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Unguja Lodge
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Kizimkazi
Certificate of Excellence
West Sussex, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
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“Just perfect!”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

We wanted a place to relax after a week on safari in Tanzania, and as a special birthday treat for my wife, decided on Zanzibar. We could not have chosen better than Unguja Lodge. Apart from being in a lovely natural setting the facilities are superb and all in keeping with the natural surroundings. The unique thatched villas are spacious and comfortable and the regular visits by the monkeys adds to the charm of the place. The staff are all exceptionally pleasant and attentive, but the real added bonus is the way that the proprietors, Elise and Ralph, take a personal interest in all their guests. The walk around the local village with Rachid as our 'guide' was quite an eye-opening experience!!! Thanks to all who made our stay so memorable.

Room Tip: Most rooms have a view over the sea and the way the villas are arranged means there is little, if an...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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UngujaLodge, Owner at Unguja Lodge, responded to this review, December 21, 2012
Thank you very much for choosing Unguja Lodge to celebrate your birthday and for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor! It was very nice getting to know you.
Also big thanks for your support to the village of Kizimkazi by doing the village walk with Rashid. This is highly appreciated by the villagers, the staff and by us!

warm greetings from all of us at Unguja Lodge.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

This is an amazing place. Wonderful villas, outstanding dining and pool and dive facilities. The owners couldn't have made us more welcome and the staff want you to enjoy every minute of your stay. You can borrow a snorkel and just head straight out from the beach to see an amazing reef - right on your door step. They have a dive centre so you can pay for dives or other sea trips. The pool is great and there is plenty of places to sit in the shade if you want. A trip into the local village is a must - take time to see real zanzibar. We stayed here after a safari in saadani (a 20 minute flight) it was the perfect place to get away and unwind. The food is amazing and caters for all tastes.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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UngujaLodge, Owner at Unguja Lodge, responded to this review, December 21, 2012
Thank you very much for staying with us this month and for writing this very kind review. It was a pleasure talking to you at the bar in the evenings.
We also very much appreciate your effort to explore the village of Kizimkazi with Rashid.
The local football team will get their new shirts and shoes tomorrow. You will soon find pictures on our facebook page. Also, the building of the netball pitch will start soon!
With warm regards from all of us at Unguja Lodge
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

A week’s relaxation at Unguja was the perfect end to our honeymoon. Our seaview villa was idyllic, looking out onto the gorgeous turquoise sea. We watched the sun set over the sea every night.

The quality of the food was superb, for all meals. Drinks were reasonably priced and there was a great variety on offer – the cocktail of the night was always fun to try. Special touches like the welcome drink, the menu scroll and messages left at night from Ralph and Elies were appreciated.

We highly recommend the village tour of Kizimkaze. Unguja Lodge is a wonderful paradise-like bubble, but it is no bad thing to learn where and how local people live. Unlike (we hear) some other villages in Zanzibar where there is hostility towards tourists, people in Kizimkaze are friendly (and the children particularly so), and no doubt this is largely down to Ralph and Elies’ relationship with and support of the community.

We went on two trips with the dive centre (which Nick runs superbly with his team) - snorkelling and the dolphin trip, both of which were enormous fun – there was so much to see at the reef, and we were fortunate enough to see dolphins very close up.

Room Tip: The sea facing villas are amazing
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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UngujaLodge, Owner at Unguja Lodge, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Thank you very much for staying with us as part of your honeymoon and for writing this very nice review! We appreciate your effort to learn more about and to support the village of Kizimkazi by taking a walk to the village with Rashid. We just donated money again, including the donations of our guests who did the village walks, to the Kizimkazi Development Committee. With this money we support the local football team and the building of a net ball site for the women. The project that we will start in January is supporting the secondary school with English and Swahili literature.

With warm regards from all of us at Unguja Lodge!
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 grown up children) spent 3 nights here from 1 November following a week's safari in the Serengeti. It was the perfect antidote to busy bouncy days viewing game from a vehicle. Friendly, informal and very relaxing. Great rooms with an interesting design, beside the Indian ocean; good food; and very friendly staff. We did the Robinson Crusoe day trip which included an hour or so excellent snorkelling and then lunch on a golden, sandy pimple in the middle of the sea. We even saw dolphins on the return trip. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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UngujaLodge, Owner at Unguja Lodge, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Thank you very much for staying in Unguja Lodge last month with your family. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your very kind review on Tripadvisor.

Warm greetings from Martin, Mwona, Nick and all staff at Unguja Lodge
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We stayed here for the second part of our honeymoon (six nights), following a safari at the excellent Selous Safari camp and were very happy with our time at Unguja Lodge.

The hotel is small (just 12 rooms) and looks out west towards the sea and sunset. Rooms are split into Baobab (non sea-facing, with a plunge pool) and Seaview (no plunge pool). The hotel has its own dive shop which also organised other water activities (snorkelling, sunset cruises and swim with dolphins). There is little beach area as the high tide covers it but the poolside is pretty tranquil and a sandy beach can be found a short (5-10) minute walk away even at high tide.

Overall we had a great time. I did lots of water-based activities and the dive shop (led by Nick) were wonderful. My partner doesn’t dive so they arranged for her to snorkel while I dived which was a great compromise. The hotel also arranged transport to the local Jozani forest to see the previously endangered red colobus monkeys.

The room was actually more than just a bedroom with a separate lounge, bathroom, shower-room and sea (or tree) view. It also had a second sleeping area and all beds had mosquito netting. Housekeeping was well run and no complaints on that front.

The food was a bit hit and miss. Breakfast was consistently fine but lunch and dinner options were sometimes a bit tired looking especially the soups, puddings and desserts. Lunch was either from a set menu (a couple of options for each course) or from a short bar menu, and dinner was also from a set menu (usually three options for each course, being fish, meat and veggie). I’d readily accept that this is an area of personal preference and we certainly didn’t go hungry.

A lovely touch was that guests all seemed to meet up just before dinner for drinks, by unspoken agreement. It created a lovely atmosphere and gave a personal feel you’d miss in a larger hotel. We were also treated to a private dinner on the last night which was a delightful end of honeymoon gift.

In all I’d not hesitate to stay here again, and very much hope to!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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UngujaLodge, Owner at Unguja Lodge, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Thank you very much for staying with us as part of your honeymoon and for your informative and kind review.We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the water activities. After reading your comments about the food, we are even more on top of it and do our very best to serve high quality and 'good looking' dishes.
We'd love to see you back one day for an anniversary :)

With warm regards from all of us at Unguja Lodge
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

After a few days in the Masai Mara we went to Zanzibar to relax for a few days. We received an amazing welcome when we arrived at the lodge, even though we were really late we had a really warm welcome and a snack left in our room after our long journey. When we walked into our Baboa Villa my jaw literally hit the floor! It was fantastic and far surpassed anything I though, the pictures do not do it justice!!!! If you like monkeys you'll love the baboa villa as we had a small troop who visited us during our stay, although they are fairly tame they only watch from a distance and were very entertaining. If you would prefer an ocean view then there was an option. The food was fantastic and the staff were all really friendly.
We went on 2 trips during the stay, one was to stone town, which is about an hour away,I really enjoyed the trip and our guide was incredibly knowledgable. We also went on the one day snorkelling trip, we got to swim with dolphins and had lunch on a secluded sand bar.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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UngujaLodge, Owner at Unguja Lodge, responded to this review, October 13, 2012
Thank you for staying with us as part of your honeymoon and for writing this very nice review. We really appreciate it! We wish you a very happy married life and hope to see you back one day.
Warm greetings from all of us at Unguja Lodge!
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Just back from a wonderful stay at Unguja Lodge. We stayed in the baobab lodges and were entertained by the monkey antics. Beautiful lodges that blend with the natural environment that are spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable. The views of the Indian Ocean are spectacular and walking on the beach when the tide was out gave the opportunity to see a range of sea life in the rock pools in the coral. Lovely food, well prepared and great choice. Loved the extra touches like the daily information about the local wildlife. Fascinated by the elephant shrews in the gardens - amazing to watch. We visited Stone Town which was very interesting and saw the red colobus monkeys and the mangrove forest. Do not miss the chance to go on a visit to the nearby village and meet the local people and children. Thank you Ralph, Elies, Mwona and all the staff for the warm welcome and the extra touches that made our stay so special.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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elieshagedoorn, Owner at Unguja Lodge, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Thank you very much for staying with us this month and for writing this very nice review. More and more guests are fascinated by the elephant shrew and we're not surprised anymore by finding guests crawling through the bush to get a picture of them!
We look forward to seeing you back one day.

Warm regards from all of us at Unguja Lodge
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Property: Unguja Lodge
Address: P.O. Box 675, Kizimkazi, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Kizimkazi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Kizimkazi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Unguja Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eleven spacious private villas. From your ocean view terrace you can watch the local fishermen sailing the Indian Ocean. A breathtaking sunset is yours. All villas are beautifully decorated in Zanzibar style. In our beautiful garden with old mango and baobab trees many indigenous animals find their home. The rare Red Colobus monkeys often come and play. In the middle of the tropical garden, a large specially conditioned swimming pool is situated. ... more   less 
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