Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara - Abbey Travel, Ireland

Begin Your Search

    • 16+ yrs

    • 12-15 yrs

    • 2-11 yrs

    • 0-23 mnth

Subscribe to Holiday Deals

By submitting the form below, you are providing your consent to receive marketing communications from Club Travel and its associated companies by email. Please see our Privacy Policy below for more information on how your personal data will be used.

Found Item

Welcome to Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara

Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara

The small islands of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara, just off the southernmost section of Tanzania, are home to some of the most impressive ruins in eastern Africa. The islands were used as bases for trading luxury goods like gold, silver, ivory and pearls from the 13th to the 16th century, and the region's Muslim heritage is displayed in the many mosques, palaces, forts and tombs found there. Nearby on the mainland, Kilwa Masoko has a few resorts that make a good base for visiting the islands, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Information & Facts

Swahili and English are the official languages. Several indigenous languages are also spoken.

The official unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), divided into 100 cents. The tourism industry prices everything in US Dollars and they are the preferred unit of currency. Major currencies can be exchanged in the larger towns. Foreign exchange bureaux in the main towns usually offer a better rate on travellers cheques than do the banks. ATMs are available in major cities only. Major lodges, some hotels and travel agents in urban areas accept credit cards, but these should not be relied on and can incur a 10% surcharge.

GMT +3.

Looking for something a bit different?  Check out our selction of cultural & adventure holidays or if you're looking to go it alone then see our selection of solo holidays.

ACCEPT COOKIESTo give you the best possible experience, this site uses cookies. Using this site means you agree to our use of cookies. We have published a cookies policy, which you should read to find out more about the cookies we use. View cookies policy.