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Mangapwani Coral Cave

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Ranked #27 of 29 Attractions in Zanzibar
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
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Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

It was a walk through a dark cave,you must be able to walk with a torch,it is a great adventure great history, great experience, outside the cave there are underground houses used for hiding slaves,and the one who discover that amazing cave is the puppet who is a shepherd.it is an enjoyable journey!! come and see for your own eyes

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Cave guide is very knowledgable. He told us that he goes down there about 5-10 times a day when it gets busy. He must be able to walk around there without a torch! I would not recommend the full tour where you crawl out the other end for people who don't like confined spaces. If you have no problems with... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I was surprised to read such unfavourable reviews for the Coral Caves. We paid $10 for two--which we were happy to donate towards the continuation of story-telling and shared history of the abolition. Our guide, Abdul was fantastic--his energy, enthusiasm and bulk of knowledge about the slave trade was more informative than any guide book. After first visiting the nearby... More 

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Varendonk, Antwerpen, Belgium
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

It was just a walk through a dark cave, you should weare good shoes because at some point you'll have to climb trough narrow holes; vertical and horizontal. They also charge 2$ a person for the guide. And he didn't say 50 words in total.

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Guelph, Canada
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

After walking a distance along a dirt road that had many off turns and no directions leading to the caves, we eventually came across it. After being told by the employees that they had run out of the government standard tickets, we had to haggle about the price (it is set by the government at $1 USD or 1500 shillings)... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Quite off the beaten track. Unless you fancy walking through the old hidden tunnel that connects the chamber under the ground to the sea (approx 1 km away) or the town (3 Kms away), the whole visit will take approx 15 mins (inside the cave). The tunnels are supposed to be very claustrophobic, and pitch dark, with uneven floor and... More 

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Lillestrom, Norway
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

This is a small cave. There is a steep stairways down into the cave (which was not there when it was in use). The cave was used to store slaves after the slave market was closed down. The cave in it self is not very interesting. The only interesting part is contemplating how the slaves had it in this cave.

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at sea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Not very exciting and used very heavily by everyone for many years, this is a tired place that needs attention to make it an attraction, the nearby sand beach is worth the visit though....You cannot go into the cave very far....watch out for the giant millipedes that live in the cool dark.

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traveling cat
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

The cave is a ways up the coast from Stone Town so not easy to get to unless you have a driver or a car. But it is an important site as part of the history of the slave trade in Zanzibar. There are steps now to get into the cave but it is still a bit tricky and you... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

While it isn't a full-on tour, this is an important site in Zanzibar and will give you real insight into the history of the slave trade there.

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