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Charming rustic beach home with private sandy garden - Northern tip of Island

Bedrooms 2
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Set back 100 meters from beach - sleeps 8 in 4 double bedrooms

Rooms can be booked separately.

A sweet rustic private beach house with a pretty spacious sandy garden, (with sun loungers and hammocks) situated on the Union Beach part of Nungwi Village, (approx midway between the Z hotel and Double tree Hilton.)

The home and garden are set within a high surrounding brick wall for privacy and Kombo lives on site to look after his 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.

Sleeps up to 8 people in four large bedrooms with double beds - all rooms have en suite shower/WC, mosquito nets, air conditioning (or fans if you prefer natural air) and smoke alarms.

Breakfast is served in the pretty garden.

The beach door opens out onto the wide sandy path which leads up onto the beach - only seconds away if you need a quick dip to cool down or wish to swim in the gorgeous turquoise ocean, sunbathe or just relax and watch dhows and people 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) are nearby.

The home features local makuti (thatch) roofing on one side, lovely dark tiled roof on guest bedrooms. The pretty sandy garden is perfect for a game of cards, reading, chilling in the hammock or sunbathing in private away from the beach.

The outdoor kitchen is not available for guest use, however you are welcome to keep drinks in the fridge and if you would like a leisurely evening meal prepared to enjoy under the stars in the garden, this can be arranged for you - please discuss the evening before as fresh produce is bought daily at local market - price subject to menu.

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 - price available upon application. The picturesque journey to Nungwi, takes approx. one hour and twenty minutes.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, Swahili at destination
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 February, 2018

About Carie

After working on the mainland (Tanzania) and visiting Zanzibar a number of times, I fell in love with this beautiful island and its people and had a dream to create my own little part of paradise which I achieved with my co-owner Kombo, who lives on site to look after guests whilst I’m based in London.

Carie purchased this guest house in 2007

Why Carie chose Nungwi

As family and friends loved their visits here, we decided to share our retreat with travellers looking for a laid back special experience in Zanzibar.

We enjoy having guests from all corners of the world and love exchanging travel experiences and making new friends.

As soon as you arrive you’ll want to kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes in this wonderful space.

We hope you enjoy our home!

What makes this guest house unique

On site host to care care of your needs.

Seconds from the sandy beach and gorgeous ocean.

Own private beach garden.

Lovely chilled laid back atmosphere.

Short walk to a choice of beach bars, restaurants, dive schools, local supermarket and internet cafe.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday guest house in Nungwi in Kaskazini A

Property Type:
  • guest house (detached)
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Basin
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Basin
  • Newly refurbished Bathrooms have lovely stone slab walls - open style shower, basin and WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Kipepeo Room - 2 Large Double Bed , Queen size beds (5 foot) - ensuite shower/WC
    Kasa Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 6'6 bed - ensuite shower / WC
  • Accommodation consists of two bedrooms, with private en suite shower and WC, mosquito nets, ceiling fans and air conditioning. Rooms face onto the lovely private sandy garden. Room 1 - Kasa room has a large (6'6) Zanzibari style double bed with en suite WC/ shower. Room 2 - Kipapeo room sleeps 4 people, in two queen size (5') Zanzibari style double beds - en suite shower/WC. Small security boxes in each room - used at owners risk.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay
  • forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • 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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Charming rustic beach home with private sandy garden - Northern tip of Island
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.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Feb-2015
  • Date of Stay: January 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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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!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Feb-2015
  • Date of Stay: December 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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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. :)

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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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!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: December 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Feb-2012
  • Date of Stay: January 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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
Sunshine Beach Bar
Nearest Ferry
75 Kilometres
Zanzibar Stone Town
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Waves or Sunshine on Beach
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Nungwi 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, interesting spice farm 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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday guest house in Nungwi, Tanzania

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Double en-suite B&B
19 Feb 2018 - 24 Jun 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Double en-suite B&B High Seaso
10 Dec 2018 - 13 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £32 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £75

Payment via BACS or PayPal into UK Bank (sterling) - transfer fees are payable on top of the room rates by the guest.
2 ground floor bedrooms - both with en suite showers / WC's, mosquito nets, smoke alarms and air conditioning or fans.
Standard rate for a double room is £65 per night bed and breakfast - extra guest £32.50.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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