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Address: Nr. Beit el-Ajaib, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Stone Town Guided Tour from Zanzibar
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Walk n when you happen to walk past. It is not a great attraction. It is taken over by tourist shops and henna tattoo ladies. Historically it is important. So for histories sake... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
peter m
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Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The fort is no longer a fort for touring it is the location of many small shops. Sometimes they use it for large concerts or something. We went in after hours and didn't have to pay, I don't know if they normally want to charge to go it but its not worth paying an entrance fee. Quite lovely to look... More 

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Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walk n when you happen to walk past. It is not a great attraction. It is taken over by tourist shops and henna tattoo ladies. Historically it is important. So for histories sake take a look. There is a new amphitheater, the ladies colonial lawn tennis pitch, the fragments of an old Portuguese church in the sea side fortress wall.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many stalls inside the old fort to buy your souvenirs. However, beware of getting ripped off. The stall holders (especially those offering henna and hair-braiding) will state very very high prices. Always try to haggle down because even once you've haggled you're probably still paying more than its really worth. Stall are great here though. They sell most things. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This fort isn't necessarily the historical place it should be. I think if you want to find out about the history, you need to hire a guide to take you around. Mostly, there is a souvenir market in here, with lots of good stalls and good prices (once you've bartered a bit

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Edenbridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're passing, pop in but don't go out of your way is my advice. There is a small amphitheatre inside where live music/theatre is still performed apparently. Apart from that, the place is full of souvenir shops; no different to those that are scattered throughout the city. Having said that, my son did pick up a lovely piece of... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a nice place to stop and walk around to get a feel for the history. There are alot of vendors trying to sell you stuff, just ignore them and enjoy the fort

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Krungthep Mahanakorn
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Arab Fort is one of World Heritage-listed Stone Town's most prominent landmarks. In reality, trash litters the ground, curio shops are set up at every corner, and local folks (jambo!) prioritise in selling souvenirs and henna, leaving visitors clueless unless accompanied by a good guide/guidebook. Any positive aspect? It's free!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw this on our way through Stone Town. Unfortunately we were pretty tired as it was at the end of a long day and the tour guide just rushed us through. We should have spent a bit more time in the surrounds.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our day with our guide whom spoke English well. He was extremely helpful and knowledgeable of Stone Town.

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Ludhiana, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the place is small ruins of an old fort. this is aplace you can find small shops to buy mundane gifts,T shirts of Hakuna Matata! key rings etc. you can spend 15/20 minutes after a tiring walk of stone town.

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