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Peponi Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Tanga
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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“Very relaxing place to stay”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

I went to Peponi for 2 nights in July 2012 with some friends. It was a weekend and so there were a few other travellers around to chat with.

It was my first chance to have a hot shower after 2 months in a rural village, and my it was good! The hot water comes on between 5-7pm each day and the water pressure is good too.

The food is quite western, with some Tanzanian choices also.They request it to be ordered a couple hours in advance, and you can tell when you eat it that this is because it is all freshly prepared. The fish and seafood is lovely, I had Thai style fish and prawn skewers and a chilli crab pasta dish. Both were great, especially washed down with a cold beer and a chocolate brownie.
My friends and I all ate salads and sandwiches and no-one got ill or anything so I think food hygeine is good here.

The bandas are really spacious and clean, and you get your bath and beach towels provided. they have quite a polynesian, bohemian feel which I really love, but might not be to everyone's taste, but the double beds are huge and come with good quality mosquito nets.

The place has a great relaxed feel and a friendly atmosphere. The pool is small but clean. There are comfy hammocks strung from the trees where you can lie in the sea breeze reading a book. The staff were extremely friendly and willing to help although sometimes there was not always someone manning the bar.

In brief, the other facilities include - laundry service, volley ball court, dart board, safe deposit, internet room, dhow boat/snorkelling trips to the reef and sand island (paradise!!), beach side bar.

Would definately recommend this place, it's very reasonably priced and I left relaxed and refreshed.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

Beautiful camp - lovely shade. Nice, spacious bandas. Very clean. Inexpensive, good quality food in the restaurant. Very knowledgable host.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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boston
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

The food was great: lobster and seafood was amazing. But the beach was really small, with a guard to make sure locals didn't use it. This felt weird, and the bugs were out and about as well. But nice people and good location.

Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

Having visited several coastal resorts of Eastern Tanzania, I found Peponi to be a prize winner. The whole site is under the umbrella of beautiful tropical trees filled with vervet monkeys. The resort is owned by a terrific East African couple who embrace tourism as a way of life, not a quick buck. This place is great for families as it has an enclosed ground, safe clean beach to walk on- alone, quaint swimming pool and family friendly activities (snorkeling and lunch on "Sand Island") The owners encourage and support campers and if the bungalow cabins are above your price range, go camping here. Morning and dinner meals are served as part of the coast of staying which makes this a great deal.

Room Tip: Bungalow rooms are simple, tidy and charming. Each has ample front porch with chairs and hammock loo...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

I had the luxury of staying at the Zebra Banda in late February, 2012 for about a week. I had a fantastic time, arrived quite jet lagged from Canada and immediately fell into the laid-back, ocean side living mode.

The continental breakfasts were delicious, fresh rolls, fruit, "real" peanut butter and honey! We found the staff to be very sweet, friendly and helpful - some we were even on a first name basis with. Dinners were ample, the seafood platter was gigantic and a unique treat for us...not something I come across back home. Capricorn Beach Cottages, just a walk away, had UNREAL pizzas, and when paired with a cool beer the afternoons melted away in the most perfect way!

I travelled with a friend from Canada making us two solo female travellers, which is a bit daunting in any location but we agreed that we felt safe and well looked after for the duration of our time there. We also had a great time out on the dau on a snorkelling trip. If you choose to go, I'd recommend a long sleeve shirt...we got a few stings from invisible jellies. Amazing water clarity while we were there, the water was eerily calm!

Beach was nice, and a short walk lead to a sandy section with mangroves which were fun to swim amongst.

I had a fantastic time here and hope to return one day!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

At the conclusion of our month in Tanzania we sought an economical beach-side resort that offered meals. Peponi exceeded our criteria. The property is well maintained, the staff was the friendliest of all the places we stayed in Tanzania, the beach was walkable for miles in both directions, the pool was small but great to come back to after beach walks, the banda was clean and had a fantastic view to the east, the local wildlife that visited regularly were a treat, hot water was dependably available in the shower from 5:30 to 8:30 in the evening, and the food ranged from ok at breakfast to the freshest seafood we've had on a day-to-day basis anywhere. As another reviewer mentioned, dinner orders need to be places by 4:00 pm. I assume that is so that staff can visit the nearby fishing village to purchase the particular fish you have ordered for that evening. Breakfast and dinner were included in the $95 daily cost. Internet was not consistently available, but was always available at the resort next door. When power was interrupted, as is often the case in this country, resort generators quickly picked up the slack. We had a most comfortable and relaxing time and will visit again if the opportunity is there.

Room Tip: Don't hesitate to ask for the rooms at the north end of the resort which have the best views.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jambiani, Tanzania
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

We spent two nights there between hiking in Lushoto and travelling onwards to Zanzibar. The spot was ideal to relax, and the bandas are lovely - ours was certainly clean and very nicely presented. The food was very good, and while it would have been nice to see the staff smiling a bit more, they certainly helped us with anything we asked for.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Peponi Beach Resort
Address: Plot 637 & 657, Kigombe Village, Tanga, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Tanga Region > Tanga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Tanga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Peponi Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Peponi, we feel that the space and its energy will speak for itself, offering a dazzling experience without much need to look beyond what Nature has generously provided. Accommodation options include eight en-suite bandas ranging in size to accommodate individuals, couples, families and larger groups as well as permanent safari tents and camping. Tents can also be hired at Peponi. Also available and accommodating up to three people is the age-old caravan, which has been updated since serving as the first form of housing at Peponi in the 80's! The kitchen serves up delicious and mouth-watering dishes. Seafood caught by local fishermen at Kigombe, meat and vegetarian dishes for all tastes as well as pizzas and snacks at the beach bar. Grab a seat at the beach bar or stay up top; sit, relax and take in the staggering sites! The dhow-in-residence, 'Pepi' which is captained by Mwashonde, visits the Sand Island daily, an exquisite site emerging only during low tide! Jump off the dhow for some snorkeling within the Marine Park just before reaching the island and enjoying a picnic lunch! Kayaks are available for rent from the camp for those keen to explore the surrounding area. It is also possible to organize fishing trips around the famous fishing area within the Pemba Channel. Snorkeling equipment is also available to hire to visit the coral gardens near shore. Local trips may include visits around the local salt farm, Coelacanth Research Centre, Amboni Caves, Tongoni Ruins, the nearby mangroves as well as Tanga and Pangani. It is also possible to arrange a boat trip down Pangani River. Amani Nature Reserve is a great day trip from the camp. Local boats travel daily to Zanzibar for those keen to make the journey by sea! For an independent adventure, it is also possible to rent bicycles or piki-piki's and design your own route around the area! ... more   less 
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