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Reviewed November 26, 2012

When we decided to return to Zanzibar for a diving holiday, Panga Chumvi was an obvious choice for us having enjoyed our stay so much the first time around.

We opted to stay upstairs in the two-storey building this time, and though we were marginally further away from the sea, we greatly enjoyed the larger room and the wooden floor that this room had.

The staff were, as ever, hugely welcoming and always ready to help. The food hasn't improved a great deal since our last visit, but there are plenty of places to eat further along the beach so we usually opted for one of those places for our main meal.

Otherwise, no complaints from us.

Thanks for another great stay!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank EllieandAlexis
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

I stayed at Panga Chumvi in October and am still dreaming sweet dreams about the place and also about the food there. What a fantastic location! If you're looking for a quiet, natural sort of beach, away from the crowds - this is where you need to come. Sit on the restaurant veranda gazing out across the reef, with the Mnemba atoll just across the water; for several nights we sat out watching the huge full moon and its reflections in the sea.

The sound of the waves lulls you to sleep and the breeze, which gets stronger as the day gets hotter, calms down again by the morning leaving the sea like a huge millpond, until the tide rises and the waves come in again over the reef. Swimming was great at high tide, and at low tide, we could walk out in the lagoon. Luckily, we'd both taken aqua shoes, and walked around at low tide without fear of treading on any of the sea urchins - if the spines go into your feet they can sting for a while. It was great meeting the women who farm seaweed there - we went with a local man from the village and were introduced to the women farmers. It was cool to meet 'real' people, and get to know a bit about the life in the village there.

We walked, swam, went snorkelling, read a couple of books from the excellent 'swap' library, lazed about in the hammocks and generally had both an active and a relaxing time.

I have to talk about the food though! It was so delicious! A new chef who started with Panga Chumvi recently seems to have brought a new approach and we experienced a range of delicious and beautifully cooked meals - ranging from the lighter and tasty snacks they produced during the day to the fabulous evening meals - although the fresh fish (there's a fish market in the village) was truly fab, the beef with red wine sauce was my personal favourite! Rather than a huge long list of choice, the restaurant focuses on a couple of offerings - it was so good, it was like eating at a friends house (a friend with amazing cooking talent, that is!). Luckily, all the swimming and walking I did helped me work off the calories I must have consumed.

The rooms were also comfortable and very clean - the staff were all helpful without being pushy, making us feel looked after and cared for. Thanks Panga Chumvi for a great break!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for 4 nights in September and we had a great time.
Our bungalow was just in front of the beach, is very quiet and calm. The room was big , recently refurbished, with a nice big balcony so you can enjoy the grest view.
Perfect place if you need to relax, you can spend your day diving, walking to the other beaches and villages or simply enjoying the awesome view and looking to the ladies picking up sea weed (which is fascinating)
Is far enough from the other hotels, so you don't get beach boys trying to drag you to their little stores or trying to sell you tours.
Food is a bit expensive, but very good specially the king prawns. Similar price as what you will fond in other hotels around.
Staff is very friendly, we enjoyed our time talking to Dastani, he was very funny and had great stories!!!
It was just the perfect stop for the beginning of our trip in Africa.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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1  Thank pdrtw
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Very close to the Matemwe village, Panga Chumvi is a small pension not too far from the main activity center (e.g. expect 20-30 min to walk up to OneOcean / ScubaLibre diving centers).

We can either choose a big room directly facing the beach, or go for the cheaper option with a room few meters away, part of the main buildings. That's what we opted for. It was really quiet, staff was friendly.

Food are expensive (10USD for main course) but in line with all neighboring hotels/pensions. And very good.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bertrand X
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

The location is great and Matemwe is a wonderful beach. The room we stayed in was small, and its location was behind the restaurant which meant lots of noise from employees especially early in the morning. There are other rooms in a much nicer and more private location so perhaps you need to specifically ask for them. Definitely would not advise eating in the restaurant here even if you stay here- the food is mediocre at best and the prices are high. There are many other hotels on this stretch that offer better food and service for similar prices. We ate at the Sunshine Hotel just down the beach and it was wonderful.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jen U
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