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Mtoni Palace Ruins

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It seemed very neglected -compared to European standards. We went there with a guide who had a book... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2018
Bizzymum62
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Cambridge
A Palace in Decay - Best seen with a Guide

We saw this in conjunction with a city tour since it’s a bit out of Stone Town and requires a... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2018
Paul K
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Denton, Texas
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 September 2016

DO make it a priority! It's an evening filled with a tour of palace ruins by a hilarious guide, an amazingly delicious dinner, drinks, an acting performance to share the history of the island, a beautiful musical performance that I still find myself humming, and...More

6  Thank Christina Q
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 24 May 2013

There has been an obvious attempt to restore some of the palace here, and it is looking much better than it did seven years ago. If this continues it may return to some semblance of its former glory. The best way to see this is...More

3  Thank David V
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Reviewed 30 July 2018

It seemed very neglected -compared to European standards. We went there with a guide who had a book & seemed very knowledgeable. Not sure if you could go unescorted. There is no information around the site so you would need to take a guide book...More

Thank Bizzymum62
Reviewed 29 January 2018

This is a site steeped in history, however, there is only one informational sign and the building is in disrepair. This is a diamond in the rough with tremendous potential as a cultural & historical tourist site if preservation and restoration were to occur. Hiring...More

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Reviewed 26 January 2018

We saw this in conjunction with a city tour since it’s a bit out of Stone Town and requires a driver and guide. It was a fascinating tour and the guide had pictures that showed what it looked like when it was constructed. The sultan...More

1  Thank Paul K
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Some experiences are very special and even create amazing memories, the traditional coffee ceremony at the Mtoni Palace Ruins is one of those for me. My wife and I had a private traditional coffee ceremony hosted by three people. The care, joy and connection we...More

Thank Francis B
Reviewed 12 April 2017

An informative tour of the Ruins at sunset. On returning to the main area, you walk into a candlelit, intimate dining area set up with musicians and cast transporting you back in time with narrations and song. It's mesmerizig and sadly all too soon the...More

3  Thank catherinebinky2016
Reviewed 12 September 2016

DO make it a priority! It's an evening filled with a tour of palace ruins by a hilarious guide, an amazingly delicious dinner, drinks, an acting performance to share the history of the island, a beautiful musical performance that I still find myself humming, and...More

6  Thank Christina Q
Reviewed 1 August 2016

We saw these as part of a tour, and it was OK, not great. But the tour itself was very fun. If you have some extra time, visit, but don't make it a priority.

Thank trevorrohm
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Excellent evening with a combination of a tour of the castle led by the "Sultan", wonderful music with dancing, and a delicious dinner served in the courtyard. They do performances on Tues & Fri evenings, call for reservations. All profits go to help with restoration...More

1  Thank 671MichelleO
MtoniMarineHotel, Manager at Mtoni Palace Ruins, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2016

Thank you for visiting Mtoni Palace Ruins in Zanzibar Island.

Reviewed 16 February 2016

A not to be missed experience,it is like being transported back in time to a place of the Sultans with song and Dance from a bygone era with good food, close to Stone town and worth every penny.

3  Thank Panamatenga
Reviewed 11 February 2016

Very nice old ruins . There is nothing to do there apart from see the old structure of the building and a nice hair saloon next to them. Is a shame a place with such history can not be renovated . Could be a good...More

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