Hotels in Zanzibar Near the Beach Nungwi to Kendwa

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Hotels in Zanzibar Near the Beach Nungwi to Kendwa, Tanzania

This article and video will help you choose the best hotels in Zanzibar near the beach. Nungwi or Kendwa? Everyone who comes to Zanzibar wants a decent Hotel on the beach.

North Nungwi,

This is the lovely quiet side of Nungwi Beach where you have the Turtle Aquarium at the end on the south. Double Tree by Hilton is in this area in a fantastic beach spot. Other Hotels include Flame Tree Cottages and Smiles Beach Hotel.Smiles Beach Hotel. The beach has a more local feel with fishermen and ladies and the traditional Dhow boats early in the morning. I would say this is the nicest beach in Nungwi and fairly quiet. However it does have a bit of seaweed on the sand.

Nungwi Village

You can’t go to Nungwi without visiting the village. Just walk around and see real life in Nungwi.  It astonishes me that its literally 2 minutes walk behind these hotels. You can almost get anything you want there, but you might take a while trying to find it. A real African village to explore, with a lot of character and you can meet some wonderful friendly people. Hotels near the vilage include Ebony and Ivory, Union Bungalows, Paradise Beach Bungalows, Amaan Bungalows and Z Hotel.

South Nungwi

This area gets more crowded, especially around the Z Hotel area and there are a lot of tour touts offering to sell you boat trips to islands. They are friendly but after the tenth time it can get a bit annoying. Amaan Hotel is also around here which is an affordable hotel is recommended. There are a more restaurants and bars around here and its one of the best places to eat seafood near Paradise Bungalows in the evening. As you move south it gets more quieter with large resorts like Bao Bab Hotel and Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort.

Nungwi Beach



The beach starts to get bigger and quieter again. There are mostly international tourists around this area. Reaching Kendwa, more hotels, noticeably Hotel La Gemma dell’ Est is a large Resort that is popular with foreigners in this area. Kendwa Rocks Hotel is the mecca of Kendwa. It has local and foreign tourists, so it’s a great mix.

Hotels featured in this video:

Double Tree by Hilton
Flame Tree Cottages
Smiles Beach Hotel
Ebony and Ivory
Union Bungalows
Paradise Beach Bungalows
Amaan Bungalows
Z Hotel
Bao Bab Hotel
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort
Vera Club
Hotel La Gemma dell’ Est
Kendwa Rocks Hotel


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Russell is a Chartered RIBA Architect from the UK living and working in Tanzania. You can subscribe if you like:

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