Planhotel Mapenzi Beach: "Rough Road" Zanzibar Island Hotel Tip by whadders1

Zanzibar Island Hotels: 84 reviews and 133 photos

The Mapenzi Beach Hotel on the NE coast of Zanzibar is along a 30 minute stretch of rough road. By four wheel drive it would be OK, but by minivan it's uncomfortable. It also means that every trip trip you go on requires a 30 minute in and out on this road.
We stayed for five nights as a relax after a safari.

Unique Qualities: The hotel is fine in itself, rooms musty due to high humidity but Ok. Showers and hot water good. The pool is nice but looks small if the hotel has full occupancy. Beach area fine but beware normal beach boy pestering when you go down to the sea. This is mild though.

This was all inclusive beer, cocktails and spirits are fine but the 'free' house wine is awful.

Meals a bit the same and not a massive choice, had better choice at the safari sopa lodges.

Snorkelling no good fromthe beach nothing there, watch out for the spiney sea urchins if you walk to far out at low tide. You can walk out to the reef at low tide.

Address: Mapenzi Beach Hotel
Price: US$80-120
Theme: Hotel

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  • Written Jun 11, 2006
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