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Re: tracing Ibn Batutas steps in Kilwa Kisiwani

Kilwa Kisiwani is a world heritage site which was visited by Ibn Batuta in 1331. It was fascinating to visit the island and learn of the places he stayed at. He was invited to the... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
Nahida E
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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Kilwa Kisiwani is a world heritage site which was visited by Ibn Batuta in 1331. It was fascinating to visit the island and learn of the places he stayed at. He was invited to the palace court (husuni kubwa) by the Sultan Al-Hassan and he prayed at the great mosque. If you can get hold of the book on Kilwa,... More 

Thank Nahida E
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Kilwa Kisani is located around 5 hours from Dar Es Salaam. Its an island just off Kilwa containing a variety of ancient Omani settlements. The place was the gateway to Africa from Asia and the main gold trading post. There are ruins and some structures not excavated. UNESCO were heavily involved in its stablisation but largely seems to have forgotten... More 

Thank TheTrailingSpouse
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Reviewed 24 December 2015

I had read about Kilwa long ago in the history books, but living in Dar es salaam, it's not a destination that is talked a lot about it. I went last Easter with my then-boyfriend, and I am so happy I did. The actual ruins on Kilwa Kisiwani are old and enchanting. It's a world heritage site like Stone Town... More 

1 Thank Biche-ChickAbutTown
Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 3 December 2015

The ruins are absolutely stunning and it seems that they're deserted most of the time. We took a boat to the island in the early morning but it was still pretty hot walking around. It's a peaceful place to visit and you can take your time wandering around and admiring the buildings made out of coral. For me it's completely... More 

Thank Alex S
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

This wonderful site is well off the beaten track and difficult to reach, but worth all the effort. To get there, I flew from Zanzibar with Coastal Aviation, and place made 3 stops along the way. The ruins are scattered around a small village in an island, and there are good informative signs everywhere. The remains of the arab fortress... More 

1 Thank MarioFPolinelli
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 February 2015

Managing to get down to Kilwa Masoko is a feat---not great info about the bus station and such---but once you're there arranging a tour is pretty easy. My lodge owner (Gladys at Kilwa Dreams) did it for me and I got lucky with Sam Moja. He is mentioned in another review---check it out. Gladys was worried I would be bored... More 

2 Thank jvw3108
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 January 2015 via mobile

Travelled down for 3 days over new year, we were only visitors in 3-5 days to a sublime UNESCO World heritage site. Brilliant. Seems everyone gets distracted by the game parks and zanzibar. Definitely worth a visit and only 4 hours on a good day by public bus from Dar. Go if you have any interest in history and escaping... More 

Thank Roger S
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Kilwa Kisiwani is a wonderful place to visit if you have any interest in Tanzanian history- it's atmospheric and beautiful, and Kilwa Island Tours is the company to do it with. We were guided by Othman, who was very knowledgeable and seems to genuinely enjoy sharing the island's history.

1 Thank kalilajs
London, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2014

If you are interested in history then this trip is well worth the travel down the coast further south than Dar and Zanzibar. The road has been improved massively in the last few years and therefore as a result it only takes six hours to get there and is almost all paved other than about 15km. The ruins on the... More 

2 Thank danbarclay
Moshi, Tanzania
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Our tour consisted of visiting all the major archeological attractions on the Kilwa Kisiwani island. The tour started with meeting our tour guide (Sam Moja) at the bus stand as we stepped off, he then helped us get to the boat docks where our boat awaited us. We then crossed the small channel and arrived on the island where the... More 

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