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Address: Bagamoyo, Tanzania

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The ruins themselves are not much to look at. However, if you have a knowledgeable guide who can explain what went on there and the significance of the various piles of rubble, it... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2016
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The ruins themselves are not much to look at. However, if you have a knowledgeable guide who can explain what went on there and the significance of the various piles of rubble, it becomes quite interesting. What I found most amazing is that this used to be a port town until the harbor silted over. Must have been some silting;... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Worth the money you pay to visit these ruins. But nothing unforgettable. Amazing to go by bike as you can have a wonderful view of the ocean.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Very much worth the 20000TZS (about $10 - tourist rate; residents 5000 or 10000). Well cared for ruins from the 13th century. A tour guide was included in the price. Nice small informative museum on site. Highly recommend a visit. If you are a walker - its about 2 and a half miles from the southern end of Bagamoyo town,... More 

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Muscat Governorate, Oman
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Very interesting place to visit with a tour guide who has a knowledgable history .A lot of tombs and mosques ruins and a very surprising history for me.The place is clean and well preserved and I do recommends for the visitors who are history lovers.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

The place is well preserved and clean and the tour guide Elizabeth was really charming and interactive and just fun.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

These ruins of old mosques and tombs lie open and baking in the hot African sun. There is no security or fencing. You need a tour guide to explain the history, as the signage is minimal. The ruins are not much to look at, but the history of the Islamic influence in the area is interesting. Not a destination in... More 

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Thank Ace J
Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016

I like the place very much .We were introduced to this site after searching for another place after leaving the place We were greeted well pizza especially good. Would definately book...

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

Well Bagamoyo has had an illustrious past, linked so heavily with the slave trade, so these ruins are nothing to celebrate over. Of course, history should be told so that a better understanding can result - but these ruins demand a little more to make them tourist friendly.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

Its not every you get to experience such - the guide was very polite and informative. There seems to be some degradation from traffic of tourist - i would suggest they clearly demarcate areas where people can walk, so as to preserve other areas.

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Thank maena
Tanzania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

the history behind the ruins is very interesting, but unfortunately the local authority don't do much to promote or maintain the place, even a minimal signage is missing. worth visiting but minimize your expectations.

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