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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We visited the old fort of Stone Town as part of our official Tour with a guide, the building was interesting and good to hear about the International Film Festival [in July annually I seem to remember] and see the ampitheatre where local entertainers were busy rehearsing. there are plenty of artisan stalls selling local goods and lots of traders... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The old fort is free to enter and doesn't have anything spectacular but walking through it is pleasant and is part of the experience..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Pretty place and makes good photo at sunset. The man at the tourist info desk is very helpful. Across from the night market.

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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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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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Address: Address: Nr. Beit el-Ajaib, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town

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