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Kilwa Kisiwani

Address: Tanzania
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Type: Islands, Historic sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Singapore, Singapore
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

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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Seattle, Washington
1 review
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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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Moshi, Tanzania
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 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 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 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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Pretoria, South Africa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Nairobi
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

A place of ancient history and ruin.I had a wonderful and learning time.The weather, people and water was cool.

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