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Pongwe Beach | Beaches in Zanzibar

Pongwe Beach | Beaches in Zanzibar

Pongwe Beach Zanzibar

Pongwe Beach is so idyllic, that you will want to spend days lazing on a hammock with a good book and swimming in its calm waters. The palm trees offer a natural shade and the powder white sand creates a paradisal landscape. It is important to note that the sun in Zanzibar is very strong, so be cautious and apply sunscreen frequently. Ideally, one with SPF 50.

Pongwe Beach’s location and excellent value for money makes it one of our most popular resorts on Zanzibar.  The cuisine is excellent having an emphasis on seafood but all tastes are catered for and the relaxed atmosphere allows the chefs to provide for individual requirements. The bay’s clear blue waters offer excellent bathing and snorkelling or diving and there is a traditional long boat for guests to explore and fish the deeper ocean beyond the protective reef.

Best Hotels to Stay in Pongwe Beach

Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe Beach Hotel in Zanzibar is an excellent choice for travellers in quest of the ultimate accommodation in Zanzibar for an unrivalled beach getaway experience.

Pongwe Beach Hotel is optimally located in Zanzibar and offers visitors a choice between different Rooms in which to submerge yourself into the ultimate beach getaway experience in Tanzania. Guests can select from Sea View Suites, Beach Rooms or Garden Rooms.

The Sea View Suite

The Sea View Suites at Pongwe Beach Hotel are situated right on the beach. The Sea View Suite has a beautiful outdoor area with lazy chairs and comfortable hammocks this makes it the perfect place to relax and laze about. All our special Sea View Suites have their own private plunge pool, perfect for a dip at any time.

Staying in a Beach Room

Guests opting for a Beach Room at Pongwe Beach Hotel in Zanzibar can expect beautiful beach front rooms, which are only a short stroll away from the beautiful and renowned Pongwe beach. These are the perfect rooms for Families as Triple and Quadruple Beach Rooms are available. All the Beach Rooms have an outdoor area, complete with lazy chairs and hammocks.

Garden Rooms

The Garden Rooms at Pongwe Beach Hotel in Tanzania, Zanzibar offer guests a more down to earth beach resort appeal. The Garden Rooms are set back from the beach, amongst the lush tropical gardens of the island. All Garden Rooms are fully appointed and offer an outdoor seating area.

Other Hotels around Pongwe Beach

Tulia Zanzibar - Luxury

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Offering an outdoor pool with waterslides, Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort is located in Pongwe, 27 km from Zanzibar City. The resort has a private beach area with beach service.

Seasons Lodge Zanzibar - Mid Range

Seasons Lodge is a family built and family run boutique hotel situated in Pongwe, along the North East coast of Zanzibar. At Season’s we provide a place for you to experience the colorful and raw beauty of Zanzibar while leaving a low carbon footprint.

Santa Maria Coral Park - Budget

If you are looking for a typical small Zanzibarian setting, which allows you to relax and enjoy the wonderful island, you will find it here. The beautiful snow-white sandy beaches, the numerous coconut trees and the turquoise-blue Indian Ocean will create a feeling of paradise.

Best Safari tours from Zanzibar

Often overlooked by many safari operators in favour of the northern parks, the southern parks of Nyerere National Park (formerly the Selous Game Reserve) and Ruaha National Park are worth serious consideration and are the preferred destination for most who are really keen on their safari. 

The benefits of heading to the south is that, where the very north of the Serengeti gives the numbers of game, along with some seclusion, the southern parks are still very much “frontier” parks and so are noticeably less busy (they also feature the same spread of species as the north, but more like a thousand, rather than 2 million). 

The second important point is that, where the average lodge cost in the north is around $700 per person per night, the lodges in the south, where they offer a similar experience, are around $2-300 less.

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The south and west of Tanzania are often overshadowed by the more famous and iconic Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater in the north.  Some agents feel that the south and west are better suited to the seasoned safari-goer and don’t recommend them for a first timer  –  however we would disagree! We have sent thousands of first timers to southern Tanzania where they have had an excellent safari experience.

Pongwe Beach and Zanzibar archipelago Maps

Pongwe Beach and Zanzibar Beach FAQ

YES! From May 2021 a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test certificate with QR code is required for all travellers using a sample collected within 96 hours before arrival to Tanzania. Fully vaccinated travellers are also required for a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test certificate with no exception.

Yes, you can drink alcohol in Zanzibar, but be discreet. If you drink in the appropriate places and respect the local Muslim culture, having a few drinks is fine.

Zanzibar is located off the coast of Tanzania on 6 degrees south in the Indian Ocean. The climate is tropical due to the proximity to the equator. In accordance with the tropical climate, there are few fluctuations in temperatures during the year. The temperatures in Zanzibar are high all year round and average between 25 degrees and 28 degrees. 

It is the “coolest” from June to August, the highest temperatures are around 30° C, while in the other months it is definitely well over thirty degrees. The nightly low temperatures range between 23 and 25 degrees in the course of the year, but can drop, albeit rarely, to just under 20 degrees in the cooler months. The driest time in Zanzibar is between June and October and in January and February with two to five rainy days per month.

Pictures of buildings and scenery, including people, can be taken any time. It is however strictly prohibited to take pictures of governmental buildings, persons or vehicles.

Most Western countries have a rather liberal and casual attitude when it comes to clothing. Zanzibar dress code, as required by Islam on the other hand, is a more conservative minimum dress code for both, men and women.

The best of Zanzibar’s beaches can be found on the south coast. Kizimkazi beach is where you’re guaranteed to see beautiful bottlenose dolphins in the ocean. Head to Kizimkazi if you wish to snorkel, dive or swim with the amazing creatures and other marine species in Zanzibar.

Yes, Zanzibar is very safe for swimming. The Indian Ocean is warm and the waves tend to be small. Zanzibar is a popular destination for snorkelling and scuba diving. Conditions do vary from beach to beach and season to season, but overall many of Zanzibar’s beaches are ideal for swimming.

The Zanzibar archipelago consists of many small islands including two big ones, Pemba Island & Unguja. The latter being referred to informally as Zanzibar. Zanzibar has more than 25 beautiful, white, palm fringed beaches, the sea is warm, and the atmosphere is easy.

The average price of a 7-day trip to Zanzibar is $2,386 for a solo traveler, $4,285 for a couple, and $8,034 for a family of 4. Zanzibar hotels range from $38 to $217 per night with an average of $64, while most vacation rentals will cost $20 to $400 per night for the entire home.

I belive Kendwa has the better beach, and the deeper water on the north-western strip means swimming is possible throughout the day; the island’s eastern beaches are almost all tide dependent.

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