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we stayed here recently with children. We all loved the place a lot. Helpful management, great food, friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere. Throughout a lovely experience. After a trip through Tanzania and a stay in 5 different hotels all our kids (4 of them) agreed that this one was ‘the best of all’. We can highly recommend Kilwa Beach Lodge !



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Nice Map of Kilwa Sultanate

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kilwa map of kilwa sultante

The Kilwa Sultanate that ruled over Kilwa and the surrounding areas are displayed nicely on this Kilwa map

Kilwa Fishing

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Map of Kilwa

Kilwa Fishing

Kilwa has become world renowned as an exciting fishing spot in East Africa. The Kilwa waters are teeming with fish life and we can guarantee some good catches while staying at Kilwa Beach Lodge (www.kilwa.co.tz) .

Please see the Kilwa Map below highlighting our fishing idestination in the estuary.

Kilwa Sultanate & the Kilwa Ruins- who wrote about them?

Books on The Kilwa Ruins

The Kilwa Chronicles are a pair of texts,one written in Arabic and the other in Portuguese, detailing the genealogy of the rulers of the Kilwa Ruins at Kilwa Kisiwani near Kilwa Masoko, Tanzania.

The chronicles detail a brief history of the Kilwa sultanate and were written in the early 16th century. The chronicles are an important document providing a glimpse of the Kilwa Sultanate that rules this part of the Tanzania coastline.

Archaeological work on the Kilwa ruins and the other important historical sites around Kilwa Kisiwani have shown the chronicles have been written with political influence and depict a semi mythical life of the Kilwa sultans.
Kitab al-Sulwa
The version of the chronicle written in Arabic is called the Kitab al-Sulwa, is currently found in the library of the British Museum. The Kitab was written around 1520 and was a collection of texts. The introduction tells that the version we are reading is a draft of the first 7 chapters of a proposed 10 chapter book.
Portuguese Book
The Portuguese section of the chronicle was written by an unkonown author around 1505 but is was compiled by the Portuguese historian Joao de Barros in 1550. The Portuguese book is even more politically aligned than the Arabic version and tries to hide important ancestral links to the Portuguese opposition leaders with Shirazi royalty.
Both books explain about the arrival of the original Shirazi sultans to Kilwa. The Arabic version is slightly more lyrical, telling oo after visiting a dream reader travel with all their wealth before buying Kilwa Kisiwani. They also highlight the subsequent successes and failures of the rulers of the site of the modern day Kilwa ruins from discovering the lucrative gold trade to being thrown down a well in a rebellion.
Other Documents on The Kilwa Ruins & Kilwa Sultante
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Choose Kilwa Hotel For A Magical and Totally Unique Tropical Vacation

Choose Kilwa Hotel For A Magical and Totally Unique Tropical Vacation

If you’re tired of the same old yearly vacation, spent at average tourist locations filled with overcrowded amusement parks, visit Southern Tanzania instead and stay at the new Kilwa Beach Lodge. This amazing place is located on 10 acres of Tanzania’s most beautiful beaches, nestled into a peaceful sheltered bay along the sparkling Indian Ocean, shaded by miles of palm trees, the perfect place to relax and unwind. Bottom line; this unmatched tropical paradise is what dreams are made of.

The Kilwa hotel lodge offers visitors several choices when it comes to accommodations, from Beach and Selous Bush camping to eco-friendly, Swahili designed Bandas, and tree top Banda’s (under construction), to their Eco room, the only one of its kind in Africa. The owners of Kilwa Lodge have been involved with the eco-friendly building for years and their Eco rooms are a testament to their creativity and passion for protecting the environment. All of the accommodations here have some elements of Eco construction involved but not to the level of this amazing room. The Eco room offers breathtaking views from the balcony, and has a bedroom upstairs and a lounge downstairs.

The Kilwa Treetops Banda’s overlook the Masoko Pwani and are perfect for a romantic getaway, complete with chef inspired meals you can enjoy in peaceful seclusion. Treetop Banda’s are also made up of two levels with the bedroom on the top level and the lounge area below. The ocean side Bandas put visitor’s just footsteps away from the water and come with twin and double bed, and plenty of storage space. Banda’s also have lovely thatched roofs, a bathroom with a toilet, basin and fresh water shower.

Beach camping at the Kilwa lodge is a fantastic experience and the owners even offer tent rentals if you need them. The camp areas also have a covered cooking area, and there are showers and toilets available in the main camp area. For a thrilling and unique camping experience the Kilwa Hotel also has an established a bush campsite, located in the Selous Game Reserve buffer zone. The camping facility by Lake Maliwe provides a sustainable income for the villagers.

Babu’s Bar, on-site at the Kilwa Lodge serves a nice variety of snacks and drinks including wine and refreshing cocktails throughout the evening, a great place to wrap up a special day filled with fun adventures. The lodge’s Masoko Pwani Restaurant serves a selection of set meals usually including fresh vegetables grown on their farm and fresh seafood. You can count on whatever is being offered to be delicious.

Most visitor’s are drawn to Kilwa and the lodge for the beautiful beaches and laid back, welcoming atmosphere but there are an extensive variety of exciting activities to enjoy, guaranteed to deliver an unforgettable vacation experience. Activities include visiting checking out the Kilwa ruins, the Kilwa Kisiwani, and Songo Mnara islands both with UNESCO World Heritage site status, walking through the Mangroves, visiting hippo pools, snorkeling, diving, fishing; the list goes on and on.

Experience something completely different this year and take a vacation you’ll want to brag about; Come stay with us at the new Kilwa Beach Lodge.

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More About Kilwa

Kilwa Kisiwani is an island off the coast of Kilwa Masoko Township, the head-quarter of the
Kilwa District. Kilwa District is one of six administrative districts in the Lindi region along
the Southern coast of mainland Tanzania. Kilwa District lies at Longitude 39033′ East and
Latitude 8055′ South. The total district area is 13, 347.50 km2 (1,334,750 ha) of which 12,
125.9 km2 is land surface and 1,221.52 km2 is ocean. The total population in 2002 was 171,
057 people, living in 36,549 households. It is administratively divided into 6 divisions, 20
wards and 97 registered villages3.

Historically, Kilwa Kisiwani was one of the most famous and prosperous Swahili towns
along the Tanzanian coast; an ancient African settlement with thousands of years of
history. In the 15th century, the town owned its own coins, which was very rare in Africa, at
that time. In its prosperous years, Kilwa Kisiwani was one of the great civilizations of
Africa. Today, Kilwa Kisiwani has managed to preserve much of the scenery from the old
town settlement where visitors can expect to see medieval ruins such as the mosque, the
great house (believed to be the house of an Imam or the Sultan), the Makutani na Husuni
Kubwa Palace, and the Gereza (prison) which was built by Portuguese and which
dominates the view of the island from far. The most remarkable ruin however, is the
Husuni Kubwa, which is the largest pre-European building in the Equatorial Africa.

The island has been under continuous occupation since at least the ninth century. The ruins that exist on the island today – a great number of structures such as the mosque, great house and the fort (gereza) are the remains of what once was a great city in the past2. Nevertheless, the historical heritage of the site is
deprived and there is a danger of disappearance of ruins by various agents including; sea
wave erosion, and the economic activities of the local communities who lives in and
amongst the ruins, which creates some challenges to the ruins such as goats wandering
amongst the ruins. This prompted UNESCO in 2004 to add Kilwa Kisiwani to the “World Heritage Sites in danger” list. 

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Kilwa Sultante and Ancient Kilwa Coins

Some truly amazing news from Australia today, regarding the discovery of Kilwa coins belonging to the Kilwa Sultanate that were found on a small island of Australia. Kilwa was the first sub-Saharan state to have currency and most of western Europe was embroiled in the dark ages while the Kilwa inhabitants were minting their gold coins. These Kilwa coins managed (through trade or maybe shipwrecks) to arrive in Australia at least 500 years before Captain Cook. The reach of the Kilwa sultanate gets further every day!

Kilwa Coins
Kilwa Coins from Kilwa Sultanate

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