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Kichanga Lodge
Reviewed March 8, 2014

My partner and I are in a great position to review, having stayed in three different rooms while at Kichanga - a sea view lodge, a garden view lodge and a villa.

We had booked a garden view lodge, but in the confusion of our very late arrival (4am), were placed in a more expensive sea view room. Having been delayed for 13 hours in Ethiopia, we were doubtful that there would be anyone awake, but we were greeted by three smiling Maasai security guards.

The next morning we were awakened by a beautiful sunrise, a perfect Robinson Crusoe-esque palm tree and white sand beach and a pleasant sea breeze. The room was huge and surprisingly cool. The lodge was designed well, to provide ample ventilation, with high ceilings and side openings, to give a calm through draft.

Breakfast was a nice mix of pastries, fruits, juice and coffee, with chefs on standby to cook eggs, sausages etc, and pancakes. We were greeted by friendly waiting staff, who already knew who we were, and there was a genuine sense of sympathy for our delay. We were advised to order lunch in the morning, and were free to choose when we ate.

While there are 23 lodges on site, you wouldn't realise it, as there is plenty of space to not see anyone. We were often sat by an empty pool or clear section of beach. While there are a couple of pedlars on the beach, offering snorkelling trips etc., they were polite and did not pester us. They introduced themselves, offered there sell and left you alone. They even advise on the best route out into the sea, past the sea urchins.

The best part of the day was afternoon tea, put on by the lodge, from the beach cafe. They knew I was taking more than my share of biscuits and never even raised an eyebrow.

Dinner was a mix of fairly western food, with salads, rice, pasta etc., as well as a BBQ. Sunday offers African food, and music, with waiters wearing traditional dress.

Later in our week, we had to move into the room we'd paid for. The staff had juggled bookings around to keep us in our sea view room for most of our stay, which was so kind. The garden view room was pleasant enough, and would have been fine had we not seen the better room first. It also coincided with us getting ill from our Malaria medication. The reduced breeze from the sea was sorely missed. The staff showed genuine concern, and we were given some simple medication, and offered advice. We were also given boiled rice and lime, and pressured to eat it, like your mum would do. It really helped.

Due to our illness, we had to delay our flights and stay, and we moved to a villa for our additional days. This was once again huge, and had a lovely breeze again. The villas would suit a family perfectly, with a mezzanine floor for the children. They each have a private terrace, with a swing bed and sofa.

All in all, our stay was amazing. There is nothing lacking in what I had hoped for. Staff are friendly and helpful. Simple touches like bottled water in the room, straw hats and beach bags/ towels, free bar snacks, all make a huge difference. Once we can find a route there that avoids Addis Ababa, we will be returning!

Room Tip: Definitely worth the extra for a sea view. The breeze is a god-send.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

We had a splendid seven day, extended family holiday in Zanzibar at Kichanga Lodge. The warm, blue, clear ocean was brilliant to swim in and the differences at low and high tide made it interesting, despite the low tide walk negotiating the sea urchins. Trips for lunch at the Rock, snorkelling, walking in Jozani forest and exploring Stone Town made it an extremely memorable holiday and allowed us to see a bit of the real Zanzibar while still enjoying a quiet, relaxing break in a remote corner. The rooms at the lodge while not first world four star quality, were of a high standard for a developing island. The fans in the rooms and the lovely breeze at the restaurant and lounge were effective and invaluable for the December heat. With the various themes and the good quality, dinner was worth the wait, varied and appetising with friendly, attentive staff. Cocktails made with fresh fruit juices were unexpected and distinctive although a bit pricey. Not properly handling an urchin sting just indicated a lack of preparedness. Otherwise we had a wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Kichanga, General Manager at Kichanga Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2014

Habari, thank you so much for your nice review we are really happy that all the family enjoyed . hope to see you all back to Kichanga Lodge . Asante sana

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Reviewed January 18, 2014

We loved Kichanga! If you want to feel like you are staying in the real Zanzibar then this is the place for you. We and our kids aged 5 and 8 loved it. The staff are outstanding and really love children. We really felt part of the Kichanga family. The new year's party was fantastic - we dined on the beach and then danced under the stars. Rooms are stunning - large bungalows with much of the furniture sourced and made in Zanzibar. Very quiet beach with plenty of sun loungers. Take your reef shoes though as you have to wade a couple minutes walk to get to the swimming area.
Pool great too with hammocks.

Our kids loved the 3 very friendly but very sleepy dogs too and the dog bed by reception made us chuckle. I do hope that we see more hotels like this appearing who are keen to involve the local community. This hotel runs its own foundation and has funded 2 local schools which you can go and visit. Just briliant!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Kichanga, General Manager at Kichanga Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2014

Dear Elia,
thank you so much for your review. I am so happy all your family enjoyed the Kichanga Lodge Style
you got it all and I am very happy you appreciated it so much. All the best to your family. Asante Sana .Nigel

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We had such a relaxing time - it was lovely to have your own beach hut, and the extra touches like beach bags, hats and towels really made a difference. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, and all the food we had was delicious! We were there over New Year 2013/14 and they put on some great entertainment for New Year's Eve, with a buffet down on the beach, a masai dance and acrobatics, and then dancing on the beach into the night. We didn't go on any of the excursions in the end and just lolled on the beach. My favourite thing to do was to go walk out when the tide was out in the morning, and you found a beautiful lagoon before you reach the sea (separated by a sand bank). You had to clamber over a few rock pools and dodge sea urchins (take jelly sandals or similar!) but the lagoon was worth it, beautiful white sand and turquoise clear sea with no waves. And the sea is like bath water!

Watch out for baby jellyfish being swept in by the tide as they can give you a bit of a sting, though nothing life threatening! The bar also makes excellent cocktails, particularly a mean Dawa! Lovely relaxing stay.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Kichanga, General Manager at Kichanga Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2014

Hi, thank you so much for your review, i am happy you enjoyed even our party together. I was good.
All the best have a great 2014 and asante sana from all the staff of kichanga Lodge

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Reviewed December 29, 2013

It was great to be in a small hotel that did its best to use local materials. Don't expect rows and rows of plastic sunbeds and umbrellas or air conditioning here! Lots of thoughtful touches like straw sun hats and beach bags in the bungalows and a library of books in the main area. Instead of the usual souvenir shop there was an area where you could choose local material to have made within a few hours into trousers, dresses, tops etc. Great if like us you are travelling light. The service was friendly and George was always on hand to make sure we were happy. When we had a minor problem with our room we were promptly upgraded to another bungalow.

Room Tip: It's worth paying the extra to get a bungalow overlooking the sea. The rooms get more of a sea b...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Rachel S
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Kichanga, General Manager at Kichanga Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2014

Hello, thank you so much for your nice review and your advice. For sure eorge will be very proud that you have mentioned him. Asante Sana from all the staff of Kichanga Lodge and have a great 2014

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Reviewed December 25, 2013

We started a two week visit to Tanzania with a three day stay here. Most beautiful spot to recover from jet lag and start a holiday. Friendly, helpful staff, beautiful beach, lovely bar and restaurant area, and good food. We took day trips snorkel, visit the spice farms, see endemic monkeys in the forest sanctuary and visit Stone Town. Lovely!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Kichanga, General Manager at Kichanga Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 25, 2013

Hi Pamela,
thank you very much for your nice review and I am happy that you enjoyed your holiday in Kichanga. Happy 2014 . Asante Sana

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Reviewed December 22, 2013

Very authentic, thatched roofs, individual bungalows with terraces. The main dining area is great at night with music and good ambience. The food is buffet style, bring your own alcohol. Electricity cuts are common, once a night when we were there in 2010, more so late at night when they are power shedding, so bring a torch if you dont like the dark. All in all a perfectplace to just relax, great pool area, with hammocks, good beach, very relaxed place.

Room Tip: Pick a room with a terrace
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kichanga, General Manager at Kichanga Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 25, 2013

Hello,
looking at how many places you have been traveling around thank you very much for your review .
Asante sana from all Staff of Kichanga Lodge

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Additional Information about Kichanga Lodge

Address: Michamvi 2424, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Michamvi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Michamvi
Price Range: $152 - $291 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kichanga Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A little resort with a private beach and beautiful charming cottages, surrounded by a luxuriant tropical garden. In perfect harmony with the natural environment, Kichanga Lodge is an unforgettable place for those who love nature and romantic atmospheres......... ... more   less 
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Kichanga Hotel Michamvi
Kichanga Hotel Zanzibar
Kichanga Resort Zanzibar
Kichanga Lodge Michamvi, Zanzibar Island

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