The island of Kilwa together with its nearby mainland towns are famous for history and architecture. In medieval times it provided an important settlement for 300 years to the thriving gold trade in the distant highlands of today’s Zimbabwe. Well preserved buildings represent the colonial past showing signs of the Shirazi, Portuguese, Omani and German eras. Today Kilwa boasts of one of the most authentic traditional Swahili fishing village culture on the coast.

There are regular flights between Kilwa and Dar es Salaam. Access by road is also possible.

Places to Visit

Besides sightseeing in the island and the two mainland towns of Kilwa, Matumbi caves, Songo Songo island and Songo Mnara island. Snorkeling in the surrounding reefs is also good.

Tourists Destinations in close proximity

The Eastern part of selous is quite close to Kilwa.

Lodges & Restaurants

There are very few moderate lodges available in Kilwa. Below we give options of few who we find would be most suitable as far as quality, service and security is concerned. Contact us for bookings and the best prices.

Our Recommendations on Kilwa

If you are someone who wants to venture into the authentic Swahili culture of the coast then Kilwa is the right place to do so.

Please contact us for a reasonably organized and affordable tour of this town.

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