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.
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