Princess Salme + Freddie Mercury tour

Princess Salme – Rebel, outcast, 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 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. Youll then head to Marahubi Palace, built by Sultan Barghash, Salmes older brother, who she helped to escape after a failed attempt to overthrow their brother, Sultan Majid. 

From here, youll travel to Stone Town, where the princess lived in relative exile, unmarried and shunned by her family for her role in the intrigue. The Palace Museum has a room dedicated to Salmes life and writings. Your guide will take you to her house, where her romance with Heinrich Ruete began across the balconies, resulting in secret trysts and meetings in the countryside. The tour ends at the Gallery Bookshop, where you can buy Salmes book, Memoirs of an Arabian Princess, available in many languages.

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