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Address: Nr. Beit el-Ajaib, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Interesting... and that's it

The old fort is worth a short visit. Check the walls, the amphitheater.. but bear in mind the amount of shops and guides that will want to sell you something.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The Theatre of old time for drama and Screening. Experience the 19th Century life of Sultan in Zanzibar.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The old fort is worth a short visit. Check the walls, the amphitheater.. but bear in mind the amount of shops and guides that will want to sell you something.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We organised a few tourist excursions from here and it really wasn't worth it. Just full of let downs and disappointments! The guy that took us around prison island barely spoke (although fluent in English!). The traditional dance at the restaurant didn't happen. To be honest... Don't bother.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Only value this old fort has is due to its history; otherwise, there is not much left to see. What remains is not very well kept and encroached by vendor of envy stripe. I ahem heard that its used for concerts at time. However, during my visit in June of 2015, it looked unkept and ill maintained in the afternoon... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The old fort is an interesting piece of history for Stone Town as the old missions built by the Portuguese are incorporated into the wall.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Entrance is free. So you can wonder around inside the Fort. There are several small shops and stalls inside with colourful garments and knick knacks. There is also a small amphi theatre.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Very important part of the history of the island that has become a tourist trap. Tried working around the fort and getting a better look and all I got was people bothering me to go in their shops/ tours.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A wonderful heritage site which is sadly neglected and left to be nothing more than a place for cheap trinkets and street henna artists. Could definitely be more entertaining if the Zanzibar tourism people put something together there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Also called the Arab fort has a huge ground where a lot of events take place. They had the Zanzibar film festival running when we visited. So it was full of people and different stalls.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Good ruins but run down. Good for night market shopping but bargain hard. Friendly people with variety of goods for sale.

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