Situated on one of Zanzibar's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Unguja Lodge is small but very luxurious beach hideaway, offering a perfect blend of casual elegance and friendly first class service. Just 30 minutes southwest of Zanzibar's historic capital, Stone Town, with its magnificent architecture and ancient culture, the Lodge is concealed well away from the busy tourist areas, making it the perfect venue for enjoying the peace and tranquillity of this tropical island paradise. Fumba Beach Lodge is the first and only lodge offering accommodation on the pristine Fumba Peninsula.
To enter the world of Zanzibar is to step through the looking glass into the world of a thousand and one nights and black eyes that smile from behind deep veils. There's a House of Wonders and a street of food, a Palace Museum, an ancient slave market, an age-old fort, a ruined harem and the house where Dr Livingstone once lived. There are Red Colobus Monkeys and dolphins and a bright tapestry of Arab, African and Swahili culture, folklore and cuisine that are as mesmeric as myth.
Zanzibar, the spice island of Tanzania is one of the continent's most famous destinations when it comes to beach travel, beach vacations, beach resorts and Tanzania holiday options. Offering excellent beach hotels, coral reef discovery, water sports, family holidays, spice tours and ocean paradise islands.
Location and season
The Lodge is just 30 minutes drive from Stone Town. There are regular flights to Mombasa and Nairobi and a ferry service operating between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam and Pemba. Menai Bay is in the south-western corner of Zanzibar with Fumba to the west and Unguja Ukuu to the east. It encompasses several coral reefs offering rich marine life, a sea turtle breeding area and extensive mangrove forests.
Dhows also link Zanzibar with Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Bagamoyou and Mombasa.
When to go: Zanzibar enjoys a typical Equatorial climate. From December to March the weather is hot and relatively dry. The cooler, dry period from June to October is also pleasant. Heavy rains can be expected from March to the end of May and short rains during the month of November.
The island of Zanzibar is known as the ‘Spice Island' because of its long-standing association with the clove industry. A low-lying stretch of land, approximately 37 km off the coast of Tanzania, it is a place of wonder, magic and mystery. Zanzibar Town, on the western side of the island is made up of a labyrinth of winding lanes, ancient stone houses, Arabian arches, heavy carved wooden doors, circular towers, narrow latticed windows, overhanging balconies and a fascinating selection of bazaars, curio shops, art galleries and spice troves. To the north of the town lie mile upon mile of pristine beaches, which end at the northern tip of the island with the dhow centre and tourist resort of Nungwi. Yet more stunning beaches lie along the eastern shore. The Zanzibar archipelago also includes the neighbouring island of Pemba and numerous small islands off shore to include Changuu (Prison Island), Bawi, Cahwani (Grave Island), Tumbatu, Mnemba, Chumbe and the sandbanks of Nyange, Pange and Murogo.
The lodge offers 7 Seaview Villas and 3 Baobab Villas (with spacious bedroom, large double bed, mosquito net, ceiling fan, small cloakroom with safe, built in cupboards, spacious open plan sitting room, large open plan shower room with separate WC. There is also a loft with an additional double bed and private terrace. All villas have an ocean view terrace and are decorated in traditional Zanzibar style.
Dining and bars
The lodge offers the Dhow beach bar and swimming pool and an open-air restaurant offering international and local cuisine. The lodge prides itself on the level of its cuisine, which is a fusion of Mediterranean and Swahili cuisine. which makes use of fresh organic vegetables, fruits and herbs from the lodge's own garden, locally grown spices and locally caught fish, which is delivered daily and includes tuna, snapper, barracuda, lobsters, prawns and crabs.
The lodge welcomes children (additional beds and cots available). A family villa is also offered.
What to see and do
Picnics and day trips
Take a traditional Zanzibari dhow to one of the many stunning archipelago islands. Trips include exploration of the Menai Bay area, home to the Bottlenose and Indo-pacific humpback dolphin.
Komonda Island Picnic
Take a motorized dhow to one of the largest and most abundant reefs in Menai Bay for a snorkel, and then on to the petrified coral islands of Komonda, including a mangrove forest tour. Buffet lunch provided.
Take a motorized dhow to the Pungume reef for snorkeling, and then on to the sandbank with a 360 degree view of the turquoise blue Indian Ocean. Buffet lunch provided.
Fishing and snorkel excursions
Both deep sea and hand line fishing trips are offered. Snorkelling trips can be tailored to the visitors specification, with picnic lunch or fruit and cake.
The lodge has its own swimming pool. Kayaks and windsurfers available for rental. The lodge also has its own Dive Centre. There is also a library and reading room.
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