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Stone Town, Zanzibar

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Ranked #2 of 13 attractions in Stone Town
Type: Civic Centers
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

You have to visit Stone Town over a few days to discover all she holds dear. There are many interesting cultural places to see and lots of hidden gems to eat and stay. I would recommend a guide as you can become very harassed by the locals trying to get you to go somewhere or buy their wares. The market... More

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Shanghai, China
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14 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Nice and interesting place to visit but nothing great! The buildings are very bas maintained and in general the streets very dirty. There are few places that are nice like jaws corner and the old slave market.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Stone Town need to be visited as it is very interesting, it's the culture and history. The most important is that you need a guide to understand things deeply and to enter the incredible local market. The market is above anything that is real … we could not imagine how one can buy things to eat there and survive! You... More

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Houston, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Stone Town was a fascinating and historical place. The people were friendly, the restaurants were good and wonderful scenery.

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NSW
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4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

For real Zanzibar, walk around Stonetown with all its history, narrow streets, bazaars, markets etc. we always found it very safe to wander around the streets, even at night. Good good in the restaurants, not too many hasslers, except in Shanghani Street, but tell them to go away!! Our favourite sundowner place is on the rooftop at Maru Maru. It... More

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Hanoi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Walking tours cost about 10$ for a two hour tour and are well worth the money when you first arrive to get your bearings. The town is small but with some beautiful architecture. Get a drink in one of the expensive hotels at sunset as they have the best views over the water from their roofbars

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Ankara
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Absolute filth, unbearable odors. And where is that famous architecture? The visit to Slave Market was the only worthwhile experience of Stone Town.

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Hungerford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We wandered around the whole town which was more touristy than I had expected. We went to the market but I wouldn't recommend it. Not a lot to see and it has a heavy military presence, which is a little unsettling. Don't go out at night, the place is dark and closed.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Visited Stone Town previously on own, but only now realized how much we missed! A visit to this World Heritage site is highly recommended with a guide & will take best part of half a day or more. Walked through the history of Zanzibar relating to the slave trade era, saw how Arabic/Asian/African cultures became intermingled on this island, and... More

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Khartoum, Sudan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Lovely place, Lovely people, Wonderful history. Spend enough time to soak in the place. Try spending a few hours in the evening as well to experience Forodhani Gardens

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