We spent a week at Mangrove and we enjoyed every minute of it. The rooms are spacious and clean, beautifully designed and decorated, fresh flowers around after each cleaning ... the yard, just marvelous, large and filled with trees of all sorts, i wish i learned them all. The bush babies are there too, just drop a banana or two or hang around in the restaurant area and they will come trying to steal the sugar.
But this is not the best of Mangrove. The people there will really make you feel like home. Haji, the owner, he was there for us every single moment. We came as guests and we left as friends. We didn't book any activities in advance, just hoped for some advice from the lodge. And we got more than that. Haji put us in contact (no extra charge) with people at the spice farms, at the south-east coast for the dolphins tour, etc.
We spent lovely evenings with him teaching us Bao, the African game or chatting about the country and it's people, customs, foods, about the project he is trying to start, helping the village nearby to progress by inviting his guests on a volunteering basis to share knowledge with the locals.
And last but not least, i think the west coast is a much better idea than the east. I know it's a standard, you go stay in Stone Town for the buzz, then move to east for the relaxing part. We've been driving ourselves there and i must admit i am happy we decided to only visit it. The landscape is pretty depressing and artificially touristic compared to the west coast. We had the best beach time at Mangrove, in a small isolated strip of land (meaning, no beach boys to bother us selling their stuff), we were close to all the interesting spots of the island (Jozani forest, dolphin coast, etc) and we benefited from a much more generous nature than the east has to offer.
All in all, Mangrove was our Zanzibari home. We'll be going back, that's for sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mangrove Eco-Lodge: responsible tourism in Zanzibar. A friendly atmosphere for an enchanting eco-sustainable resort. Deep in the tropical vegetation that surrounds Stone Town, the Mangrove Lodge offers a very peaceful and natural, homely and comfortable environment, in which the slow and quiet pace of the Zanzibar people allow you to forget the everyday hassles. We can bring you into the very heart of Zanzibar's lifestyle and culture. In line with the principles of the responsible tourism from the very beginning and with a great respect for the island, the Mangrove Lodge has grown on a green path with 360° responsible attitude. Spend a special holiday with us, enjoy the amazing white sand beach, guided excursions and stunning sunsets, and bring back serenity, cordiality and genuine fun, whilst stimulating the economic development and well-being of the local community. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mangrove Hotel Chuini
- Mangrove Lodge Zanzibar Island/Chuini, Tanzania