The hidden gem of Tanzania’s coastline
Discover the most beautiful beaches, authentic Swahili culture and the impressive Kilwa ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Located on the southern coast, the Slow Leopard Kilwa is set on the untouched Jimbiza beach and overlooks Kisiwani Island and the breathtaking Kilwa bay.
No trip to Kilwa is complete without some time on the ocean, whether it be snorkelling, sunset cruises, fishing trips or even a transfer out to the islands of Kilwa Kisiwani or Songo Mnaro, you can be sure that the Slow Leopard has you covered.
All rooms share toilet and shower facilities and are equipped with fans, mosquito nets, a small storage locker and power.
8 Bed Mixed Dorm
4 bunk beds, each with power and a small storage locker at the head of the bed.
3 Private Rooms
A flexible private room that can be made up as a double bed or two twins and also has a bunkbed.
A simple, cozy, open-air banda with makuti roof, tucked away in the beach bush
All room rates include B&B. You have the option to add lunch for an additional 10 000 TSH and delicious vegetarian & seafood dinner, served family style for 20,000 TSH
Food and Drinks
We believe meal times are special and bring people together. Our set menu offers big portions that are made with fresh, local ingredients prepared by our very talented local chef.
All room bookings are B&B. You can also have lunch (10k) and dinner (20k) with us. Rates exclude drinks and gratuities.
Our beach bar offers a relaxed setting that's the perfect place to mingle with fellow guests. We recommend grabbing a couple of drinks and heading up to the terrace to watch the sunset. We stock Tanzanian beers and a selection of wines (sold by the bottle) and spirits. .
Things to do in Kilwa
Kilwa is home to many incredible, off-the-beaten-path adventures and experiences that we would love to share with you. The Slow Leopard Kilwa sits on sandy Jimbiza beach overlooking Kisiwani Island and the beautiful Kilwa bay.
You can swim, snorkel and soak up the sun, all from the doorsteps of the hostel.
Excursion prices cover the cost of a knowledgeable guide, experienced boat captain and a well-maintained speedboat with lots of space and shade.
The Famous Kilwa Ruins:
Swimming and Site-Seeing
60 000 TSH
per person + permit fees (half day)
Songo Mnara Island: Ruins & Snorkeling
110 000 TSH
per person + permit fees (full day, includes lunch)
Lala Salama Sunset Boat Cruise & Swimming
50 000 TSH
per person (approx. 3 hours)
Dhow Boat Sunset Cruise
30 000 TSH
per person (approx. 2 hours)
We can also help organise day trips to the following sites listed below. Please let us know if you are interested and we can help you make a plan.
Full day trip to the impressively large cave system
Rukila Sand Bank
Beautiful boat trip (tide and weather dependent)
Historic trading town, 20 minutes from the hostel
Explore the town by bike
Choose the package that fits your trip best:
3 days, 2 nights + 1 full day Songo Mnara boat trip
4 days, 3 nights + 1 full day Songo Mnara boat trip + 1 sunset boat cruise
The packages include dorm accommodation, full board with tea, coffee and filtered water, and boat trip(s) with a knowledgeable guide, boat captain, and all permit fees. It excludes drinks, room upgrades and transportation.
Join like-minded surfers on a surf exploration trip down to Slow Leopard Kilwa. Kilwa is blessed with hundreds of kilometers of unexplored reef we have our favourite spots already but there are so many more unsurfed. Grab your board and join us for the surfari of your life!
5-Night Package: includes all boat transfers out surfing, full board, accommodation and transfers from Dar es Salaam
If you are unsure of your suitability for the Slow Leopard Kilwa Surfari come join us for a surf in Dar es Salaam.
Slow Leopard Kilwa is accessed by car from Dar Es Salaam in approximately 6 hours. We recommend leaving early (before 6am) in the morning to beat the traffic out of Dar. Kilwa Masoko is also easily accessible by bus from Dar es Salaam's southern bus terminal, Mbagala. The Slow Leopard Dar team can help you book tickets and organize a taxi/bajaj to the bus station.
For self-driving guests, we have ample on-site parking and 24 hour security. Google maps will give you driving directions from Dar Es Salaam that will get you right to our front door. You can check out the route here.