relative exile, unmarried and shunned by her family for her role in the deceit. The Palace Museum has a room dedicated to Salme’s life and writings. Your guide will take you to her house, where her romance with Heinrich Ruete began across balconies resulting in secret trysts and meetings in the countryside. The tour ends at the Gallery Bookshop, where you can buy Salme’s book, Memoirs of an Arabian Princess, available in many languages.

Tour Includes

Return transfers in air-conditioned vehicle,
Entrance fees
Local guide (English, Italian, French, German, Spanish)

Tour Excludes

Tipping, purchases of personal nature

Tour Note

Half Day Tour