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Kervan Saray Beach Lodge

Certificate of Excellence
Physical: Plot 29, Makangale Village, Tanzania
Kervan Saray Beach Lodge
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The property sits on a ROCKY beach 300m from the water, with SHARP rocks where staff themselves cut their feet! The "pool" is an oversized, half empty, oversized bathtub. The food comes in small portions, and the drinks are expensive. The rooms have RATS and the mosquito nets have holes in them. The property has armed guards peering into rooms... More 

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been diving around the world, and I live the sea. I own my dive kit and boats on a small island off the UK. I've to Cuba, the Red Sea (Mainland and Sinai) , Great Barrier Reef, The Andaman and Nicobar Islands the Maldives, Mexico, The Canary Islands and all over the UK's smaller islands. About ten years ago,... More 

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Kigali, Rwanda
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I spent a week here with a group of 6 others in April 2015, and it was everything we had dreamed of and then some. We all work in Rwanda and were forced to cancel another trip at the last minute due to security concerns, and the owners were fantastically helpful in getting everything sorted. We reached out just over... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This place breathes a certain tranquility, it makes you slow down in an instant. You feel relaxed, welcome and at ease within the first hours after arriving. The shared meals are moments to meet other guests, to hear their diving stories of the day. Even I got excited by all the stories. My first diving experience in the pool was... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I spent a few days at Kervan Saray with my friend Pierre in july 2014. Can only have the warmest words about the place, owners and staff. It gives a real off the beaten track experience, in a fascinating corner of Tanzania. We did diving, snorkeling and some birdwatching but the best experience was the human factor. The place really... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is one of my favourite places. In stark contrast to the southern island Unguya, Pemba offers a much more relaxed atmosphere and better diving. South of the resort there is a estuary system that has som very, very cool drift diving in the canals leading in an out from the estuary. Particulary when the tide comes in. The service... More 

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Stone Town, Tanzania
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Kervan Saray lodge (home to Swahili divers) is a beautiful peaceful getaway - far, far, far from bustle or cities and surrounded by wildlife - under and over the water. You feel that you are among nature and completely off the beaten track, away from it all. The knots and anxiety of regular life dropped away completely. The diving, the... More 

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Barnegat Light, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We were blown away by the visibility and beautiful reefs here. My wife and I are avid divers and we spent four days here as an add-on to a safari trip in Tanzania. In hindsight I wish we had planned for diving here longer. There were very few guests while we were here, and we had our own dive master.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This has to be the best diving experience of my life, the reefs are so healthy and there is little bleeching, the sea life is rediculous and there are fish of all sizes. The vis is the best i have seen ever, a truly mind bending experience. The staff and owners give the place a real good vibe, nice and... More 

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turkishraf, Director at Kervan Saray Beach Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Steve H, Thank you for your enthusiastic review. It gives all of us on the team, the greatest job satisfaction to receive reviews like yours. We are very lucky to have such awesome diving on our doorstep; and we pride ourselves on our service. As you mention, we are actually not on the power grid, so we don't have... More 

Timisoara, Romania
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

we flew from Tanga to Pemba with the price of 60$. From Chake Chake we took Dala- Dala going to Konde, and than another one, just passing the forest from where we went by foot until the Lodge. It is hard to find for the first time, but the villagers can guide you. When we arrived it was like an... More 

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turkishraf, Director at Kervan Saray Beach Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Oana O, Thank you so much for your overwhelmingly positive review of Swahili Divers and the Kervan Saray. We so enjoyed your stay. Your adventure getting to us sounds like a fun one. Generally people get a taxi from Chake Chake Airport but we welcome all comers by all means. We wish you and your friends many more adventures.... More 

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