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“Rustic and pleasant” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sazani Beach Lodge
Ranked #15 of 18 Hotels in Nungwi
Certificate of Excellence
Hong Kong, China
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150 reviews
138 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Rustic and pleasant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Stayed here for a week and found it very agreeable. Cottages have a great sea view, are set on a nicely nice landscaped grass area and lead down to an idyllic stretch of beach. There is a decent dive shop (Zanzibar Dive Adventures) situated in the hotel next door. Breakfast was good although, if you wish to eat lunch or dinner at the hotel, there is only one option of food and we felt it was a little overpriced. This wouldn’t be an issue at all but the hotel is a 25 minute walk to the beach area by the village (and other dining options – including amazing, cheap seafood) as, surprisingly, the other (top end) hotels on the way also seemed to offer only a restricted choice. The hotel is not cheap to stay at and offers pretty basic accommodation when you consider the price tag, but the general price of accommodation is Nungwi is extortionate (except in the village area where music from nearby bars could be an issue); with almost zero mid-range options available. This is all the more painfully juxtaposed when you walk though the village and see the absolute grinding poverty that the inhabitants live in, no wonder it’s not safe to walk home after sunset. I think the place would greatly benefit by having a few decent budget or mid-range Tanzanian owned hotels.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

I had a wonderful 3 night stay at Sazani and was so impressed with the staff who really went out of their way to make it a lovely experience. It's not a good place to stay if you have trouble with steps but once on the beach it is gorgeous and very isolated. Thanks to the "boys" who walked us along the beach at night so we could enjoy Nungwi night life. I loved the hibiscus decorating the bungalow when I arrived-a nice touch. The food was great!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

We stayed in two hotels in Nungwi (Amaan Bungalows with a group trip and Sazani). By far, Sazani was perfect. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We did not get to meet the famous Nikki because she was not there when we stayed, but Bokari and Mwanzi were both incredibly hospitable and lovely.

The hotel is on the quieter side compared to some of the others, but the busier west side of Nungwi is very close and accessible if you choose to venture out. Also, Sazani's beach was less affected by the tides in comparison to the west side of Nungwe when we stayed at Amaan.

Each morning we had delicious breakfasts with homemade jams and fresh mixed juices that were out of this world. The jams were so amazing that I asked the kitchen if they could sell us a couple jars to take home with us.

This is not a huge luxury resort. Rather, it is a quiet and quaint oasis that you will find total relaxation (another tip is the massages, which I did not take but my two friends who did raved about).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

Me and my three friends had a really good time at Sazani!
Paradise beach, lovely rooms and a great host (Thanks Pippa) - everything for a great value.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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State College, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2012

I just stayed here for one, perfect night... it's a gorgeous setting, on a better (prettier, sandier, more private) beach than the other hotels in the area, with delicious food, a private little bungalow where I fell asleep to the sound of the waves -- and the price is right. We had a driver pick us up at the airport and then take us to Stonetown for an hour or two. If we'd had more time, it would have been nice to see more of Stonetown, but once we got to the Sazani Beach Hotel, we wanted to spend all the time we had there...

The manager, Nikki, is fun and knowledgeable, too.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

I stayed at Sazani Beach Hotel with 3 colleagues. We couldn't have been happier with our choice! The food was excellent and the beach was amazing.

Unlike many of the (much pricier) hotels further north, the beach in front of Sazani has plenty of dry sand even during high tide. (At other hotels the water reaches all the way to the rocks, leaving no beachfront.) Having walked all the way around the western to eastern side of the northern peninsula, Sazani truly has one of the best beaches around. We found no need for a/c in the rooms.

The rate was unbelievably affordable especially compared to other hotels.

Nikki was also a very attentive, considerate hostess.

YOu won't regret staying here!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2012

I came here last year and returned this spring with my boyfriend. It was just as peaceful, beautiful, and relaxing as I'd remembered. Sazani's owners and manager are working hard to make the property environmentally low-impact, which is a rarity on Zanzibar with huge resorts. The staff goes out of their way - we got an impromptu free cooking class after my boyfriend commented how much he loved the calamari. Highly, highly recommended!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Sazani Beach Lodge
Address: Nungwi, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sazani Beach Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Feel like a castaway at our 10 room beach lodge, a perfect paradise for beach lovers, kite surfers and divers. An oasis of calm just five minute taxi ride from Nungwi's busy strip of music bars and hotels. Our bungalows are designed in a traditional Swahilli style with coconut thatch roofs in a tropical garden setting, each with a sea view and sandy path down to our secluded pristine beach and the turquoise ocean. Stay with us and help us to develop our sustainability ethos to be an environmentally and socially responsible hotel. ... more   less 
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