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Kizimkazi is the destination for most tourists wishing to stay on the Southern tip of Unguja. It was once the capital when the island was under the power of the pre-Omani Wawinyi Wakuu and is considered to be the oldest habitation on the island. Kizimkazi is most loved by tourists for its dolphin tours. For those in search of a cultural experience Kizimkazi is where East Africa’s oldest mosque can be found. Unlike any other, non-Muslims can visit this place of worship.

There are a number of lodges and restaurants in the area as it is popular among day-trippers. This means it is not as secluded as one might expect, but it does mean there is choice for dining and drinking.

On the island’s southern tip the beaches are hugely tidal and at high-tide there is no beach (especially at Kizimkazi Mkunguni/Mtendeni). Mosquitos (troublesome all over Zanzibar) can be particularly bad on the island’s southern tip. Also, watch out for the children that sometimes bathe in the sea naked. It can make tourists feel awkward.

The village is actually two places; Kizimkazi Dimbani village and Kizimkazi Mkunguni / Mtendeni Bay 3 km to the South. The Dimbani Mosque and the Miza Miza Caves are points of attraction as is the Dimbani village which the hotels arrange tours of (the USD 5 charge goes to the local school).

Dimbani Mosque

This place of worship dates from 1107 AD. Though disappointing from the outside with only a small plaque indicating its significance, and a rusty unimpressive roof, the mosque retains a tranquil charm within. Guests must remove their shoes, ask before taking photographs and be respectful. Visits are not permitted during prayer-times.

Miza Miza Caves

This cave which is associated with many legends. One should certainly not call out a person’s name in the cave on account of an ancient king’s wife who was turned to stone when her name resounded within.

South Coast Accommodation

How to get to Kizimkazi

Kizimkazi is 53 km South from Stone Town and slightly further from the airport. The 326 daladala runs to Kizimkazi from Stone Town. This method of travel makes for a very long and uncomfortable journey. Alternatively your hotel can arrange a transfer for around USD 60 or one can take a taxi or hire a car.

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