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Welcome to Zanzibar —Welcome to paradise

“Situated on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, the Pongwe Beach Hotel is a true paradise retreat, set within a secluded bay on the east coast of Zanzibar; an island in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Tanzania, Africa. We are a modestly sized hotel, with sixteen traditional beach-side cottages, and an intimate atmosphere.” “Affordable, laid-back luxury on one of the most idyllic palm-fringed beaches imaginable.” —

Pongwe Beach Hotel | Zanzibar | +255 (0)784 336 181 | UK Tel: + 44 (0)1424 440 889

The Perfect Beach

Pongwe Beach Hotel offers the perfect paradise island experience. The bay's clear blue waters — protected by the reef one kilometre from the shore — are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. If the midday sun becomes too strong you can retreat into the shade of the palm trees that line the white sandy beach, and sip a long, cool drink.


Pongwe Beach is a tranquil location; the ideal place to relax and enjoy Zanzibar’s distinctive, mellow pace. You can dive into the crystal clear waters of the Indian ocean, or stretch out and soak up the sun on the beach. It is the ideal retreat for those looking for that extra special honeymoon, or a holiday with an air of exclusivity.


We have our own traditional wooden long boat with which our guests may gain access to deep waters before and beyond the reef. This provides the ideal opportunity to go game fishing for tuna, marlin, barracuda and king fish. We also have snorkeling out at Mnemba Atoll where you can will find many coral species and marine life; and at Kizimkazi where sharks, dolphins and turtles can be found. Scuba diving can be arranged whether it be a day dive or a Padi open water course.

Welcome to Zanzibar Welcome to paradise

Dine in style

Welcome to Zanzibar Welcome

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Dine in style

Our consultant chef from England — who has spent time in the kitchens of the Dorchester Hotel, London; and the famous Lucas Carton, one of Paris’ finest 3 star Michelin restaurants — has advised and trained our own in-house chefs, so you can be assured that the crab, king prawn, and other fine local food will be prepared and cooked to the highest of international standards.

Welcome to Zanzibar

Welcome to paradise 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 also has its own private terrace where guests may enjoy the sunrise and a leisurely breakfast.


Sea view cottages

have traditional lime wash walls, and thatched roofs made from woven palm leaves. The size of our resort allows us to maintain a high standard of service, and even during peak-season the atmosphere at the Pongwe Beach Hotel remains relaxed, intimate and exclusive. We also have 24 hour around the clock reception, so no matter what time of the day (or night) we will be able to happily attend to you.

We also have 24 hour around the clock reception, so no matter what time of the day (or night) we will be able to happily attend to you.

If you would like take a trip around the island, or to Stone Town — the historic, bustling, cultural core of Zanzibar — we can arrange a car. Alternately, if you prefer a bit more freedom, you could hire a 4×4 jeep, or a motorbike. Or you may prefer to take to the ocean, and go out for a day cruising on our long boat, and combine it with some big game fishing and snorkeling.

Stone Town

It may not have a particularly romantic name, but Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, little changed in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This one-upmanship is particularly reflected in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors - there are more than 500 different examples of this handiwork. You can spend many idle hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways.

Traveling to Zanzibar & Pongwe Beach Pongwe Beach Hotel is located in a quiet bay on the north-east coast of Zanzibar. Locally known as Unguja, Zanzibar is a small island in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, about 60 kilometres from Tanzania’s principal port of Dar es Salaam. High-speed ferries regularly call at Zanzibar from Dar es Salaam, as well as inexpensive commuter flights from the domestic terminal of the Dar es Salaam airport. Getting Here Pongwe beach is a 35 kilometre drive on a good tarmac road from tone town. A taxi can be taken from both the airport and ferry port. Alternatively you can use our transfer service for $50.

At the Pongwe Beach Hotel we offer good value accommodation, while not sacrificing quality.

Lunch & dinner menu available to guests & nonresidents.

Double Rooms Prices stated are per person Overnight stay with breakfast included Subject to seasonal supplements / discounts Prices valid from February 2009 January, February, March, June, September, October, November, December $80 April, May $65 July, August $85 Single Room Supplement $20 Half-board Supplement $25

Booking Confirmation Procedure Should you wish to make a confirmed booking, a 25% accommodation deposit is required which is payable by bank transfer into our Tanzanian bank account. Balance accommodation payment is required via the same method one month prior to arrival date.

Transport Airport pickup (each way) $50 Jeep hire (per day) $60 Motorbike hire (per day) $30 Other facilities Spice tour $100 Game fishing (half day inc. lunch) $300 Snorkeling $15 Snorkelling equipment hire Free! Scuba diving Padi Discover Scuba Dive $173 Padi Scuba Diver Course (2 days) $363 Transport per vehicle per day $60

Booking Cancellation Policy Customers cancelling reservations will be liable to pay the following charges - the time specified being the time between cancellation and the schedule arrival date: 1 month - 25% 14 days - 50% 7 days - 75% 48 hrs - 100% (% of total invoice on room rate only) Payment at the hotel can be made with the following: Cash - USD, GBP, Euro and Tanzanian shillings Card – Visa and Mastercard ONLY (5% service charge) Traveller’s Cheques – USD, GBP (10% service charge) To book, please contact us.

Pongwe Beach Hotel | Zanzibar | +255 (0)784 336 181 | UK Tel: + 44 (0)1424 440 889

PONGWE BEACH HOTEL Pongwe Beach Zanzibar P.O. Box 297 Pongwe Zanzibar +255 (0)784 336 181 (Zanzibar) +255 (0)773 169 096 (Zanzibar after 7pm) +44 (0)1424 440 889 (United Kingdom)

Photography and publication Tim Nathan 2010

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