Unguja Lodge

Reviews of Unguja Lodge

Excellent(93%) From 63 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 63 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.
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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Ms A - Calgary, Canada
Arrived on: 30-Jan-2012 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Unguja Lodge review

Here, the owners/operators really made a great impression, and between them, and the "rooms" - actually 3 or 4! - made this an excellent experience.

The snorkeling was good without being great right off the lodge, but it was still lovely, and accessible. The snorkeling spots reached by boat were wonderful. might not be so good in high season, but great for me, on my trip.

I would return, if going back to Zanzibar.

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Mr L - Bristol
Arrived on: 7-Dec-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Unguja Lodge review

We arrived in Unguja lodge as our first stop in Zanzibar following our Tanzania safari.

The accommodation is quite luxurious and the bandas/lodges are very spacious and a very interesting design, blending in to the environment successfully. Our banda overlooked the beach area and afforded a very good view of the sea from the front seating area.

The bar /main lodge is well appointed and a good central meeting place. right next to this is the large swimming pool which is a very good place to relax. The food was of a very high standard with good choice, and plenty of fresh fruit always available. Prices were also very fair.

We were primarily here to relax and only undertook activities on two days.

One afternoon we took the guided village walk of neighbouring Kizimkaze. This is very worthwhile and realy brings home the contrast between the lodge accommodation and the living conditions of the local population,with whole families living in tiny houses. We saw the fruit plantations that sustain the local economy and presumably supply the lodge, as well as the fishermen at work. The children particularly all seemed very happy and were very keen to have their photos taken. Most of the beach is actually here in front of the village.

On another day we visited the Josani forest reserve with its remaining indigenous groundwater forest complete with red colobus and columns of army ants. There is also a very interesting mangrove area with a boardwalk around it, where we saw several turtles and terrapins as well as many young fish. On opur way back we dropped in at the Zanzibar butterfly centre, which is an interesting project where farmers are encouraged to rear butterflies for sale overseas and many fly wild in a large netting enclosure.

The beach at the lodge is an extension of the one at the village and rather small. At low tide it is possible to walk its length and there are interesting rock pools and coral formations. At high tide when the beach is covered it is only possible to swim safely, with foot protection such as flippers, as there is lots of quite sharp coral rock near the steps which you will have to negotiate.

Although facing west and therefore theoretically perfect for a view of the sunset; at sundown even if clear skies were overhead, there was always a persistent low cloud bank ,presumabely over the east african coast ,on the horizon ,which somewhat spoiled this..a minor point though! We also had the same in Stonetown so this is presumably a seasonal effect.

Overall it was an enjoyable and relaxing time in Unguja lodge, and we would certainly recommend it.

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