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Address: Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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Very interesting information, but could use some renovation

The house of wonders has great potential, but could use some tender loving care to make it great. The write ups on Swahili history and culture, as well as Zanzibari and Omani... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Muscat, Oman
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The house of wonders has great potential, but could use some tender loving care to make it great. The write ups on Swahili history and culture, as well as Zanzibari and Omani history were very detailed and interesting. What really stood out to me was the display on the challenges and promise of developing sustainable tourism in Stone Town. It... More 

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Cleveland, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

At the time we were in Zanzibar the House of Wonders was being renovated and we couldn't go in. It looks rather impressive from the street.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Well i never knew it was called so because it the first house to have electricity, it was called so because it was a palace of the Sultan, it was called so because it had so many things which we have now in East Africa they started there. I love the watch tower and the beautiful view of the beach... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

House of Wonders is a wonder if you are really in love of knowing the origins of the Zanzibari culture Had a very good guard who knew his facts any ?s were answered perfectly.He was so good he tried to take you back into time

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We stopped by here on a walking tour of Stonetown but it's been closed for a while for badly needed renovations and so you can't go inside which is a pity. Our guide did talk about the history of the place which is interesting. Only worth a brief look as you walk past, hopefully it will be renovated and be... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

this place was in desperate need of new every thing, if you want to feel like you are traveling back in time this is the place. just watch your self as this building is really old and falling apart but as there is not much to do in stonetown its worth a look, even just to kill a few hours... More 

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

There is nothing like an aggressively apathetic guard glowering at what he obviously sees as a steady stream of foolishly curious visitors to put one off wanting to care about seeing this otherwise lovely piece of historic architecture in the heart of the Stone Town waterfront. Shame.

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Muscat, Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This place, like everything in Zanzibar, is quaintly in need of restoration, but it doesn't seem to matter. In fact it's what makes Stone Town so unique and lovable. And it must have been truly a House of Wonder back then, the awesome central area with the ceiling40 metres up, and the first elevator in Africa!

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

If you catch the guide your visit will be satisfactoy and you'll have an idea of the greatness of Stone Town and of that Sultanate, despite the very bad condition of the building that is almost sadly abandoned...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

House of Wonders in not open for public viewing as it is undergoing extensive renovation so we were only able to take photos of the facade and listen to the history of the building.

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Address: Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town

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