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Charming rustic private home and pretty spacious garden - Northern tip of Islan

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type bungalow

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Set backjust 100 meters or so from beach - sleeps up to 8

A sweet rustic private beach house with a pretty spacious sandy garden, situated at the Union beach side of Nungwi Village, circa midway between the Z hotel and Double tree Hilton.

The home and garden are set within a high surrounding brick wall for privacy. Kombo and/or Ali live on site to look after guests.

Nungwi Retreat is set back just moments (about 100 meters) from the gorgeous white sandy beach and its beautiful turquoise ocean, where the local bar and restaurant on the beach offer soft drinks, cocktails, wine, beer and delicious fresh fish and snacks.

Three large bedrooms sleeping up to 8 - all with en suite showers / WC's, mosquito nets, air conditioning or fans and smoke alarms.

Kombe room -Sleeps 2 in a large double Zanzibari style bed - en suite shower / WC.

Kipapeo - Sleeps 2 in a large double Zanzibari style bed - en suite shower / WC.

Kasa - Sleeps up to 4 in twin queen size Zanzibari beds (2 per bed) - this room has a separate en suite shower and en suite WC.

(The 'Kasa' and 'Kipapeo' rooms have an internal connecting door, which can be left unlocked if desired.)

Breakfast is served in the pretty garden.

The beach door opens out onto the wide sandy path which leads up onto the beach for swimming in the gorgeous turquoise ocean, sunbathing or watching dhows go by.

Dive schools, hotels, bars and restaurants are all along the beach. An internet cafe and supermarket for general basic needs (water, toiletries, snacks etc) is nearby.

The home features the local makuti (thatch) roofing, and pretty garden - perfect for a game of cards, reading, chilling in the hammock or sunbathing in private away from the beach.

The basic outdoor kitchen is not available for guest use, however you are welcome to keep drinks in the fridge and if you would like an evening meal prepared to enjoy in the garden, this can be arranged for you.

There are no facilities for washing clothes but laundry can be sent out for you - price subject to amount.

If you have not hired a car, we are happy to organise transport from the airport or ferry. The picturesque journey to Nungwi, takes approx. one hour and twenty minutes.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Property Manager
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, Swahili at destination
Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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based on 10 traveler reviews

Charming rustic private home and pretty spacious garden - Northern tip of Islan
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews

This property is a very pleasant beach house.

  • 3 of 5

The property is about 100 yards away from the ocean. It is not in a particularly nice part of Nungwi. But once you get to the beach, it is like most of the other hotels. Kombo was very helpful and very cooperative. He assisted us with all of our requests and was very attentive. Unfortunately, there were some negatives. The bathrooms were kind of grimy. Although the bedrooms were cleaned for us, there was mold throughout the bathroom, the shower curtains had mold, and the kitchen was really not very clean, particularly the oven and stove. Kombo made us breakfast every day and we enjoyed it, despite the condition of the kitchen.

Carie, the owner, was very cooperative and very patient with us while we wored through our payment problems with HomeAway. (HomeAway had difficulty accepting a reduced charge for renting all three rooms.)

I would recommend this place to someone who is fine with living in a beach house and doesn't expect a completely spotless lodging.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Just amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Our trip to Tanzania was just amazing!

After a 5-day safari, we spent 6 days at Nungwi Retreat - we now wish we had booked it for longer.

The villa is so beautiful and so nice inside, the bar is great, a big table, where we played games in the evening. This is really a great place to stay, everything was perfect. Combo was very helpful, but the best surprise we had - is the air condition in every room!!!

I will really recommend this place to my friends and really hope to come back to zanzibar to stay longer as the beach and water are unbelievable there.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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Just Fabulous

  • 5 of 5

'We loved our stay at Nungwi Retreat, it's beautiful. Kombo was great. The aircon was a great help as it was pretty hot. Kombo's breakfast juice is totally amazing. Just fabulous!' Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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Glorious, even better than last time I stayed

  • 5 of 5

I loved Nungwi retreat when I stayed a few years ago but it was even better this time. Kombo have continued to update the place and yet is still really reasonable for what you get. The ambience and sense of being in somewhere truly Zanzibarian remain but it now has some mod cons such as lovely (real) air conditioning as well as the overhead fans and brilliant showers! The place is charming, the other guests are friendly and it's lovely to be so close to Union beach rather than the more frenetic beach by Chola's. Chola's bar is great and easy to walk but not so close you have to listen to the grinding beat when you want a peaceful night in!

The food was stupendous, the freshest fish, squid to die for, and potatoes - who knew they should taste like this. Kombo is a great host and cook. Loads to do, but also easy just to hang out in the hammocks in Nungwi retreat as you have so much space to yourself.

The only place to stay in my opinion. :)

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Great! Close to everything Nungwi has to offer

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my stay here. The rooms are clean and they manage to keep it somewhat cool in the hot hot weather. Kombo is a really great person and will help you with everything you need from organizing day trips to laundry services. The house is 100m from the beach and a short walk from every major high quality tourist company (you will find on tripadvisor) like Divine Diving, Zanzibar Parasailing, etc. Restaurants are plenty and there is an Internet cafe and many small curio stands nearby. Location Location!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Un véritable petit paradis!

  • 5 of 5

Merci à Kombo pour son accueil chaleureux et pour tous ses bons conseils!

Les chambres sont propores, spacieuses et bien équipées. La maison est superbement décorée et l'on s'y sent presque comme chez soi tout en étant vraiment dépaysés. Un véritable hâvre de paix à 2 pas des magnifiques plages de Nungwi. A 2 pas également du meilleur centre de plongée de l'île, le East African Padi. A découvrir.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
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Owner's Response: GOOGLE TRANSLATE Thank you to Kombo for the warm welcome and for all his good advice! Propores rooms are spacious and well equipped. The house is beautifully decorated and it feels almost like home while being really disoriented. A true haven of peace in two steps from the beautiful beaches of Nungwi. Discover.
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Zanzibar Stone Town
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Loca Bar
Nearest Ferry
75 Kilometres
Zanzibar Stone Town
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Union Beach
Car: not necessary

The idyllic islands of Zanzibar (Unguja and Pemba) have the most stunning beautiful white beaches, lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

The beaches in Zanzibar are a paradise, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years.

It is the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun, swim, snorkel or dive with beautiful fish. Many travellers love to visit to relax for a few days after a super safari.

The island is full of interesting places to explore and experience local culture. There is Historic Stone Town, Jozani Forest, Prison Island, fabulous spice tours, Kizimkazi where you can swim with dolphins and much more.

The waters between Zanzibar and Pemba are home to some excellent game fishing opportunities.

There are both traditional and modern boats on offer for scenic coastal trips. diving and snorkelling. Zanzibar’s best diving is enjoyed at the northern tip of the island, where many professional dive operators can be found.

Other Activities: Sunset cruises on traditional dhows, local turtle conservation sanctuary, strolling along the gorgeous beaches.


Rates & Availability

Nungwi Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Double en-suite b&b
Aug 14 2016 - Jun 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $50

Three Rooms - all with en suite showers / WC's, mosquito nets, smoke alarms and air conditioning or fans.
Kombe and Kipapeo double rooms - $80 - sleeps 2 per room in large queen size Zanzibari style bed - includes breakfast
Kasa - sleeps up to 4 in two queen size Zanzibari beds - (2 per bed) - $120 per night bed and breakfast - separate en suite shower / WC.
Any Paypal / bank transfer fees are payable on top of the rooms by the guest.

(The 'Kasa' and 'Kipapeo' rooms have an internal connecting door, which can be left unlocked if desired.)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nungwi Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow (detached)
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Basin
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Basin
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Basin
  • All bathrooms have open style tiled showers. Kasa room has a separate WC / shower & basin
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Kipepeo Room - 1 king
    Kombe Room - 1 queen
    Kasa Room - 2 queen
  • Accommodation consists of three bedrooms, all with private en suite bathrooms, mosquito nets, ceiling fans and air conditioning. All rooms face onto the lovely private sandy garden. Room 1 - The Kombe room has a large Zanzibari style bed with en suite WC / shower room. Room 2 - Kipapeo room has a large Zanzibari style double bed with en suite WC/ shower Room 3 - Kasa room sleeps four, in two king size Zanzibari style double beds - separate en suite WC and open shower room with basin. Rooms 2 and 3 have an internal door which can be left unlocked if desired. Small security boxes in each room - used at owners risk. Please note there is not a safe on the premises.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Internet cafe close by, plus Wi-Fi available in some hotels. Bicycles and Kayaks available to rent nearby. No facilities to wash clothes but local laundry service available. No pool but sea is moments away. No safe on premises.

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