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Address: Nr. Beit el-Ajaib, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Old Fort

I have seen better forts than this you can certainly skip this I did tour inside they have small shops selling handicraft items. During my visit the Zanzibar Film Festival was in... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The impressive old fort was built by the Omani on Portuguese foundations. It has to big internal sections - one is used for music performances and one for films ... It has half circular seating. Of course there are also the inevitable stalls of trinket sellers also called curio shops. We saw it as part of a city tour by... More 

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Brasschaat, Belgium
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You can enter the fort from several sides. It is really only 4 walls and towers. The only thing going on is local vendors selling clothing, sun glasses etc.. No entrance fee but nothing to see either

Thank JohanVG1
Horsham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What's left of the old Fort is impressive but you really must visit the Art Gallery on the upper floor with some lovely local pieces. In the courtyard itself there are a few tourist shops but nothing else apart from the lovely modern amphitheatre used for bands at Festival time

Thank Steve E
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have seen better forts than this you can certainly skip this I did tour inside they have small shops selling handicraft items. During my visit the Zanzibar Film Festival was in progress so their were lot of activities

Thank ajaychopra67
Carrboro, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There's not really anything here, so unless you have a guidebook or something else to tell you the history of it, you spend two minutes looking around and then leave. Don't worry if you miss this.

Thank christieps
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to the old fort is something that everyone who really wants to go back in time and see what zanzibar was really about then needs to do. You will appreciate the cultural dynamics then

Thank Suleiman S
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't get the black henna. I got a bad reaction. Henna is not naturally black. It's not worth it. Otherwise, a nice place to visit

Thank Angelique T
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We started our Tour of Stonetown inside the Fort which was being prepared for an International Music Festival in July. Quite an impressive structure with lots of history & a Tour guide will tell you all about it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting to see but only because it's free, I visited because of the historical place it has for stone town but it's poorly maintained and to many stalls selling you the same crap. Shame if well restored it could be a great place to visit.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The fort is not what I expected. It is free to visit, and is remains with historic information (that I could find) and had many shops and stalls and then you were hassled looking around something that is so historic. Worth a look.

Thank footballfan123

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