Kiwengwa Caves
Kiwengwa Caves
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KamiliViewFamily
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Family
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 spooky trip!!
Written October 3, 2015
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Rayland44
Columbus, OH164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
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 enter the caves and were given hand lights that doubled as flash lights or flood lights. There are two caves - north cave and south cave - and after the first few feet in the cave you are walking on the natural floor of the cave with only the light you carry with you. The caves were much deeper than we had expected, and more interesting, too. There were cool columns of tree roots stretching from the ceiling of the cave to rich soil at the floor. We also got to see lots of small bats flying around the ceiling in one cave, two owls flying out of the entrance to the other cave, and then a couple of HUGE bats near the end of the second cave. One bat flew towards my head and our cab driver yelled out in fear, but I just ducked out of the way. The bats were one of the coolest, most unexpected parts of our Zanzibar experience, and for anyone who likes to get off the beaten path, the caves are a must-see.
Written March 30, 2014
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Christopher P
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012
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.
Written October 10, 2013
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Keep birding
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We went there to bird watch but the caves are well worth a visit if you want to get away from the beach and the heat for a while!
Written September 21, 2019
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Jamberoo Couple
Kiama18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
We saw the Caves mentioned on the internet so organised a local driver to take us there. The signs leading in are quite old and unkempt which doesn't attract sightseeing but the caves are wonderful and the guide was friendly and informative. We each received a torch and helmet for the tour and enjoyed seeing the tiny bats and cave spiders along the way... Cave entry cost was 10,000Tsh each.
Written September 7, 2019
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Zanzibargosia
Kiwengwa, Tanzania43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Very nice place to visit...is a government property....i went the with Cool QUADS from Kiwengwa kids were very happy...beautiful
stalactites and stalagmites if u lucky u can see 🐒u must go and see.
Hardly recommended
Written August 7, 2018
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TravelProNY
New York City, NY1,084 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
During Quad Tour, stopped here. It was an interesting stop to add in a tour. No light in cave. Need flash light which our tour guide provided at the entrance. 30 minutes is enough.
Written March 18, 2018
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Charlotte J
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
These caves might not be insanely big, but very pretty and real. If you're adventurous you can crawl through to the other side...
Written February 13, 2017
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Nicole L
Kingsley, UK55 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
I am not sure if these were the caves we visited, but the small cave was entered going through a local village and then down a wooden bridge and steps. The local children were very curious and we were invited into a home. That left us feeling uncomfortable.
It was pitch black going in to the cave and dangerous underfoot because of this. There were small limestone features and a hole in the ceiling which afforded a little light.
However, we were then treated to a reenactment of an exorcism which is still practised to this day. We felt extremely uncomfortable and could not wait to get out. We cut the visit short.
Written February 16, 2016
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Marco Z
1,019 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015
What a disaster . The good thing at first - it was free of charge. The caves are split in north and south part . No lights, no information , nothing else then tiny caves. The entrance sign was a rusty plate . It takes 1km from the main road to go there. Locked like , there haven't been someone for decades. We asked a local guy to bring us there . Okay, we have been there. Inspired by the good reviews at tripadvisor. Can't understand the good ones . Not recommended .
Written November 10, 2015
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