The World List of Natural Sites of Tourist Attraction

Mangapwani (meaning 'Arab shore') lies on the coast, about 20 km north of Zanzibar Town. The Coral Cave is a deep natural cavern in the coralline rock with a narrow entrance. Water was probably collected from here by the inhabitants of the valley and at the same time in the past.

Later, the area became the property of a wealthy Arab landowner called Hamed Salim el Hathy who had many slaves working on his plantations. During this time, the cavern was rediscovered by a young boy searching for a lost goat. Local people were able to use the water again, and Hamed Salim arranged for his slaves to collect the water. It has been suggested by historians that the cave may have been used as a hiding place for slaves after the trade was officially abolished in 1873.

Mangapwani Coral Cave Mangapwani Coral Cave

Location: Tanzania

The year of entering to the World List of Tourist Attractions:   2018

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