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Address: Nr. Beit el-Ajaib, Stone Town, Tanzania

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Loved the history of this but didn't like that it was neglected looking and too many vendors crowding the area.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We visited the Fort as part of a half day guided tour of Stone Town. The fort has an interesting history but is in a terrible state of repair, like most places in Stone Town. It is used as a public market selling uninteresting, cheap and inferior goods ( I saw some of the same items in Nepal), and one... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Visited this place during the Sauti za Busara festival, which is done annually in ngome kongwe. The palce is full of small shops selling overpriced tourist items. There isn't much to see here.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Nothing to see except them setting up for a big music show. Again, not what was in all the advertisements.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Loved the history of this but didn't like that it was neglected looking and too many vendors crowding the area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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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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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

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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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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