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“The best place to relax at Zanzibar” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kichanga Lodge
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“The best place to relax at Zanzibar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014

This place is amazing, I highly recommend it! Nice staff, great location and cozy bungalows. This part of Zanzibar doesn't offer much when it comes to parties and urban adventures, but if you love the ocean or just want to relax, Kichanga is the right place for you. Lounging on sunbeds, swimming in the ocean, taking long walks along the beach when the tide is out, etc. You can do a lot or nothing at all. The hotel also offers excursions and we were very happy when we went snorkeling with a local guide.

The rooms don't have AC but were comfortable anyway.

The only bad thing is the ultra slow internet connection, only available in the reception/lounge area, and you have to pay extra for it. But on the other hand, maybe a relaxing vacation at Zanzibar should be offline?

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chorleywood, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2014

We had a wonderful seven night stay at Kichanga at the start of August. It is a beautiful spot, every bit as lovely as the photos suggest, and the staff were, without exception, friendly, attentive and eager to make our stay as happy as possible. Before booking Kichanga, I spent a lot of time researching different accommodation options on Zanzibar as we were very specific about what we wanted (and husband works in the hotel industry so can be "difficult to please"!). If you are after glitz and excitement then Kichanga is definitely not for you but, if you are looking for somewhere, as we were, which oozes calm, has a truly fabulous and unspoilt location, "rustic palatial" accommodation, great staff and no need to ever change out of your shorts and flip flops, then it's the place for you.

There are lovely walks, both north (for nature) and south (for more beach activity), boat trips in Kichanga's dhow (far better value than the crowded snorkeling trips sold further down the beach), and a truly idyllic stretch of near private beach to just lie on and listen to the waves while you wait for afternoon tea. The Lodge arranged our snorkeling trip, lunch at The Rock Restaurant, a Spice Farm visit, a trip to Stone Town (all of which I would recommend) and the best birthday that my daughter will ever have!

We also really liked the fact that the Lodge is very involved with, and supportive of the local community, in part through the great work of The Kichanga Foundation. I suspect there isn't anywhere else on Zanzibar where you can have an experience of this quality but still feel that you have stepped lightly on this beautiful island.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

Booked a stay here as part of a package safari with our UK company 'pure Zanzibar'. Excellent accomadation and lovely staff. Very polite and clean and attentive to detail. Nigel and Sylvie his wife (owners) personally oversee the details and made sure our stay was comfortable. Highly recommend.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kichanga, General Manager at Kichanga Lodge, responded to this review, 11 September 2014
asante sana for such a nice review very happy that you enjoyed Kichanga Losge
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Tikrit, Iraq
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

I am already planning to go back to Zanzibar and I will definitely stay at Kichanga Lodge. I absolutely loved this place. I also stayed at the sister resort and Kichanga was best by far. The resort is nice and spread out so you can walk around and explore, may even see a monkey running around. The bungalow villa we stayed in was huge with two floors, a gigantic balcony with an incredible view and direct access to the lovely, soft sand beach. Good food, good drinks and excellent service. The staff and management were absolutely amazing. This place is highly recommended.

Room Tip: Ask for the ocean view villa!!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kichanga, General Manager at Kichanga Lodge, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Thank you for such a great review we are looking forward to see you very soon
asante sana
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Deventer, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

Our stay in Kichanga was WONDERFUL!

- THOUGHTFULL! Staff is very friendly. Good service, very polite.
- SPECIAL DETAILS! Sunhats and beachbag in room, extra pillow on beachbed.
- GREAT! Juice in the morning and tea time in the afternoon. Good food.
- ROMANTIC! Rooms are beautiful. Clean. Nice hot shower.
- PEACEFULL! The beach is between 2 cliffs, feels like a private beach.
- KIDS-FRIENDLY! Nigel (owner) was very thoughtful when our son was not feeling well.

Thank you for the GREAT TIME!

Greeting, Ka-Man Boom

Room Tip: We had room 3: A big room, sea view, nice terrace with chairs and hangbed, nice hot shower, a lot of...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Kichanga, General Manager at Kichanga Lodge, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Hello
thank you very much for your nice review , very much appreciated , happy you had a good time with us
all the best
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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

We never expected to arrive to the most beautiful bay ever visited. Kichanga is just the perfect place to relax and enjoy the nature, the lodge is surrounded by palm trees and has a beautiful view on the seaside. Our Bungalow, the Ocean view Villa was just a few steps away from the beach. All the lodge is built and furnished with natural materials making the place very special. The beach has perfect facilities, a bar with delicious indulgiaces for tea time and a range of tropical juices to take while tanning in the sun. Kichanga also offers a tour with a local wooden boat to explore the wonderful corals and fish. By renting the boat you can have lunch at the amazing restaurant on the rock which is just a few miles away, a truly romantic and unique place with excellent food. You can also do this by renting a kayak. The Swahili kitchen at the lodge is great and has a great variety of dishes. The staff is friendly,welcoming and helpful .

Room Tip: The Bungalows with the ocean view are the best.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kichanga, General Manager at Kichanga Lodge, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
I am really happy you enjoyed your stay at Kichanga Lodge and that you even liked The Rock for us it is a small pearl in the ocean . asante Ana
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New Radnor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

Whatever you are hoping for from your stay on Zanzibar, Kinchanga Lodges will be able to satisfy your dreams. From its beautiful location, well off the beaten track, with palm-fringed white sands to the comfortable lodges with views of the Indian Ocean to the memorable meals served in the club house, everyone who works at Kichanga is committed to making your visit truly memorable. Want to dine out at The Rock, surely one of the most romantic dining experiences anywhere? Then Kichanga is the place for you. Want to go out in your own boat to snorkel in the clear blue waters of a lagoon? Yes, Kichanga will fix it for you. Fancy a massage right on the beach being lulled to sleep by the sound of the sea? You can at Kichanga. Stop dreaming and just go. Whatever your age, there is something at Kichanga for you.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kichanga, General Manager at Kichanga Lodge, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
so beautifull to make " satisfy your dreams" hope to see you soon back in Kichanga lodge
asante sana
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Property: Kichanga Lodge
Address: Michamvi 2424, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Michamvi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Michamvi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Kichanga Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A little resort with a private beach and beautiful charming cottages, surrounded by a luxuriant tropical garden. In perfect harmony with the natural environment, Kichanga Lodge is an unforgettable place for those who love nature and romantic atmospheres......... ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Kichanga Hotel Michamvi
Kichanga Hotel Zanzibar
Kichanga Resort Zanzibar
Kichanga Lodge Zanzibar Island/Michamvi

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