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The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe)

Nr. Beit el-Ajaib, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #10 of 13 Attractions in Stone Town
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW

The Old Fort is a lovely old monument sitting right next to the House of Wonders overlooking the harbor in Stone Town. A remarkable structure, it is beautiful and grand - however, it is used today as a market place. Worth a visit when you are in Zanzibar!

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Mwanza, Tanzania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

Had henna on the children's hands, bought a couple of items (be prepared to bargain) and ate in the restaurant: not very good!

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Dar es salaam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

ts nice old historical place more stuffs could be added to make it more amusing. the place is like stadium sometimes events take place there. like the "sauti za busara music festival.

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Gonder, Ethiopia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

From outside the fort looks interesting. However there is little inside it except for people selling curios. A lot more could have been done with it. As a structure it is interesting.

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Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The fort is nice to see and fine for drinks but our dinner was horrendous. We actually had to send the food back. :(

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

A beautiful piece of history etched in the facade of an open park where one can enjoy the ambiance and vibe of Zanzibar

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Noosa, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Sorry, but you can see this place in two minutes. It's nothing but an old ruined shell and not worth the visit. Go to the sultans residence to get a better feel for the recent history of Zanzibar

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I really like the Old Fort and spent many an evening here when I lived in Stone Town. The building is still in a relatively good state of repair, all things considering and the little shops inside the fort are quite good and not nearly as intrusive as those along the streets outside. Sadly though, the government doesn't seem to... More 

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Johannesburg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

What an interesting place. If you want to get that last minute gift, there are quite a few stalls with very friendly shop keepers. There is also a restaurant in the fort.

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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It helps to visit with a guide for a little more back-story and keep an eye out for the Girl Guides emblem above one door - a cute touch in some otherwise heavy history.

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