The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), Stone Town

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Explore the high brown walls and various entrances of The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), a landmark building of the Old Town and a popular tourist destination. Featuring crenelated stone battlements with upright merlons, embrasures, and entrances with pointed arches, the fort with its inner courtyard has been converted into a cultural center dotted with curio shops. Built by the Omanis as a defense against the Portuguese in the 17th century, this remains the oldest standing structure in the Stone Town. Buy some tingatinga paintings and traditional handicrafts from the shops, or watch a performance in the fort's open-air amphitheater. Use our Zanzibar City holiday planner to visit The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe) on your trip to Zanzibar City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The fort was redesigned by each successive colonial power. It is a big open space with the most interesting history. It has an amphitheater where locals put on dance shows or music concerts. It...  more »
  • The Old Fort has stood a long time in Stone Town. It is located in the heart of the historic district. There are souvenir vendors selling their wares within the walls. This adds to to exotic...  more »
  • We were stupid enough to ask for a henna tattoo Without asking the price and we were asked 180000 (around 90$) after negotiation which was a mockery. They gave us 30000 back when we made a scandal...  more »
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  • The Old Fort so named now was built in 1699 by Omani Arabs after expelling the Portuguese. It silently spells out it glorious past. Amphitheatre was added in 1990s. It is one of important tourist attractions in Stone Town, Zanzibar. There are many other historical places to visit in Stone Town, Zanzibar.Good luck.
  • The Old Fort gives one a glimpse of what the Island must have been like during the time of its colonial occupation. The structure has a history onto its own, and is well worth visiting to gain a thorough overall insight into the earlier life of this great Island. Also, of course, it makes for beautiful pictures!
  • Many interesting market stalls inside. Prices are high but you can (and must) negotiate for a better price before paying. Well worth a visit when in Stonetown.
  • This was a fort built by the Portuguese in the 1500's, made, manly for military use. Portuguese were the fist to implement an auction inside the fort, in front of the chapel(now destroyed). Very special country with a very unique heritage. Occupied afterwords (around 1699) by the Homani sultanate until 1890. Then the British empire until independence of Zanzibar ( making part of Tanzania)
  • Well, the Old Fort is definitely a place to visit in Stone Town. Full of historic moments, full of story telling. To enjoy it fully, you really need a guide. We paid 10 000 tanzanian shilling for the Tour.
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