The Old Fort of Zanzibar (Ngome Kongwe in Swahili), also known as the Arab Fort, is a massive, bastionned structure located in Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. It is the only major Arab castle still standing in East Africa.
The Old Fort of Stone Town on the island of Zanzibar was one of the few great colonial era forts that was not constructed by a European power. It was built in the 17th Century by the Omani's, on the site of a Portuguese Chapel. The oldest building in Zanzibar was meant to shiled the Arabs from the Portuguese and also served as a prison and execution point.
The Old Fort is one of Zanzibar’s most popular attractions. The Fort is part of the Stone Town UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Inside the Old Fort, an open-air theatre hosts music and dances performances.
The Fort houses the Zanzibar Cultural Centre and the offices of the Zanzibar Internatonal Film Festival (ZIFF). Old Fort also hosts major events such as the Festival of dhow countires and Sauti Za Busara Festival.
There are many shops and a restaurant inside and at night there are often Taarab, Ngoma (local styles of music and dance) or movie nights.
Visit the Old Fort of Zanzibar and study the history of Zanzibar. Its courtyard has over the years been used to sell curios and handi crafts such as the infamous tinagtinga paintings.
Address: Mizingani Rd, Zanzibar Town, Tanzania
The Old Fort of Zanzibar is located on the main seafront, adjacent to another landmark building of the city, the House of Wonders and facing the Forodhani Gardens.