AUTHENTIC KISIWANI & SONGO MNARA RUINS TOUR EXPERIENCE OF KILWA WITH AFRICANMECCA
Kilwa Kisiwani also established its own currency and the islands commodities such as gold and ivory coming from the interiors of Africa were exchanged for shining silver, incenses, carnelians which are a kind of reddish semi-precious stones, Persian earthenware decorated with colored, metallic glaze and Chinese ceramics, from beads to pottery.
These port towns were much esteemed by voyagers coming in from Europe, and Ibn Battuta, a famed explorer talks about the beauty of Kilwa in his writings especially on the generosity of the sultan at the time - Abu Al-Muzaffar Hasan. In the 16th century, the islands began to lose popularity, probably with the coming of the Portuguese.
Today, ruins of the many momentous and elaborate buildings, some decorated with Chinese porcelain and built using coral stone, wood and lime still remain on the islands. You can sightsee entire Kilwa metropolis sprawls including houses, mosques, public gathering places, baths, palace ruins and cemeteries. The architecture is Arabic with Swahili influence and illustrates the advent of Islam in Africa. It also tells you about the past bustling activity and splendor of these now silent cities.
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WHERE TO STAY IN KILWA
You can use beachfront accommodations in Kilwa as your base for ruins exploring. Choose from hotels located on Jimbiza, Masoko Bay and other seaside areas. Fanjove offers a private island experience.
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GUIDE ON KILWA
Kilwa was once a prominent trading hub in East Africa. It was first established as a port of the Swahili civilization at the start of the 9th century and later served as a busy, wealthy commercial center.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT KILWA
Kilwa has excellent tropical weather for you if you prefer a sunlit holiday in Tanzania during the months from June to October. It is warm and dry with a cool breeze; though humidity levels are high.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI & BEACH BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR KILWA IN EASTERN TANZANIA
When beach vacationing in Kilwa, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Kilwa attractions and cultural activities after your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration).
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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