Kilwa South Region

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  • A group of three former settlements Kilwa Kivinje and Kilwa Masoko on the Mainland and offshore island of Kilwa Kisiwani. Kilwa was originally established as a centre for the gold trade. Now a World Heritage site, it is home to some of the most spectacular ruins on the East African coast. Kilwa Kisiwani and nearby Songo Mnara Islands contain numerous ruins many dating back to the 13th century. The place to stay at Kilwa KILWA RUINS LODGE Kilwa Ruins Lodge is situated on the southern coast of Tanzania in Kilwa Masoko, a harbour town steeped in a thousand years of history covering slave trade, spice trade and gold trade with the likes of the Sultan al Hasan bin Suleiman and intrepid explorer Vasco da Gama having left their indelible marks on its breathtaking landscape.