Driving From Dar Es Salaam to Kilwa
Until the early 90’s the road to travel to Kilwa was often closed and could be closed for up to 2 months, resulting in an 8 day drive detour around the border of the Selous Game Reserve!
In the mid 90’s two of the main obstacles on the road to Kilwa were bridged; in 1996 the Mkapa Bridge crossed the Rufiji River and in 1998 the Matandu Bridge was constructed.
Since then construction of the road network has carried on through international and local government funding meaning the 350km road will be complete in early 2013.
Driving From Lindi to Kilwa
This is a short drive now taking around 2 hours. To travel into Mozambique we recommend travelling to Algoma, which is situated 38 km west of Masasi on the Mtwara-Mbamba Bay trunk road and taking the newly built Unity Brige into Mozambique.
?Public Transport? To Kilwa
Buses to Kilwa leave from Mbagala bus terminal, about 20 minutes from Dar es Salaam centre along Kilwa Road. Most direct buses leave early (around 6am) but as the road is improving some are leaving as late as 11am.
For those wishing to travel later in the day it is possible to get any coach to Lindi, get off at Nangurukuru and take a small minibus from there to Kilwa Masoko.?
The current most reliable and safest bus often changes so please email us for more information
Flying to Kilwa Masoko
Kilwa airport is about 3km from the beach on the outskirts of Kilwa Masoko town. Currently only Coastal Aviation offers flights and these are on a request basis stop off on their flights to Mafia.
Flight times are:
Dar to Kilwa Daily depart 10:30 arrive 11:40 Via Mafia 250$ per person
Kilwa to Dar Daily depart 11:50 arrive 13:00 Via Mafia 250$ per person