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Pongwe Beach Hotel

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Pongwe Beach Hotel


... is located in the Pongwe and Chwaka area on the east coast of Zanzibar Island off the Indian Ocean Coast of Tanzania.

Upsides ...

This high quality guest-house accommodation is set in a beautiful private cove at the back of a stunning coral lagoon. It has simple and relaxed main areas, a gorgeous infinity swimming pool and one of the finest beaches on the island, with a prime area for hammocks and loungers. There are 17 modest guest rooms. The lodge is privately owned and relatively low cost. It offers a good range of activities and is well positioned for getting out and about around the island.

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Downsides ...

The main potential downsides are that the accommodation is relatively simple and the beach is very tidal. There is also very little in the way of night-life in the area.

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When to visit ...

When it comes to deciding when to visit, the best times down on the coast are generally considered to be Jul/Oct and Dec/Mar, when there is usually slightly less rain and wind.

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A few words about prices ...

We are specialists in helping our guests to build the very best and most suitable safaris for the lowest possible prices. A safari can be a very expensive undertaking and we always do everything we can to meet your target budget.

Further up this page you will see our guide price for this place. This is the high season rate per person per night sharing a double room. For most people this should represent a worst case scenario, since various discounts usually apply at other times of year.

We guarantee that the prices we charge will be the same or, more often than not, considerably less than if you were to book directly with the owner. We also guarantee to match or beat any legitimate competitive quotations. Additionally, all our itineraries have fully itemised pricing, so that you can see exactly how much each element costs, which should provide you with great reassurance and help you to make decisions when fine-tuning your trip.

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How we like to include this lodge in trips ...

The Pongwe and Chwaka area is one of our favourite areas, partly because of its quietness, but largely due to the quality of the accommodation here. Although it is perhaps not ideal if you are looking to dive most days.

Pongwe Beach Hotel is one of our most popular lodges on Zanzibar, we have been recommending it to guests since 2003 and the feedback has always been overwhelmingly positive.

There is no doubt that the beach here is one of the best places to hang out on the whole of the East African coast, a really exceptional spot. Another great thing about the place is that it works for such a wide range of guests, in fact just about anyone who is keen to keep a lid on costs after an unavoidably expensive safari.

There's occasionally a few little niggles, but at this price that's to be expected. Getting rooms is usually the main issue, we could fill this place five times over in high season. Fortunately we have several of the rooms on allocation, so we can often help out even when it appears to be full. However, if you are big divers or kite-surfers then you may well be better off staying further north at Matemwe.

The majority of visitors stay here in this Pongwe area for 3 to 7 nights, often in combination with other parts of the island such as Matemwe, Bwejuu, Fumba, Kizimkazi and Stonetown or the islands of Pemba, Mafia or Fanjove.

These beach areas are commonly combined with safari areas such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Ruaha and Selous, as well as treks on Mount Kilimanjaro, usually in trips of 10 to 21 nights.

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Lenny Franklin
Lenny Franklin, Senior Safari Consultant
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