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Overview of Marafiki Bungalows

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On the beach, white sand, beach massages
On the beach, white sand, beach massages
On the beach, white sand, beach massages
Outdoor pool

Marafiki Bungalows

4 out of 5

4.1/5 Very good

Guests rated this property 4.2/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Pet-friendly
  • Restaurant

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment

Explore the area

    Popular LocationKiwengwa Pongwe Forest1 min walk
    Popular LocationKiwengwa Beach9 min walk
    Popular LocationPongwe Beach6 min drive
    AirportZanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.)67 min drive

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Superior Triple Room, Multiple Beds, Non Smoking, Ocean View

  • 419 sq ft
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed and 1 Single Bed

Honeymoon Villa, Non Smoking, Ocean View

5/5 guest room rating
  • 559 sq ft
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed and 1 Large Single Bed

Family Duplex, Multiple Beds, Non Smoking, Ocean View

  • 592 sq ft
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Bed

Superior Double Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, Garden View

  • 409 sq ft
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

Family Duplex, Multiple Beds, Non Smoking, Garden View

  • 580 sq ft
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Bed

Superior Double Room, 1 King Bed, Ocean View

No guest room rating
  • 322 sq ft
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

Superior Triple Room, Multiple Beds, Non Smoking, Garden View

  • 409 sq ft
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed and 1 Single Bed

About this area


Located in Kiwengwa, Marafiki Bungalows is on the beach. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Kiwengwa Beach and Mapenzi Beach. Make sure you don't miss outdoor adventures like ecotours, horse riding and cave exploring.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest - 1 min walk
  • Kiwengwa Beach - 9 min walk
  • Pongwe Beach - 6 min drive
  • Mapenzi Beach - 11 min drive
  • Pwani Mchangani Beach - 15 min drive

Getting around

  • Zanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.) - 67 min drive


  • Marafiki — 1 min walk
  • Cheap local food - 17 min walk
  • Pesce Biricchino - 19 min walk
  • Local - 3 min drive
  • La Villa - 5 min drive

About this property

Marafiki Bungalows

Beachfront hotel with calming spa services
A restaurant, an outdoor pool and a bar/lounge are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free cooked-to-order breakfast, free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a coffee shop/café, a snack bar/deli and coffee/tea in a common area. All 19 rooms provide conveniences such as fridges and electric kettles, plus free WiFi and furnished balconies. Other amenities available to guests include private gardens, room service and premium bedding.
Marafiki Bungalows offers 19 forms of accommodation which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature laptop-compatible safes and complimentary bottles of water. Rooms open to furnished balconies. Beds feature premium bedding. This Kiwengwa hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include a shower and complimentary toiletries. Additionally, rooms include a ceiling fan and blackout curtains. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and hairdryers can be requested. Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) are also available.
An outdoor pool and a children's pool are on site.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site
  • 24-hour return airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Airport shuttle on request

Food and drink

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast available daily 7:30 AM–10:30 AM
  • 1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/cafe
  • 1 bar
  • Room service available
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Things to do

  • Children's pool
  • Outdoor pool

Family friendly

  • Children's books
  • Children's games
  • Children's pool
  • Children's toys
  • Dry cleaning service
  • High chair
  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fridge
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)
  • Snack bar/deli


  • No lifts

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German


  • Beachfront location
  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • Massage - deep-tissue
  • Massage - on the beach


  • Couples dining
  • Romance packages available
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Ceiling fan
  • Portable fan
  • Premium bedding
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)


  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Shower
  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Champagne service
  • Electric kettle
  • Free bottled water
  • Fridge

Outdoor space

  • Furnished balcony
  • Garden


  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Desk
  • Laptop-compatible safe

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Early check-in subject to availability
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before noon
Late check-out subject to availability
A late check-out fee will be charged

Special check-in instructions

To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 72 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
If you are planning to arrive after 10:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

The property is closed between 25 April and 22 May.

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets stay for free
Up to 22 lbs/10 kg

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25.0 per night.

Payment types at the property

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 1.00 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 45 per vehicle (one-way)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25.0 per night
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 4 per cent

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards and cash
Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Pool access available from 6:00 AM to midnight
The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation

Property is also known as

Marafiki Bungalows Hotel Kiwengwa, zanzibar North
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Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Marafiki Bungalows and receive a full refund?
Yes, Marafiki Bungalows offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Marafiki Bungalows cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Does Marafiki Bungalows have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool and a children's pool. Pool access is from 6:00 AM to midnight.
Is Marafiki Bungalows pet-friendly?
Yes, this hotel allows pets with a maximum weight of up to 10 kg per pet.
How much is parking at Marafiki Bungalows?
Self-parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Marafiki Bungalows?
Check-in is from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
What time is check-out at Marafiki Bungalows?
Checkout is at noon. Late checkout is available for a fee (subject to availability).
Does Marafiki Bungalows provide a shuttle to the airport?
Yes, there's an airport shuttle that runs (available on request). A fee of USD 45 per vehicle applies.
Where is Marafiki Bungalows located?
Nestled on the beach, this Kiwengwa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest and Kiwengwa Beach. Pongwe Beach is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

Overall score and ratings


Very good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 2 out of 7 reviews
5 - Excellent 29%
Rating 4 - Good. 4 out of 7 reviews
4 - Good 57%
Rating 3 - Okay. 1 out of 7 reviews
3 - Okay 14%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 7 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 7 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
The place is amazing with brilliant staff. There was a mix up with my room and double booked
Stayed 4 nights in Dec 2020

4/5 Good

Stayed 3 nights in Aug 2019

4/5 Good

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Bien mais sans plus
Séjour de 4 nuits. Points positifs: Très bon restaurant au tarif raisonnable Jolie piscine Joli décoration Staf local agréable Navette pour la plage principale Points negatifs Plage impraticable de janvier à mars sans être informé avant Terrasse servant aussi d’entrepôt aux femmes de ménages Deux problèmes (résolus) de plomberie en 4 jours Management pas tres professionnel (se préoccupe pas trop de l’avis des clients).
Stayed 4 nights in Feb 2020

3/5 Okay

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Disliked: Staff & service
hotel trop isolé, plage impraticable
J’ai séjourné dans cet hotel 4 nuits. L’hôtel de prime abord est plutot charmant avec des bungalows separés en 2 sur un petit parc de verdure. Le premier point faible de cet hotel est sa plage qui est catastrophique. Au vu des plages paradisiaques qui entourent l’ile de zanzibar c’est bien dommage. Le deuxième point faible est son confinement qui est vraiment loin de tout et vous laisse a la merci de la restauration de l’hôtel qui est vraiment pas exceptionnelle avec un choix assez limité et qui plus est sans plat locaux. Je passe sur le service a table qui est tres long et souvent proche de l’heure d’attente. C’est egalement bien dommage. Nous sommes reparti de cet hotel comme nous arrivés : sans meme qu’un membre du staff nous propose la moindre aide pour nos valises, ce qu’on attend d’un hotel 4*. Autre belle surprise : nous nous sommes vu appliquer 4% de plus sur notre facture finale car payé en carte (On me l’aurait dit au check in j’aurais prevu du cash). Enfin bref, expérience plutot proche de la moyenne sans plus que je ne recommande évidemment a personne.
Stayed 4 nights in Dec 2019

4/5 Good

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Le Marafiki est constitué de bungalows situé sur un site arboré bien entretenu mais totalement enclavé. La piscine est la pièce maîtresse. Si vous souhaitez autre chose que le. bronzing/massage/ lecture .... des activités nautiques, de la plongée..Il va falloir ouvrir le porte feuille et passer par l'hôtel. La plage en outre bas est toute petite avec flux et reflux d'algues noires. Une longue marche à pieds vous permettra de rejoindre la route côtière et voir quelques commerces locaux. Aucun site culturel aux alentours. Pensez à faire venir un taxi commandé par vos soins . Trajet vers stone town autour de 30$. Si l'hôtel vous le commande il vous en coûtera 49$ ( Déc 2019) Bon séjour
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2019

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