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“Mangrove Lodge - a peaceful and affordable stay off the beaten track”
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Mangrove Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chuini
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Luzern, Switzerland
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Mangrove Lodge - a peaceful and affordable stay off the beaten track”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

The Mangrove Lodge is a very nice lodge with very clean, large and cosy Bungalows and a stunning garden. It is much cheapter than most accomodation in Sansibar (eventhough it doesn't offer less) and the food is delicious!
The Mangrove Lodge has a private beach with no other tourists around. Accordingly, it is a great choice for People who want to escape mass tourism.
Haji and Marina are most kind and helpful Hosts who also organize great day trips for their guests (beach, snorkeling, Stonetown with great guides, village tour...very reliable and careful taxi drivers ensure safe transport). What we appreciated particularly was the ability to get in touch with the local Population through Haji, who was born in Chuini, the village where the Lodge is located. Furthermore, the Mangrove Lodge is actively involved into community work. The most recent project is a dispensary, which will be officially opened the end of this month.
The Mangrove Lodge is located at the west coast of Sansibar. The beach is a Little less nice then at the east cost, however it is possible to see the sunset from the west coast, while the sun sets quite early at the east coast (about 5pm).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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mangrovelodge, Owner at Mangrove Lodge, responded to this review, September 1, 2013
Thank you Shiva for your review, we are very happy you enjoyed your stay at our place… and your morning jogging!
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Mangrove Lodge is beautiful, quiet, clean, efficient, and extremely well-run. We stayed there for 5 days and were sad to leave. Marina and Haji, the owners of the hotel, are wonderful people who made us feel as if we were simply visiting friends at their home. Service was impeccable from the moment we arrived to when we left, if you have spent anytime in Tanzania, you know that is not usually the case...even in 5 star hotels. The food is amazing; breakfast is filled with fresh juice, fresh fruits, mandazis, crepes, and chapatis. There is a menu for lunch and dinner of seafood and pasta, I highly recommend the octopus curry. Haji will arrange for tours and drivers for you so that all you need to do is enjoy your day. The drivers they use are careful and very reasonable in price. I cannot find a single thing wrong with the Mangrove Lodge and would stay here over my usual 4 and 5 star accommodations any time.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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mangrovelodge, Owner at Mangrove Lodge, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thank you very much for being with us and we hope to see you next time you come over in Zanzibar. Our guests are our friends!
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

My partner and I stayed for three nights June 2013. We were recommended this lovely little lodge by the HIPZ charity, who stayed here during their fund raising charity bike ride.
We were absolutely blown away by the whole stay!

From our arrival the staff were fab, so friendly. Haji and Marina made us feel very welcome and at home.

We stayed in a very quaint stand alone cottage, it had a everything we needed, a fan, comfortable bed, good bathroom with shower and tasteful decor, also a little balcony area at the front. The resort was so safe and secure we didn't lock our room most days!

The food was impeccable. Fantastic fresh produce used from local farmers and fishermen on a daily basis, all cooked to perfection. .

We couldn't fault our stay at all. We would definitely recommend staying here, in a secluded bay, super relaxing, no hassle from beach boys trying to sell you things, the gardens are very well looked after and the people and locals are great to be around.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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mangrovelodge, Owner at Mangrove Lodge, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Thank you guys for your nice review, much appreciated! We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again. Karibuni sana.
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

I stayed at Mangrove in July 2011 when I was visiting Zanzibar with my husband. I was recommended this place by a very good friend of mine who resides on the island itself. We stayed ther for 4 nights, and to be honest, it was the best decision we had made. Haji was a great host,and prepared delicious breakfasts for us. For dinner, he would call us and inform us of the catch of the day , and he would prepare the food fresh. He also arranged a driver for us for one day to take us to Nungwi for the day. It was a perfect place to be relaxed and avoid all the tourist crowd and madness at other resorts.

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  • Stayed July 2012, 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. Some time passed and the Lodge keep the style you enjoyed and it is even more beautiful!
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Garden of England
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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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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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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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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
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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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