Unguja Lodge

Reviews of Unguja Lodge

Excellent(92%) From 66 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 66 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.
Mrs C. from Cambridge
Arrived on: 30-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 5 nights
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TOO BIGGER GAP FROM PREVIOUS ACC.

A breakdown in communication between you and us, as this is far too bigger drop from previous accommodation.
First impressions - damp smell, especially in luggage room.
Generally tired cushions and soft furnishings.
Garden outside seaview accommodation had not bee cleared and generally around rooms as cut back and left - loads of brown leaves and general tidy up not being done.
New manager, Martien apparently the Dutch couple mentioned again in your hotel information no longer go there- they've gone home to Netherlands, although one son was there as he's schooling in Arusha.
Far too remote, nowhere to walk to apart from a litter strewn village. Although I knew it was quiet, this was far to run down and alone - felt imprisoned. In the time we were there 4 people came for 2 nights - other than that it was empty. Taxi trips everywhere if you wanted trips. I don't think the windy weather helped, as it prevented snorkelling, but even so, we'd have not done that everyday.

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Expert Africa comments

Zanzibar has high levels of humidity, so keeping all of the rooms completely dry is a challenge. Unguja have assured me that this isn’t an issue that’s raised often. However, following these comments they are now trialling keeping the ceiling fans on during the day to create more air movement in the rooms.

Unguja are working on improving their soft furnishings at time of writing.

Paths are cleaned twice a day, but strong winds make it difficult to keep them clean all of the time. The natural environment is very much part of the beauty and charm of Unguja Lodge – and it attracts wildlife to the gardens as a result.

From our discussions we understood that these travellers wanted to go to quiet, un-touristy areas and we're sorry if we misjudged this. There is not much within walking distance of Unguja Lodge - it is really off the beaten track.

Sadly waste disposal is a huge issue throughout the whole of Zanzibar; it is not a just a problem around Unguja. Zanzibar is a very poor island, with poor governance – and very limited public services, like rubbish collection.

Mrs B London
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Unguja lodge Zanzibar

Lovely peaceful and chilled out lodge. The location is stunning with views of the sea and beach. Our villa looked straight onto it. The villa was wonderful. Lots of space outside our room to sit and enjoy the scenery. As we noted in our feedback to Unguja, they could make the actual bedrooms a little more cozy with say rugs, pictures etc. It was a bit bare.

There were nice touches like lending us a beach bag and Khangas to wear.

Staff were friendly and helpful. Sophia was very organised and made sure all her guests were enjoying themselves. The boat and diving team were great too.

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The Leite family from Texas
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
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Excellent
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A Special Place

We found Unguja's location and ambiance to be absolutely charming. Our villa was spacious and accommodated our family very comfortably.

The staff was friendly and always helpful.

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The C family from Colorado
Arrived on: 27-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Excellent
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Absolutely Picturesque

Landing at Zanzibar airport, we were driven south past the Jozani Forest, the endemic home to the red colobus monkey, and on to Kizimkazi, a fishing village near the tip of Zanzibar. The driver turned onto a dirt two track road and I could not help but to believe he was lost. Then shortly we pulled up to an unassuming gate and were allowed to pass onto the Unguja Lodge property. A beautiful, giant baobab tree guarded the views as we unloaded from the car, but our jaws dropped as we entered reception. The dining area and bar, a shaded patio lounge, a lovely swimming pool, and well-manicured landscaping were back dropped by the turquoise waters of Menai Bay Conservation Area. Absolutely stunning!

We took full advantage of the water based activities – a sunset sail aboard a dhow, diving in the nearby coral reefs, and snorkeling with the bottlenose dolphin. Some reviews have argued that the snorkelers are stressing the dolphins, but my observations did not support this. The dolphin we observed could easily swim off, which he eventually did, but only after hanging out for 30 minutes playing with a sea snake that he had caught.

The villas at Unguja Lodge are open with great views and well-spaced for privacy. The rooms are unconventional and simple, but a little dark for my taste. We opted to spend our downtime around the pool and the lounge rather than in our villas. The hospitality was wonderful, as was the food.

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Mr & Mrs S - East Sussex
Arrived on: 27-Feb-2015 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Excellent
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Unguja Lodge review

This lodge could be paradise, very difficult to draw a picture but just imagine what you think paradise could be like and it will fit that image. !

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Dr P. from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 29-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 5 nights
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A very tranquil place

Quiet, friendly and private. A very special place..

We were pleased with the diving and snorkelling but disappointed with the swimming with dolphins.

The lunch offer needed to be clearer.

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Mr & Mrs W - Chipstead
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Unguja Lodge review

Lovely place built on a low coral cliff on the edge of the sea. Deserted sandy beach of the purest white. Thatched cottages scattered around the luxuriant tropical grounds. Swimming pool. Water based activities, which we did not use.

All in all, thoroughly recommended.

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Mr & Mrs F - Neterlands
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Unguja Lodge Review

Unusual design of the individual lodge, comfortable and with excellent views of the sea. Delicious food and extremely willing and helpful staff.
Professional and well organised diving instruction by Nick and his team.

Very interesting village walk with Aziz which we can thoroughly recommend. Unfortunately, we could not visit the ancient mosque because of an unforeseen event.

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Mr and Mrs G - Herts
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Peaceful stylish retreat in unspoilt Zanzibar

A wonderful place to relax . Peaceful, very comfortable, very friendly, lovely wild life touches, just what we needed to unwind.

Swimming with dolphins a must. All snorkel gear could be hired, but it is not a patch on other snorkel/dive destinations we know.

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safari lovers
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Peaceful Relaxing Unguja Lodge

We enjoyed 4 very relaxing days here after being in Selous on safari. It is owned and run by the delightful Elise and Ralph who are so welcoming and involved in the day to day running of the lodge. They have a great team who work for them.

There is a dive centre on site which we made good use of - snorkelling , day sailing on a dhow out to a tiny island ( sand spit really !) for lunch and great snorkelling. The visit to the local village was a fascinating insight into real life on Zanzibar .

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