Unguja Lodge

Tanzania

This was our favourite location but was quite "bohemian" and unlike any other places we have stayed. A toilet with no wall opening onto the jungle and a villa which was accessible (apart from the bedroom) to monkeys and other wildlife would not suit everybody. We loved it but when I recounted our tales to a friend he said his wife would have been on the first plane home! Just be wary of who you send there. The pool area was really well done. Excellent staff.

Name: Mr. Chris Humphries

Date of trip: 31/01/2019

Number of people: 2

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We also loved this place (very different after safari though). We spoke to the manager about the sustainability initiatives (all built with locally sourced materials, soaps made with coconut oil, water refilling). Got a lovely fruit platter welcome and wedding congratulations card, and our towels turned into swans on the bed when we arrived. The huts are wonderful, we had a sea front one, which is divine, having view of the sea and a palm tree from your bedroom, and our own little terrace area to watch the sun set into the sea. They also kindly provided sparkling wine to our hut, to enjoy at sunset. We went on a snorkelling trip, which was fab. The coral reef here is in better condition than the Great Barrier Reef, so you should see plenty of colour and diversity still, even though even here climate change is having its effects (some of the corals phosphorolising or dying). There is even some coral and colour fish just behind the lodge, but the diversity is definitely better if you go out with the boat - it's worth it. We didn't go on any of the other trips they run, but they offer an extensive menu (dolphin, dhow boat, Stone Town, local village, spice tour), so anything you may have come to Zanzibar for, the lodge should be able to arrange for you. There is also some wildlife within the grounds of the lodge. Syke's monkeys are clever, cheeky sods which will (apparently) raids huts for the tasty coconut oil-based soaps (so you are advised to lock this away) or any food that you put on the table at the poolside. Very cute are the sengi, which we loved seeing snuffling in the undergrowth. Also plenty of bat activity. They do good cocktails, a different special every night. And the food is amazing. There is quite a bit of choice, and especially absolutely spoilt for sea food, fresh daily locally. A great place to relax after a thrilling but tiring safari.

Name: Ms. Olivia Maes

Date of trip: 05/09/2018

Number of people: 2

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As we were the only couple here we felt very spoiled. The lodges were fabulous .The service and food were excellent the chef even cooked a traditional Swahili meal for us at our request. The manager was very pleasant and the pool area was also very pleasant. The addition of a colony of monkeys was very charming.

Name: Ms. Christine Parker

Date of trip: 26/05/2017

Number of people: 2

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Where do I start?! We've just returned from a fantastic 10 nights at this lodge and can't find a single negative thing to say. Despite arriving on a wet Monday, the welcome was warm and friendly. We had villa 10 and although this was a garden view room, we were not disappointed. The communal areas were open-air and spacious and the bedroom air conditioned and secure. The plunge pool in our villa was refreshing, with a cold beer, after a hot day on the beach. Every day we woke up to find another animal to identify in the grounds and would typically have the monkeys use our upstairs day-bed as a play area. What made this place so special, I can't say without revealing all the secrets. However, it's amazing how the small things can go a long way. While we were there it was announced the lodge had just won an award for best sustainable hotel in Africa. I fully support the award, as they are committed to the immediate area and local village. I would strongly recommend this as the place to stay if you are in Zanzibar, as you get to experience the local culture and wildlife, rather than being in a big complex that could be anywhere in the world.

Name: Miss. Jennifer Thomson

Date of trip: 16/11/2014

Number of people: 2

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Wow! What can we say. There aren\'t words enough to praise this place. It was a beautiful setting and we were treated extremely well. The warmth and friendliness were amazing. We truly have left a piece of our hearts in this place. Must return!

Name: L&R Ayton

Date of trip: 08/06/2014

Number of people: 2

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Client Rating for Tanzania 5/5 from 217 reviews

Wow! What can we say. There aren\'t words enough to praise this place. It was a beautiful setting and we were treated extremely well. The warmth and friendliness were amazing. We truly have left a piece of our hearts in this place. Must return!

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