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The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe)

Address: Nr. Beit el-Ajaib, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #9 of 16 Attractions in Stone Town
Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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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Pretoria, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The Old Fort is not well kept - the grass is long and the area smells bad. Locals selling bad art and clothing are all over the place and no historic information is available or guide, unless you have your own. Part of Stone town history.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

You can even take a picnic basket if you like. Lovely shady spots and clean, park like atmosphere. A few local market shops that sell spices, fabrics etc.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Nothing terribly over the top here. Neat to see. Of course, there will be vendors trying to sell you things, but it's worth the hassle to enjoy the fort itself.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We visited the Old Fort in late December and it is clearly utterly neglected despite its historical significance. There are quite a number of stalls and art gallery inside and that's it. At zero charge!!!. The government should consider repackaging as a proper attraction. Well worth the visit though. It will take you less than an hour and try to... More 

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West Yorkshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

This fort dates back a few centuries but is still solid. We had a good wander around but what spoilt it for me were the stalls inside which I felt was just not in keeping with the history of the place. Don't miss it as its worth a look.

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Brixton London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This place really sells itself short and does nothing to entice you in. Inside there are a collection of gift and craft shops, a bar and you can poke around the remains of the old fort - All for Free! What's not to like?

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Slough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This old fort is well worth a visit while in Stone Town because of its old history. Built by the Portuguese in the 1600s. This, like most of Stone Town was built from the coral stone that was found localy.

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Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Great for history lovers. Other than that there is nothing special. There middle of the Fort is a bit untidy and the stalls look very bad. The fort itself is beautiful and shows you the diversity of Stone Town

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Napa, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

It's an old fort, period. On the inside the walls are lined with people selling everything. Fabric, clothes, knick knacks. Any history is lost. Use it as a short cut through to the palace.

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