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About us

We came up with the idea during family holidays in Zanzibar in July 2013 …Here, in Kiwengwa, on the north eastern coast of the island, far from the hassle of cities and resorts, we decided to build a small Marafiki Bungalows hotel. We wanted to be visited by friends, acquaintances and many new people. To make them feel free and relaxed. Just like at friends' place. Thus, the name MARAFIKI, which means FRIENDS in Swahili. We dreamed of creating an ideal place of holiday rest, far from civilisation, preserving African characteristics, in harmony with nature and local culture.

We welcomed our first guests in December 2016.

After 2 years of the hotel's operation we can proudly say that we succeeded. Our guests leave Marafiki suntanned, relaxed, full of inspiration. Satisfied and happy. They send over their family and friends. We have had guests visiting us more than once, like on their honeymoon and on the first wedding anniversary. There are many acquaintances that started here and are continued after coming back home. Friendships have been made. We occasionally visit our guests in their places of residence. Then they play the role of hosts and guides. We get loads of nice feedback and commentaries. Thanks to very good reviews on Trip Advisor, Marafiki Bungalows was distinguished with 2018 and 2019 Certificate od Excellence.booking.com appreciated our hotel as well.

There is just one thing not easy to accomplish in Marafiki: losing weight. The food prepared by our Zanzibar chefs is too delicious to refuse to eat it. Our bestsellers include grilled octopus served on baked potatoes and tuna tatare with avocado. Traditional food lovers can enjoy exquisite pizza and home made chicken nuggets. Vegetarians and vegans have a range of dishes to choose from as well. The absolute highlight of the stay here is our Sunday Swahili Dinner, that is Zanzibar buffet dinner. This is a great occasion to taste local specialities. Every Wednesday our cooks get out of the kitchen. They place barbecues on the beach. They grill seafood as well as lamb, chicken or vegetable skewers in front of our guests. Moreover the tables are placed on the beach, under the starry sky. You can feel the magic of Africa with all your senses

We know that for many guests a trip to Zanzibar is the first encounter with Africa. They come here out of curiosity but also with many reservations resulting from coming to a different climate and culture. That is why our website provides you with many helpful tips which are regularly updated. We try to assist you even before coming here. Our Travel Guide” bookmark is a source of information about journey, visa procedures, dress code, vaccinations and medical care. Our Activities” bookmark gives hints about what is worth seeing and experiencing on the island, even outside it (safari). All attractions recommended by us have been tested by us personally, and we can book them for you with pleasure. We can call a taxi or rent a car and obtain a local driving licence. Those who prefer to stay at the hotel can be offered Zanzibarian massages, after which your relaxed body will smell of coconut oil. During our outdoor painting workshop you will create an unforgettable gift – an African image, e.g. Representation of a distinctive Masai figure. For the lovers of cooking – cooking workshops. Upon returning home you will be able to boast new skills preparing a curry smelling of Zanzibar spices. Thanks to it the memories from the spice island will stay with you for long.

We'll make all your dreams come true

Trips

Although Zanzibar is not a big island, there are many places to visit there. The most interesting sights are described on our website in the Attractions bookmark. These are mainly natural attractions which allow you to get to know local flora and fauna (monkeys, turtles, dolphins). Some trips, e.g. those by quads, allow you to observe the life of villagers from a close distance. Sightseeing lovers cannot miss out the oldest district of the capital of Zanzibar, i.e. Stone Town. In the labyrinth of narrow streets there are many shops offering artifacts, paintings, clothes. We are willing to offer hints and assist you in organising all types of trips. It is just enough to request a receptionist or one of  managers.

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Trips
Massage

Most of us live in rush, struggling to find time for rest. Staying in Zanzibar is an ideal moment to stop and lie down for a while. An hour long relaxing massage of the whole body with the use of coconut oil, accompanied by the soothing sound of waves, will calm your body and set your mind at rest. The platform built just at the ocean shore can accomodate two massage beds, thanks to which it can be used for massage by couples, which we highly recommend.

The massage can be ordered at the reception or from one of the managers.

Massage
Yoga

Staying at Marafiki Bungalows itself is by all means relaxing. When completed with yoga experience, it is going to be just ideal. That's why we created a special place for yoga practice. In the open air but under a roofing to protect you from the sun. In the morning, when the sun is not scorching hot, it is nice to practice near the pool. Doing yoga on the beach is a wonderful experience. You can practice on the soft sand during low tide. Guests have comforatable matts  at their disposal. In the colour of the ocean.  :-)

Yoga
For the active ones

To facilitate visiting the neighbourhood, we prepared bikes for the disposal of our guests. We recommend outings to the nearby caves, the village of Pongwe or the small supermarket in our village center. We have bikes for adults as well as children above 7. You can pick them up at the reception.

The beach is ideal for running at low tides. We have tried doing it and recommend the experience. Especially in the morning, when the sun is not boiling hot.

When the walk on the beach is not possible due to high tide, it is good to jump into a kayak. A wonderful trip towards the reefs or along the shore is an occassion to get suntanned and admire colourful fish and starfish. For the security reasons, you should always inform our staff about your outing. 

Bikes and kayaks are free for our guests.

For the active ones
Unforgettable dinner

Special occassion? Romantic evening? Or perhaps a craving for dinner with feeling your bare feet on the sand? We will gladly prepare a table on the beach for you. In the evenings, the massage platform situated right at the ocean shore, can change into a secluded place for an unforgettable dinner accompanied by the sound of waves. Our cook can magically create an exceptional menu.
Please arrange a date for the event with the manager.

Unforgettable dinner
Cooking workshops

Do you like to discover new tastes as well as cook? Are you curious about where coconut milk comes from? Obviously from the coconut! But how is it made? We recommend cooking together with our cook. Aromatic curry? Delicious fruit and vegetable salad which will surprise you with its ingredients? After coming back home you will be able to impress you friends with newly acquired cooking skills!

Cooking workshops
Children in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an ideal place for holidays with children! As a mother of 3 children aged 8 to 18 I have the right to claim it with full responsibility. My daughters have been enjoying vacations in Zanzi for a few years. The youngest one came for the first time when she wasn't even 4 years old. The soft white sand is just ideal for building sand castles which can be decorated with shells. The warm ocean encourages to have a swim in it. For teenagers – snorkeling, diving or kite surfing lessons. Horse riding on the beach is an amazing experience. Girls will come back home wearing a beautiful henna tatoo. The visits at the spice farm, the encounter with monkeys or turtles, observation of all stages of life of butterflies – a big dose of knowledge and emotions for children at all ages.  Islanders adore children. They show them a lot of sympathy. Children can feel safe here.
The shops on the island have recently started to provide nappies and nursing cosmetics. The little ones can eat delicious natural bananas and other fruit.

Children at the hotel

Marafiki Bungalows has a swimming pool and a shallow wading pool. The additional area around the swimming pool is filled with sand as a great sand box. We provide toy buckets, spades, rakes, molds.  
On request we can provide you with a baby cot. Our menu includes children's favourite dishes: spaghetti with exquisite tomato sauce, pancakes with nutella and bananas, delicious and healthy juices made from local fruit as well as banana milk shakes.
We welcome families!

Children in Zanzibar

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