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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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Centurion, South Africa
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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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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27 helpful votes 27 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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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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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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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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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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Centurion, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

You will pass the old fort several times when in Stone town. All it offers you is a photo or two and merchants that want to sell their goods to you. You won't miss a lot if you give it a skip.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

You will walk pass this a lot of times, it´s not well preserved at all and their fore it´s not much to see more then to just walk by it. I guess some ppl might think it´s more interesting but for us it was not really anything worth the wile

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Keep your visit short aqnd sweet. The phot opps are limited to 3 photos at best and the local shop keepers does become a bit of a drag. Only ever pay in shillings and save yourself a pocket.

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