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14 reviews
Mapenzi Bungalow
The Veranda
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Inside the Bungalow
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Lunch on the Veranda
Relax on the veranda
French doors to the patio
Veranda
Veranda
Bar/chillout area
Pool and Bar/chillout area
Swimming Pool
Sunbeds in the Garden
The wildlife in the garden
Paje Beach a few minutes walk from the bungalow
Paje Beach
Forodhani Gardens, Stone Town
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The lush tropical garden
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Bungalow -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Paje, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago

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riri25
Beirut, Lebanon
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Nice space /garden but could find better for similar price”
Reviewed 16 January 2012 for a stay in January 2012
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The bungalow looks exactly like the picture. It is a nice space and garden. We were ok in the few days we spent there but there are few drawbacks:
- The alley to reach the bungalow is too dark at night and there is no lights at the entrance of the villa - I wouldn't recommend this place for a solo traveler.
- It is not at the seafront so does not enjoy the sea breeze like other places , the solo stand fan is not enough and it was unbearably hot several nights.
- The place so ok but not really what I call clean/spotless - several cobwebs around
- The water pressure in the shower was weak but bearable

It is an ok place but if someone can manage a beach front bungalow or one with a/c , it will much better and there are several options in paje.

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Liked best: space- garden
Liked least: lack of a/c & good fan and darkeness to reach the place in the evening
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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TheMiller...
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Best holiday ever!”
Reviewed 5 January 2012 for a stay in December 2011
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This bungalow is the perfect place to stay if you want to get away from it all and really enjoy the peace, quiet, sunshine and charming atmosphere that Zanzibar conjures up. You are tucked away just behind the beach, close enough to pop there and visit lovely restaurant and bars (all very chilled and untouristy) and the AMAZING beach but also hidden away from everyone else. You really feel that you've found your own little piece of Zanzibar! Even though you are in the grounds of the owner's house - you never see anyone, except for the wonderful Masai who guards the compound and the lovely gardener/maintenance man - it's so peaceful. It is a basic bungalow, but it's clean, it's got everything you need and we really loved it for its simplicity. We didn't do much cooking because it was so lovely to be on the beach at night but we ate lunch there often. The owner is really easy to deal with and makes the whole process of booking/paying/arriving smooth and effortless. Highly recommended.

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Liked best: Location and quiet
Liked least: Very hard pillows!
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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LauraNico...
London, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely charming and beautiful place to visit”
Reviewed 3 December 2011 for a stay in November 2011
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My boyfriend and I stayed at the bungalow for a week in November. It was absolutely beautiful and quaint, a perfect place for us to relax and spend time together. The house was clean, and charming and had everything we needed to make our stay perfect.

The location of the bungalow is perfect, allowing you the option to part-take in the evening events on the beach with easy access, but not interrupting you at the house if you want a quiet night in. We made good use of the shops along the main road and found that it was easy to get any last minute things required for cooking.

John is an amazing host and a very generous man. Anything we needed we were able to call him or ask for his advice. He went above and beyond what we had expected.

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AND MAGICAL!

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Liked best: Location- easy walking access to everything
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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Minster, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 November 2011 for a stay in March 2009

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: airpoirt
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
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Lula M
Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania
1 review
“Fantastic spot 5 mins from the best beach on the Island unbelievable value for money”
Reviewed 29 October 2011 for a stay in December 2010

We stayed in the bungalow for two weeks in Dec 2010 and absolutely loved it…we loved it so much we went back a second time in May 2011 for another wonderful stay.
The house is situated less than 5minutes from the best part of the beach in the area. The sea on the east coast is amazing from Jambiani to Bweju but Paje has the best beach. The area also includes some great beach bars such as The Dhow Inn or Jambo bar and also some wonderful restaurants. We ate one night in a small restaurant on the beach and it was so romantic and great food and service.
The bungalow is in a secure garden with the main house over to the side. It is very peaceful , safe, clean and in a beautiful garden. It is also very private. The house has got a lovely patio which we loved to sit early evening and first thing in the morning. Surrounded by the fantastic garden. The bedroom has a seating area and a comfortable double bed. The kitchen is small but has everything that you need and the bathroom is the same. The property is really the best value in Zanzibar and we have traveled around and looked and stayed in many other places. We found the housekeeper so friendly and he showed us where to shop etc and also did shopping for us. He got us bikes, introduced us to so many people , got our car fixed for us and took us to the local disco! Everybody was so helpful and it made our stay just heaven.
We stayed the last two days of our trip in The Breeze but it was so package tour that we much preferred staying in the bungalow .
I am surprised to see a negative review as we would highly recommend it as the best value on the Island
Anne and Raphael

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Liked best: The garden
Liked least: nothing
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