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Mangrove Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chuini
Certificate of Excellence
Garden of England
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98 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

My husband and I have travelled around Zanzibar and stayed in 5 star hotels but this trip we wanted to be more involved with village life so we chose Mangrove Lodge. Wow from the moment we arrived to the day we departed we felt so at home and relaxed.

Rooms are basic but large and clean - everything you need to put your head down at night and a shower. Two beaches were lovely and it was great to see villagers playing football after school. Food was great and very big portions - nothing was too much trouble for Haji and his staff.

Marina was away but she was great at returning my emails with information that I needed to plan our trip - did not have to chase, which I feel is good sign for efficiency.

A few trips was arranged all on time with helpful drivers. Haji spent a considerable time taking us to the local schools and showing us about and then to the dispensary that they have yet to finish as the villages have no hospital nearby.

Take the time to visit, relax and make new friends at the Mangrove. Pack with a purpose and take any items for the villages and schools or leave old clothes behind - and if you can, help raise funds for the much needed hospital.

We will definately return to the Mangrove without hesitation - why pay for 5 star when you get 5 star service at under half the price.

Thank you all.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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mangrovelodge, Owner at Mangrove Lodge, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
Thank you very much for your review. After your stay the village of Chuini have a small clinic. We are so grateful and proud to realize a dream with you!
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Vernon, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Six of us Canadians arrived on Jan 26, 2013 for 3 nights to kick off our grand African adventure. It was a perfect little piece of paradise. Well located less than 25 min from Stone Town and close to several spice farms. Zanzibar is a small island easy to discover from the lodge. As stated in other reviews, the lodge offers accomodation in stand-alone cottages, well acquainted and tastefully decorated with a "Zanzibar-arabian" touch. The grounds are beautiful along a secluded bay and adjacent to a quiet beach. But above all, owners Aji and Marina and their dedicated and attentive staff are really what made our stay unforgettable.Their warm and easy going demeanor made you feel so welcome and relaxed. Aji and Marina took really good care of us arranging several great tours we would certainly recommend (Spice farms, swimming with the dolphins/Paje Beach and Forani Forest to see the monkeys, Stone Town walking tour). The meals were prepared special to order and the food was really excellent. All in all, outstanding value for the money, a rare find. Thanks Marina and Aji!!! - Debbie and gang

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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mangrovelodge, Owner at Mangrove Lodge, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Thank you very much for being with us. Your gang was so enthisiastic and it was a pleasure to make the beginnning of your holiday so special!
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Kunming, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Me and three of my friends stayed in this peaceful place for two days. It's a really wonderful place with good ocean view, cosy room, and beautiful garden. Im sure it will be my first choice next time I come to Zanzibar

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012 via mobile

We spent 10 days at this beautiful lodge. The rooms are located in a beautiful garden with a lot of privacy. It's very clean and the beds are beautifully made with flowers, so romantic! There are mosquito nets in front of the windows, over the beds and a nice veranda to sit on. The restaurant is decorated in an arabic african style and has a beautiful view over the bay and an old ruin. In the evening you hear the bushbabys and sometimes the can see them in the trees near the restaurant, they are so cute! The food is excellent! Homecooked breakfast bread and Fresh seafood everyday bought from the local fishermen. If you don't like fish they'll cook another dish for you. Nothing is too much! The staff is really friendly, helpful and the hosts give a such a warm welcome that it makes you feel like you're part of the family.

This lodge is an excellent place to start your trips around the island! They organize all kinds of trips for reasonable prices and again, everything is possible! If you want to relax you can enjoy the beach in the shade or in the sun.

We absolutely loved it and hope to come back one day.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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El Salvador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is a really special place. Zanzibar is full of beautiful hotels, brimming with stunning beaches, and generally everyone is super friendly wherever you go, but the owners of Mangrove Lodge are really lovely people, and made our stay exceptional. We were doing our holiday in a bit of an unusual way - cycling from place to place, buying food from the market and cooking on the beach. We had stayed at Mangrove right at the start of our fortnight, and liked it so much we returned, along with 4 fish, and a basket of vegetables. Not only was Haji (sp?) and his wife not at all put out that we had brought our own food, they helped us build a fire on the beach, allowed us to prep the fish in their kitchen and joined us for a drink after dinner along with their ADORABLE children. It was our last night, totally perfect, and it was almost unbearable to leave. GO THERE!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Hello,

We just come back from Mangrove Lodge, and we don't have enough words to tell you how wonderful it was!!! This ecolodge is situated between two marvellous beaches, the rooms are big and beautiful, very clean, the romantic beds covered with fresh flowers... There are only ten bungalows, in total 20 rooms, so it is very small and intimate!
Fresh food is cooked every day from the fishermen's captures of the afternoon.
Breakfast is the best we've ever had, with eggs, pancakes, fresh fruits, local pastries, nutella, local jam...
... And it is much cheaper and nicer than the big hotels!!!

Haji, the owner, is so friendly and he will help you to organise nice and cheap excursions around the island.
The situation is perfect because you are 20 min from Stonetown and all the excursions leaving to Prison Island, Chumbe, etc, 5 min from Spicetour, and not too far from Josani forest (max 1h)...

If you want to feel like a guest, even a friend, more thant a client, go straight to Mangrove Lodge!

Thank you so much Haji for our wonderful stay with you!

Maud and Dimitri

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Doha, Qatar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

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.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Mangrove Lodge
Address: PO Box 4269, Chuini, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Chuini
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chuini
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
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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