Fumba Beach Lodge

Reviews of Fumba Beach Lodge

Good(86%) From 34 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 34 of our travellers who have visited Fumba Beach Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs B from North Yorkshire
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Fumba Beach Lodge review

Fumba Beach Lodge was simply entrancing. It was everything we hoped it would be – and more. It has a wonderful relaxed and tranquil atmosphere (indeed, at one point we could hear the unamplified muezzin coming from the nearby village), and some of the most glorious views in Zanzibar. Our room in particular (No.8) had a fabulous aspect, giving out onto a little bay. Our room was superbly appointed and there were many touches that made us think that a great deal of thought had gone into the design, for example having the overhead fan inside the capacious mosquito net.

We were made to feel very welcome by Natashja and all her staff, and we felt that in only a few short days they had become real friends. Nothing was too much trouble, and we enjoyed being taught various Swahili phrases by them. We were very impressed that Nataschja and Edwin have established a valuable relationship with the village, particularly their support of the school. The menu was varied, and the food delicious and well presented; we particularly liked the fact that the fish were bought from the local fishermen.

The grounds are beautifully laid out and it was delightful simply to wander along the white sandy paths enjoying the bougainvillaea and hibiscus in full flower, catching the lizards darting across our path and glimpsing some of the other wildlife, like an elephant shrew, a hornbill and the bushbabies that comes down from the baobab tree at night to get the fruit put out for them.

One of our main reasons for going to Zanzibar was for the marine life. Lauren and David at Blue World Dive Centre were excellent – patient with novices like us, but giving us great confidence – and their knowledge of underwater flora and fauna was encyclopaedic, which really added to the experience. We went out to the 5 mile long Ukombe reef in the Menai Bay Conservation Area (only Blue World is allowed to dive there, consequently it is very unspoiled) on their elegant dhows and enjoyed both diving and snorkelling.

So if you want a peaceful, relaxing holiday in lovely surroundings, you really can’t get better than Fumba Beach Lodge!

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The R family - Berkshire
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 7 nights
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Fumba Beach Lodge review

Fumba is in a quieter part of Zanzibar and although it does not have white beaches it really didnt make any difference. The sea was turquoise and clear and you could walk a long way when the tide was out. The rooms were light and airy with vibrant coloured bedspreads - we were in a suite with an outside shower and bath - it was wonderful . Our only drawback - if you could call it that - was being woken up by the tide each morning - early - that and the bushbaby at night!! But it all added to the wonderful experience.
We were disappointed by the standard of the food - lunch was very good (for which you paid extra) but dinner often disappointed - there was not as much sea food on offer as we had hoped and some of the fish was dry and the lamb tough. The soups however were always good and very different - I really liked the beetroot and ginger! The member of our party with dietary problems was rarely offered an alternative - fortuantley she has a small appetite so a main course sufficed as she rarely could eat the starter or soup - and she had spoken to the chef at the start of the stay so felt she did not want to constantly repeat herself each night.
Having said that the Swahili night was great fun with a buffet and music.
We took a snorkelling trip from the hotel dive centre after discussing the pros and cons of what was on offer from larger trips with the manager Natasha and she was totally honest about all the alternatives. It was the right choice as Lauren was an experienced snorkeller and diver and could idenitfy and inform us about all the sealife on offer - it was a sea safari in the amount we saw. The lunch on the deserted island was delicious and us girls even indulged with some Pimms - complete with ice!
Everything at Fumba is geared to helping you relax. I had a foot massage which was very good although a little rushed.
There are no organised activites ( there is a volley ball court - ) so if that is what you are looking for this place is not for you. But for peace and quiet and relaxation it is wonderful. There are plenty of trips on offer with different companies and Natasha will give you lots of advice and help.

We did have one or two gripes - firstly on the Friday the hotel seemed to have run out of most breakfast items -(and I mean no supplies rather than not enough cooked) including butter and was obviously low on milk as the pancakes were made with water. No explaination was offered which is always a mistake I feel.
The other is that they charged the same price for the local gin as they did imported gin - at Selous Impala Camp there was a marked difference!! Drinks were certainly not cheap and on the subject of drinks - the drinks bill for the whole day is presented to you for signing at night - with seven of us it was often difficult to keep track and despite asking several times to have bills at lunch and at sundowners it didnt happen.
However they are minor gripes.
I would also make a suggestion to maybe supply some bath salts for the huge outside bath in the baobao treee - which takes a lot of filling and several bottles of shower gel to achieve some bubbles!! It would be a nice touch.


Natasha is a good manager who will sort out any problems or help in anyway she can and is so approachable and friendly.

All in all Fumba is a beautiful hotel in paradise.

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Mr & Mrs Firefly East Sussex
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fumba Beach Lodge review

Fumba offers a real touch of luxury.

One of the special things we enjoyed about it was numeruos little corners and 'hideaways' that allowed us to get away from everybody else (not that there weere many!) at the lodge.

They know how to make honeymooners feel very special. The service was outstanding...

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The Hornbill family from St. Albans
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fumba Beach Lodge review

Fumba is natural and basic. The room design is really good and blends in with the environment but the bedding could have been better. It would have been nice to have had a quilt instead of the basic blankets.

Children didn't like the lack of a television but I quite apprectiated that fact. the food was a bit limited and not really to everyone's taste. Climate was much better than at The Fairmont.

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Family J - Worcestershire
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Fumba Beach Lodge review

Fumba was Paradise. It was everything I had imagined for a few luxury days by the sea. The rooms were spotless, with lovely colourful soft furnishings. We thought that the whole setting and the beautiful pool area were just perfect.

Evening meals were carefully thought out by the staff; every party had a turn down on the beach and the staff worked extremely hard, carrying chairs and tables around to give us this experience. The cooking was excellent; we especially enjoyed the traditional evening with costumes, music and tasty local dishes. Our young adults appreciated the diving and kayaking opportunities; mum loved the hammock on the beach and the Fumba Sunset cocktails.

It seems awful to be critical of Fumba but, compared with Lake Manze, it was not being run with the same total attention to detail. We noticed a couple of maintenance issues (eg bathroom door wouldn't stay closed) and we didn't feel that the management genuinely cared.

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Mr. & Mrs. Flying Fish - London
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Fumba Beach Lodge review

A lovely place. We had a fab time. The staff were friendly, accommodation great and food excellent.

It was great although it didn't quite feel as polished as The Impala Camp (we were spoilt there though!).

A few things:

- Asked for a wake up call and didn't get it.

- Friends had pre-arranged and paid for a champagne jacuzzi (as a suprise wedding present) for us but we didn't recieve it when we were there (despite inquiring about having one anyway - you'd think that they might have twigged here). However, they did charge our friends for it who are now trying to get there money back - what a mess!

- Errors on drinks bills. Felt that I had to check drinks bill every time I signed it since the first couple were incorrect. Surely not too hard to add up three figures to create a total! Funnily enough the adding up errors always ended up with the bill being more....

- Errors on the final bill. Felt slightly embarrassed about having to point out inconsistencies on the final hotel bill to prevent us both being over-charged. Also had to point out that were there on a full board basis instead of half-board when bills for lunch appeared on our final bill.

Safari Blue was amazing and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anybody who visits Fumba.

On the whole we had a brilliant, relaxing time here but there is definitely room for improvement with the service here!

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Mr and Mrs K - London
Arrived on: 29-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beautiful place to relax after safari

The setting of Funba Beach lodge is beautiful as it is an isolated resort surrounded by the real Zanzibar. The pool, bar restaurent area are superbly designed and it was a glorious place to unwind and relax after safari. The beach huts were lovely and we really enjoyed the setting right onto the beach which we could access through large sliding doors. We enjoyed the nights where they set up our dinner tables on the beach.

There were just a few odd things that let the place down. A few grubby towels, a hole in one of the sheets and an ant infestation on one of the bar stools which was unexpected and unpleasant for my daughter when she sat on it in the dark.

The major negative factor for us however was the food inthe evening. It was the most disappointing of all the places we stayed which should not have been the case when you think how isolated out other destinations were. Meat was tough and one night potatoes uncooked.

The staff at all times were friendly and helpful.

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Mr & Mrs Coucal - Herts
Arrived on: 17-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fumba Beach Lodge review

We stayed at Fumba after 9 fairly full-on days on safari, and it was the perfect way to adjust back to "civilisation". The rooms are beautiful and very much in the style of a safari camp rather than a beach resort. We stayed in one of the baobab suites which we would highly recommend - swinging in a hammock suspended from your very own huge baobab is a memory we will treasure. The baobab extends right over the beach below the suite, providing welcome shade for your sunlounger, and also one of the favourite spots for "lodge dog" Simba to rest up, which was a nice bonus.

Fumba is in a relatively quiet part of Zanzibar, although there is very good snorkelling/diving right next door, so probably better suited to people looking for a restful and pampered few days rather than a "party" atmosphere. This is meant as a compliment, by the way! Food was good, and we were lucky enough to be treated to a lobster dinner cooked outside our room - we could only conclude that the charming owner Edwin thought we looked like newlyweds!

Because Fumba is so close to Stone Town it would be possible to use it as a base to visit Stone Town itself, but we would recommend you actually stay in town for a couple of days - it's the kind of place you want to immerse yourself into rather than just visit. Use Fumba to unwind in luxury. Highly recommended.

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Mr. S & Ms M - Surrey
Arrived on: 4-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fumba Beach Lodge review

An ideal place for simply relaxing, yet still with sufficient interest for the curious naturalist to explore. We found the beaches were great: not pristine white sand but a mix of golden sand, fine pebbles and coraline rock. It is strongly tidal so an ever changing scene with lots of activity from local fishermen. There is plenty of wildlife, including an abundance of crabs and a good range of wading birds, including some 200 of the spectacular crab plover.

The rooms are excellent - we had a suite - which included an upstairs terrace, good verandah with hammock and shaded loungers on the beach. Elsewhere the hotel has lots of nooks and crannies which are ideal for sitting around and relaxing.

As we only stayed 3 nights we did not do any activities (although made use of the excellent spa) but would definitely have needed to do more if staying longer.

Meals were good and each evening they laid on something different; 1st night was on the restaurant terrace; second night on the beach; and third night a lovely surprise private dinner on our verandah.

The staff were approachable and friendly and taught us a few words of Swahili.

As with all places we visited there was next to no information on the local geography/ecology and no maps to help orientate ourselves.

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The Purple Rollers - Brighton
Arrived on: 28-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fumba Beach - the holiday!

We felt we had earned a few days by the sea by this time - proof of how well the whole trip was planned for us.

Fumba Beach was ideal. Very comfortable, friendly people and staff, nicely situated.

We had the extra bonus of an upgrade to a suite.

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