We met Ally Keys in Stone Town and decided to check out his place in Matemwe. We had rented a car through him as well. Ally is a fun-loving guy who is eager to please. He made our trip memorable, the ultimate fixer. Keys bungalows were perfect for us. We wanted an affordable, clean bungalow on the beach and that is exactly what we got. Now mind you it's not easy to find or get to. We had to drive down a long ways on a sandy, potholed road (4 wheel a must if it rains) though he has it clearly marked. In general driving in Zanzibar is a hassle because the police checkpoints stop you every 10 miles or so and ask for bribes (something Ally cued us on early). The cottages are small and the bed is comfortable. We also rented bikes and went on a snorkeling excursion to the nearby Mnemba island. Keys charged $25/person whereas other were charging up to $45 for essentially the same thing. Ideal for backpackers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stunning location, right on the pearl white beach of Matemwe. See, feel and hear the proximity of the ocean while having a sundowner on the seaview terrace. Keys Bungalows is the perfect spot to enjoy snorkeling, diving, taking a spice tour, visiting the daily fish market or discovering the subaquatic wonders of nearby Mnemba Island. Feel at home thanks to the helpful staff and the laid-back atmosphere of this budget friendly accommodation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Keys Bungalows Matemwe, Zanzibar