The Victoria Gardens were originally laid out by Sultan Barghash (1870-1888) for used by his harem, and his tram extended from there to his palace at Chukwani.

They were given up to the public by Sultan Humoud (1896-1902) on the occasion of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, and thus named after her.

There was also a botanical garden, containing tropical plants from the Mbweni collection of Sir John Kirk, British Consul in the 1870s.Victoria Gardens was the seat of the Zanzibar Legislative Council, from 1926 until the Revolutionary in 1964.

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