Just like at a friend's place
Here, in Kiwengwa, on the Eastern coast of the island, far from the hustle of cities and resorts, we decided to build a small hotel. We wanted our friends, acquaintances and many new people to come and visit us. We wanted to make them feel free and relaxed. Just like at a friend’s place. Thus, we chose the name MARAFIKI, which means FRIENDS in Swahili. We dreamed of creating an ideal place of holiday rest, far from civilisation while preserving African characteristics and living in harmony with nature and local culture.
We welcomed our first guests in December 2016.
We'll make your dreams come true
The sun, the sound of the waves, the refreshing breeze from the ocean. Or maybe this: the sun, birds chirping, and a jungle of tropical flora. Whichever room you choose, overlooking the ocean or the garden, you will be delighted with the intensity of colours and the tranquillity of Zanzibar.
Enjoy a culinary experience with us!
Food plays an important role in our culture and taste is one of the senses enabling perception. This is why we do our best to ensure that our restaurant and our food are an invitation to a sensual journey deep into the richness of the island.
Developing the menu we were inspired by the traditional Zanzibar cuisine. We combined Zanzibar’s natural treasures: fish and seafood, tropical fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices with the specialties of Western cuisine. The dishes are varied, fresh and healthy, and they smell of spices. Once you add the European aesthetics of display, this culinary paradisemakes eating a pleasure for all the senses. Enjoy!
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Marafiki Bungalows in Itaka's offer
Diving – underwater wonders
A rich kingdom of fish, snails and creatures with unusual shapes. A hypnotic microcosm full of surprises, waiting for divers and those who prefer to admire these wonders from the surface of the water, while snorkeling.