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There are more interesting places (including ruins) in Zanzibar. I prefer ruins of older palace... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
fkosik
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Brno, Czech Republic
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More Ruins than Palace

We saw this on an extended city tour. We had a driver and a guide. We met another guide on the... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2018
Paul K
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Denton, Texas
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2 weeks ago
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26 Jan 2018
“More Ruins than Palace”
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are more interesting places (including ruins) in Zanzibar. I prefer ruins of older palace Mtoni which is not far away. If you visit Marahubi, take a stop in Mtoni as well.

Thank fkosik
Reviewed 15 June 2018

The children had a fantastic experience with one fisherman who explained how they build dhows and gave them the opportunity to try the tools themselves. The history of the dhow is also very interesting.

Thank Chantal J
Reviewed 26 January 2018

We saw this on an extended city tour. We had a driver and a guide. We met another guide on the site who gave a more detailed explanation of the Palace and what it looked like when built vs. what it looks like now. I...More

Thank Paul K
Reviewed 4 June 2016

You will see people walking freely going to the beach cutting through these ruins. The minute you approach some guy will say not free for non-citizens. Ask for official receipt and they will argue but they do not have one. I refused to pay unless...More

Thank Zeezad
Reviewed 18 June 2015

Enjoyed this palace with a well informed local guide loitering just inside the door but with an official looking badge. Some great furniture in particular and interesting views of other bridges leading around the palace and to the House of Wonders. Allow 40 minutes.

1  Thank Israel S
Reviewed 21 February 2015

A local guide will give you a tour. The history is interesting. A pity it cannot be made a better attraction. The gardens could be done up and it could be a real feature if some work was done.

1  Thank Safarijenny
Reviewed 27 April 2014

In general ruins don't usually excite me and this was no different. Spent about 1/2hr on our way elsewhere and that was plenty of time. I wouldn't suggest going out of your way to see this but it was worth the quick stop on the...More

Thank Monica L
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Stopped in for an afternoon drink in the rooftop balcony. Hotel is huge and lacking soul. Prices were high, but service was very friendly and attentive.

1  Thank scubakjr
Reviewed 14 September 2013

The actual ruins of this palace were fairly uninteresting giving a glimpse of things past. Much more enjoyable was the area around,--- a vast expanse of drying fish on large tarpaulins, a typical Zanzibar village, and fishing boats in varying degrees of new and old....More

Thank LadyGAxbridge
Reviewed 4 September 2013

Enjoyed this palace with a well informed local guide loitering just inside the door but with an official looking badge. Some great furniture in particular and interesting views of other bridges leading around the palace and to the House of Wonders. Allow 45 minutes.

1  Thank bridgemagoo2
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