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The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe)

Nr. Beit el-Ajaib, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #12 of 13 attractions in Stone Town
Type: Ancient Ruins
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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Visited the fort, there is also an open air theatre which was very interesting but no show at the time

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Juba, Al Khartum, South Sudan
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Nothing very special about the fort, it's nicer from outside with the old wooden doors than the inside. It can be done along with the Palace museim and eit Al Ajaeb while footing around the lovely city

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Portland, Oregon
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is where the Music Festival BUSARA is held - a large, outdoor setting with a big stage, shops along the sides. It's a gorgeous environment at night with the lighting....made of coral with lime on top.

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Crowell, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We just walked by Old Fort (essentially a couple of old, stone turrets), but could not go more than a few feet without being harassed by street touts trying to sell their services as a guide. If you go on an organized tour it may be better, but if you are traveling on your own and look like a tourist,... More

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Saint John, Canada
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97 reviews 97 reviews
25 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The old fort is run down and in need of substantial repair. The entrance is uninspiring and the courtyard is grassy with lots of vendors stalls around the perimeter. going through the courtyard to the rear , you will find a restaurant with the most beat up pool table I have ever seen. There are more stalls with vendors and... More

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Derby, UK
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212 reviews 212 reviews
13 attraction reviews
291 helpful votes 291 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

From the outside it looks OK - impressive walls that make it look like a proper castle - but on the inside there's nothing but a few shops and a poor restaurant. But at least it's free to go in.

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Moshi, Tanzania
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

The fort is not conserved/protected and it's full of souvenir shops inside. There is nothing much to see. No entrance fee though

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Karlstadt, Germany
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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

what you can see? no words! some old stonewall? and shops inside to sell you expensive things :) i can not unterstand this policy from the goverment! they do NOTHING to clean or get more tourists back!

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Miami, FL
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

My wife and I were excited to have a look around this place considering our hotel was 2 minutes away and it looked exotic from outside. There was nothing inside except vendors trying to give you tours or sell you something. Unfortunately, there were not many people around so they all came to us and we left after only about... More

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Boise, Idaho
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

The fort itself is ok and becomes a nightclub at night. In the day there is a small market inside but it's a bit of a tourist trap. Touts surround the place and will try to sell you "guide services". It's good to look at but the night club and the market aren't worth the time.

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