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Address: Kiwengwa-Pongwe Forest Reserve, Kiwengwa, Tanzania
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Dark caves

The fact that it is very low profile and not commercially exploited makes it a very charming and slightly scary experience. Loved it!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Tessa M
The Hague, The Netherlands
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Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

If you are visiting the North east coast for a few days don't miss to invest 2 hours in exploring this natural beauty! Only 2 minutes drive from Kiwengwa... the caves offer a different retreat Beyond beach and sun... perfect to add a bit of variety on your trip plan or to escape rain or sun burn! Our favorite creepy... More 

Thank KamiliViewFamily
The Hague, The Netherlands
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The fact that it is very low profile and not commercially exploited makes it a very charming and slightly scary experience. Loved it!

Thank Tessa M
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The caves were very long and impressive. The guide (its a government run site) was not very talkative and had little English. However this can also be because the Ramadan.

Thank Marga J
Wirral, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

completed a bike ride to these caves was lovely to cycle through a couple of villages and see the proper locals. you do need a small level of fitness to complete the trip due to climbing down into the caves and the cycle ride covers approx 12 miles but was good fun and a beautiful fresh fruit lunch is served

Thank rita52
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This trip was one of the Bluebay Beach Resort animation program to see a cave which is the main supply of water for the area but not for drinking, it was heavily guarded by Maasi as the water is a precious commodity.

Thank Tracey M
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

interesting to see where they get there water , not very long , just something to do when you want to have a break from the beach.

Thank Lara C
San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

It's pretty thrilling to see these caves and walk through them. If you are really adventurous you can crawl through the tiny tunnels. I was not. I was also scared of the bats even when I was told I didn't have to worry about them. Nothing scary actually happened with them, but it was my first time being close. You... More 

Thank Lsullivan83
Lusaka, Zambia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Located a few mins from where I stayed in Zanzibar. It was a nice tour and the caves were impressive. Warning: Bats are there and fly freely about as your are walking. If you are afraid I don't recommend. Bring a strong flash light, the caves are dark and the flash lights the guides provided seemed to be swallowed into... More 

1 Thank Mine M
Crowell, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We stayed in Pongwe and the Mchekeni Coral Caves at the Kiwengwa-Pongwe Forest Reserve were just a ten minute cab ride from our hotel. It was clear from the start that the caves don't get many visitors - our cab driver had to look around for the lone park ranger who came out shirtless. We paid a small fee to... More 

2 Thank Rayland44
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The caves were used to hide slaves during the end of the slave trade in Zanzibar. You can climb through them but I highly recommend closed toed shoes and a headlamp. Holding into flashlights can be tricky.

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