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laidback spot in zanzibar?

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1. Posted by sen28 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Hi there.
I am going to Zanzibar during the christmas holidays. I have never been there before and I am not quite sure at what level to expect the tourist scene to have gotten to....I would like to know if there are still places for laidback budget-isch bungalows on the beach.. not too tourist crowded and not too much cheap superficial music all night long... and if someone could recommend something (possibly with diving centre around.) Or, knowing that, which places should I not go to?

Thanx.

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

I was only there for a couple of days, but from what I heard the south-west side of the island is the least touristed.

I was up north in Kendwa, which was still very laid back and not busy in February. It might be busy over Christmas though. I paid around $US 30 a night for a place at Aaman Bungalows. Kendwa Rocks was right next door. It's cheaper, but also more of a party place as well.

Greg

3. Posted by Son (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Hi!

Zanzibar is very busy over the christams period with most hotels being fully booked. You can opt for smaller accommodation places. Try the Mtoni Marine Centre, they are close to Stonetown, have a small private beach and offer various types of accommodation to suit any budget! A more luxurious option would be the Matemwe Bungalows. There is also the Zanzibar Safari Club which is quite reasonably priced.

4. Posted by sen28 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Thank you for your precious answers...I'll try with the southeast (jambiani,Paje) or if not maybe the north.
At Christmas time, would it be very stupid not to make any reservations and to see once we're there?
Sen

5. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

I have done my fair share of time in Jambiani and if you want to chill on Zanzibar, it is certainly the place to go. Tourism is starting to move to that neck of the woods but the overland and safari companies don't go down there so it isn't awash with backpackers. The locals are so friendly and love to show you their village. It is a fabulous spot and I certainly would encourage you to visit.

6. Posted by eschoener (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Quoting caro_stern

I have done my fair share of time in Jambiani and if you want to chill on Zanzibar, it is certainly the place to go. Tourism is starting to move to that neck of the woods but the overland and safari companies don't go down there so it isn't awash with backpackers. The locals are so friendly and love to show you their village. It is a fabulous spot and I certainly would encourage you to visit.

!!! JAMBIANI!! Jambiani is amazing. It wasn't known at all when I was there, though I hear the buzz is starting to build a bit. People are hospitable, the food is fantastic and the area is stunning. Go there. No question.

7. Posted by sen28 (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Thank you all for your precious answers...
I got back from Zanzibar 3 weeks ago, it is really a fabulous place.

After a lot of hesitation between jambiani and kendwa, i ended up in Kendwa and absolutely loved it. I stayed at a bungalow place called White Sands, it was absolutely perfect. Laid back, confortable enough, yet very simple. Great food, staff very friendly and funny. Will definetely return to the same place if I go to Zanzibar. It wasn't the cheapest one on kendwa beach, but the best value from what I have seen. Only 18 bungalows... so it is intimate enough, yet not too quite either...

Thank you Greg for the advice on Kendwa, and another thing,: so you know... They re-did Amman bungalows in kendwa . They took the whole thing down and built a huge place instead... It is a bit too much of an industry now I think. A shame, it sounded quite nice how it was before.

Thanx again to all of you

Sen