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Address: Nr. Beit el-Ajaib, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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Worth a quick wander but over run with souvenir stalls

A key part of the city's history it is worth taking 15 minutes to see the fort. It is not well endowed with 'interpretation' and there are too many stalls, but one can a feel.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

A key part of the city's history it is worth taking 15 minutes to see the fort. It is not well endowed with 'interpretation' and there are too many stalls, but one can a feel.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Not a lot to see that's left from the original structure, but it's cool what you do get to see. Be sure to go to the innermost courtyard because there's a lot of artist shops (paintings, jewelry, African cloth, bags, etc. The people are ready to haggle prices and don't mind that you do

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Free to enter and then pestered by shop owners and local trip providers. Not much else to see when inside. Best avoided

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Zanzibar Stone Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I like the techniques used to design and decorate the thicker walls. The style resembles some buildings in Braga. The way they were keeping prisoners really terrifies.

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Kampala, Uganda
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I was kinder expecting more but this could really have been cause my colleagues talked quite alot about it more cause it was close than it had much to offer

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We visited the Fort as part of a half day guided tour of Stone Town. The fort has an interesting history but is in a terrible state of repair, like most places in Stone Town. It is used as a public market selling uninteresting, cheap and inferior goods ( I saw some of the same items in Nepal), and one... More 

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dar es salaam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Visited this place during the Sauti za Busara festival, which is done annually in ngome kongwe. The palce is full of small shops selling overpriced tourist items. There isn't much to see here.

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St. George, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Nothing to see except them setting up for a big music show. Again, not what was in all the advertisements.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Loved the history of this but didn't like that it was neglected looking and too many vendors crowding the area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

It's basically just a small square fort with some people selling things to tourists inside. It's free to go in and is kind of a neat old building. But basically you'll just walk into it and then walk back out again.

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