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Great Mosque of Kilwa

Kilwa Masoko, Tanzania
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impressive structure, amazing light in the afternoon

one of the better ruins on the island and an architectural wonder for the area. the light inside... read more

Reviewed June 17, 2018
25wanderlings
Amazing ruins missed by most visitors to Tanzania

I generally loved Kilwa and think it’s severely underrated and deserves way more visitors, which... read more

Reviewed May 6, 2018
Hannah Z
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Reviewed June 17, 2018

one of the better ruins on the island and an architectural wonder for the area. the light inside the mosque later in the afternoon is really nice.

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Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

I generally loved Kilwa and think it’s severely underrated and deserves way more visitors, which will hopefully incentivize investment to restore the amazing historical sites in the area. I’ve been to many UNESCO sites and this is clearly not the most well-maintained. But in a...More

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Reviewed December 19, 2017

If staying in this area a tour of Kilwa Kisani is a must, it requires taking a water taxi over to the island which was also fun, and beautiful scenery from the boat. .You need to hire a guide, highly recommend Othumani, he was just...More

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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

We visited the ruins through a tour with Mwangaza hideaway. Ruins are well worth a visit. Better early morning or evening with the heat and kids.

Thank Alice C
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Reviewed March 27, 2017

This is a place of great historical importance but unfortunately is not (yet) well preserved. It was a mosque until the XV century an later an import fortress that appears in the majority of the maps drawn during Vasco da Gama period.

1  Thank Pedro B
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Reviewed September 3, 2016

Among the well-kept ruins of the ancient omanite stronghold of Kilwa Kisiwani, the great mosque is for sure the most interesting.

Thank Gemma G
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Reviewed August 19, 2016

If you are in the area, you should take the time to visit this fascinating UNESCO-heritage site, that offers a very interesting vision of a place that used to be a major trading centre for the whole region. It does not just include the mosque,...More

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Reviewed July 26, 2016

The island of Kissiwani is protected by Unesco and is well worth a visit. The sailing in the traditional dhow is the only way to get there, and is a good experience. Beware that it can be an exhausting trip in the heat in the...More

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Reviewed March 20, 2016

The visit of this archeological site was a delightful moment, and very rich in history. You'll need a guide to get there and you could combine your visits with other sites nearby

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Reviewed January 18, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the site itself and the atmosphere of the surroundings on the island. We went there thanks to the very helpful and competent guide Saidi from the Kilwa Island Tour based at the bus station of Kilwa Masoko.

Thank apav
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Kilwa Kisiwani World Heritage Site
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