Unguja Lodge is a small owner-run luxury hide-away enjoying a private and tucked away beach location in Kizimkazi on the southern tip of Zanzibar. Resident co-owners Ralph and Elies completed the design and building of Unguja in June 2007 using mostly locally sourced materials such as coral rock, ‘makuti’ (thatch) and the distinctive wood from the coconut tree for all its expertly handcrafted furniture. The lush and tropical garden with old mango and baobab trees are home to many indigenous animals including the rare Red Colobus monkey.

The 10 spacious villas at Unguja Lodge are all privately set and lavishly expansive. Each villa is beautifully built, crafted and furnished in Zanzibari style.

  • 7 Sea view Villas
  • 3 Baobab Villas.

The Sea view Villas all have magnificent direct sea view, including a private terrace directly overlooking the Menai Bay. The Baobab Villas have their own plunge pool and air-conditioning in the bedroom and are oriented towards the garden with several big baobab trees. The Baobab Villas have ocean views from the upstairs. All villas consist of a spacious bedroom, semi open-air ocean view sitting room (baraza-style), cloak room with private safe, second floor bedroom (where two or three children can sleep or where you can sit and relax) and a private terrace. From your ocean view terrace you can watch the local fishermen sailing the Indian Ocean and the breathtaking sunrise and sunset.

In room facilities include: Bathroom with large shower, wash hand basin, separate toilet, towels, soap, shampoo, creams, Mosquito net, mosquito spray & coils, ceiling fan, Cloakroom with private safe, Early morning tea and coffee served in the villas.

Restaurant & Bar
Unguja Lodge has fine cuisine using local ingredients seafood, herbs and spices.


  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Library & Reading corner
  • Tropical gardens with mango and baobab trees
  • Honeymoon extras
  • Internet service, long distance calls
  • Airport and tour transport
  • 24 hour electricity, back-up generator

The beach is accessible both from the lodge and also by a small nature trail (about 50m) that takes guests down to a small permanent beach.


  • ¬†Diving, snorkeling, dolphin and humpback whale watching
  • One Ocean Dive centre (www.zanzibaroneocean.com): snorkeling, diving, fishing, dhow excursions with picnics
  • Guided tour of Kizimkazi village
  • Day excursions to Stone Town, Jozani Forest, Prison Island and local spice farms