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Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We saw the house whilst on our walking tour on Stone Town. Was the house with the first lift and electricity in Zanzibar and was also the tallest building in east Africa for a while.

Thank JohanVanGreuning
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After all these years House of Wonders has lost most of it's wonders. Unfortunately on our visit it was not accessible inside at all, 'cause it closed down for renovations. I think once it's opened again it will stand again with all it's pride and...More

Thank Ronel V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing building unfortunately they are reforming so it was impossible to visit inside. Nice pictures to take

Thank mmauleon
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

We were not able to see it since it had been closed down for quite awhile for renovations to be done

Thank DAROKA
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Yes, it stands majestically as a testament to the making of Stone Town as a cosmopolitan city. The House of Wonders must have been wonderful a long time back. Even with the largest and most awesome Zanzibari door on the Island, this monumental building houses...More

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Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

This structure took a name after being the first building with an electric elevator and lights. Its was closed off public for many months, and today I just passed outside and am proud to share news the renovations has started. Its estimated to be opened...More

Thank augustiner2018
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

The history behind this imposing building is well worth the visit. Unfortunately closed for renovation and is in a bad state of repair. All the furniture and fittings have been removed. It was one of the first buildings in zanzibar witb an elevator and electricity....More

Thank Cheryl T
Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

Can’t say much as it was Under Construction. Looks like just an old building however our Guide Benjamin gave us a good account of the place and what it signified to the people of Zanzibar. I hope they can reconstruct it as it has a...More

Thank Sharon K
Reviewed May 28, 2018

We were not allowed inside the building, as it is currently being renovated. However, according to our Sun Tours guide (Mr. Friday or Swahili name - Juma), funds are being siphoned to fund corrupt governmental activities. So there is not actually any renovations taking place....More

Thank LizevdM
Reviewed April 25, 2018

A guidebook told me that it was named "House of Wonders" as it was the first building in Zanzibar with electrical lights. Then it fell in disrepair. When visiting in December 2017, there was a billboard that restoration - financed by Oman - was to...More

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ChristopherMW
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