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Pongwe Beach Hotel

Budget Standard Luxury Campsite Permanent Campsite Lodge Hotel

Fast Facts

  • 16 rooms – 13 beachfront and 3 garden view
  • Ceiling fans
  • Mosquito nets
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Library
  • Kayaks
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • WIFI
  • Laundry

General Information

The Pongwe Beach Hotel is set in a beautiful little cove that is sheltered on both sides by a small coral outcrop,  as the hotel owns the land around it as well, there are no hawkers on the beach at all.  The charm is certainly in the setting with the beach ‘arguably’ the best on Zanzibar!

The setting is without doubt beautiful, and although Pongwe’s activities and facilities are somewhat limited, the lodge has its own traditional wooden long boat that provides the opportunity to go fishing.  Hotel staff can also organize snorkeling out at Mnemba Atoll where you will find many coral species and marine life,  and at Kizimkazi where sharks, dolphins and turtles can be found.

The resort’s beautiful gardens surround sixteen beach front Zanzibarian cottages. You will find various local hand crafted Zanzibarian doors and traditional beds. All cottages have en-suite bathrooms, with Moroccan style walk in showers. Each cottage has its own private terrace where guests may enjoy the sunrise and a leisurely breakfast.

The sea view cottages have traditional lime wash walls, and thatched roofs made from woven palm leaves. The size of the resort allows for a high standard of service, and even during peak-season the atmosphere at the Pongwe Beach Hotel remains relaxed, intimate and exclusive.


Pongwe Beach Hotel is located on Pongwe beach on the east coast of Zanzibar Island