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Marafiki Bungalows

Kiwengwa Tanzania
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Updated 05/27/20


#3 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kiwengwa
Travelers' Choice
Marafiki Bungalows is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Zanzibar, offering a family-friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay. Our hotel is meeting current expectations towards travel destination: the nature and beach destination, which combine relaxation with an environment conducive to social distancing and compliance to safety standards Marafiki Bungalows offers guests an array of room amenities including a refrigerator, kettle, safe box and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available. The small hotel offers a 24 hour front desk, room service, and beach chairs, to make your visit even more pleasant. The property also features a pool and breakfast. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking. When you’re feeling hungry, don't need to go anywhere - the best cuisine in the area is at Marafiki Restaurant & Bar. For a drink try out The Pontille, jetty bar with amazing view or Areana beach bar. Enjoy your stay in Kiwengwa!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Game room
Airport transportation
Mosquito net
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Private beach
Bottled water
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Polish
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GernothK wrote a review Aug 2020
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania8 contributions
Living and working on Unguja/Zanzibar from time to time we like to relax for a weekend or so somewhere on the beach. This time we booked Marafiki Bungalows. We were offered the "Honeymoon Bungalow" - although our honeymoon is more than 40 years back. It was a perfect offer and a good choice. Room high windows give an awesome sea view. The bungalows are built with descernment providing natural ventilation. The beach - a fine mixture of sand and coral rock - invites one both to swim in the Indian Ocean and to take a walk during low tide observing coral rock structures, with a myriad of lizards, with crabs, starfish in the shallow sea, sea cucumbers and other marine fauna - really recommendable! Friendly staff, with the head - Joanna who is reaching out every now and then to a small talk (and more than just a small one) to her guests able to address them in English, French, and German likewise besides her mother tongue which is Polish. Good food! We especially enjoyed the BBQ Saturday night.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Sarka wrote a review May 2020
1 contribution
Beautiful Hotel. The workers are super friendly, and always there for you if you need some help. From the nice placed Swimmingpool you can watch the ocean and after that you can have a delicious meal or some drink at the colorful cozy restaurant. The bungalow I lived is placed in middle of wonderful trees, bush and flower garden. I would love to visit this place again.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Joanna Frenkiel, Właściciel at Marafiki Bungalows
Responded Jun 1, 2020
Dear Sarka, Thank you for sharing your opionion. I was a pleasure for us to host you at Marafiki. We hope to welcome you again. Take care! Greetings from the whole team :-)
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Elcaracol wrote a review May 2020
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During my entire stay, I have not experienced one single detail that I would have personally changed about the staff nor the placement. I made friends one hour after my arrival both with locals and tourists which really highlighted my stay as we went snorkelling together, we would stay at the bar four hourrrs! We even rented the bikes the hotel offers and went around the neighbouring villages. The mix of culture on the island is something I have never seen anywhere else and the way Marafiki Bungalows welcomes you to this peaceful and dream-like location was something I still think about daily. Asante Sana and see you very soon!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Joanna Frenkiel, Właściciel at Marafiki Bungalows
Responded Jun 1, 2020
Hi Thekla, I was a pleasure to host you at Marafiki! I'm glad to know you had good time. Marafiki Bungalows was created as a place to make friends and stay among friends, thus the name: "Marafiki" means "friends' in Swahili. Take care! Greetings from the whole team :-)
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Monica N wrote a review Mar 2020
55 contributions21 helpful votes
Booked this place about a year in advance and they were very quick to respond and answer any questions I had or anything like that. The pictures on the website are exactly what this place looks like in person!! Marafiki exceeded my expectations I truly felt at home for the two weeks that we stayed here. The food was all delicious, the drinks were top notch, the staff were all so great and friendly!! Anything you need or want Marafiki will see to it that they make it happen within reason. They have hot water and very clean facilities. Yes the bugs are excessive but you’re in africa, kinda expected. I do want to touch on the noise complaints I saw people commenting. We had two sets of neighbors while we were here as we had a long stay and we never once heard them at all. Also Marafiki does not have air conditioning but we didn’t find it an issue. The hottest part of the day we were outside anyway so it didn’t bother us at all!! At night it was very breezy and felt great. As far as the beach in front of the hotel goes- yes it is rocky and dirty but they do have a guy who keeps the sand and all clean which is a big plus however once you make your way past the rocks and stuff there is some really amazing snorkeling right out in front of Marafiki. I was very shocked to find this due to all the negative comments about the beach here but I ended up being very impressed. I have snorkeled in several countries and was pleased to see so very much living coral, fish, crabs, beautiful shells, all kinds of marine life etc just right out in front on this hotel. We spent a whole day out here snorkeling it was great and all free!! Better than Mnemba atoll if you ask me, just not as blue. The reason I am not giving five stars is because there are a couple things they can work on. I know wifi isn’t good in Africa and I don’t go on vacation to sit on my phone but people who travel solo, or simply need to get in touch with their bank etc really need WiFi that is dependable. Marafikis WiFi is kind of slacking. The hotel next door however has amazing WiFi and we were lucky enough to have a room close enough to stay connected to theirs most of the time. Maybe Marafiki can see what their secret is!! The next thing was very shocking and we didn’t notice until close to our departure but something seemed to have eaten our clothes while we were here. (WE DID NOT HAVE ANY FOOD IN OUR ROOM) at first I thought it may be crickets but then I realized these holes were way to big to be crickets. This had to have been rats maybe. I’m not sure but our clothes were mangled with holes!!! This made me upset considering we spent so much money to stay here and then our clothes were all ruined. Not sure what Marafiki can do about this but it has to be addressed!!!! I also wanted to add the cleaning ladies were great! Fresh towels and clean fresh made beds daily meant a lot and the massage ladies were amazing as well. Highly recommend. And the staff I can’t express how much I miss all of them already!!! We will be back to see you all again one day.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Olof K wrote a review Mar 2020
Tyreso, Sweden148 contributions10 helpful votes
We visited Marafiki Bungalows in March. A very nice place with very nice & friendly staff. The Bungalows were very nice indeed. Also a great location with great views over the sea. At our visit there was a Swahili night, with very nice food & music. Definitely a place we would gladely visit again🎶🐚
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Joanna Frenkiel, Właściciel at Marafiki Bungalows
Responded Mar 18, 2020
Thank you for taking your time to share your opinion. We are happy to know you had a good time at Marafiki. Greetings from Zanzibar, still beatifull but so empty now :-(
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$99 - $157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandKiwengwa
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Frequently Asked Questions about Marafiki Bungalows
Which popular attractions are close to Marafiki Bungalows?
Nearby attractions include Kiwengwa Beach (1.7 miles) and Kiwengwa Caves (1.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Marafiki Bungalows?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Marafiki Bungalows?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Marafiki Bungalows?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Marafiki Bungalows?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Island - Pongwe Lodge Restaurant, La Base JungleKite, and Papaya Restaurant & Beach Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Marafiki Bungalows?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Marafiki Bungalows have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Marafiki Bungalows offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Marafiki Bungalows?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Polish.
Are there any historical sites close to Marafiki Bungalows?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Mtoni Palace Ruins (10.0 miles).