My wife and I stayed at Kimbilio for two nights (three would have been even more relaxing) on our way back by bus from the south of Tanzania to Dar-es-Salaam. The owners and staff were friendly and really went out of their way to help. The rondavel was just five yards away from the beach.
The highlight was an afternoon trip to the island where the famous ruins of the Kilwa Kisiwani World Heritage Site are situated. We were accompanied by an enormously well-informed guide, Osman, organised by Kimbilio. We crossed the 2km channel by dhow and had time during the crossing to work out the difference between dhows and the sailing boats we know - the 'boom' at the top of the sail rather than the bottom, making it difficult to tack. But at least you don't get hit on the head!
Probably the most impressive buildings were the two medieval domed mosques and the big Omani fortress complete with sanitation. We then walked across part of the island and came down to the shore again from the Great Palace at sunset to find our dhow nestling in the dusk in the midst of tall mangrove trees. We had to wade out to it in shallow water over white sand. It was a magic moment!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kimbilio Lodge is a very small, italian managed, romantic lodge situated on a lovely white sandy beach in Kilwa Masoko. Only 6 bungalow, directly on the beach, fitted with mosquito nets, ceiling fans and hot water. African style mixed with italian touch is present in the bungalows decor as well as in the cuisine: our customers will try swahili specialites as well italian dishes. The restaurant serve only seafood. Great snorkeling just in front of the lodge (equipment available inside the lodge for the guests) and boat excursions on the outer reef are possible. Excursions to the UNESCO world heritage site of Kilwa Kisiwani are easily organized, as well as excursions to the archeological site of Songo Mnara and excursions to see hippos. The Lodge has been conceived to offer relaxation, leisure and culture in a peacefull and romantic setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kimbilio Lodge Tanzania/Kilwa Masoko