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We're really glad we chose this place, which is more than a lovely, comfortable house: it's a real immersive experience. We're grateful to Harriet and Peter who share their love of Zanzibar and Kizimkazi village, and allow travellers to discover the island intimately inside this local community they have woven tight bonds with over the years. We felt welcome, free and safe. Just make sure you plan your stay properly (there are no supermaket or ATM nearby so you need to arrive fully stocked). Thanks again for allowing us to travel in such a pleasant and meaningful way!
My husband and I stayed here for a month (24 Jan to 24 Feb). The house was lovely for two people. Comfortable with a large bedroom and plenty of space for 2 people. Simply furnished in local style. The villa functioned perfectly for the whole month and we were looked after by Salum, who was a fantastic host and organised whatever we wanted. He visited nearly daily to ensure all was well.
The house has wonderful views of the Indian Ocean with its constantly changes colours depending on the tide, sun and mood.
I cooked regularly, Salum would take us to Kinyasini market to stock up on vegetables for the week. The rest of our shopping could be done at the supermarket in Kiwenga. There is also an Italian shop for expensive pasta, cheeses and coffee. You can buy wine in a local shop and vegetable along the strip (very local). One could buy a few vegetables, water, chapatti's, some bread rolls and loo paper in the Kairo village shops (2). Mango's and other fruit from from the beach sellers. We bought tuna and other fish straight off the fishermans boats. We went to the larger supermarket and wine shop in Stone Town a couple of times.
The local village is poor but the people lovely. There are a few Tourist shops beside the house, Gucci next door was very helpful. We liked staying virtually in the village.
When I didn't cook we ate at Zan View a few minutes away on the hill, also Shooting Star great place for a sundowner and dinner. The best place to eat however is 25 minutes walk down the beach or get a taxi.An Italian called Pesce Birichino, a small place on the beach. Fantastic fish and the best prawns I have ever eaten. Probably best to book as it gets busy.
We loved staying at Villa Stefy with its wonderful views and beautiful bougainvillea.
There was a misunderstanding about the local Tourist Tax, not sure whether the mistake was HomeAway or the owners, however it was resolved. Have taken 1 star of my rating because of this.
We had an amazing stay. Asante sana Salum and thank you Stefania for our gifts and our stay at your house.