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“Best place on Zanzibar” 5 of 5 stars
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Game Fish Lodge
Nungwi North, Nungwi 0000, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Nungwi
Gouda, The Netherlands
1 review
“Best place on Zanzibar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2010

We were looking for a more quite and private place near Nungwi , where we could visit the more touristic Nungwi, but also easily escape it, and where you do not feel like just another tourist in a hotel. Although, The Game Fish Lodge didn’t has a website and while reading the few comments on Tripadvisor, I got this haunch that this was the place to be. So, I booked 6 nights in July 2010 at the Game Fish Lodge. The owners Colin and Lesley picked us up at the airport to bring us to their lovely, peaceful place. While meeting them and arriving at their breathtaking place, with hammocks from which you can enjoy the sea, I knew my haunch that this was the best place to be on Zanzibar was right. This was the peace we were looking for.
Besides that the surrounding is heavenly, Colin and Lesley are really caring people and make you feel at home right away. They want you to enjoy life at their place and they are capable to give that feeling to you.
Each morning Colin and Lesley prepare you a delicious breakfast. Also the evening dinners are the best dinners you’ve ever had. Colin - who really is a master in cooking - makes whatever you like. Always fresh meat or fresh fish in the most delicious ways. It’s really wine & dine in the greatest ambiance.
The time we spent there was the most wonderful time we’ve had. Their lodge is very private with 4 nice clean rooms each with their own veranda overlooking the beautiful turquoise coloured sea. They bring you to different beaches for free to explore the island. They are great hosts and they really are very special people! You’re not treated like guests, they treat you like friends with their warm hospitality. We feel so lucky that we have found this special place with these special people that we have already booked again for December.
Make sure that when you go to Zanzibar, that you don’t miss this place!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2009

I tried several places in Zanzibar and the Game Fish Lodge turned out to be the best choice. The position perfectly combines the quiet atmosphere of the east coast and the wonderful beaches of the north coast, less subject to the tide compared to the east. If you like the party atmosphere or simply want to have drinks in the evening, the centre of Nungwi with many bars and restaurants can be reached easily walking along the beach (depending on the tide) or by taxi (approx 5 dollars).
The lodge has 4 rooms only, nice and cleaned: big double bed with mosquito net, TV, DVD player with plenty of dvds, fan.
What makes the place really great is that the owners make you feel like home. They gave us free rides to the best beaches nearby, cooked wonderful fish dinners for us and gave us a lot of good tips about things to do and places to see on the island. They specialise in game fishing, but can also arrange other tours with trustworthy local people (we got the day tour to Memba Island at discount) or help you in organising a safari.
We had to worry about nothing but choose the best hammock on the beach and enjoy our stay!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2009

I first noticed the Game Fish Lodge when I saw its hammocks between the palm trees from a passing boat. The next day I walked up along the beach to see if I could get a room for a few days and was immediately well received by the South African couple that runs the place.

They did everything to make my stay a very special experience in every regard: Awesome breakfast and dinner, painless self-service for sodas and beer, free rides to other beaches and bars, inside information on locations and activities all over Zanzibar, plus an endless supply of DVDs for the one rainy day I had. Clean rooms, daily room service and fast Internet access as a matter of course. Two nice cats, lots of chickens and some ducks add to the entertainment -- and you get the best eggs on Zanzibar here.

Right from the beginning I felt I was staying with friends, not just hosts. I'll come back for a fishing tour for sure.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Nungwi North, Nungwi 0000, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Nungwi
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Game Fish Lodge is located one hour’s drive from Stone Town towards the north-east peninsula of Zanzibar, along the scenic Nungwi Coast. The Lodge looks out onto a radiant expanse of shimmering Indian Ocean and down onto one of the finest and most unspoilt beaches. You are offered privacy, peace and tranquility while watching the Indian Ocean. The beach is fringed by a wide and thriving coral reef. The azure waters offer a paradise for both snorkeling, scuba diving and game fishing enthusiasts alike.Game Fish Lodge with its easygoing atmosphere will mellow you out in no time. It is a place to escape to and relax. The location of the Lodge allows you the seclusion of perfect tranquility yet close enough to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Nungwi Village. Beautiful sunrises are an everyday thrill for the early riser and moonlit nights, listening to the ocean, create an unforgettable experience.RoomsAll the rooms have their own patio with a wonderful view of the ocean and surrounding coconut trees where you can sit and enjoy the beauty of Zanzibar. The rooms are all en-suite, fully tiled with hot and cold water, television, DVD Player with a wide selection of DVD’s. The rooms have standing and ceiling fans. Mosquito nets ensure a peaceful night’s sleep, with the sound of the ocean rounding off a relaxing day in paradise. Laundry services are available. ... more   less 
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Game Fish Lodge Zanzibar/Nungwi

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