Michamvi, south east coast of Zanzibar
Six spacious villas, homely living areas, attentive staff, pretty gardens and pools in a quiet location on the east coast of Zanzibar make Qambani ideal for a relaxing break, with the option of island tours, watersports and dhow cruises for added variety.
Qambani consists of six self-contained villas, each with private outdoor space as well as beautifully furnished and decorated interiors, plus spacious communal areas where you can mix with other guests.
The setting is delightful, pretty gardens extending to the Indian Ocean. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a country house rather than a hotel, indeed I began as a family home and retains much of that feel to this day. From the moment walk through the wooden entrance door you feel at ease. Curl up on a sofa in the lounge, watch a DVD in the media room or unwind on the sunny terrace, as you wish. There’s an attractive rim-flow pool, complete with poolside bar, when the sun gets too hot, and a smaller salt water pool from which a path leads down to the beach, where, at low tide, you can go for walks to the reef. Other facilities include a hammam and a small gym with a selection of exercise machines.
Meals, all included in your stay, are eaten in the elegant dining room, which opens up on three sides to admit the breeze, with barbecues sometimes served by the pool. Timings are flexible, based on your wishes, and much of the fresh produce is grown in the property’s organic farm a short distance away, and you’re welcome to join the chef as he prepares food, and advise your preferences so he can tailor dishes accordingly. There’s Wi-Fi throughout the property so you can keep in touch with family and friends back at home.
While here you can enjoy watersports such as windsurfing and kayaking, go snorkelling and diving and indulge in leisurely dhow cruises and idyllic sandbar picnics. Staff can arrange excursions to places of interest on Zanzibar such as the capital, Stone Town, Jozani Forest to see red colobus monkeys, and farm tours where you can understand why Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island.
The villas vary in size, some with one and others with two bedrooms, and design. All are extremely comfortable, equipped with air conditioning, minibar, coffee maker and a veranda or terrace where you can relax in quiet seclusion. It’s a rather luxurious, yet pleasantly low key, home from home.
Times to Go
There is little variation in temperature all year on Zanzibar, though December, January and February are usually slightly hotter than other months. There are dry and rainy seasons, the latter occurring in April and May, and again in November, though these short rains have less impact. Qambani is open all year.
- Private villas with ocean-view terraces
- A home-from-home atmosphere
- Two swimming pools, a gym and hammam
- Choice of land and water-based activities
- Watch the chef prepare meals
- Secluded setting for privacy and relaxation
- Families welcome
- Six villas
- Open all year
- Children of all ages welcome
- TV lounge
- Dining room
- Three hectares of gardens
- Infinity pool
- Poolside bar service
- Small pool and paddling pool
- Beach (tidal)
- Free laundry service
- Wi-Fi throughout
Arrange and pay locally
- Snorkelling (free of charge)
- Kayaking (free of charge)
- Dhow cruise
- Sandbank picnic
- Dolphin watching boat trip
- Island excursions
There are six villas of varying sizes located to either side of the communal areas. All have air conditioning plus ceiling fans in the bedrooms, tea and coffee maker, minibar, safe, bathrobes and hairdryer. Room service is available.
Africa, Plantation and Sundowner
Of these one bedroom villas, Africa and Plantation (both 90sqm) have a similar design with the bedroom, bathroom, bath and shower, a small lounge leading to a patio downstairs, and an open-fronted, ocean-facing sitting area upstairs. Sundowner (50sqm) has a bedroom, shower room, kitchen, an open air bath and a sea view rooftop terrace.
Coastal and Castaway
Castaway and Coastal (95sqm) have two bedrooms and two bathrooms each, an en-suite double and a twin, plus a roomy sitting room, a secluded terrace with chairs and a hammock and sea views, and an outside shower. They both make good family accommodation.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Qambani uses solar power, rain water collection and grey water filtration to maximise sustainability and minimise their impact on the environment.”
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.