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Address: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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Slice of history

Had a great tour of the baths from the man on the door. Got to see the cellar, complete with fire pit. We also got to go up to the roof to see how the water was collected. Lovely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2014
bferrynz
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Seoul, South Korea
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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72 reviews 72 reviews
22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Very helpful 'custodian' who gave us a short tour around the baths and up to the roof to see the cisterns. They are surprisingly well preserved and it does not take much to imagine them in use as a central part of the city's courtly life. I hope they get the funding they are seeking to restore them fully.

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Berlin, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We got a tour by the inkeeper for a really cheap price (I think it was 2 or 3 thousand TSH). We got an explantion of everything we saw and were able to go ontop of the roof. More interesting than the Anglican cathedral and a lot cheaper. Afterwards we were friendly asked if we wanted to visit the shop.... More 

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dar es salaam
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I highly recommend the visit to this historical place. In there you can get a picture of how the life of the sultan and his people was in those days. I wish there was someone to show me around. The lady at the door was only interested in collecting the entrance fee!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

These baths are now derelict as they are no longer in use, but they do give you an idea of what the Sultan's life was like back in the day. Interesting bathrooms, ingenious lighting mechanics, lovely space and all in a nice building. One would wish that they be rehabilitated and put to use again. Highly recommended!

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Seoul, South Korea
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Had a great tour of the baths from the man on the door. Got to see the cellar, complete with fire pit. We also got to go up to the roof to see how the water was collected. Lovely time talking to the local man who knew the history so well.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I have to admit, I was very interested in seeing this little nugget of Zanzibar history, and it is definitely worth going just to see how the Sultans lived, BUT - the building itself is decrepit and dirty, and the "guide" is just a local man, not affiliated with any kind of tourism organization.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

It is a very ancient landmark providing an insight into bath of yesteryear. It needs a major conservation face lift and more in situ educational information.

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Dar es Salaam
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A surprisingly elaborate hamam (now dry) in the centre of Stone Town. A visit is good for imagining civilised Swahili folks bathing and chatting in the flow of water and steam.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I was really excited about visiting the Baths and it took us quite some time to find it in the alleys. If you have a guide, you will of course get there faster but can always choose to be adventurous since getting lost in those narrow paths can be fun, you end up discovering other things and quaint stores. Coming... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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84 reviews 84 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I must have walked past the Hamamni Baths hundreds of times, and never went in. We went in last week and I was so impressed with the place and how well it has been preserved. I wouldn't say the baths themselves are massively interesting - the information signs are quite basic and badly written but there is a flier they... More 

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