Stone Town

Jafferji House


Historical home

In the heart of Zanzibar’s historical Stone Town, Jafferji House is a charming boutique hotel taking up residence in a lovingly restored building dating back over a century.

There are ten suites all decorated with furniture, décor artifacts, doors and carvings are genuine antiques collected from Morocco and Afghanistan to India and Mozambique.

Shared areas include relaxing lounges and terraces with views out across the old city’s rooftops and alleyways. There’s also a restaurant with ocean views where you can try Swahili cuisine infused with a continental twist and the archipelago’s spices.


At a glance

  • Ten suites

  • Restaurant

  • Lounge

  • Courtyard gardens

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    Cooking class

    The hotel's passionate local chef will teach you about the flavors, ingredients and techniques in cooking Swahili food in a domestic setting. Learn about spices, local herbs and the properties, origins and the medicinal uses as well as the infusions in food and drinks.

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    Coffee ceremony

    Enjoy a traditional Swahili coffee brewing ceremony, from roasting beans in a clay pot over a tiny metal charcoal stove, to brewing and drinking with local treats.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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