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Address: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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It's a little square

This square is just outside the Serena hotel where we stayed. It always has noisy tuktuks and taxis hoping for passengers so I wouldn't call it a tourist attraction. Other than... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2016
Carol S
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

This square is just outside the Serena hotel where we stayed. It always has noisy tuktuks and taxis hoping for passengers so I wouldn't call it a tourist attraction. Other than the Serena hotel there are some other old buildings on the square. It was always good to find this square after getting lost in the maze of similar looking... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

It's actually Kelele Square - Kelele meaning noise in Swahili. I was told once by a former lecturer that he was the reason the square got its name. Pre-revolution, he used to play there with his friends, and they made so much noise that the place came to be known as Kelele Square. Nowadays, it couldn't be more contradictory. This... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Actually it's KELELE Square (apparently that's Kiswahili for "noisy" but it's quiet enough nowadays). Not sure why it's listed as an attraction - it's just a square with grass and trees. The excellent Beyt al Salaam hotel is here.

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Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We stayed at the Serena Hotel and crossed the square every time we set out on foot. It's a nice green space, but nothing to compel a visit unless you're heading to one of the nearby hotels.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Small, charming square in front of the Serena Hotel. Shaded and a hang-out spot for lots of taxi drivers and tuk-tuk drivers who were waiting for business. Picturesque. Nothing much there to compel a visit but a nice place to shelter from the sun.

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Karlskrona, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

You don't see alot of people around here. Some taxi drivers waiting outside Serena Hotel and some people sitting on the bench under the tree to escape the sun. Calm and beautiful place and nice to get away from the alleys in the city for a while.

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Thank DanielHenrysson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

The best area in shangani zanzibar,near all major hotels in town and nice beach nearby.Very very clean area covered with small gardens with green grass.Few good resturents around.

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Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

This a small area, but surrounded by history and well kept. The grass is always green and the flame tree is splendid in season. On one side is the old Cable and Wireless building (now Serena Hotel), next to it Travellers Cafe and an alley to the beach, on the opposite side is the Beyt al Chai restaurant for excellent... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Most of the buildings here have been renovated and ooze charm in both archetectural style and layout. The famous Zanzibar Serena Inn is located here. The area is clean and most safe even late at night.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2010

Kilele Square is a grassy area that is surrounded by a few important buildings like the old American Consulate, the Serena Hotel and the Mambo Msiige building - the second British Consulate, now a Ministry building. You'll probably wander by here and not really know you're here. Apparently this was once the site of a slave market, but there is... More 

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