+255 743 072 315 info@kilwa.co.tz

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+255 743 072 315

Email

info@kilwa.co.tz

How Many Can Fit In Family Rooms?

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Our family rooms have 2 small single beds in – they are not meant for children over 12 years of age

Do You Offer Car Transfers?

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We offer the following vehicle rental rates to Kilwa from Dar; please note these are one way prices, including driver and fuel:

Toyota Prado – large 4×4 –  255 US$

Toyota Corolla – taxi –  190 US$

Toyota Alphard– 6 seater minibus – 225 US$

How far is Kilwa Beach Lodge from the centre of Kilwa Masoko?

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Kilwa Beach Lodge is 3.7 km from the centre of Kilwa Masoko. 

How far is Kilwa Beach Lodge from Dar?

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Kilwa Beach Lodge is approximately 300 kilometers (about 186 miles) south of Dar es Salaam. This distance may vary slightly depending on the specific route taken. Travel time by road typically ranges from 5 to 7 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions.

Do you have resident or national rates?

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No we charge the same low, fair price for everyone!

Do you have kayaks and paddleboards?

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Yes we do and these are available to use free of charge for all our guests.

Are there any activities or excursions available near Kilwa Beach Lodge?

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Yes, there are several activities and excursions available near Kilwa Beach Lodge, including:

  1. Snorkeling: Explore the vibrant underwater world of the Indian Ocean with guided snorkeling trips to nearby reefs.

  2. Diving: Discover the rich marine biodiversity of Kilwa’s waters with scuba diving excursions led by experienced instructors.

  3. Fishing Trips: Embark on deep-sea fishing expeditions to catch a variety of fish species, including marlin, sailfish, tuna, and more.

  4. Cultural Tours: Immerse yourself in the local culture and history by visiting nearby historical sites such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kilwa Kisiwani, known for its ancient ruins and Swahili architecture.

  5. Bird Watching: Explore the diverse birdlife of Kilwa with guided birdwatching tours in the surrounding mangroves, forests, and coastal areas.

  6. Sunset Cruises: Relax and enjoy breathtaking views of the sunset over the Indian Ocean aboard a scenic boat cruise.

  7. Kayaking: Paddle through the tranquil waters of Kilwa’s mangrove forests and coastal lagoons on guided kayaking tours.

  8. Beach Activities: Simply unwind and soak up the sun on the pristine sandy beaches, or enjoy activities such as beach volleyball and sandcastle building.

These activities cater to various interests and are ideal for guests looking to explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Kilwa region.

What are the check-in and check-out times at Kilwa Beach Lodge?

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Check-in at Kilwa Beach Lodge is from 11:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

Can the lodge accommodate special dietary restrictions or preferences?

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Absolutely! At Kilwa Beach Lodge, we understand the importance of catering to our guests’ dietary needs and preferences. Whether you follow a specific diet due to health reasons, personal beliefs, or cultural practices, our culinary team is committed to ensuring that every meal is a delightful and satisfying experience for you.

We offer a range of dietary options to accommodate various requirements, including:

  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free

Simply inform us of your dietary restrictions or preferences when making your reservation or upon arrival, and our chefs will be delighted to create delicious meals tailored to your needs. Our goal is to provide a culinary journey that not only meets but exceeds your expectations, ensuring that every bite is a delight, no matter your dietary requirements.

Is Wi-Fi available at Kilwa Beach Lodge?

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WiFi is available in public areas and costs US$2 per 24 hours.

Is parking available at Kilwa Beach Lodge?

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Free public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).

What dining options are available at Kilwa Beach Lodge?

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Kilwa Beach Lodge offers a diverse culinary experience with a fusion of African, American, and seafood cuisine. The ambiance is family-friendly and traditional, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests of all ages. Additionally, the restaurant caters to various dietary preferences and requirements, offering options such as Halal, Kosher, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free dishes to ensure that every guest can enjoy a satisfying meal tailored to their needs.

Do you have ACs?

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All our rooms are only metres from the sea and so NO we do not have ACs – all rooms do however have fans. Our beach is described as windy beach – we usually have an onshore breeze blowing 20 hours plus per day.

Is there a money change in Kilwa or ATM?

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There is no money change but there is a NMB ATM – we accept US$, Euro, GBP as well as TSh.

Do you have a swimming pool?

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We are planning one soon but not yet – no hotels currently have in Kilwa. 

Are dogs allowed at Kilwa Beach Lodge?

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At Kilwa Beach Lodge, we warmly welcome your furry friend! We offer accommodations specially designated for guests traveling with their canine companions. Our “Special Room” is slightly larger than our standard doubles, providing ample space for both you and your four-legged friend to relax in comfort. Please note that a one-time cleaning fee of 50,000 will apply to ensure the room is kept fresh and clean for your stay.

While your dog may not accompany you in our restaurant, fret not! Kilwa Beach Lodge boasts miles of pristine beachfront for you and your furry friend to explore and enjoy together. Take leisurely strolls along the sandy shores or play fetch amidst the gentle waves. Your canine companion is sure to relish the freedom and excitement of our beachside paradise.

1. What is Kilwa Kisiwani?

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Kilwa Kisiwani holds immense historical importance as a former trading hub that influenced the birth of Swahili culture. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was once inhabited by Shirazi Arabs who traded in gold, spices, and slaves. Today, it offers a glimpse into this rich past despite being a small fishing village.

2. What are the main attractions in Kilwa Kisiwani?

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The main attractions include the Great Mosque, the Husuni Kubwa palace ruins, the Portuguese Fort, and numerous other archaeological sites that showcase the city's past prosperity and influence.

3. How far is Kilwa Kisiwani from Kilwa Beach Lodge?

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Kilwa Kisiwani is approximately 10 kilometers (6 miles) away from Kilwa Beach Lodge in Kilwa Masoko.

It is 5km to the port and then you take a boat over to the ruins. 

4. Can I visit Kilwa Kisiwani on a half-day tour from Kilwa Beach Lodge?

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Yes, half-day tours to Kilwa Kisiwani are available from Kilwa Beach Lodge. These tours typically include a guided visit to the major archaeological sites and can be customized based on your preferences.

5. What should I wear and bring ?

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It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking. Additionally, bring sunscreen, a hat, water, and a camera to capture the stunning sights. It is a muslim island so you should also dress respectfully.

6. What does the Kilwa Kisiwani Half Day Trip from Kilwa Beach Lodge include?

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The Kilwa Kisiwani Half Day Trip includes transportation from the lodge, guided services, and boat transport to the island. Visitors can explore the ancient ruins and learn about the city's history and significance.

7. Can I visit additional archaeological sites besides Kilwa Kisiwani?

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Yes, guests can opt for an add-on visit to Songo Mnara, another archaeological site that offers insights into ancient Swahili culture. This add-on involves additional fees and can be arranged through the lodge.

8. Is snorkeling available as an add-on activity?

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Yes, visitors can combine their Kilwa Kisiwani trip with a full day of snorkeling on the region's beautiful reefs. This add-on includes a packed lunch and we can hire you snorkeling equipment.

9. How can I book these activities from Kilwa Beach Lodge?

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Guests can express their interest in these activities before arrival and confirm them shortly before their stay. Booking can be done through the lodge's reception desk or their website.

10. What does the Kilwa Kisiwani Half Day Trip from Kilwa Beach Lodge include?

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The Kilwa Kisiwani Half Day Trip includes transportation from the lodge, guided services, and boat transport to the island. Visitors can explore the ancient ruins and learn about the city's history and significance.

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