Mangapwani Coral Cave
Mangapwani Coral Cave
3.5

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RicardoGoncalves
Jersey, UK92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
Cave guide is very knowledgable. He told us that he goes down there about 5-10 times a day when it gets busy. He must be able to walk around there without a torch!

I would not recommend the full tour where you crawl out the other end for people who don't like confined spaces.

If you have no problems with confined spaces or you want to man up and just go for it, it's a really great experience, a little adventure. Something different.

the site also has a great historical significance. I'm sure the guide will explain everything while you're there.

Wear good grippy shoes and be careful. No flip flops!

Before you are taken down you are provided with hand torches but I recommend having your hands free. A head torch and a pocket camera advisable.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. You may want to combine a visit here when you are going from Stone Town to Nungwi for example.
Written July 8, 2014
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rlw1226
Charlotte, NC79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
While it isn't a full-on tour, this is an important site in Zanzibar and will give you real insight into the history of the slave trade there.
Written December 22, 2011
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Ulf Wike Ljungblad
Tonsberg, Norway277 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
We were visiting this cave with our children 8 and 10 years old. We were walking/ climbing for about 30 minutes in the dark or lightened by flashlights, which made this tour exciting. We really enjoyed it, all of us. Highly reccommended!
Written December 29, 2016
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Steve V
Uckfield, UK82 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Unless you've got a spare $10 each and 30 minutes to waste I would not recommend a visit to this cave. There is literally nothing else there and once in the cave the stalagmites have been eroded by too many people walking on them. The water was ok to swim in but not worth the money or time.
Written September 28, 2022
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bluntafarian
zanzibar6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
It was a walk through a dark cave,you must be able to walk with a torch,it is a great adventure great history, great experience, outside the cave there are underground houses used for hiding slaves,and the one who discover that amazing cave is the puppet who is a shepherd.it is an enjoyable journey!! come and see for your own eyes
Written December 18, 2014
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carpefeline
traveling cat483 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
The cave is a ways up the coast from Stone Town so not easy to get to unless you have a driver or a car. But it is an important site as part of the history of the slave trade in Zanzibar. There are steps now to get into the cave but it is still a bit tricky and you have to walk carefully if you move around in the cave past the steps. Your guide will tell you of the slave trade and how slaves were just dropped into the cave (no steps then) and taken out through tunnels to the beach where they would be loaded onto dhows for shipping away. they also take you through the brush to see where the exit from the cave is located. rather a somber trip and visit but again, historic and unique for the area.
There was supposed to be a fee but we only had to give our guide a tip and didn't pay anything else. There are no facilities there at all and it is certainly not accessible for anyone who can't climb down the stairs on their own.
Written April 10, 2012
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kbeetham
Guelph, Canada187 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
After walking a distance along a dirt road that had many off turns and no directions leading to the caves, we eventually came across it. After being told by the employees that they had run out of the government standard tickets, we had to haggle about the price (it is set by the government at $1 USD or 1500 shillings) since they tried to get us to each pay 6000 shillings. We were lead down into the cave by a 'guide' that didn't really tell us too much about, and only had 1 flashlight for the 5 of us. There were narrow tunnels that you could climb through, however it was VERY dark, claustrophobic, and didn't have good footing. The whole experience was a big let down. I would recommend that tourists visit the underground slave chambers down the street (towards the beach) instead, and for the same price you get to see more and get a great history lesson!
Written July 16, 2013
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Footsac
Comox, Canada373 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012
Not very exciting and used very heavily by everyone for many years, this is a tired place that needs attention to make it an attraction, the nearby sand beach is worth the visit though....You cannot go into the cave very far....watch out for the giant millipedes that live in the cool dark.
Written November 3, 2012
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ClanFraserTravels
Aberdeen, UK133 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This was a trip with a difference. You really do wonder where you are being taken to as it's location is pretty much out in the wilds.
The History is intriguing .
I would warn that the further you go into the caves the more chance there is in bumping your head on the cave roof as I found out to my cost. You are given a torch to go round with which was liable to go out at any moment.
The exit was a small hole which you had to squeeze though and it came out in what I would describe as jungle. Not the sort of outing for flip flops or sandles.
One other thing to note it was very warm inside .
One for the adventurous I would say.
Written August 4, 2017
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Kristof V
Antwerp, Belgium26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
When you have found the place, negotiate the price (we paid 3 dollars) and make ready for a strange experience. The guide will explain what happened and will try to make it concrete.... Wear good shoes and take 45 minutes for a challenging walk witch ends by climbing
Written April 18, 2017
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