The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe)

The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), Stone Town

The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe)

The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe)
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Esmeralda Fernández
Seville, Spain23 contributions
Arab old fort
Feb 2021
The perfect starting point for first-time visitors to Zanzibar,meet souvenir vendors, nightly entertainment
at the tourist information desk at the fort entrance can advise on performance schedules and other information about the events
Written 31 March 2021
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Rita
Kenya11 contributions
Nice and relaxed place.
Nov 2020
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 8 February 2021
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Tas G
Athens, Greece1,054 contributions
Unfortunately not well preserved
Jan 2021
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 15 January 2021
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Laila S
Nairobi, Kenya176 contributions
Election posters covering the historic walls.. Sad to see
Dec 2020
This is supposed to be a heritage site, UNESCO funded. they claim that UNESCO never paid. But from the dirt and ugly grafitti we saw, they don't need money to keep it clean and presentable. Suffice for the govt to ban election posters were a hundred hopeful faces glare at you as you try to imagine what it was like centuries ago to live within these walls.
Written 5 January 2021
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zuni P
Lagunitas, CA652 contributions
Not much to see
Nov 2020 • Friends
Not a lot of it but has that old Europe world charm i the tropical island feel
You can’t miss it -
I like stonetown -
Written 28 November 2020
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SF Guy
San Francisco, CA756 contributions
Old Fort
Sep 2020 • Solo
It’s an ok place to visit you definitely can’t miss it while in Zanzibar. On the inside it opens up to an amphitheater type area and open field. Also, it has some shops inside.
Written 12 September 2020
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Ian W
Portsmouth, UK166 contributions
Free, bu not much there
Feb 2020
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 2 April 2020
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Hussam S
Cairo, Egypt347 contributions
Small Size & Not Bad + FREE Admission
Mar 2020
Go to Public Market front of "Darajoni" Market to Buy & Eat cheap things.
General Rule is: Follow & Walk behind the People of Country to save the Money
Written 25 March 2020
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steveD4862CA
London, UK107 contributions
Not much to see but worth the visit
Mar 2020
A small fort now full of artisan shops a crazy theatre and a nice bar to get a coffee or a cool beer.
Written 13 March 2020
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333sonjab
Zurich, Switzerland70 contributions
Free entrance, not much to see
Feb 2020
the inner courtyard is nowadays a market place for souvenir shops. All in all we were in and out in under 15 minutes.
Written 3 March 2020
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