"an armed escort of lank Zanzibaris"
Dr Joseph Moloney, medical officer to the Stairs Expedition, with two of the expedition's Zanzibari escorts (1892) - Credit: A. C. Gomes
Zanzibaris are from Zanzibar, an island off the east coast of Africa. Once part of the sultanate of Zanzibar and a British protectorate, the island is now part of Tanzania.
Zanzibaris were used extensively as mercenaries throughout Africa. They were often employed by the Congo Free State as soldiers and policemen, primarily because they were thought to demonstrate more discipline than other African tribes.