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Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar
Ranked #3 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Paje
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Hanover, Niedersachsen, Germany
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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“A Paradise in Paje”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay in Ndame Beach Lodge. The rooms are basic, but all you need for some relaxing days. The team was very friendly and warm. Some members of the service-team were not well informed or a bit clumsy, but as we know it is not easy to find good personal and to coach them for european/western standards. So, have lenience with them. We had a long and inspiring talk with Hans, the manager as we travelled through the country of Tanzania for 3 months and it was good to share some impressions.

The food was also brilliant, even if the chief was not there and not only if you compare it to other restaurants in Tanzania. It was really fresh and tasty food. And, as the Lodge itself is, - very good value/money!

The beach is absolutely brilliant and it's only 20-30 metres away from your appartement door.
if you are lucky you get moderate pricing as a student. We had some nights at Teddy's Place before which is about 200m down the beach and was hyped a lot. But it was not. Ndame beats it in every single thought. The whole experience was just from another planet.
We will not forget you!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
Thank you very much for taking your time to give us feedback - we love to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay with us, and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed all that Ndame stands for: miles of fine, white sand, a friendly (albeit not perfect) team of staff, yummy food and a relaxing, laid back atmosphere.
Our food is always fresh and comes straight from the market or sea - our F&B Manager has trained the staff so well that they can continue the job while he's on a well deserved holiday. We also continue training and developing our staff - yes, some trainees are still confused, but we will get them up to the level of our head waiter. And as you say yourself, sometimes you have to remind yourself that you are on holiday in Africa - Western professionalism might not always be there, but the staff makes it up with their friendliness and effort.
We hope that we can welcome you here again one day - we will certainly remember you as guests as well.
Have a nice day and all the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Rented a room with 3 friends. The room was okey and clean. It had 3 fans, but just two of them was working, and one of them were so noisy that we couldn't use it.
The bathroom have definetly seen better days, but we didn't expect to much paying 25 USD for one night. The rooms are close to the beach.
They have good breakfast, and a restaurant and a bar. They also have a Wifi-hotspot, it works best in the restaurant.
A nice and cheap place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, August 11, 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback, and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed our beautiful beach and breakfast, as these two are definitely two of our main features that all our guests enjoy.
With regards to fans, we usually have some spare fans that we are happy to provide if there are any problems with the ones in the room - we are sure that you have asked for yours to be replaced. The room that you are stayed in is due for a complete renovation this year, and the bathroom will be redone - we know that is too late for you, but we hope that maybe one day you come back and see the improvement. Then you can also enjoy our yummy breakfast again! We certainly enjoyed having you guys around, so karibu tena!
Have a nice day, and all the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

Ndame hotel had a good value room for a group of 3, bargain for a good rate. The room was basic and old but clean and comfortable enough.
The stretch of beach is really beautiful and perfect for swimming as the beach slopes a bit giving some depth in the high tide. The kite surfing is not too out of control here either.
The bar is perfect and simple looking out directly on the beach. The restaurant service was laid back and confused but generally good and friendly. The food was surprisingly excellent. A little higher priced than elsewhere in Paje but large portions and quite varied, We ate huge tuna steaks in Japanese style and very delicious pizzas. The drinks were well priced and very cold beer. Definitely recommend as cheap no frills place to stay in a group or just to eat.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Thank you for your feedback and taking time to write a review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, and agree with you that we have one of the most beautiful stretches of beach here. The kiting is close enough but far enough to enjoy the view of just the amazing Indian Ocean, particular from our beach bar. It's also nice to hear that you enjoyed our laid-back atmosphere, but we are still thinking what to do about the 'confused' service - maybe our current English classes in the afternoon for the staff will help to address this. We are a bit surprised to hear about the comparatively higher prices as we find our dishes to be good value for money and reasonably priced for the quantity and quality.
All the best from our little spot of heaven and sunny greetings from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Lovely, lovely place...there are about 30 rustic bungalows in this nice little resort with its wonderful garden...nice and clean, nothing fancy. Daily power outages are normal (it is Africa, after all), but the kitchen has a generator, and you can get candles from the restaurant if you don't have flashlights or similar. Great helpful staff - nice, chatty German host. If you are interested in local customs or want to help local projects, Hans is the one you want to talk to. If you are planning excursions, the reception has many helpful tipps and can advise you on the local prices.
The resort features the only restaurant directly on the beach in Paje and serves decent food thanks to the Austrian chef. You can reach anything in Paje within a 10minutes walk...
My boyfriend and I agree that is the nicest looking, very well located resort in Paje...we will definetely return here if we ever come back to Zanzibar!!

Room Tip: The Jambo Bar close to the resort , if that bothers you, try to get a bungalow with a higher room nu...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Thank you very much for your review and taking time to give us feedback. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your holiday with us, particular the food, staff and chatty Hans, as well as the laid back atmosphere of our hotel. We certainly hope to see you here again!
Sunny greetings and all the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Kampala, Uganda
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

OchayeGlasgow below is on the spot. The beach, the bar, the food and the location is great. There are no "beach boys" on the beach, it is quiet and relaxed. However, the rooms need updating and we understood that there is an ongoing renovation, though one room at a time. We are a family and there were no newly renovated rooms even if the management had told us there would be one ready just in time to our arrival. When all romms are renovated, this place might be as close to paradise as it gets.

Zanzibar is generally overpriced. For the room we got, Ndame is also a little overpriced, even if this was probably the best beach and location that we found in Zanzibar. Small details would have made us stay the entire week: shelves in the rooms and the bathroom for example, clean curtains, ceiling fans, some variation at the breakfast (as whole wheat bread?) and maybe tiles instead of concrete on the floor. But since this was the first time in Zanzibar and Ndame, the first place, we just thought it wasn't good enough for the price we paid. What we realized later was that not many places are, but this insight will probably only make us not go to Zanzibar next time we want beach-and-ocean-vacation.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Thank you for taking your time to give us a review. We are happy to hear that you overall enjoyed your stay with us, and thank you for the feedback. The renovation of rooms is ongoing, and yes, it is going slowly, but we are trying our best to make sure that we continue to improve our rooms, environment and services. We agree with you that Zanzibar unfortunately tends to be pricier, but just like other hotels, we try to keep our prices reasonable and good-value-for-money. The location at one of Zanzibar's most beautiful and whitest beaches makes up for it, and we are glad to hear that you can see the potential paradise in our little spot. It is a shame to hear though that you are not planning to come back to this beautiful island.
All the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Thanks to you all we had a great 9 day break. We had the beach almost to ourselves and each person played a special part. Wilson-great cocktails, Rosie and Hamsa-great service, Michael - great food, seafood BBQ was awesome and you did so well in organising seafood for us as there was so much we had never tried! The croissants at breakfast were a favourite too. Well done to all including the people in the background such as beach cleaner, maids, and Masai watchmen and kitchen staff. Hopefully we will be back next year. Hans am so jealous of your little paradise till soon.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Thank you for taking your time to give us feedback, and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your holiday with us. You have been wonderful guests, and we love it when our guests make friends with our staff and don't forget the background staff (we think they do a good job, too!) - you certainly made the most of your stay, and we would be more than happy to have you back in our little paradise soon! We'll make sure that our pastry chef makes some extra croissants for you ;)
Sunny greetings and lots of love from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

We arrived late at night and were shown to our room and first impressions were not good. The room needed updating and was in a bad state of repair. The next morning we moved to a newly renovated room which was better. The rooms and bathrooms are small, although perfectly clean and the bed was very comfortable. There is no where to hang your clothes and there are no shelves in the bathroom to put your stuff or hang your towels. slightly annoying. The restaurant is good, they do good pizzas and breakfast is alright, although they could do with changing the options. The hotel sits on the most amazing beach, which makes up for the minor annoyances that we experienced. we were there at low season, so it was quiet and a number of the surrounding properties were closed.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Thank you for taking time to provide us with feedback, and we are happy to hear that you have been satisfied with your stay overall, especially after the upgrade of room. We take great pride in our staff, and we are happy to hear that housekeeping kept the rooms clean and that the service and kitchen staff made sure to keep your tummy happy. The feedback on lacking shelves is noted and we will look into this. We hope to welcome you in our little paradise on the beach again some day in the near future...
All the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Property: Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar
Address: Paje, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Paje
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Paje
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ndame Beach Lodge in Paje Zanzibar has been a dream beach holiday destination for more than 8 years. Sun-seekers and Indian Ocean lovers from all over the world come to stay with us. Our 14 bungalows with 31 rooms are strung along in lush tropical gardens on the shores of one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Stretching more than 250 m along snow white beaches, where the warm, turquoise waters caress the shores. From Ndame you can start a variety of activities like swimming with the dolphins, kiting, diving, visiting the local markets, snorkeling, learning about local culture and the spices which grow here in abundance. The Arabs called it the Spice Island. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in our restaurant and bar, have a chat with interesting people from all over the world. At times we accommodate guests from more than 20 countries. A much loved highlight is our bonfire grill below the sparkling stars of the southern hemisphere. In our local style beach bar we serve you fresh fruit juices, tasty cocktails or exotic local drinks for the daring. ... more   less 
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