Fumba Beach Lodge
Southwest coast of Zanzibar
Fumba Beach Lodge
Fumba is a privately-owned sea front lodge removed from Zanzibar’s crowds and resorts. Ocean views, fresh food, homely rooms, pretty gardens and friendly staff add up to a peaceful getaway where you can indulge in watersports, spa services and simply relax.
This small lodge is ideal for those desiring a low-key beach stay. Rustic in style, constructed largely of wood and thatch, the emphasis is firmly on relaxation. Spend days lazing by the pool or in a quiet spot in the gardens, indulging in spa therapies, socialising at the beach bar and dining on the freshest seafood impeccably infused with spices. Life is wonderfully simple at Fumba Beach.
Accommodation is rustic, in keeping with the overall style of the lodge, yet welcoming, with chunky wooden furniture, colourful cushions, fans and verandas with garden or ocean views.
If you can tear yourself away from your hammock or sunbed, the watersports centre arranges PADI diving courses as well as dive trips to Ukombe Reef in the Menai Bay Conservation Area. Snorkelling equipment and kayaks are available to hire, while those preferring dry land can opt for a village visit, (perhaps accompanied by Duma, the lodge’s Rhodesian Ridgeback!), special picnics and island excursions. Also , since you’re only about 30 minutes from Stone Town, you can easily take in a trip to this historic town.
Fumba has 2 kilometres of beach with 3 sandy coves, but it has to said that the beach here is not as good as many others on the east of the island. Despite this, we still really like Fumba Beach Lodge. It has soul. It’s unpretentious, the décor is local rustic, the food is fresh and tasty, and the local staff are friendly and willing. All in all, it’s a very good lodge for a very good price, and we’re always happy to recommend it.
Times to Go
The lodge is open year round, though you may want to avoid the main rainy season from mid-March to late May. October to March, and in particular October, January and February are the best months for scuba diving.
Fumba Beach Lodge highlights
- Friendly, relaxed and great value
- Range of watersports
- Cosy cottages
- Spa and rim-flow pool
Fumba Beach Lodge location
Fumba Beach Lodge
- 26 guest rooms
- Open all year round
- Children of all ages welcome
- Infinity pool
- Beach bar
- Watersports centre
- Wind surfing
- Island excursions
Fumba Beach Lodge rooms
All 26 rooms have king-size beds with mosquito nets, fans, a safe, hot drinks facilities, a selection of books and magazines and an en-suite bathroom.
There are 20 deluxe rooms, 8 with garden and 12 with sea views.
Each has a private deck.
Some of the rooms are adjoining so can be used by families or groups travelling together.
The 4 suites all face the beach, have a veranda with a hammock, a roof terrace, and an open air shower to complement the bathroom.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“The lodge has close ties to Fumba village and provides support for the schools and local businesses as well as employing and training local people.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.