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- Beautiful island, go early to beat the weekend crowds. The fresh fish for lunch is delicious but be aware that the people who work there will try and rip you off. The prices are clearly stated on a board (see pic) and they are clearly hoping your maths isn’t great or you haven’t seen the actual prices. The cook that day tried to overcharge us by 40,000Tsh which we of course, did not pay. It’s a shame that this happens because it does taint an otherwise lovely experience.Written September 8, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Beautiful sandy beach, but with the awful reality of scrap and rubbish there too. Beach restaurant made fantastic grillSmall white sandy beach
We were a party if ten. Arrived from the mainland. The very small beach and clear water was affected by the low tide, so be prepared to see dead coral before 10:30.
After 10:30, for us, the waster covered over the unpleasant see bed parts.
Costs: 20$ per person, was needed to be paid before we could jump off the boat. The hone made beach chairs and parasols cost ca. 5000 shillings each.
Food was very basic but grilled fish and lobsters was amazing. Chips and beer also.
Very relaxing. Tried snorkeling out from the beach but only found seaa grass, absolutely no coral.
With the good comes the bad, there was no cleaning of the beach that I saw, plastic bottles, toothbrushes and even toothpaste was common on the far side of the stretch of beach.
Good to get away from the mainland.
Happy to go but not againWritten January 4, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A bit pricy in the little shops though you can walk a bit to smaller shops with better prices. The supermarket is handy for picking up basic items if staying in the Slipway hotel. The Waterfront restaurant, the Terrace and Thai Kani are all good places to eat and the Waterfront is my favorite. Outdoor waterfront seating in the evening is so relaxing. The bookstore has a wonderful selection of books and they have been there for years.Written August 2, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The boat ride and the seats were very clean and comfortable. It is a very hectic experience to get on and off the ferry. As a solo female traveler, it made a positive difference for me to purchase the VIP section.Written September 26, 2022
- After just having arrived back from Arusha by bus so having seen a number of these traditional villages along the way (both ways) and also having seen some Maasai villages & such in the area around Serengeti, it was just kind of a "non-excitement" to see this village which I would say in more accurate terms is like a collection of tiny parts of a number of villages each representing a tribe and actually likely only certain tribes represented here based on the number of structures (my estimate of somewhere around 15 structures for the total number of tribes numbering about a hundred as seen on one of the info displays on site). So yes, not being in a real village (as also reminded by all the modern high-rises surrounding the site), it was still a "pleasant walk" around the site grounds scattered with huts & earth dwellings almost all of which can also be entered (for a bit of a chance to "actually feel" the day-to-day living of the tribal people) and where I also learned some "interesting facts" (such as that women cannot be present near the cone-shaped furnace during the "iron smelting", the dwelling of the second wife has to be located in such a way that she always has to go past that of the first wife, and both boys & girls arriving at a certain age build on their own or get built by their families smaller dwellings near the main one of the parents). And yes, mostly a big "outdoor museum" (not too large but still a sizeable ground area), there's also a small indoor part (right before the outdoor part) with some tribal objects & such but the best of the displays in my opinion being the map of the country with "different regions & the way of life in each of them".
Located not at the city center but just about a 20-minute taxi ride from it, also another good reason to visit this site is for its lovely "souvenirs of Tanzania" in like a big tent right outside the site entrance (a lot more in both variety & number to choose from than the souvenirs also available at the National Museum around the city center).Written June 21, 2022
- I came here not to buy fish, but to watch the fishermen bring their catches in. There were a few other locals here who did indeed come here to buy and eat the fresh fish. I mingled with the people and took in the sights and atmosphere. Very interesting.Written February 7, 2022
- This market is a place where you can buy fruits and vegetables, not a tourist attraction, in my opinion.Written January 6, 2022
- This museum covered a lot of ground including the earliest emergence of humankind and Chinese pottery! There were also sections on contemporary art including carvings, furniture and musical instruments. And there is a small section on rock art. I expected more information on how the Chinese helped and continue to help Tanzania economically.Written October 3, 2022
- This beach is really quite lovely for a beach so close to downtown. There are several "hut" restaurants but no real facilities for changing or showering. There are quite a few hawkers that are bothersome.Written July 24, 2021
- There are some very talented wood carvers here. Carvings of all sizes. I didn't come here to buy, but just to observe and chat with the artists who would talk to me. I didn't bring a camera, but for visitors who want to take pictures, it's okay to photograph the Carvings but maybe not the carvers.
Reviewed by Miles Archer -- Boca Raton, FLWritten February 7, 2022
- The kids had the time of their life. Except for one little incident whereby my daughter scratched her elbow on the pool floor coming down from a slide. For the rest it was big fun. There are slides for all ages and even for daredevils. The price is very okay for What’s offered.Written August 3, 2022
- Its a nice place for a day tour. A lot of animals are in there such as cheetahs, baboons, camels etc. Suitable for kidsWritten April 11, 2022
- Local Bar located on the beach sands where you can swim during the day and party at nght, Not at its prime but still love the ambience.Written November 19, 2021
- The church is a roman catholic, gothic style, cathedral in front of the harbour. Nice architecture, magnificient building, famous for the stained-glass windows (better view in the afternoon) and the art work. On, Sundays, during the service, you can hear the singing. If you want to book a guide tour, make sure that it will be early in the morning in order to avoid the crowd. It worths a visit!Written May 4, 2020
- We went here not expecting a lot because we had never heard of this place before and we are locals but to our surprise this was such a nice experience. A real forest in the city, with decent trails, a small lake, a tranquil bamboo bubble in the middle of the forest (perfect for meditation and relaxation). We had a great guide and ranger so the whole experience was worth the trip.Written September 7, 2022
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