Mtoni Palace Ruins
Mtoni Palace Ruins
4.5
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Ellen S
Doetinchem, The Netherlands101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We went there in the morning for a small tour. There is a (very nice and enthousiastic) guide you have to use for 10.000 shilling and he shows you around and tells stories about the first sultan and his family who lived there. If you are interested in a bit of history and want to see ruins of a beautiful palace, you should definetely go here. You can combine it with a visit to the Maruhubi historical sites which are closeby. The ruins are about 5 kilometers from Stone Town. We asked our driver to make the 2 stops when we arranged our transport from the north to stone town. Because of the stops (took about an hour in total), we agreed to pay 10.000shilling more than the 40.000shilling we would otherwise had paid for the trip to stone town from kendwa.
Written February 11, 2023
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Christina
Clawson, MI37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
DO make it a priority! It's an evening filled with a tour of palace ruins by a hilarious guide, an amazingly delicious dinner, drinks, an acting performance to share the history of the island, a beautiful musical performance that I still find myself humming, and finally once you're nice and buzzed, dancing for everyone- staff and guests. The staff was very friendly and warm, and I had a fantastic time. This experience made my trip to Zanzibar one of my best vacations ever.
Written September 12, 2016
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lacerasella
toscana196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
I live and work in Zanzibar and i can say that this is an evening not to be missed!
The place has an old charm that has been enhanced by the great taste of Gioia!
You start with a small guided tour of the ruins followed by a tarab music concert ,delicious local food is served during the evening!Only on Friday,what a pity!
Written June 18, 2013
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SASshipmateS87
Greer, SC366 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
This is a site steeped in history, however, there is only one informational sign and the building is in disrepair. This is a diamond in the rough with tremendous potential as a cultural & historical tourist site if preservation and restoration were to occur. Hiring a knowledgeable guide is highly recommended. We hired Anjam with Different Tours and he brought this site to life.

The ruins photograph beautiful and is wonderful for photo enthusiast. Shadows and architectural lines provide nice texture and background for photos. This should be a stop for any lover of history or photography-just do not expect grandeur like the ruins of Angkor Wat or Giza or preservation to the likes of European palaces.
Written January 28, 2018
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Noel D
Alberton, South Africa7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Great night out and great music and food.

Pity about the cameraman filming the thing, got in front of everything and ruined any pictured you wanted to take. He didn't care about the people who paid for the experience, so he just got in the way of all the guests.
Written August 17, 2015
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Dear Guest, Thank you for your review, we're glad that you enjoy the night and the concert in general. We apologise for the interference of the cameraman, we normally do not have the cameraman on the concert. That particular night, however, we were filming the concert for marketing purpose to promote the Palace and the event. Once again, we apologise for the interference caused on the night and we are looking forward to host you again in the future. Kind regards, Adil George
Written August 19, 2015
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Carole C
London1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Family
A "must visit" evening with the best Tarab music on the island, wonderful food and a magical experience taking you through the history of Zanzibar amid the enchanting ruins of Mtoni Palace
Written June 26, 2013
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safariblue
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
As a long time expat living here in Zanzibar i am always keen to support new attractions and initiatives. The Friday evening concert at Mtoni Palace Ruins should NOT be missed. The programme starts with an entertaining and informative walking tour of the ruins with "Sultan Said". As the sun sets, you enter inside the ruins to a beautiful recreation of life inside the palace. There follows an evening of musical delight, sensual dancing and historical drama. Delicious local snacks and cold drinks are served during the evening. The attention to detail is perfect, the atmosphere magical and it is an unmissable evening for visitors and residents alike.
Written March 16, 2013
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catherinebinky2016
Cape Town, South Africa74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
An informative tour of the Ruins at sunset. On returning to the main area, you walk into a candlelit, intimate dining area set up with musicians and cast transporting you back in time with narrations and song. It's mesmerizig and sadly all too soon the magic ends. Highly recommended
Written April 12, 2017
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Panamatenga
Pretoria61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
A not to be missed experience,it is like being transported back in time to a place of the Sultans with song and Dance from a bygone era with good food, close to Stone town and worth every penny.
Written February 16, 2016
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Jpterell
Stone Town, Tanzania2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
Highly recommend the Mtoni Palace Ruins Concert every Tuesday and Friday evening. It is a magical way to spend an evening in the Mtoni Palace. It all begins at at 6 o'clock with a guided tour of the palace which is situated on the edge of the Indian Ocean. After the tour we were taken to the courtyard which was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and table with crisp white table cloths. The dinner began and ended with incredible music, singing and dancing. The evening is sponsored and organized by the Mtoni Marine Hotel which is adjacent to the palace - all the profits go to further restoration of the palace. .
Written January 30, 2015
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Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share with us your magical experience at the Mtoni Palace Ruins. We are so happy to know that you enjoyed the show. The palace is so magical in itself that when we run the program, it only makes it look even more magical. We appreciate your support and we look forward to your next visit. Thank you! Warm Regards Shahzmah Tim marketing@zanzibar.cc
Written February 6, 2015
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