Kiponda Caravanserai
Zanzibar, Tanzania
Buildings called musafirkhanas were built by the Indian community in Zanzibar as lodging for visiting members of their community or as charitable housing. Although also called caravanserais, the buildings do not seem to have also had a commercial purpose. The Kiponda caravanserai was built in 1892 for widows of the Ithnasheri sect, and later as housing for Stone Town residents. 

The building has two story and thirty-six rooms facing a central internal courtyard. It was restored in the 2000s by the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme.


Archnet. "Kiponda Caravanserai Rehabilitation." Accessed March 27, 2015.

Bianca, Stefano & Francesco Siravo. Zanzibar: A Plan for the Historic Stone Town, 39. Geneva: The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 1996.

Khalfan, Khalfan Amour  & Nobuyuki Ogura. "Sustainable architectural conservation according to traditions of Islamic waqf: the World Heritage–listed Stone Town of Zanzibar." International Journal of Heritage Studies vol. 18 iss. 6 (2012): 1-17.

Stone Town Heritage Society. "Landmark Buildings." Accessed March 27, 2015.

Zanzibar, Tanzania
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Kiponda Caravanserai
Khoja Ismail Charitable Musafirkhana
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residential architecture
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