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Where we are
On the beach and deep in the tropical vegetation, the Mangrove Lodge is the ideal getaway for your relaxing holiday. It is a perfect starting point to visit the spice farms, Stone Town and Prison island and Bawe for snorkelling, as well as the whole island, while still offering the beach and an enchanting hideaway to avoid the hassles of the capital.
The village of Chuini is situated on the west coast of the island in the Magharibi District. In the surrounding rural area of Zanzibar Town, the capital of Unguja, more precisely it is situated only 15 km north of Stone Town: 30 minutes by car from the old town and 40 minutes from the airport.
The Lodge is in the spice farms and plantations area off the beaten track, famous for its lush vegetation, secluded beaches with ancient Arabic sites and close to Mangapwani slave chambers and cave, Jozani and Masingini Forests.
Local transport, Ferry, Flight
From Dar Es Salaam take Azam, Fast ferry or Sea Star. It takes about 2 hours to get to the Zanzibar harbour.
From the local airport in Dar Es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and National Parks/Game Reserves there are many domestic airlines (Fastjet, Coastal Aviation, Zanair, Airuc, Tropical). It takes 20min from Dar Es Salaam (the local airport is few minutes by car from the international terminal).
Oman Air, Ethiopian Airlines, FlyDubai, Qatar airlines and Etihad Airways fly to the Zanzibar airport, no need to change at international airports in the mainland. Other airlines stop in Dar Es Salaam, such as Emirates, Turkish airlines, Swiss, KLM, Egyptair. Precision air fly to Zanzibar from the international airport of Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. Flyjet fly To zanzibar from Johannesburg.
Direct flights to Zanzibar airport from Italy (Neos, Meridiana), Germany (Condor), Belgium (Jetfly), no stop-over. Payment of the exit fee of 50usd per person required if not included in the ticket fare.
From Town go toward the northern coast. After Bububu village you will find Melinane then Chuini, around 9 miles from town. Turn left when you see the lodge or the school sign. Keep to the left on the dirt road up to the Lodge entrance.
Arrange your pick up with us!
For your convenience, do not hesitate to ask us to arrange your pick up. Our driver will be out there with your name on a sign, waiting for you. Just send your arrival details and advise in case of delays, if possible. The Lodge charge is 15 USD from the harbour and 25 USD from the airport.
From Stone Town
Get on the public bus, called dala-dala, number 502 at the Darajani Bus station towards Bububu up to Kwa Nyanya. Drop off at the Hakuna Matata station in Melinane, then take a 20 minute walk up to the beach through the village and cross the bridge over the bay. Otherwise call us in advance to get a lift from the main road to the lodge +255 7774 36954. Only recommended if you have small suitcase or backpack and is cheap but not comfortable.
From the Airport
Get on the the public bus, called dala-dala, number 525 at the Darajani Bus station towards Bububu up to Kwa Nyanya. Drop off at the Hakuna Matata station in Melinane, then take a 20 minute walk up to the beach through the village and cross the bridge over the bay. Otherwise call us in advance to get a lift from the main road to the lodge +255 7774 36954. Only recommended if you have small suitcase or backpack and is cheap but not comfortable.