Walk the streets of Stone Town and follow in the footsteps of Zanzibar’s most famous son, Freddie Mercury. Lead singer of the rock band Queen, skilled musician, flamboyant showman and a Zanzibari. Born Farouk Bulsara on the 5th of September 1946 in Shangani, Freddie Mercury spent his formative years living and playing in Stone Town’s winding alleyways. His parents were Parsi and had emigrated to Zanzibar from India.
His family were practicing Zoroastrians, a fire religion, founded more than 3000 years ago and believed to be the world’s oldest religion. After studying at boarding school in Bombay, Farouk Bulsara returned to Zanzibar, to leave with his parents and younger sister at the age of 18, where his transformation into Freddie Mercury was completed.
Wander through Shangani where Freddie Mercury was born and lived with his family. Your guide will take you to the Zanzibar Gallery shop once home to Mercury’s family where you’ll receive a Freddie Mercury t-shirt. From here, you’ll head to the mystical Zoroastrian temple, where Mercury worshiped with his family. You’ll end the day with a seafront lunch at Mercury’s restaurant, a modern-day tribute to the man and the music.
• Suitable for individuals and large groups.
• Closed walking or hiking shoes.
• Please dress conservatively when walking through Stone Town.