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Gecko Nature Lodge
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Toronto, Canada
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40 reviews
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“Loved every moment!”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

A truly lovely place with lovely people running it.

From my very first enquiry email to Francisca I knew I would love this place! Her super enthusiastic and friendly response and her quick replies made us feel very welcome.

Even the drive to the lodge is fantastic, passing local villages and through the last remaining jungle- beautiful old trees, would have loved to hike through it if i had time! It is very remote! So once you arrive, you would stay till you depart.

We went mainly for the diving, which is AMAZING! I would have happily stayed 6 to 10 days, to dive, chillout, watch amazing sunsets with a drink in hand! It's the perfect place to forget everything! Lots of deep walls, gorgeous dive sites and very friendly dive centre staff! Though remember to chill out, nothing starts on time... Hakuna Matata.

The rooms are rustic and huge, good value for money. The food is also great, especially considering how remote the lodge is. We had outdoor dinners with the rest of the guests under the stars, every one gets to know eachother, then usually a fire burning for after-dinner drinks.

The best part is the staff, so friendly and accommodating, always ready to chat or help. I had a surprise planned for my boyfriend and the staff were all in on it (even the guests were sworn to secrecy and they gave me a alias name!) So much fun, and was so pleased with the staff being so accommodating and helpful! It went off without a hitch!

So I would definitely recommend this, and would love to visit again!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Xcalak, Mexico
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

I returned to Kervan Saray for 5 nites in Mid March this year. This time I brought my girlfriend and we had a wonderful time. I can't say enough good things about the friendly staff and warm reception we received. The food is very tasty and includes a lot of seafood, which we liked. The rooms are huge and comfy. The diving of course is the main reason to be here, since the reefs are fabulously teaming with fish and pristine coral. I have been diving for more than 30 years and have more than a 1000 logged dives, and this place still is one of my very, very favorites. Thats why I keep coming back. My girlfriend, who does not dive enjoyed the hiking, village visits, rainforest walks, snorkeling and kayaking. We are already planning next years return.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

A wonderful two weeks at Kervan Saray. Charming, friendly and attentive staff and a beautiful setting made for a very relaxing and extremely enjoyable stay. My room was perfect and the food was fantastic. The diving in particular is world class, they have a knowledgeable and highly experienced team and the best part is that I didn't see another dive boat once the whole time I was there!! I plan to come back when I can and wouldn't hesitate recommending it.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

Kervan Saray Beach Lodge is just perfect! Gorgeous rooms, mouthwatering meals, stunning nature, friendly staff and fantastic diving with Swahili divers. What else can one ask for?
I can only agree with what has been said already: thanks to the friendly staff and the relaxed ambience you feel at home straight away. And there's plenty to do and see even if you're not diving. The only real problem you might have is not having planned enough time there...

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Stone Town, Tanzania
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

After a hectic week at work We'd planned a few days away for some rest, recuperation & diving in Pemba! Kervan Saray is a little peace of heaven in the North-west of the island. The staff are really friendly and helpful, the rooms are stunning and the food is excellent. The relaxed ambience of the place makes you feel part of the Swahili divers family straight away and we made some really nice friends.
The diving, especially off "the wall" is spectacular and there is so much to see.
I'd happily recommend a trip here to anyone, diver or not. It's either great diving, forest walks, beaches, kayaking and cycling or lying by the sea with a good book. The perfect way to unwind!

Room Tip: Fear not, all the rooms are spacious and beautiful with real character
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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41 reviews
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

Very pleasant, tranquille place. Nice bungalows - big and clean. Set menu with very good food. Swahili divers are competent, nice and fun dive operator. The location is remote and with no near neighbours. Reading, relaxing, diving, walking and kayaking is the name of the game! We liked it a lot.

Room Tip: There was no gym or spa.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brasilia, DF
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

The Kervan Saray Beach Lodge is a fantastic place for who is looking for amazing dives and good accomodation. Everything works well!

The diving staff is excellent! Nice atmosphere! It is a place to meet people and make friends!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Gecko Nature Lodge
Address: Plot 29 | Pemba North, Tanzania (Formerly Kervan Saray Beach Lodge)
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Pemba Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Pemba Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Gecko Nature Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kervan Saray Beach Lodge is now the newly upgraded Gecko Nature Lodge a series of large airy bungalows beside the sea. Started as simple accommodation for divers , the Gecko Nature Lodge has evolved into a comfortable lodge for scuba divers, birders, sea kayakers, adventurous souls, as well as yoga retreat and a place to relax and unwind. A upgraded bar, pool, restaurant and expanded deck, allow our guests to really relax. new secret hideaways with Hammocks and DayBeds ahve been created providing privacy and serenity for our guestsThe Hotel is also home to Swahili Divers, Pemba’s first PADI 5 star dive centre and recently the first RAID center, The Gecko Nature Lodge is owner managed 100% of the time ... more   less 
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