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Kilwa Masoko, Tanzania
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Reviewed 6 days ago

For a long time, I have always wanted to go and see the Ruins of Kilwa. A short boat drive, with our lovely tour guide Jamalia, we completed the 4 hour tour at leisure! The ruins themselves are kept and maintained. The sheer magnitude of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Impressive ruins of the nearly forgotten Suaheli culture - centuries before the arrival of the Portugueses

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Reviewed June 17, 2018

one of the better ruins on the island and an architectural wonder for the area. the light inside the mosque later in the afternoon is really nice.

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Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

I generally loved Kilwa and think it’s severely underrated and deserves way more visitors, which will hopefully incentivize investment to restore the amazing historical sites in the area. I’ve been to many UNESCO sites and this is clearly not the most well-maintained. But in a...More

1  Thank Hannah Z
Reviewed December 19, 2017

If staying in this area a tour of Kilwa Kisani is a must, it requires taking a water taxi over to the island which was also fun, and beautiful scenery from the boat. .You need to hire a guide, highly recommend Othumani, he was just...More

1  Thank Cheryl Y
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

We visited the ruins through a tour with Mwangaza hideaway. Ruins are well worth a visit. Better early morning or evening with the heat and kids.

Thank Alice C
Reviewed March 27, 2017

This is a place of great historical importance but unfortunately is not (yet) well preserved. It was a mosque until the XV century an later an import fortress that appears in the majority of the maps drawn during Vasco da Gama period.

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Reviewed September 3, 2016

Among the well-kept ruins of the ancient omanite stronghold of Kilwa Kisiwani, the great mosque is for sure the most interesting.

Thank Gemma G
Reviewed August 19, 2016

If you are in the area, you should take the time to visit this fascinating UNESCO-heritage site, that offers a very interesting vision of a place that used to be a major trading centre for the whole region. It does not just include the mosque,...More

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Reviewed July 26, 2016

The island of Kissiwani is protected by Unesco and is well worth a visit. The sailing in the traditional dhow is the only way to get there, and is a good experience. Beware that it can be an exhausting trip in the heat in the...More

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