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Butiama Beach

Zanzibar & the Coast

Rating: Mid-range    

Butiama Beach overview

The lodge is on the west coast of Mafia Island not far from Kilindoni, the capital. It is a great place to rest before or after a safari, offering a variety of both water and land-based activities.
Guest bungalows have furniture made from reclaimed dhow wood and are decorated with brightly coloured kikois. En-suite bathrooms have hot and cold water and a range of toiletries including colourful, hand-made soaps. All have a private veranda where you can sit back, gaze out to sea and listen to the breeze in the palm trees. Beds have mosquito nets and rooms are cooled by fans. There are larger bungalows for families. 
You will enjoy some lovely food here. Breakfast is a choice of muffins, pancakes, cereals, fruit, yoghurt as well as bacon and eggs. There is a selection of snacks and light lunches and at dinner time you will be treated to a 3-course meal. You are welcome to quench your thirst with a drink at the beach time at any time.
The water is clear and at high tide you can go swimming. The lodge arranges diving and snorkelling trips on the east coast of the island to view corals, turtles and various species of fish, including the world's largest, the whaleshark. You can kayak along the shore by the lodge and explore mangrove creeks or take a relaxing dhow cruise. On land you can watch the animals and birds and walk to local villages. The lodge can arrange 4x4 vehicle excursions to other part of Mafia Island. With all these activities, you will never be short of things to do, though you may opt to take things easy and laze by the pool.   
There is a shop on site where you can stock up on locally-made souvenirs and gifts for family and friends back at home. 


Open: Butiama Beach is open from the beginning of June to the end of March. Location: The hotel is on the west side of Mafia island, about 10 minutes drive from the airport. The capital, Kilindoni, is about 1km from the lodge.

Rooms: There are 7 double, 1 triple and 2 family rooms. The last have 2 bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms. The maximum capacity is 25. There are mosquito nets over the beds. All have en-suite shower rooms. There is a veranda at the front of each room. Local kikois are used as furnishings and the rooms are bight and colourful. En-suite bathrooms are at the back of each room. Rooms are set back about 50 metres from the sea and are set beneath the shade of coconut trees.

Activities: You can go swimming at high tide. The lodge has a PADI dive centre and snorkelling gear and can arrange diving and snorkelling trips to the coral reef on the other side of the island. Kayaking and deep sea fishing are popular. You can take dhow cruises to other part of the island, deserted sandbanks and nearby islands. Kilindoni village and its markets are about a 20 minute walk from the lodge. You can walk inland, spotting birds and monkeys and discovering ponds, caves and ruins.

Facilities: The main area includes a beach bar, Chiringuito, a small library with several board games and a pool table. There is a separate restaurant, open-sided to admit the breeze. Spa treatments are available in the massage banda. The swimming pool is located close to the beach. The lodge offers a laundry service. Cameras can be charged in the manager’s house.

Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is a good mobile signal and Wi-Fi internet access is available outside reception.

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