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Address: | Zanzibar, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Historical outing .

Look past the poverty and the dirt and appreciate the historical buildings , beautifully carved doors and brass door knobs and latches .

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Paris, Île-de-France, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The town it self is totally to rip off foreigners and travelers. Every thing I needed to negotiate the price and I was sick and tired of it. The only good places to avoid this time consuming negotiation were hotels. Good and nice hotels and you can relax there if you stay at a good hotel. Taxi drivers just do... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This was a really interesting place to walk around. We did a 2 hour Stone Town tour which was interesting. We walked around the streets and saw where Freddie Mercury (Queen) was born, the food, fish and meat markets, the slavery quarters (which was confronting) amongst other things.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Look past the poverty and the dirt and appreciate the historical buildings , beautifully carved doors and brass door knobs and latches .

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Pattaya, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Nice for a couple hours' stroll around. Guide is not really necessary for that, as locals are friendly and the area is generally tourist-friendly too

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Seattle WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

To other reviewers I say: use some imagination; this isn't Disneyland. This is a real and gritty town with a fascinating and sad history if you are willing to take time to uncover it. Get lost in the narrow windy streets and learn the history before going. Or hire a guide. Not expensive and can add a layer of context... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We visited Stone Town during our beach stay in Zanzibar. Most of the historical buildings are in a very poor condition, there are plenty of small arts and crafts shops, some good restaurants. The most interesting part was to observe the local people living there.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed stonetown , because people are more friendly, the traditional local food is great and zanzibar is very peacefull

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Very disappointing. This little town is completely over rated. The only area of any interest is the old slave market but there is very little information at the site. The rest of the town is completely unremarkable and really offers very little of any interest.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I've been to many UNESCO World Heritage sites and regrettably found Stone Town underwhelming. It is relatively small and not well preserved, unlike Fes for instance. There are of course areas that have taken on touristy ambiance with expensive hotels opening up by taking over and renovating old buildings. There's also a crowd that only comes to town to visit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The highlight is the Anglican Church with the slave chambers. I highly recommend it. Generally felt very safe.

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