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Incredible place!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2015
Alex S
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Brussels, Belgium

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Africa
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 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 

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Brussels, Belgium
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92 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 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 

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Thank Alex S
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 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 

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Vancouver, Canada
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 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 

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1 Thank jvw3108
Singapore, Singapore
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 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 

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Thank Roger S
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 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.

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1 Thank kalilajs
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 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 

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2 Thank danbarclay
Moshi, Tanzania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 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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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Had a great time on Kisiwani, gladly didn't take young family as can be a long half day trip with quite a bit of walking. Amazing ruins and the normal Tanzanian village life going on around it just adds to the charm. As previous person said a real hidden treasure of Tanzania. The 30,000 Shilling per person government fee seemed... More 

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2 Thank Rob K
Pretoria, South Africa
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

This is really a wonderfull experience. From the Dhow that takes you across to the Island,the Mangroves and the stunning Ruins ,its adventure mixed with history. If you would like to see all of the ruins,best to start at the furtherest point , these are also the oldest. It is quite a distance that you cover when going to all... More 

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