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“Not bad but be careful of being scammed”
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Mikadi Beach
Lausanne, Switzerland
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“Not bad but be careful of being scammed”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Stayed two nights at Mikadi Beach. Great location though not the most convenient being on the other side of the harbour. The bandas are nice enough though there was no fresh water as promised by the sign in the bathroom (filtered sea water maybe) or any toilet paper and we had to ask repeatedly for a mosquito net.

Bar area is very cool. Nice pool. Comfy area with a couple of hammocks and food was good - all on the beach. Slightly disconcerting that there are signs everywhere saying how dangerous the area is, though the campsite itself is apparently safe and guarded by masai.

However, beware of the tuk tuk's that they might arrange for you. The bar staff called one of their regular tuk tuk drivers - Kim - who took us to the ferry port for Zanzibar to buy tickets for travel that day. However, he did not take us directly, he took us to some dodgy travel agent instead who promptly ripped us off on the tickets and we were none the wiser until we then went to the actual ferry port where we could have saved $20 each. We should have been wiser to this obvious scam, but we trusted the Mikadi Beach staff and that their regular tuk tuk drivers could be trusted. No doubt Kim and perhaps even the bar the staff did quite well out of it.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Trondheim, Norway
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Stayed for three nights at Mikadi beach and had a great time. Wonderful staff. Saltwater showers and tap water, which is not that uncommon in tanzania in general. Small but charming bandas on the beach and a nice chillout zone with pool and pooltable.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

Me and my husband stayed at Mikadi twice before and after our trip to Zanzibar. We have been priviledged to stay in a small cottage (they call it a Banda) right on the beach with the high tide surf just a few metres away. Sleeping facility is a mattress on the floor, but sufficient for good rest with mosquito nets. Ablutions are clean. Water for the showers are salt water but fresh water is provided for rinse. Food from the restaurant is expensive but good serving size. Close to the ferry that goes across to Dar es Salaam city.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

mikadi beach was a lovely place, nice hammocks, bandas pool. but what does any of that matter when the staff steal? Every time I left anything anywhere it disappeared. Sun tan cream, expensive mosquito repellent, my mobile phone, but most upsetting my kindle. I'm away travelling for months and had only just arrived, and I read lots. Having my kindle stolen was heartbreaking. Not the cost so much, but the mega inconvenience.

It must have been staff at the hotel, as the items disappeared on different days. The beach has Askari (guards) and signs everywhere warning not to to visit the public beach in case you get robbed! very ironic!

Of course I spoke to the owner, a number of times. He was TOTALLY uninterested.

So I have to say - DO NOT STAY HERE.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

Value for its kind and the right banda can make it worth a few days stay. Relaxing atmosphere, decent food. Can get a bit crowded over weekends and the beach is not very tempting and distanced from the center of town by the ferry which is also positive as long as your not going around by car.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

Trevalled out to Tanzania on my own. Stayed a few days here either side of my trip to Kili/Safari/Zanzibar. Really nice place with a good vibe! Well stocked bar and varied menu which is good as no where to eat nearby unless you take a tuk-tuk. Food can take awhile, but that's no different from other places.

Having travelled around much of Tanzania - toilets and showers at the lodge were excellent! Toilet paper present!! Banda's were simple but all with a great view. Beach was clean, quiet and easy to swim out. Swimming pool was fab too!

Staff were friendly and welcoming. Konagi (local rum) slushes were amazing! Thank you to Lionel (manager) for making my stay really fun and for looking after me so well!

Well run place, efficient and lots of useful information on local notice board. Definitely a good place to stay especially if travelling on your own.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Oslo
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

A really nice location. Really nice and clean beach! We liked the place very much, unfortunatly the bandas we had was not the best. The matresses was horrible, my fiance got a lot of bedbugbites.

Toilets were good and the showers as well.

The food wasn't great, either the service - we had to wait 50 minutes for a pancake and a toast because the kitchen wasn't open at 08.30 in the morning. We recommend taking a tuk-tuk into town and eat there, recommend Serena hotell.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mikadi Beach
Address: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
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Ranked #16 of 119 Speciality Lodging in Dar es Salaam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mikadi Beach Lodge derives its name from the Mikadi tree which thrives along the beautiful Tanzanian coastline. Jo (Zimbabwean) & Lucho (Chilean) married and owner/managers, took over the lodge in February 2008 and since then have embarked on a complete refurbishment of the place. If you have your heart and soul in a place this emanates to staff and clients alike. We are in love with Mikadi and that shows in everything we do to make your stay with us both enjoyable and memorable. They say location is everything and we are in the perfect location! We are only 15 / 20 mins from the Zanzibar ferry so ideally placed for those travellers wanting to visit Zanzibar. ... more   less 
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