Unguja Lodge

Reviews of Unguja Lodge

Excellent(93%) From 55 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 55 of our travellers who have visited Unguja Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
The S family - Bristol
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Unguja Lodge

Ralph and Elies are delightful and their personal touch made for a delightful stay.

They noticed that it was my wife's birthday and unprompted arranged a private dinner by the sea for our family to celebrate. This is a wonderfully peaceful place with a pretty beach and excellent pool.

The staff were all excellent and the tour through the village with Rashid was fascinating.

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Mrs H & family from London
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 8 nights
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Beautiful and Relaxing Unguja Lodge

We finished our safari with 8 nights at Unguja lodge where we were looked after very well by Elies and Ralph along with their friendly and helpful staff. The village tour with Rashid was excellent and he has made it his own and honoured us with a visit to his own house and family.

For a truly relaxing time after a safari it would be difficult to beat Unguja Lodge. The food is excellent and our compliments to the house chef. Our family enjoyed beach combing when the tide was out and my son had his first scuba dive with Nick. All in all we had a fantastic time here.

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Mr & Mrs W from Bognor Regis
Arrived on: 19-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Unguja Lodge review

Loved the sea view lodge that was really worthwhile and special. Fantastic lodges , so spacious. Excellent for divers and snorkelers even saw whales swimming by.

Walking to the village was easy and felt very safe and wandering on the beach very enjoyable as the local folk collected their seashell food. A good place to relax at the end of a busy safari .

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Ms S. from Bristol
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Unguja Lodge review

Rooms were lovely and very well kept, plus nice touches like books and games, and tea and coffee replenished. Outside bathroom was lovely but outside toilet was a little windy so may have preferred this inside! As the lodge was quiet we got a free upgrade to a sea view villa was much appreciated.

Restaurant was beautiful and the food was excellent. Most of the waiters were very friendly but occasionally they were a little brisk or aloof especially when we first arrived.

Regarding activities, we were unaware that June is the windy season in Zanzibar. It was very windy at the lodge and as such we were unable to snorkel on the house reef in front of the lodge due to sea conditions. The house reef was the main reason we chose Unguja so this was very dissapointing, We therefore went on an expensive island trip to go snorkelling offshore which was good but was a cost we were not expecting to pay.

We also went twice to see the Kizimkazi dolphins but were fairly unsuccessful, only managing to briefly see two dolphins in the water as one of maybe 10 boats.

The best activity we did at the lodge was Rasheed's village tour of Kizimkazi. This was great value and a very interesting insight in to Zanzibar life that we would not have been able to get alone.

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Expert Africa comments

Travellers should note that June and July are the windy seasons in Zanzibar. Whilst snorkelling is usually possible during these months, some days are windier than others, which brings choppier seas and reduced visibility. It appears that these travellers were unlucky during their stay and experienced windier than usual conditions.

The P family - New York
Arrived on: 13-Feb-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Unguja Lodge review

Gorgeous place with wonderful hosts and impeccably trained staff.

Fabulous food, friendly atmosphere, relaxed environment. Designed to be a part of natural surroundings, "bungalows" are more like private homes than hotel rooms. Elies and staff don't miss anything. Village tour was very informative.

Dolphin outing was fun but not sustainable. It should be more regulated so the dolphins are not so disrupted.

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Mr & Mrs F - Newbury
Arrived on: 25-Jan-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lovely lodge, nearby reef good but not great

The lodge, its staff and the facilities were excellent. The food was good.

I didn't think the snorkelling was particularly good. The reef in front of the hotel is only really accessible at high tide and is fairly sparse, the snorkelling trip we went on went just a short way along the coast to a site that was better without being wonderful.

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The M family from Washington DC
Arrived on: 23-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Unguja Lodge review

From the moment you arrive until you depart you are treated like a valuable guest and friend. The villas are spectacular, and only made more so by the excellent quality of the accommodations and service. If you like an on the water outdoor experience in the lap of luxury this is for you - best of both worlds.

Located near fishing village of Kizmakazi, this lodge is a divers destination. Pretty healthy reef and some good wall. Swim with dolphins is a trip. Snorkel until you fry your backside. Kids love the pool. We really enjoyed meeting family of staff in the village and learning about local life there. This is something the lodge can help arrange but is essentially self initiated if you like that sort of thing.

The food was excellent - their chef could work anywhere he wanted. We don't go anywhere twice - we like adventure,, but we'll probably go back here because its hard to turn your back on paradise. While it does not have extensive miles of pure white beach, it has enough beach to be pretty and satisfy beach bum desires.

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The S family from Lewes
Arrived on: 22-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Unguja Lodge review

Food was very good in choice presentation and taste.

Rolfe and Elise were very pleasant and welcoming. Elise in particular was very helpful in treating a nasty skin rash that one of our children got on their face.

Accommodation was very stylish. In the bedrooms it would have been good to have more cupboard or shelf space.The only negative was the problems we had with the monkeys.
As we had children sleeping in the open roof space the monkeys used to come in and disturb the children as early as 5.30am in the morning. This meant the children were woken up very early, after they had got very tired on the safari the several days before. During the day the monkeys bounced around on the mosquito nets and the beds. As a result the beds were made up every evening after the monkeys had left. Also it was not very pleasant as they dirtied clothes that they played with and on occasions soiled around the beds and tore the mosquito nets. The open spaces in the roofs are not suitable for sleeping in given the monkeys tendency to use them as play areas.

That being said we would recommend anybody staying in the enclosed bedrooms in each villa to visit Unguja.
The village tour organised by a senior local employee of the Lodge is well worth the time.
The diving school instructor Nick was very good. Very articulate in several languages he explained things really well.

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The K family - USA
Arrived on: 9-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Unguja Lodge

After 7 days of safari, this was just the change we needed. Excellent planning. The location was beautiful. The staff and services were fabulous. Really not much else to say.

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Mr S. from London
Arrived on: 3-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 10 nights
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Unguja Lodge review

Great place to take a break without being wholly disconnected from the world. Best to enjoy the lodge and local activities.

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