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Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar
Ranked #3 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Paje
Certificate of Excellence
New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 hotel reviews
“Paradise resort”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

We stayed here for just short of a week with a large group of friends. We were able to set up a variety of excursions throughout Zanzibar, and enjoyed plenty of time on the powder white sand beaches. Highly recommend the piña coladas- made with fresh fruit. The staff were all very friendly and we had a great time with out 3 yr old who edpecially liked splashing around during low tide.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Thank you very much for taking your time to review our place. It was a pleasure having you and your friends with us, and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed our place. The beach and our staff are surely our two best features, and we are always pleased when guests enjoy their stay with us. We hope to see you again some time
All the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

We had a very nice stay at Ndame Beach Lodge. The location is perfect. Paje is very nice when you are looking for a white beach with a beautiful sea. The rooms are very basic and also quite small, but the nice thing about the lodge is that you can spent all your time out of your room. During the night however it is very humid which makes sleeping a little bit uncomfortable. The bathroom is clean and works good (sometimes the water pressure from the shower is a little bit low, but that's not a very big issue). The ocean is very nice, but keep the tides in mind, when we were there you could not really go for a swim in the afternoon because the ocean was miles away (so no swimming for +-3 hours a day). They have WiFi although it didn't always work for me. The breakfast is great! And also the restaurant serves very good and varied food also they have a pizza oven with very tasty pizza's. The prices for the lodge and food are very reasonable so it is easy to have a long stay without overpaying. They also make very nice cocktails at the Sun Sea Bar!
They offer several day trips. We went swimming with dolphins which was very cool! Also we wanted to go snorkeling at Kizimkazi because in the brochure is said that it was very nice, but that was a delusion (or the captain didn't take us to the correct spot or it's just not a nice spot and they should take it out of the brochure). However when we told that at the reception when checking out we didn't have to pay for that, which we really appreciated! Very nice staff!

Altogether we enjoyed Ndame very much and next time when we'll visit Zanzibar we will probably return to Ndame!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 14, 2013
Hi Marco - thank you for your review, and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us so much. It always pleases us to hear that our guests enjoyed the location, the lodge and the staff - we agree with you that our staff does a fantastic job in taking care of our guests.
We hope to see you again some time in our little paradise on the beach! In the meantime, we will try to take care of the smoke coming from the pizza oven - the pizzas are yummy, but the smoke should stay outside...
All the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Guangzhou, China
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

After long safari, we stay in Paje amazing beach face blue Indian ocean. When I see Indian ocean at 1st time, I really cannot believe so beautiful. Room is average but close to beach, you can enjoy sun rise just from porch. WIFI is available at reception area. Staff is helpful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback - we appreciated to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us!.
The beach certainly is the most amazing feature, and the changing colours of the incoming tide are just spectacular. It's also nice to hear that you have managed to get up early for the great sunrises - they are definitely worth getting out of bed!
We hope to welcome you again one day in our little paradise on the beach

All the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

Ndame is a great place to enjoy your holidays on Zanzibar. The location is superb: wide, clean and quiet beach; the bungalows offer privacy but are still close to everything you need. Rooms were simple but clean and spacious enough for 2 people. Food is absolutely delicious! There is also a small supermarket walking distance away.
What is really important, and trust me, you don't get it everywhere on Zanzibar, is the great staff and service. We actually planned to try out different locations but after one unpleasant encounter at another hotel we decided to return to Ndame and spent the full holidays there.
The waiters were always friendly, at the same time not too pushy; the management of the hotel even helped arrange a driver and restaurant reservation in Dar es Salaam. The atmosphere is relaxed and really friendly, so I can strongly recommend this hotel to anybody traveling to Zanzibar!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Thank you very much for taking your time and giving us feeback - we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! It was a pleasure having you, and it is particularly nice to hear that you enjoyed our service and staff - we sure try our best to keep our staff happy. We'll pass on your comments to them, and of course, we hope that we can welcome you in our little paradise on the beach again!
All the best from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
PS: How was the last evening in the restaurant in Dar? Did you enjoy the food?
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Stunning location on the eastern shores of Zanzibar, with one of the world's most incredible white-sand beaches. Bright, clean, comfortable rooms. Accommodation well-spaced along the wide beach-front plot giving the feeling of lots of space. Fabulous food available all day - starting with an incredible breakfast-buffet, complimentary teas and coffees throughout the day, succulent coconut fish, juicy burgers, and amazing fresh seafood bbq in the evening. Polite, efficient staff. Yummy cocktails. Winds build over the course of the day, and by mid afternoon there is moderate-strong breeze that cools everything down a little (and allows the Kite Surfers to hit the water for some play-time). We couldn't find anything 'wrong' at Ndame Beach, and we will definitely be back again soon!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Thank you very much for your review, and we love to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, particularly the three best things about our lodge: the beach, the food and the staff. We certainly look forward to your visiting us again!
With sunny greetings from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Ndame is a great place to relax - especially compared to other locations along Paje. It is probably the best part of the beach and you literally walk straight out into it. The colours are great as the tide goes out.
Why do we recommend it?
- Location: There are no rocks infront of the lodge until other parts of the beach
- Staff: The restaurant staff were great. We had other staff up in the northern beaches be really snobby, especially if you don't tip for every single item you buy, so it was really nice to have really good service from all the staff. The tipping box at reception is a great idea, which means you can just put all the food and drinks on your room tab and pay at the end and pay a total tip.
- Room Service: It was really nice to come back into the room and it perfectly clean with fresh towels
- Bath and Beach Towel: Small factor, but having a white towel to shower with and a blue towel to take to the beach was perfect!
- Breakfast is SO good! Worth $20+ in itself

What we would suggest to improve:
- Darker curtains. We woke with the sun every day (which isn't the worst thing), but a few nights the night lights also shone through due to the thin curtains. So we just put our towels up to block more light.
- Knowing the dinner specials in advance would have been really good! We made plans with friends on the Friday night which was all you can eat Mexican with sangria - which would have been so good! Even just knowing the day before or that morning?
- Internet: If you need wifi all the time, maybe this is not your place. It works most of the time. But don't let that put you off. It is enough to check emails and then go relax on the beach all day.

Worth staying - even if you are on the budget side of things. The room and breakfast is well worth it and a perfect way to end a holiday!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback and taking the time to review our little paradise on the beach. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our three best features - beach, food and staff. We are very proud of our staff and think that they do an amazing job.
We'll take you recommendations on board as we aim to improve our lodge and service. The Friday BBQs have rather recently become a permanent feature, so we'll make sure to advertise it more and earlier. Internet is often beyond our control as power supply is limited - it works enough to keep in touch, but we actually prefer if our guests "switch off", so to speak. We keep on working with our provider to make the connection better, but the standard/speed here is just slower than what you are used to in other countries.
We hope to welcome you here again one day!
With sunny greetings from the Ndame Beach Lodge team
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Neubrandenburg, Germany
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

perfect and beautiful quiet white beach!!!
the rooms are clean and nice, breakfast is tasty. all people in ndame beach lodge are nice and helpful..
the food is exellent! every evening a special meal!
We found our stay so relaxing - we didn't want to leave!!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Hanseh, Manager at Ndame Beach Lodge Zanzibar, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Thank you very much for your review - we loved to hear that you enjoyed our little paradise on the beach, and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay, particular the restaurant and the beach. Together with our staff, they make our lodge a very relaxing place to stay.
We hope that we can welcome you back one day

With sunny greetings 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
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Ranked #3 of 22 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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