Stayed in Kaure for 4 days 3 nights in early september & if you like to go somewhere & relax within the quiet cofides of a small family run hotel right on the beach fo less than $20 a head then you could do much worse. The place is only small with an open hall with a bar & restaurant on one side plus reception & a row lovely bungalow accomodation on the other with landscape gardens in between (garden maybe 15mtrs wide). Its ran & owned by Petra (Swedish) virtually all of the people staying there were Italian (all staff seemed to speak Italian & Swahili) & has a real family business feel to it. Like all places in east africa it is a compound thats open to the beach with secuirty 24/7 (As with everywhere dressed as massi). On one side of the beach is a row of beach shack shops (8) selling the same things they sell everywhere in east africa (masai wares) & a bar/restaurant (closed whole time we were there). To the right the beach runs for a mile where it was safe enough to stroll day or night. There was a lot of seaweed when the tide was in maybe the first 10 feet of water but the further you went down the beach the less it got. The local buisness men have what seems to be common to east african beaches where there is an invisable line that they & the hotel know & you will spot it by the 2nd day. You can sit on a sunbed 2mtrs from it completely relaxed then get up for a quick swim in ocean & you cross the line,The hawkers will pounce they will even try & sell you things while your swimming 20 mtrs away waiting for you to get back out. But this happens everywhere in east africa you cant escape it. But Kaure is true to the rule aswell that while within the area of the hotel including its invisable beach wall you will not be hassled at all. The rooms were cleaned everyday, fairly spacious, contained a large fan & 4 poster large double bed with full mosquito net, a large shelf unit for clothes an open rail, 2 low chairs & a table. The bathroom was the highlight as the shower space was decorated in shells although there was no hot water. Outside on the verander everyone had a small whicker table & chairs. The restaurant was okay & we ate here most days & the breakfast which is included in the price was also standard fruit & eggs as in most places, Dont expect food after 8 at night though. We ventured into town which there is absolutly nothing to do unless you like football in which case we played football with the locals everynight & walked back to the hotel in the dark with no trouble or hassles at all & most people were friendly enough with a pleasant "jambo" to all. There are no cash machines that side of the island & no one takes cards so make sure you have plenty of cash to pay hotel & food bill. A taxi there from Zanzibar was about $25, the tuk tuk back to zanzibar was $2 plus $1 for our rucksacks but at least someone looked after them on the roof while we enjoyed the journey with the locals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kaure Sand Beach Lodge is composed of 6 bungalows made in "makuti", a little restaurant à la carte (30 seats), a beach bar.The rooms are located in the cosy garden, all equipped with local furnitures in wood, traditional four poster bed (king size) with mosquito net, private bathroom with shower; some of them have an extra single bed, view on the Ocean and private outdoor patio.The private beach is wide 400mt more or less and equipped with makuti umbrellas and beach beds.Kaure Sand Beach Lodge is located in Uroa, a quite village on the east cost of Zanzibar, famous for the white and sandy beaches, just 200mt far from the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kaure Sand Beach Lodge Zanzibar Island, Tanzania