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About a half-hour drive away from the beach lodge is Kilwa Kivinje. This was the German administrative capital of the Kilwa region.


They built a boma to house offices – you can still see it today the locals have long forgotten its original use.Like grass growing over a ruin, they’ve incorporated it into their daily life, some even squat in the sturdy edifice.


Kivinje also bears witness to a grimmer aspect of German colonisation. The Mwembe Kinyonga memorial was built by the town’s inhabitants on the site where Tanzanian participants in the Maji-Maji rebellion were hanged. This uprising took place at the turn of the twentieth- century and sowed the seeds of Independence,a total of 300,000 people killed during the uprising against  colonial powers.

Kivinje is now a small but picturesque town and houses the district’s main hospital, Kivinje is a great day trip from Kilwa Masoko.



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Kilwa Ruins Tour

Visiting the Kilwa Ruins – how it works

Kilwa Masoko

Kilwa Masoko – our local town and a charming Swahili coastal settlement

Selous Game Reserve

We are the closest beach destination to the Selous

Kilwa Dreams For The Community

Working with the local community . . how we give back to Kilwa

Kilwa Kisiwani

Visit the magical historical site – a main reason to visit Kilwa


Walk in among these amazing salt loving trees!

Fishing In Kilwa

Fishing in Kilwa – one of East Africa’s best game fishing destinations

Diving In Kilwa

Diving in Kilwa – explore the underwater world

Hippo Pools

Visit the amazing hippo pools – the villagers’ ancestors