While planning a short "hooray" trip to Tanzania, I have decided to avoid big cities and went straight on to search for some hide-away on the Zanzibar island.
Arrived late afternoon to Dar-es-Salaam on EK 725 daily flight from Dubai International. Unfortunately because of traffic I could not make it for the last ferry which costs USD 35 and had to rush back to airport to catch a plane. Must admit that the 20 minute journey on a small 12-passenger aircraft during sunset was rather overwhelming experience and well worth the USD 75.
After arriving to Zanzibar (make sure you have your yellow fever vaccination record on you) I got on a taxi for over an hour long journey to Kizimkazi beach.
It is located down south from Stone town in rural areas. The Kizimkazi village has max 1000 inhabitants and it is a very simple living. There is one small nursery, school and besides Dolphin lodge, another two small hotels.
I believe during my visit it was only myself and another couple staying in the hotel next door, who were visiting at that time. So yes, ultimate runaway from touristy hot spots.
Kizi Dolphin is a nice small and very well maintained house. The room has its own bathroom with flushing toilet and no water flow disruptions. Spacious and little harder bed with mosquito nets feels almost princessy and I personally recovered my huge sleep deficit during my two nights there. Everything is spotlessly clean. Staff is very friendly and you can expect anything but anonymous atmosphere of big hotels. It feels more like coming to stay in friends family house.
There is a descent meal menu, breakfast full of fresh sweet fruits and juices... heaven.
Downturn are the occasional power outages, especially in the evening.
Location is great, right by the beach, but you have to reach the strip where fishermen dock their boats.
Owner of the place also organizes trips tao snorkel with dolphins in open sea, trip to Stone town or romantic dinner on sand banks for couples.
It was not a matter of luxury and spoiling in its five star meaning. Zanzibar is still developing and life in the rural areas is very simple. People though are extremely friendly and security was no issue.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- a small lodge with 6 room all with toilet and balcony near the fisherman village of kizimkazi dimbani beach in the south of unguja island. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kizi Dolphin Hotel Kizimkazi
- Kizi Dolphin Lodge Zanzibar Island/Kizimkazi