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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
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Lisbon, Portugal
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

We went here with our guide who told us a bit of story of the place, which made it a bit more interesting. Apparently nowadays they organize several festivals (music and cinema) inside, and for that the place might be amazing.

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Cumbria
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

Okay for a wander around the stalls but nothing too exciting. Make sure you barter with the stall holders as they assume you have money just because you are white.

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Wellington, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Not much to see here but with a good Guide you may find it interesting - all part of Zanzibar's fascinating history. The thing that spoilt it for me is the vendor stalls in the middle all selling the same tat and hassling you to come over. Would actually look better either with nothing in the middle or something really... More

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Centurion, South Africa
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110 reviews 110 reviews
27 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I liked the Fort. It gives you perspective of size and age. It doesnt take time, but I would still not miss a visit. Good location and near the taxi pickup and water.

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Cape Town
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211 reviews 211 reviews
143 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

There is absolutely nothing much positive one can say about this attraction. Go there as it is free, takes only 15 minutes and only if it is convenient. Do not go out of your way to go there as you will be disappointed

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San Francisco, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Interesting history but much of this was closed off. There were shops, stalls and coffee shops in every corner so we were constantly hounded to purchase items. Good location near the water and Forodhani Park. Worth a walk around.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I love this historic landmark. Combine it with a one of a kind film festival and a music concert every night at the Mambo club (just next door) then it is everything

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Houston, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

And that is all. The walls stand. The interior is empty. It is nice that they have left it as is, but there isn't much to visit. Didn't notice any historical markers or story boards. They were setting up the Zanzibar International Film Festival in it when we visited, but we left before it started.

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Secunda, South Africa
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7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The local guide really told us some intersting aspects of this fort. Very intersting if you like that kind of history otherwise just visit the small stalls inside.

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San Francisco, CA.
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89 reviews 89 reviews
45 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The only thing here are the walls of the fort and empty interior with some stalls selling souvenirs. The fun part was watching my daughter getting henna from one of a group of women.

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