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Mamamapambo Boutique Hotel
P.O.Box 695, Jambiani, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 8 hotels in Jambiani
Cologne, Germany
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Lovely spot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We spent 8 days at the Mamamapambo and it’s been the best part of our holiday in Zanzibar. We stayed in the room upstairs, which has a fantastic view over the laguna and a gorgeous private lounge with comfy couches, games and books. The room was clean and tidy, with fancy furnishings safari style.
Everybody at the Mamamapambo is friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere is relaxed and homely. The owners, Stefania and Fabio, are the heart of the place: always available, always smiling, always happy to recommend a restaurant, a spot where to swim, a new beach to explore. This is the perfect place if you don’t want to meet the crowds of the big resorts.
We tried many of the restaurants in the vicinity and we loved most of them. Our opinion cleanly overlapped with what we were told by Fabio and Stefania. The restaurant at the Mamamapambo itself is excellent: good variety, fresh ingredients and kind service. At lunchtime, the meal was usually ready about an hour after making our orders. The evening meals were a lovely moment to meet the other guests.
We loved the village of Jambiani. From the Mamamapambo we could easily walk everywhere, either on the beach at low tide, or on the village main road. The locals are extremely friendly and if you need anything from a taxi to a restaurant, to a dhow ride, simply ask around and somebody will point you in the right direction or will introduce you to somebody that can help you. Always with a smile!
There are a lovely sand bank and a few wonderful spots for snorkelling just in front of the Mamamapambo. Both are within walking distance at low tide, and you can borrow shoes at the Mamamapambo, if you don’t feel like walking barefoot. We mostly took the paths used by the locals to reach the seaweed farming sites, which is the safest way. The reef itself is rather far from shore, but it’s worth the long walk/swim, if you want to see large numbers of sea stars, fish and giant shells. You can also hire a local fisherman with a dhow for a modest fee.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Having spent one week at Mamamapambo, we fell in love with this wonderful boutique hotel.
The place itself is already immaculate, but when you add the hospitality of Fabio and Stefania and the atmosphere they create - it's simply the best.
You wake up in a beautiful, stylish room, have a perfect breakfast with fresh, home-made pastries and then whatever you feel up to: Fabio will explain with his wonderful Italian accent what he suggests to do.
Sometimes we went out for lunch and dinner but the food at the hotel was so much better. Whenever back in Zanzibar, we wouldn't go anywhere else.
Tip: Don't miss out the sand bank in the middle of the Ocean just 15 minutes walk from the hotel in low tide!

Room Tip: All of them are great, we had the one in the first floor with private sitting area and a nice view o...
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  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for a week of relaxation following our self-drive safari in Tanzania. We absolutely loved our stay at Mamamapambo. It's a beautiful guest house with really spacious and tastefully decorated rooms. We didn't have a beach front room, but we had a decking area which overlooked the village which was interesting in itself. The rooms are not brightly lit but they are spotlessly clean so you need not worry about any bugs in dark corners! The rooms are cleaned daily. The bathroom is massive and you also get a little walk-in wardrobe with enough coat hangers! So you can completely unpack and get on with the business of relaxing.

A lot has already been said about Fabio & Stephania who are indeed great hosts and deserve every bit of credit. They built the place from scratch and have put a lot of love into it. However in addition to this they have trained an excellent team of staff who work tirelessly and discretely to ensure you are well looked after. Every single person is charming and takes great pride in his/her work and this attention to detail is what makes Mamamapambo such a fantastic place to stay.

Take time to investigate the surroundings and meet the locals. They are all very friendly, we even got chatting to a seaweed farmer who ended up showing us his farm and let us try a bit of seaweed farming! Don't be uptight with the beach sellers, they are just doing their thing and won't take offence if you don't buy/book something. Just enjoy the banter! The local children are always up for a game of football or volleyball or English/Swahili conversation practice. They soon abandon the "Jambo pen?" "Jambo pencil?" "Jambo 1 dollar?" mantra when you actually engage and play with them!

Do visit the resort down by the jetty to use their beautiful pool, you only need to order a drink and can stay as long as you like. The service there is also great.

Fabio arranged for us to go snorkelling with local fishermen on a traditional boat, they took us to a lovely reef not far from the guest house where we saw lots of interesting marine life.

We really enjoyed our stay in Jambiani, it's a very special place for warming your soul. It's not as commercially sanitised for tourism as other parts of the island. I hope it stays that way as that's what makes it so incredibly charming.

(One thing is be careful of your feet on the beach, it's tidal and sometimes glass or metal gets washed ashore so just look where you're going).

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

My husband and I just spent two weeks at Mamamapambo and to be completely honest, this is a wonderful place! All the good reviews here on tripadvisor are very true. We have been backpacking around Africa for a few months and decided to treat our selfs by staying at a nice place around Christmas. We chose Mamamapambo because of the good reviews here and we do not regret it. Fabio and Stefania are the best hosts, warm and welcoming, and very helpful. We miss them already! The place is so beautifully decorated, the rooms are huge and comfortable and every little detail is thought of. We also thought the price was very fair for the quality. The food is delicious and breakfast (which is included) is very good and filling. We have nothing negative to say about Mamamapambo.
Thank you Fabio and Stefania!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the beach are a bit quieter and have a lovely porch.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

We stayed in this place for a week in August 2012. We did some research beforehand and decided to stay on Jambiani beach. We then came across this little boutique hotel. I can only say that we were so lucky to have found this place and to have been able to stay there. The place is just amazing. It's no ordinary place. The rooms are all special and nicely designed, each piece of furniture and decoration in the room is well thought through and tasteful. The rooms are big and very comfortable. The food they offer is of superb quality. We travelled quite a bit in Tanzania and we can honestly say that the quality of the rooms, the food and the price is a good value for money. It's not the cheapest, but it's fair for what you get in return. We did not stay in a room with a sea view, but it didn't matter at all because the beach is just there as you step out of the room and there's a little terrace area just facing the sea where you can relax and enjoy the sun without even leaving the hotel premises. Lastly, we would like to mention that the hosts were super welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. They really made us feel welcomed and like part of their life there :-) We wish to go back there someday. So anyone thinking of where to stay in Zanzibar, we recommend first of all to stay away from parts of the island that are filled with big tourist resorts and to go with something a lot more special and closer to local life like the Jambiani beach, and secondly to stay in Mamamapambo. You won't regret it!

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Munich, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

What a treat to stay here! The Mamamapambo in Jambiani is a lovely little hotel, artfully designed by the owner Stefania. Both Italian owners, Fabio and Stefania, make you feel like staying with friends and help you out with anything you need. We spent almost a week there and enjoyed every single day, either on the patio, in the garden or in the beautiful little restaurant. The rooms are spatious, with great views, big brand-new bathrooms and that certain something. If you go to Jambiani, Mamamapambo is first choice!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brussels
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Excellent value small boutique hotel on a divine, unspoilt and 'local' beach on Zanzibar's East Coast . Great place to relax and unwind. I agree with the other favourable comments regarding the rooms - No 4 being one of the best. Owners and staff very friendly and helpful. Overall a very relaxed and informal ambience and excellent value. A couple of downsides for us - smoking is permitted and because the 'living/eating area is relatively compact, as non smokers, it was noticeable. Food is good but there is better a few minutes walk down the beach i.e The Sale and Pepe - is more than a wifi/internet cafe - great food and helpful staff.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mamamapambo Boutique Hotel

Address: P.O.Box 695, Jambiani, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Jambiani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 8 hotels in Jambiani
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