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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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Houston, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
45 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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Centurion, South Africa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Ronneby, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

From the outside it looks impressive. When you come inside, you see signs about restaurants, shops and all other stuff that doesn't belong there. There is an old stone theatre that is worth to see aswell as the inner yard. Can be done in 10-15 minutes. There is no entrance fee so don't hesitate to go here.

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Stanwick, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

While touted as a must see in Zanzibar, I found there was little to actually see. It seems more a means to draw in tourists to then harass them to buy the various wares being peddled. I was craving a history of the fort and it's occupants, but instead had to fend off obnoxious merchants. Don't bother going in -... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

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
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 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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