Nungwi, north-east Zanzibar
Set on the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar island with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, this intimate and reasonably-priced clifftop hotel is an oasis for relaxation. And if you are feeling more energetic there are numerous water sports, island excursions and boat trips to enjoy.
Situated above the waves on a low-level coral cliff, the Zanzibari has gorgeous views across the Indian Ocean. Relax and cool off in the infinity pool (which is important as the island’s seas are tidal), or have a drink in the characterful and welcoming poolside bar. The plunge pool terrace has three circular pools overlooking the beach and the spa offers treatments and massages to further your relaxation.
From here you can take all sorts of excursions across the island including spice tours, Jozani Forest walks, visits to Stonetown and local villages. The crystal clear water is teaming with tropical marine life and the corals can be explored when scuba diving or snorkelling. Why not see the fish from above from a kayak or perhaps watch the sun go down on a traditional dhow sunset cruise?
This is not a luxury resort but it is good quality and great value; a great way to spend time on Zanzibar without breaking the bank.
Times to Go
The main dry season is from July to October but it is warm and sunny for most of the year. The wetter months of April and May have long rainy days yet in November and December the downpours are short and followed by blue skies.
Zanzibar is affected by the Kaskazi winds from about January to April, and at this time sand can sometimes be whipped from the beach.
The Zanzibari highlights
- Clifftop setting overlooking the Indian Ocean
- Infinity pool and plunge pool terrace
- PADI dive centre nearby
- Dhow trips to Mnemba Island
- Sunset cruises and kayaking
- Explore the island – Stonetown, spices and the Jozani Forest
The Zanzibari location
- 11 rooms/private villas
- Open all year
- Children of all ages welcome
- Air-conditioning in all rooms
- Infinity pool
- Tropical gardens
- Bar and restaurant
- WiFi access
- Water sports (snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing)
- Nearby PADI Dive Centre
- Spa treatments
- Island excursions to Stonetown, the Jozani Forest and spice tours
- Day and evening dhow cruises
The Zanzibari rooms
Bougainvillea House – 8 en-suite double and twin air-conditioned rooms. All the rooms have balconies overlooking the lush garden and ocean beyond.
Frangipani Villas – 2 luxury two-storey villas with ocean views from their private beach gardens, verandas and plunge pools. The master bedroom and en-suite shower room have air-conditioning and there is a satellite TV. The villas sleep 5.
The Bustani Suite
The Bustani Suite – Set back from the beach amidst lush tropical gardens this spacious single storey villa is ideal for families, with an air-conditioned double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and a twin bedroom. There is a spacious open-plan living area with satellite TV and a large veranda with sun loungers for relaxing and enjoying the ocean views. A sandy path takes you all the way down to the beach. The suite accommodates four, but an extra bed is available on request.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Solar and wind power is used to lower the impact on the environment. In addition the hotel installed a desalinator plant as fresh water is in short supply on the island.”
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.