We stayed at the campsite in the Kilwa Seaview Resort for 3 nights and enjoyed our stay.
We were the only guests and had the place to ourselves. The campground is shady and some places have a lovely sea view.
The staff is really friendly and helpfull, the Masai that guard the campsite was really nice.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Kilwa Sea View Hotel offers camping at only $5 per person! the campsite is at the end of the line of hotel rooms, near the edge of the cliff, with nice grass or a big covered bandha with packed dirt floor on which to pitch your tent.
There is an all-night guard posted in the campsite for security, and a
fence rings the property.
The shower and toilet were very close, well lit and very very clean. Water, while not hot, was not too chilly early in the morning, and the water pressure was excellent.
Food service was a bit slow, as there was only one other couple staying at the hotel (in a room), but it was tasty and reasonably priced (for an upmarket hotel, that is).
Kilwa is a really cool place to visit, I highly suggest tacking it on to any itenerary- there aren't very many world heritage sites that you can explore at your leisure without hordes of tourists!
The first time I went I stayed at Kilwa Ruins Lodge, which was a horrible value, but I would go back to Sea View in a heart beat! Maybe next time I'll splurge and check out the actual rooms!
Set on a cliff overlooking beautiful Kilwa Masoko Bay, it is the perfect place to stay to explore the historical ruins on Kilwa Kisiwani Island and Kilwa Kivinje, whilst having a place to relax in comfort.
There is a refreshing pool to relax in at any time of the day to cool down and chill out, with the coldest beer in Tanzania we have found!
The bungalows are simple and clean, but very comfortable bed, and good shower, with gorgeous views overlooking the bay.
The staff are superb, and give top notch service. The food is very tasty, and keeps you looking forward to your next meal (particularly the prawns!).
Kilwa Masoko is a traditional bustling village off the beaten track. It is not full of tourists, and the locals are very friendly and interested in you.
All the activities available are great fun and very interesting, yet they do not feel touristy, you feel like you are pioneers visiting the ruins, the dhow trip to Kilway Kisiwani is not to be missed to visit the ruins!