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“Perfect place to Chill” 5 of 5 stars
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Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Paje, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #2 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Paje
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Perfect place to Chill”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

First review i have ever done but felt this place deserved it. I just spent two days in Ndame and had one of the most relaxing times I have had in a long time. Staff are very friendly, food is excellent, rooms are very basic but clean and very adequate (not all have hot water), no air-conditioning but a really nice breeze all the time made it not necessary and there are ceiling fans. Beautiful setting and incredible beach with miles of white sand. The tides are seriously extreme and the sea can go out about a kilometer at low tide. But when in, no rocks or coral just sand under your feet in crystal clear water. Very few people bugging you trying to sell something. If you want a great place to just relax this is it. Go with your eyes open though and don't expect luxury and a buzzing atmosphere, it is not for that. Well done to the Chef.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Thank you for taking your time to write a review. We feel honoured that we are your first review on Trip Advisor, and we are very pleased that you had such a relaxing stay with us. You are right that we are not luxury, and we are happy to have the party crowd go to other places - our laid back and relaxed atmosphere, great staff and yummy food plus the amazing beach is enough for anyone to enjoy a relaxing stay.
We hope that you come back one day
All the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

This is a great place. Very laidback and chilled out. Nice garden with tropical vegetation. Nice clean bungalows with thatched roofs. Room is cleaned everyday and the beds made with hibiscus flower decoration. Nice hot shower. The water is clean and smelled a bit like chlorine (which we think is good). The beach is very nice (better than at Jambiani). Beachbeds available.

The staff is friendly. Free wifi. Lovely restaurant and chilled out bar. Good and safe food. The Austrian chef/manager cooks great food and is very friendly and helpfull, as is all the other staff. The water they use for washing the salads is treated through a double cleaning system (so we've been told). Breakfast is good, with everyday freshly baked cakes, pancakes, omelettes, yoghurt, cereals, fruit, etc.

The only thing is that we booked a deluxe room, but this room was smaller than the standard room. So a bit confusing. The staff couldn't really explain.
Also the tours and taxi's from the hotel are a bit overpriced.

But overall, we really liked this place very much and can highly recommend it!

  • Stayed November 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Hi travel-fraggles - thank you for taking your time to give us a feeback. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our little paradise on the beach. The laid back atmosphere is important to us, and we are glad that you enjoyed it as much as you enjoyed the beach and the water. And we are happy to hear that you also had a good time with the food and our staff - certainly two of our best features.
At the moment, the luxe rooms have a higher standard because of the new fittings and new bathrooms - we do not differentiate so much for the size of the room. Nevertheless, we keep on continuing to improve our rooms, and as improvement continues, all of our rooms are going to have the same luxe standard soon.
We hope to welcome you here again one day
All the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We stayed here for just short of a week with a large group of friends. We were able to set up a variety of excursions throughout Zanzibar, and enjoyed plenty of time on the powder white sand beaches. Highly recommend the piña coladas- made with fresh fruit. The staff were all very friendly and we had a great time with out 3 yr old who edpecially liked splashing around during low tide.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Thank you very much for taking your time to review our place. It was a pleasure having you and your friends with us, and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed our place. The beach and our staff are surely our two best features, and we are always pleased when guests enjoy their stay with us. We hope to see you again some time
All the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Mombo
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We had a very nice stay at Ndame Beach Lodge. The location is perfect. Paje is very nice when you are looking for a white beach with a beautiful sea. The rooms are very basic and also quite small, but the nice thing about the lodge is that you can spent all your time out of your room. During the night however it is very humid which makes sleeping a little bit uncomfortable. The bathroom is clean and works good (sometimes the water pressure from the shower is a little bit low, but that's not a very big issue). The ocean is very nice, but keep the tides in mind, when we were there you could not really go for a swim in the afternoon because the ocean was miles away (so no swimming for +-3 hours a day). They have WiFi although it didn't always work for me. The breakfast is great! And also the restaurant serves very good and varied food also they have a pizza oven with very tasty pizza's. The prices for the lodge and food are very reasonable so it is easy to have a long stay without overpaying. They also make very nice cocktails at the Sun Sea Bar!
They offer several day trips. We went swimming with dolphins which was very cool! Also we wanted to go snorkeling at Kizimkazi because in the brochure is said that it was very nice, but that was a delusion (or the captain didn't take us to the correct spot or it's just not a nice spot and they should take it out of the brochure). However when we told that at the reception when checking out we didn't have to pay for that, which we really appreciated! Very nice staff!

Altogether we enjoyed Ndame very much and next time when we'll visit Zanzibar we will probably return to Ndame!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Hi Marco - thank you for your review, and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us so much. It always pleases us to hear that our guests enjoyed the location, the lodge and the staff - we agree with you that our staff does a fantastic job in taking care of our guests.
We hope to see you again some time in our little paradise on the beach! In the meantime, we will try to take care of the smoke coming from the pizza oven - the pizzas are yummy, but the smoke should stay outside...
All the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Guangzhou, China
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

After long safari, we stay in Paje amazing beach face blue Indian ocean. When I see Indian ocean at 1st time, I really cannot believe so beautiful. Room is average but close to beach, you can enjoy sun rise just from porch. WIFI is available at reception area. Staff is helpful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback - we appreciated to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us!.
The beach certainly is the most amazing feature, and the changing colours of the incoming tide are just spectacular. It's also nice to hear that you have managed to get up early for the great sunrises - they are definitely worth getting out of bed!
We hope to welcome you again one day in our little paradise on the beach

All the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Ndame is a great place to enjoy your holidays on Zanzibar. The location is superb: wide, clean and quiet beach; the bungalows offer privacy but are still close to everything you need. Rooms were simple but clean and spacious enough for 2 people. Food is absolutely delicious! There is also a small supermarket walking distance away.
What is really important, and trust me, you don't get it everywhere on Zanzibar, is the great staff and service. We actually planned to try out different locations but after one unpleasant encounter at another hotel we decided to return to Ndame and spent the full holidays there.
The waiters were always friendly, at the same time not too pushy; the management of the hotel even helped arrange a driver and restaurant reservation in Dar es Salaam. The atmosphere is relaxed and really friendly, so I can strongly recommend this hotel to anybody traveling to Zanzibar!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Thank you very much for taking your time and giving us feeback - we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! It was a pleasure having you, and it is particularly nice to hear that you enjoyed our service and staff - we sure try our best to keep our staff happy. We'll pass on your comments to them, and of course, we hope that we can welcome you in our little paradise on the beach again!
All the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
PS: How was the last evening in the restaurant in Dar? Did you enjoy the food?
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Stunning location on the eastern shores of Zanzibar, with one of the world's most incredible white-sand beaches. Bright, clean, comfortable rooms. Accommodation well-spaced along the wide beach-front plot giving the feeling of lots of space. Fabulous food available all day - starting with an incredible breakfast-buffet, complimentary teas and coffees throughout the day, succulent coconut fish, juicy burgers, and amazing fresh seafood bbq in the evening. Polite, efficient staff. Yummy cocktails. Winds build over the course of the day, and by mid afternoon there is moderate-strong breeze that cools everything down a little (and allows the Kite Surfers to hit the water for some play-time). We couldn't find anything 'wrong' at Ndame Beach, and we will definitely be back again soon!

Room Tip: Ask not to be in the rooms that are directly behind the kitchen - we did not stay in these rooms, bu...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Thank you very much for your review, and we love to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, particularly the three best things about our lodge: the beach, the food and the staff. We certainly look forward to your visiting us again!
With sunny greetings from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Address: Paje, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Paje
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Paje
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ndame Beach Lodge in Paje Zanzibar has been a dream beach holiday destination for more than 8 years. Sun-seekers and Indian Ocean lovers from all over the world come to stay with us. Our 14 bungalows with 31 rooms are strung along in lush tropical gardens on the shores of one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Stretching more than 250 m along snow white beaches, where the warm, turquoise waters caress the shores. From Ndame you can start a variety of activities like swimming with the dolphins, kiting, diving, visiting the local markets, snorkeling, learning about local culture and the spices which grow here in abundance. The Arabs called it the Spice Island. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in our restaurant and bar, have a chat with interesting people from all over the world. At times we accommodate guests from more than 20 countries. A much loved highlight is our bonfire grill below the sparkling stars of the southern hemisphere. In our local style beach bar we serve you fresh fruit juices, tasty cocktails or exotic local drinks for the daring. ... more   less 
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