Forodhani Gardens in Zanzibar Town
The Forodhani Gardens (Jamituri Gardens on some maps) are between the Arab Fort and the sea, overlooked by the house of wonders. Forodhani means 'customs' and this is close to the site of the original customs house. The gardens were first laid out in 1936 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Sultan Khalifa (sultan from 1911 to 1960), and were called Jubilee Gardens until the 1964 Revolution.
This is a popular place for local people in the evenings and there are some stalls serving drinks and snacks. In the centre of the gardens is a podium where the band of the sultan's army used to play for the public. Nearer the sea is a white concrete arabesque arch which was built in 1956 for the visit of Princess Margaret (sister of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain), although this was never officially used, as the princess arrived at the dhow harbour instead. She did visit the gardens, however, and planted the large tree with creepers that can still be seen today.