I happened upon Kimbilio when looking for a place to stay in Kilwa for a long weekend getaway with friends from Dar es Salaam. Hakim, the manager, was extremely helpful and was able to accommodate our group at the last minute. We had great, fresh food (including a massive grilled fish for dinner one night!) Hakim also helped to assist us making arrangements to visit the ruins in Kilwa (a fantastic experience for those who want something a little different than the typical Zanzibar vacation). The property was simple, but clean and well maintained (which is not easy in this tropical climate!). The beach was swept clean of seaweed every morning, and the porch is a relaxing unique locale to take in the sunset. I would whole-heartedly recommend Kimbilio when you are visiting Kilwa.
(also regarding the review below about cash and ATMs - Hakim was very clear with us about the price (which was VERY reasonable) and that we would need to pay in cash.) If you do any traveling around Tanzania (or East Africa for that matter), you should know that functioning reliable ATMs are not always found outside of main cities and credit cards, if they are taken, will incur additional fees!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kimbilio Lodge is a very small, italian managed, romantic lodge situated on a lovely white sandy beach in Kilwa Masoko. Only 6 bungalow, directly on the beach, fitted with mosquito nets, ceiling fans and hot water. African style mixed with italian touch is present in the bungalows decor as well as in the cuisine: our customers will try swahili specialites as well italian dishes. The restaurant serve only seafood. Great snorkeling just in front of the lodge (equipment available inside the lodge for the guests) and boat excursions on the outer reef are possible. Excursions to the UNESCO world heritage site of Kilwa Kisiwani are easily organized, as well as excursions to the archeological site of Songo Mnara and excursions to see hippos. The Lodge has been conceived to offer relaxation, leisure and culture in a peacefull and romantic setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kimbilio Lodge Tanzania/Kilwa Masoko