WHERE TO STAY IN KILWA
The island is a superlative destination for viewing butterflies, birdlife, unique coconut crabs and humpbacked whales on their seasonal migrations. The mangrove forests and their unique flora and fauna are also within your reach. The inland regions around Kilwa offer you the opportunity to view hippos, crocodiles and dugongs, and the Mwangaza Hideaway is the ideal Tier 3 hotel from where you can begin your discovery. Facing the inland waterway, Mwangaza translates to brightness in the Kiswahili language. The accommodation has a choice of four bandas and a Dhow house appropriate for families. Each of the bandas has a queen-sized bed with mosquito nets, and you can request that two additional beds be set up for you. They have thatched roofs and are open to the sea breezes. The lodge also has a dining area, common seating area and a bar that faces the pool.
The Kilwa Beach Lodge is another Tier 3 accommodation you can choose. Spread out on a ten acre estate that used to be a coconut plantation, the lodge offers you rooms in four categories. If you want to stay in a Swahili styled makuti cottage with thatched roofs, you can choose the ensuite banda. You can also stay in little two story bungalows or the raised tented bandas that have the bedrooms on the upper level with a sitting room on the lower. For the camping on the beach experience, the lodge offers you a separate area with all the equipment you need on hire. And of course, they offer you the Superadobe Eco Room. The first of its kind in Kilwa, this room is not only made from naturally available materials but is also inexpensive to construct and maintain.
If you stay at the Tier 3 Kimbilio Lodge, you will have the impression of staying in a Swahili village. All the buildings including the restaurant-bar-common area and the individual cottages are constructed to mimic the traditional rondavel bandas with makuti thatch roofs. Each of the bandas is large enough to accommodate up to four guests and have all the necessary amenities you keep you adequately comfortable. Having an Italian management, the lodge offers you a fusion of Italian and East African ambience whether in the décor or in the cuisine they offer (read more on when is the best time to go to Kilwa).
The Kilwa Ruins Lodge is yet another Tier 3 beachfront lodge that offers you accommodations in three varieties. Choose the Beach Chalet if you are travelling with family. The chalets are erected on raised platforms and have their own decks. The Beach Bandas are a combination of two rooms each and five persons can stay in them. The lodge also offers you the Fisherman Bandas that face the garden and are ideal for two persons who prefer twin beds. All the three categories of rooms have air-conditioning, attached bathrooms, and the beds come with mosquito nets for your protection.
KILWA HOTELS & RESORTS
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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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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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TOUR KILWA ATTRACTIONS
Kilwa's significance as a port town is very much evident when you tour the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites with AfricanMecca i.e. the Ruins of Kisiwani being the larger one and the Ruins of Songo Mnara.
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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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