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Didimiza Beach Guest House
Ranked #6 of 9 Mafia Island B&B and Inns
Basel, Switzerland
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“great guest house with friendly and helpful stuff”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

We stayed for 8 days at Didimiza GH and it fully fulfilled our expectations. The stuff is very friendly and helpfull and will do everything to make you feel at home. The rooms are clean and spacious. The nearby beach is unspoilt and so beautiful. Furhtermore we made 2 excursions (whale sharks, Chole Island) with them, which we also recommend.

The only criticism I have to make is the food. Surely you will get a lot of fresh and delicous fish ,seafood and fruits, but they also will serve western food, which is not what you want when you stay at a local guest house and is simply not as tasty as their local food. So maybe you tell them in advance.

If we come again, we surely will stay again at Didimiza GH.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

I stayed at the Didimiza Guest house for 2 nights with a friend and we loved it. The transport from the Mafia Island Airport has been arranged for us and when we arrived at the guest house wellcome drinks were already waiting for us at the porch of our bungalow. We were impressed by the surrounding area. The guest house is place at a calm place and it is about 5 minutes walk to the beach. To Chole Bay however it takes about 15- 20 min but transport can be arranged at no extra costs if you want to dive or do any other activities in the Bay. But you can also book most activities here at the guest house, e.g. the whale shark snorkelling. The room was very clean and the staff did anything to make our stay unforgetable. It is possible to get lunch or dinner at the lodge. Since we were out diving we only ordered dinner and it was really delicous especially the fish and seafood. I would always recommend this place because everything was perfect. You really get a lot of service for your money and the staff cares alot to make the stay perfect. It was a great weekend and a pleasure to stay here! Thank you very much!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

I spent 5 nights there at the end of June and my stay was just great! I was looking for a quiet and typical place to stay, out of the beaten path. Mafia does’t have much activites to offer but just the fact that you can really get in touch with the locals means the plane trip. Didimiza guesthouse is cheap, clean and the owners are so welcoming! It’s a little bit hard to get around the island so I was glad that the guesthouse was well situated. Don’t hesitate to choose from the activities offered, I’ve almost tried them all and enjoyed a lot! For a budget traveller, Didimiza is THE place!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Buckingham UK
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights at Didimiza Guest House in July 2012. The welcome was fantastic and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and the food is good. The location is right on the beach and we sat and watched the fireflies and bats at dusk.The Guest House arranged trips for us to snorkel, to visit Chole Island, and to see turtle hatching. They also arranged a Barbeque on the beach at Fisherman Island. These were all good value for money and well organised. The BBQ was brilliant, fresh fish cooked over a fire on the beach. We took the boat from Nyamisati to get to Mafia which is much cheaper than flying. The guest house arranged a taxi to collect us.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We arrived in paradise after a week of hard travelling with three families with children aged from 10 to 22! We all rated Didimiza our favourite place to stay during our three week adventure. We got to Mafia Island by boat from Nyamisati - definitely an adventure (feel free to email me on kate.james6@virginmedia.com if you want some tips about it). The rooms are beautiful (flowers arranged in heart shapes on crisp clean sheets), coconut juice on arrival, helpful friendly staff, amazing local food all at a VERY reasonable price. A special mention for Zawadi who was brilliant. He accompanied us on all the trips we decided to do. All of which were absolutely worth the money. We especially liked the snorkelling and Fisherman Island day where Zawadi and friends cooked us an amazing meal of delicious fish by burning coconut husks while we sat on a beautiful isolated beach. The trip to see the turtles hatching was also memorable and a wonderful experience. Only slight down side was being there without our own transport... it is a half hour walk to a nice beach and the nearest village to buy any food... but being away from other travellers for a few days had a wonderful feel to it and was part of the experience.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

We have stayed in Didimiza guest house in December 2011.
The bungalows are powered by solar power and there is no air conditioning, fan or hot water.
The guesthouse is located a few minutes drive from Mafia Marine park.
The food was really good! Even for a picky-eater like myself, i enjoyed it a lot! Everything fresh, and health, and yummy!
It's good place for relax!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

We took a few days in Didimiza and thoroughly enjoyed our time. The staff were excellent and the food was great. We had some issues with plane tickets and they could not have been more helpful allowing us to use the internet at the owners house. Around the guest house were some fantastic birds including paradise flycatchers and owls. After some rough travelling up from Mikindani in south Tanzania (Another must see: Mikindani.com) Didimiza is a perfect place to stay to relax and enjoy the mafia experience. I particularly enjoyed sitting in the sun on a sofa in our porch area with nothing but the sound of birds and the distant sound of waves.
I loved it, so did my girlfriend. The only downside for me was the boat from Nyamasati to get there. If you have a choice, Fly !!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Didimiza Beach Guest House
Address: Utende / Kiegeani | 45, Mafia Island, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Pwani Region > Mafia Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #6 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Mafia Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in one of Africa’s most beautiful Marine National Parks at the Southeast part of Mafia Island lies our familial budget lodge – separated from the Indian Ocean only by a few Mangrove Trees and 100m to the quiet beach at westside. If you are dreaming of tranquil holidays in a private chalet with a view on palm trees and the sound of the ocean, if you enjoy the bustling activity of an African community coupled with the warmth of the Didimiza Team, then Didimiza Guest House is definitely what you are looking for ... more   less 
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