North of Zanzibar Town
Along the coast from Zanzibar Town, stretching over a distance of about 5km, are several palaces dating from the 19th century built for the various sultans who ruled Zanzibar during this period. Some are in good condition and worth a visit; others will appeal only to keen fans of historical ruins. The entrance price (for the palaces that are open) is very low, and the ticket you buy at the first place you visit also allows you to visit many other historical sites on the same day. This includes the baths at Kidichi, the caves at Mangapwani, and several other sites around the island. The main settlement in this area, Bububu, some 10km north of the Stone Town, is known for the attractive Fuji Beach. A number of small hotels catering to most budgets are strung along the coast towards Bububu.
Getting there and away many of this area's historical sites are included in spice tours, and all are easily accessed with a hire car or private vehicle. On public transport, there is a bus (number 2) which heads north to mangapwani village, and with a little persuasion the driver will often continue to the coast and coral cave. For bububu (n bububu 6º6.291's; 39º13.05'e), fuji beach and mtoni (n mtonim 6º8.191's; 39º12.801'e), take dala-dala route b from zanzibar town; it's also best to take this route for the persian baths at kidichi, alighting at bububu and continuing on foot in a westerly direction for 3km.