Unguja Lodge

Reviews of Unguja Lodge

Excellent(92%) From 76 travellers
Excellent
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Below are independent comments from 76 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.
Traveller from Teddington
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Unguja Lodge review

We had a fantastic stay at Unguja Lodge.

It's a lovely location, perfect for families and all the staff were so friendly and welcoming. The accommodation is comfortable (though the girls were a little anxious about sleeping up in the rafters!).

The food was great – plenty of choice and really fresh and tasty.

We enjoyed the activities – a fascinating guided tour of the neighbouring village and a 'Robinson Crusoe' trip out to a sandbank with a snorkelling stop and an incredible seafood bbq in the middle of the Indian Ocean! We were entertained by the monkeys too.

All in all the perfect start to our holiday.

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Mike & Janette from UK
Arrived on: 25-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
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Could have been good...with better weather

Unfortunately we had lots of wind and rough seas which prevented any diving throughout the trip. I’m not sure if this was a case of bad luck as we’ve checked the weather since we’ve been back and it looks to be similar over the last few weeks. As we went there for the diving this was a major disappointment.

The rooms are spectacular and lovely. We had booked two cottages, one for our children and had specified twin beds. Unfortunately they only had double beds. We managed but not ideal. There is a very rough and basic wooden framed “bedroom” which has been built on the roof of the main bedroom. This was not suitable for habitation.

Restaurant good, staff very nice

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Expert Africa comments

We're sorry to hear that this traveler was disappointed with the lack of diving at this time. We understand that diving is possible on Zanzibar in June, however it can be unpredictable and whether you can dive or not depends on the wind conditions and also your specific location on the island. In June the wind blows hard from south to north and so anywhere on Zanzibar that is exposed from that wind direction will struggle to offer predictable diving at that time of the year.

We spoke to Unguja about the bed situation, and whilst twin beds are possible here, the lodge had set up a second bed in the upstairs loft which turned out to not offer the same level of comfort as the main bedroom. Unguja has told us that it is possible to arrange the main bedroom with two separate beds, and we apologise for the lack of clarity in this situation.

Ms J from Wales
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 12 nights
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Unguja Lodge review

Unlike most travellers who visit Zanzibar for a few days following a safari, I stayed at Unguja Lodge on my own for a couple of weeks of complete rest and relaxation - this was exactly what I found. The Roundhouses were private, quiet & spacious.

The local staff were (as most Africans) efficient, considerate & interesting. They could teach Europeans a lot about customer care !

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Mr P & Mrs S from UK
Arrived on: 19-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
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Second visit for us

We first stayed here 2 years ago and returned because we thought it was like paradise! Sadly not so any longer. On a very positive note though the food has improved 100%.

We arrived by taxi and waited for somebody to meet us and escort us in. Sadly we were half way down to reception when this happened.

The lodge is looking very tired and in need of some money being spent on it. The pool which was once so inviting, looks dirty but it is actually the liner that needs a coat of paint to bring it back. Our room needed some walls refreshed as there was what we think bat excretement down the walls, also the covers of the directors chairs on the patio needed washing or even replacing. In the main lodge all the chair cushions and scatter cushions needed washing, along with the place mats on the dining tables. It would not take much to bring it back up to scratch in line with the top rates paid for this accommodation.

On a positive note though they have employed chef Elizabeth who is certainly a big asset to the lodge. The breakfasts were certainly more impressive and the main meals were flavoursome. Her peppered crab claws were delicious.

We understand from Martin, the Manager that the lodge is no longer in the sole ownership of the couple who built it, they now only have minimal shares in the property, maybe this reflects the slide downhill?

All the above said, we still enjoyed our stay, it is a beautifully situated lodge with a huge warm bath right on its doorstep just reached by a few steps. It is certainly a place to unwind. Would we return? Probably not!

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Traveller1003 from UK
Arrived on: 18-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Excellent stay

Excellent with Marten being an excellent host and was very quick to assist with a minor difficulty.

The chalets were interesting with stunning views of the sea. The food was excellent.

The monkeys meant that you had to be a little more vigilant and this could be distracting for some guests perhaps.

The staff were very pleasant and helpful.

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Mr & Mrs T from UK
Arrived on: 7-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Unguja Lodge review

We had a great time - relaxing and reading and swimming. Just what we needed after our Safari. Dealing with the 'naughty monkeys' added entertainment. An experience with views to die for made it a memorable time.

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Mr & Mrs S from Bristol
Arrived on: 29-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Unguja Lodge. S.W Zanzibar coast

Wonderful lodge accommodation and fine dining.
They gave us a truly memorable New Year's Eve party!
Excellent access to the airport and Jozani forest minimizing transfer times.
Wonderful Sunset Dhow sail and excursion by dhow to sand bar for lunch via snorkeling site.
The only downside is that the fringing reef is so degraded by over fishing that the diving was disappointing. Not their fault, just how it is.

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Mrs D from Cheltenham
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Unguja Lodge - good birdwatching

I had a very enjoyable stay at Unguja Lodge. The grounds were good for watching birds, lizards, elephant shrews, monkeys, a red colobus monkey, and hearing rock hyraxes. I was accompanied on my walks round the grounds to watch birds by one of the security guards, who was a good spotter and charming companion. These included plenty of sparrows, some sunbirds, golden weavers, yellow-rumped tinkerbird, lilac-breasted roller, bulbuls, and a fabulous mangrove kingfisher which dived into the swimming pool and perched on a tree above.

On the beach wading in the pools at low tide were a whimbrel, crab plover, greater sandplovers, dimorphic egrets, sanderlings.

I had two snorkelling trips, one to Nici reef (excellent) and the other to Kizidi reef (good).

I also went on a Spice Tour, which was very interesting and informative.

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Drs from New Jersey
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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My now favorite beach resort in the world

I picked this resort because of it's small number of rooms and it's proximity to good snorkeling. I am not a diver but enjoy snorkeling. This was a very good choice.

The food was excellent right out of the ocean. The staff was friendly and helpful. The trip to the neighboring village was not to miss as it was extremely educational. We were warned about the monkey's stealth but didn't heed and therefore lost part of our morning snack.

We could watch the dolphins frolic from the resort's chaises while other vacationers had to come by boats from far away resorts. It was just beautiful and peaceful. I did suggest to the management though that they can the Mozart at breakfast and get some Tanzanian music for dinner....or better yet just listen to the waves.

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Mr P from Dubai
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 7 nights
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Unguja Lodge review

amazing location : nice landscape, well preserved environment
very nice set up
friendly staff
perfect location for a complete and relaxing break
nice dives to see pretty unique macro sea life

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