The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe)

The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), Stone Town

The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe)

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Ian W
Portsmouth, UK166 contributions
The old fort looks quite imposing from the outside but when you go inside, unfortunately it doesn't quite live up to it. One 1/2 is taken up by a relatively modern concrete amphitheatre and tourist shops and the other half is left empty and used for concerts (they were setting up for a music festival when we visited. The walls are crumbling and the one tower you can climb has ramparts too high to see out of which is a shame as the view would have been very good i'm sure. The whole place can be seen in a matter of minutes and would benefit by having a notice or 2 explaining the history.
Written April 2, 2020
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MontyAreI
Toronto, Canada24 contributions
Free entrance, open most hours of the day. Local tours and excursions are offered inside.

Inside, there are many shops to browse, a restaurant/bar, a local art gallery, and more. It is also a hangout spot for many locals so you can meet many people this way too. We really enjoyed the air gallery and bought few things from there. We met many interesting and helpful locals here.
Written February 23, 2020
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Chris P
Shanghai, China4,924 contributions
Couples
I thought this fort had so much potential, but is under utilized and developed. It is free to get in, so that is a plus. Make sure you visit the art gallery in one of the turrets to get a good view and walk along the wall. They do use the amphitheater for productions, which is fantastic. A number of stalls to meander around and even a restaurant. It was good to see local people using the space to chill out.
Written January 14, 2020
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Rita
Kenya12 contributions
Ngome Kongwe presented a shortcut from our hotel MaruMaru to the beach, so it was always a lovely stop. Sitting on the stairs and watching local youth practise their music and acrobatics on the raised platform, taking in the history of the oldest building in Stone Town, feeling like I was back in the 1800s, and walking through the vendors stalls where Kikoys are woven using a loom as you watch, and African merchandise is sold at affordable prices. This was a lovely experience.
Written February 8, 2021
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dmittleman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL1,443 contributions
The exterior of the fort is in good condition. There is not much left on the interior. There are a lot of souvenir stands in the fort. There are also some artists' studios as well. Please note that the artists' do not like their pictures taken. The merchandise is really no different from other stores in town.
Written July 24, 2021
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kelledstyle
Montreal, Canada833 contributions
Friends
Since the iconic House of Wonders was closed for renovation, we went directly to the Old Fort. Over the centuries, the fort had various uses from prison to tennis club. Today, thanks to some modernization and the addition of the huge amphitheater, the fort is the headquarters of the Zanzibar International Film Festival. There are also several souvenir shops to buy some local finds and a lovely cafe that turns into a bar at night. Visit my Instagram (kelledstyle) for more pictures and my blog for more info :)
Written September 28, 2018
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Shaanicky S
Arusha, Tanzania44 contributions
Friends
January is the best place to visit this place, The history of the place and the Sauti za Busara events makes this place worth to visit.
Written June 7, 2019
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Kurniawan Arif Maspul
Dubai, United Arab Emirates649 contributions
Solo
It's beautiful historic place to visit in Zanzibar I visited today and observed that's great fortress ever built in Africa 🇹🇿
Written July 17, 2019
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Tas G
Athens, Greece1,292 contributions
A historical monument at the end of stone town in front of the sea that unfortunately although is UNESCO world herritage has left at its own fate. Graffiti on the walls, posters, no any security. Its a pitty for such a place not to be well preserved
Written January 15, 2021
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steveD4862CA
London, UK106 contributions
A small fort now full of artisan shops a crazy theatre and a nice bar to get a coffee or a cool beer.
Written March 13, 2020
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