Reasons to Visit
Zanzibar, an island located just off Dar es Salaam, is blessed with a coastline of picture perfect beaches. There are miles of white sand leading into shallow turquoise water lined with offshore reefs and dotted with small fishing villages sheltering under
At high tide all the dhows sail in to the various beaches and harbours on Zanzibar and lively bartering for the day’s catch ensues. Cruising around the islands on a traditional dhow boat is one of the best ways to experience Zanzibar.
Mafia is the site of Tanzania’s first marine national park, covering 800 square kilometres and with over 460 species of fish and fantastic corals. There are a wide variety of dive and snorkel spots in the Archipelago with something to offer for all abilities.
There are some very busy beaches, backed by large resorts which we don’t use. We have driven all round the island and found quiet beaches with small boutique hotels and simple lodges. We’ll drive you across the island to these and you can relax in peace.
Flanked by the sea, Stone Town is exotic and steeped in Swahili history. Laden dhows sail in to the port, crumbling buildings cast shadows over labyrinthine streets and the smell of spices fills the air. Much of Stone Town was built in the 19th Century and remains unchanged to this day.
The most commonly found turtle in Zanzibar is the green turtle, followed by the hawksbill. Both nest in Zanzibar and Pemba is one of the best places to see them. There are several projects being run to help protect these endangered animals and their nesting sites.
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Unguja Lodge is a breath of fresh air with it's unique room design and excellent hosts. Add to this the great food on offer, we feel that that Unguja is an ideal option in the south of Zanzibar and we warmly recommend it.
Unguja Lodge is a small boutique hotel set amongst baobabs and mango trees in Kizimkazi on the Southern tip of Zanzibar. It is perched on a low coral cliff, a 50 metre walk from a sandy beach. The gardens are pretty and black tailed monkeys are regular visitors along with tiny dik diks. Unguja Lodge is small and personal. There are just twelve private, spacious villas, a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and 5-Star PADI dive centre. The lodge is well integrated into the Kizimkazi community and guests can sit and watch the local fishermen go by. It is owner-run by Elies Hagedoorn and offers a very personal service.
All the villas consist of a spacious bedroom with double bed, mosquito net and ceiling fan. There is a sitting room, spacious shower room, separate toilet and a second floor with a double Zanzibari bed where you can rest and relax. There are three different styles of villas - the sea view villas with direct sea views and private terraces directly overlooking the Menai Bay (it is worth noting that one of these rooms is set back 40 metres from the cliff edge) and the baobab villas which are oriented towards the garden and the big baobab trees. There is a sea view from the upstairs of these rooms and each baobab villa has its own private plunge pool and air-con in the bedroom. The six sea-view villas all have direct sea views.
Finally there are two seaview family villas which can accommodate a family of up to six people. These have a shared lounge, a double bedroom and ensuite bathroom downstairs, and two smaller twin bedrooms (can be converted into a double) each with an ensuite bathroom. There are plenty of activities to enjoy from the lodge including diving, snorkelling, surfing, dolphin watching, island visits and guided village tours.
The largest of all the islands in the archipelago, Zanzibar Island is home to turquoise waters, pristine white sand beaches, and the old and facinating capital, Stone Town.
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