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Nungwi, North Zanzibar

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An August 2003 trip to Zanzibar by Marianne

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Nungwi, North Zanzibar

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Overview

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The most important island of the Zanzibar archipelago is Unguja, mistakenly referred to as Zanzibar. Nungwi is at its northern most tip. It is a favourite with young people who enjoy the diving, the beaches, and the nightlife, but only on Friday and Saturday night. All budget hotels are on the west side. And if there are not too many clouds, the sunsets are beautiful. On the east side, there are three upmarket hotels: Mnarani Beach Cottages, Sazani Beach Lodge and Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel HIGHLIGHTSDivingat Mnemba Atoll, ...Read More

Amaan Bungalows

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Hotel

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Bags come down from the roof. The whole content of the shuttle bus empties itself, hustle and bustle at the reception desk. Amaan Bungalows is as far as the shuttle bus goes. This vantage position and the wide variety of rooms and prices make it a popular place. Most guests are between 25 and 35 years of age and in their first or second job. There’s a broad spectrum of nationalities. They come for the sun, which is conspicuously absent in July and August, and content themselves with the superb dives, which are truly spectacular and can be arranged by the Dive Shop of Amaan Bungalows. . We had a self-contained room, with hot water. The room itself is sparsely furnished: two double beds ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 1, 2004

Amaan Bungalows
Nungwi Beach
Zanzibar, Tanzania
+255775044719

Amaan Cottages Restaurant

Restaurant | "Amaan Cottages Restaurantt"

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The food in Amaan Restaurant is not of the superb quality the website and brochures made me believe. We had shallow fried snapper, which was a bit heavy on the stomach, ordered with chips, but served with fried rice, slightly too greasy. No complaints about the stewed vegetables, though. Their pizzas are a better choice. They are freshly made in a wood-burning oven. But they are nothing to write hone about. Prices are about Tsh 4000 (4 euros) per dish or pizza. Allow one hour from the time you order until the food is on the table and longer if you are unlucky and a bigger party has ordered before you. The view from the restaurant is superb; it overlooks the ocean and has ama...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 1, 2004

Amaan Cottages Restaurant
Nungwi Beach
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Ras Nungwi Beach Resort Restaurant

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Restaurant

Ras Nungwi Beach Resort Restaurant Photo, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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"Nungwi is the driest place of Zanzibar. Be responsible with water," I read when I washed my hands. "We get our water by tank transport." This big tank in a dust of cloud had passed me on my way. Big tanks which transport milk or petrol in the first world. I looked out of the window and saw a lush garden, flowers and green trees, no shortage of water. I don’t know why the management of Ras Nungwi makes tourists believe that there is water shortage on the island. There are no water pipes and thus no running water and that’s the problem. There is enough water in the wells and water reservoirs under the surface, filtered by chalk. It is of excellent quality so much so that Zanzibar mineral water is bottl...Read More

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Ras Nungwi Beach Resort Restaurant
1.7 km from the lighthouse
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Kendwa Beach

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Attraction

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From Nungwi, it is just over an hour’s walk via a dirt road to reach Kendwa. It is less than 30 minutes via the beach, but that’s only possible at low tide unless you want to wade waist high through the water or scramble onto sharp-edged coral cliffs and get entangled in spiky shrubs. A narrow path, children asking for ‘pen school’, a wide vista, azure blue ocean, and surf crashing on to the shore of Tumbatu island in the distance. We are in Kendwa. The owner of Malaika Cottages shows us his rooms, bare with Zanzibar beds, a kind of four-poster. "Only $10," he says hopefully. His place is deserted. A wide sweep of fine sandy beach, dhows, fishing boats. "Come and see my shop." We fo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 1, 2004

Kendwa Beach
South of Nungwi
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Responsible Tourism

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Story/Tip

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There is a plea to tourists on the notice board: "Please sign the petition for a better surfaced road to Nungwi". And indeed the road is bad. The irony is that there used to be a tarmac road and some vestiges are still there. But it must have been many years ago that it was in top condition. So what happens with the money the tourists spend? The road is wide enough but the surface is appalling; in fact, it’s non-existing. It’s uneven and severely potholed. Vehicles even at low speed are engulfed in a cloud of dust, which settles on everyone and everything. The villagers have to use it to get to the stand posts to fill their drums with water every day and sometimes twice a day. There is heavy tr...Read More