Unguja Lodge is an upmarket small lodge near Kizimkazi on the southern tip of Zanzibar. It offers guests a truly personal Zanzibar experience in an unpretentious and relaxed atmosphere.
A relaxed beach lodge with a friendly, laid-back atmosphere
Unguja Lodge is immersed in nature, and away from the main tourist resorts
On site PADI dive centre, with access to largely unexplored dive sites
The open-plan villas might not suit everyone
During high tide, the adjacent beach all but disappears
Accommodation consists of 10 spacious Private Villas and 2 Family Houses. From your ocean view terrace you can watch the local fishermen sailing the Indian Ocean. A breathtaking sunrise and sunset is all yours, and all bungalows are beautifully decorated in Zanzibar style.
All offer the following amenities:
- spacious bedroom with double bed (185 x 215 cm), mosquito net, ceiling fan and private safe
- open plan sitting room (baraza-style)
- open plan spacious shower room
- separate toilet
- loft with extra DBL bed
- private terrace
6 sea view villas
All have direct sea view, including a private terrace, directly overlooking the Menai Bay.
1 back row sea view villa
The same as the sea view villas, but is situated a little bit behind one of the sea view villas. This villa still has beautiful sea view.
3 baobab villas
Situated in the garden around a huge baobab tree. These villas have no sea view, but all three have their own plunge pool and AC in the bedroom.
Both houses have direct sea view and consists of the following:
- bedroom with DBL bed (185 x 215 cm), mosquito net, ceiling fan, AC , bathroom/toilet en-suite
- extra open plan bathroom/toilet
- open plan sitting room
- sitting room inside
- sea view terrace
- two smaller bedrooms both with 2 single beds that can be put together to make a double bed, mosquito nets, fan, AC, bathroom/toilet en-suite
- swimming pool: In the middle of the tropical garden, a large specially conditioned swimming pool is situated. You can relax at the pool while enjoying the services from the bar and restaurant. For divers to be, the pool is the start of their adventure.
- bar: After diving or snorkeling, watching dolphins or after a relaxing day on the beach you can retreat to the bar area overlooking the ocean and enjoy an excellent cocktail made with fresh fruit. Bar snacks are served with sundowners.
- free wireless internet
- laundry service
- library and reading corner
The restaurant serves an excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner. The chef makes use of many local Zanzibar ingredients such as fresh seafood and exotic spices.
A private barbeque lunch on one of the small deserted islands near the southern coast is a special treat and can be organized for you.
Early morning tea and coffee is served in the villas.
snorkeling: A traditional dhow takes you to the most beautiful parts of the protected Menai Bay. After snorkeling a barbeque lunch can be organized for you on the beach of a deserted island not far from the Kizimkazi coast.
dolphin encounters: Kizimkazi is well known for the many dolphins which inhabit the area. With a dhow Unguja Divers takes you out to find them. Although they are wild animals they swim close to the boat for you to watch and enjoy.
exploring Zanzibar: Visits to all of the interesting places on Zanzibar will gladly be organised for you. Additionally to the well known places of interest such as Jozani Forest Reserve, Stonetown, spice farms and Prison Island, you will also have the possibility to visit many less known places as well. With each tour, you will be under the professional care of a local guide selected to suit your itinerary. A tour through the local village of Kizimkazi (guided by one of the villagers) is offered too.
Unguja Divers operates the diving and snorkeling activities. Whether you are an experienced diver or a novice, the instructors give you the opportunity to discover the stunning undersea world of the Indian Ocean in a way suiting your personal wishes.
At the house reef in front of the resort you can enjoy beautiful coral, a diversity of tropical fish and other spectacular sea-life. A traditional dhow can take you to more remote locations. There you meet the big ones such as reef sharks, barracudas and sometimes even a whale shark. From September until December humpback whales are often seen.
For real adventurous divers Unguja Divers organize exploration dives: they go out to look for the real untouched parts of the Indian Ocean using GPS and echo sounder.
Unguja Divers also offers you a broad range of dive courses.
Their professional and experienced instructors are all PADI certified and speak several languages.
Of course you will dive with modern, well maintained, high quality equipment.
The flora and fauna at Unguja Lodge are beautiful: there are very old mango trees and many baobab trees. The site also offers a home to many animals: the very rare red colobus monkeys are regular visitors and black tail monkeys and dik-diks can also be seen.
A small nature trail (about 50m) takes you to a small, permanent tidal beach.