My husband and I have travelled around Zanzibar and stayed in 5 star hotels but this trip we wanted to be more involved with village life so we chose Mangrove Lodge. Wow from the moment we arrived to the day we departed we felt so at home and relaxed.
Rooms are basic but large and clean - everything you need to put your head down at night and a shower. Two beaches were lovely and it was great to see villagers playing football after school. Food was great and very big portions - nothing was too much trouble for Haji and his staff.
Marina was away but she was great at returning my emails with information that I needed to plan our trip - did not have to chase, which I feel is good sign for efficiency.
A few trips was arranged all on time with helpful drivers. Haji spent a considerable time taking us to the local schools and showing us about and then to the dispensary that they have yet to finish as the villages have no hospital nearby.
Take the time to visit, relax and make new friends at the Mangrove. Pack with a purpose and take any items for the villages and schools or leave old clothes behind - and if you can, help raise funds for the much needed hospital.
We will definately return to the Mangrove without hesitation - why pay for 5 star when you get 5 star service at under half the price.
Thank you all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mangrove Eco-Lodge: responsible tourism in Zanzibar. A friendly atmosphere for an enchanting eco-sustainable resort. Deep in the tropical vegetation that surrounds Stone Town, the Mangrove Lodge offers a very peaceful and natural, homely and comfortable environment, in which the slow and quiet pace of the Zanzibar people allow you to forget the everyday hassles. We can bring you into the very heart of Zanzibar's lifestyle and culture. In line with the principles of the responsible tourism from the very beginning and with a great respect for the island, the Mangrove Lodge has grown on a green path with 360° responsible attitude. Spend a special holiday with us, enjoy the amazing white sand beach, guided excursions and stunning sunsets, and bring back serenity, cordiality and genuine fun, whilst stimulating the economic development and well-being of the local community. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mangrove Hotel Chuini
- Mangrove Lodge Zanzibar Island/Chuini, Tanzania