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Beautiful Omani Architecture and a nice walk in the past.

Away from the usual touristic path of the traveler to Tanzania, Kilwa Kisiwani offer a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
Nahida E
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

Away from the usual touristic path of the traveler to Tanzania, Kilwa Kisiwani offer a beautiful idea of how the Swahili cost must have looked when the Oman used to live here. A nice step few century back.

Thank YvonnickJ-D
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...More

Thank Nahida E
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...More

Thank TheTrailingSpouse
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...More

1  Thank Biche-ChickAbutTown
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...More

Thank Alex S
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...More

1  Thank MarioFPolinelli
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....More

2  Thank jvw3108
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...More

Thank Roger S
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...More

1  Thank kalilajs
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...More

2  Thank danbarclay
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