Zanzibar Hotels

Fumba Beach Lodge


The Fumba Beach Lodge is located on the south-west peninsula of Zanzibar in the remote Menai beach conservation area, approximately 30 minutes from Stone Town by rough roads which are not for the faint hearted. However, a chance to escape from civilisation is the prize for enduring an uncomfortable journey.


Fumba’s no frills, relaxed accommodation


The Lodge is large and has 26 en suite rooms, mostly large en suite doubles. It offers four luxury suites with bath and outside shower and 2 Baobab suites, cradled in ancient trees with outside bathrooms and direct beach access.

 

Informal, ‘no frills’ accommodation (no TV, no phone and somewhat out-dated air-conditioning and inevitable bug issues) should not deter from the charm of the overall package offered by Fumba Lodge. Rooms are comfortable, and though by some standards this hotel could be seen as needing some modernisation, exotic and large outside bathrooms and beautiful views, accompanied by an overwhelming proximity to nature justify its lack of Western perfection. Bungalows with ocean views are the most popular suites.

 

The lodge benefits from being designed to ensure there always being the possibility to escape other guests and enjoy moments of privacy. Yet, to enjoy complete quiet at the resort booking off-peak is recommended. Especially true if you wish to avoid families with children as Fumba boasts itself as a family-friendly lodge.


Though staff are friendly and relaxed, perhaps the most unwelcome aspect of their casual attitude is that parts of the accommodation are not spotless. Yet there are no major cleanliness issues here.

 

Food and Drink at Fumba


The food offered at Fumba is locally sourced and various. Vegetables and herbs are grown on the lodge’s land. Food is of a high-standard. Among other things, the restaurant is renowned for seafood and traditional Swahili dishes. It is possible to ask to eat dinner on the beach; staff will set you a table. Both food and wine are very reasonably priced and the staff are not usually pushy about tips and service. There is also a beach bar offering drinks and Tapas. Vegetarian food options are available.


Things to do at Fumba


The resort boasts both a pool (as with all of Western Zanzibar it is impossible to swim in the sea at low tide) and spa. The spa area is small but pleasant and the massage and Jacuzzi come highly recommended. The pool is well suited to the size of the accommodation and is in good condition.


Fumba Lodge has close ties to neighbouring Fumba Village which visitors can tour alone or with guides. Football matches are often arranged between the Fumba staff team and the villagers, with guests welcome to watch. Though the location would not suit those in search of constant thrills, if you are looking to relax and unwind pre or post adventures on Kilimanjaro or on safari, Fumba presents a quiet and secluded alternative to the bustle of Stone Town. Having said which, the lodge does offer a variety of tours and activities including excursions and diving trips and the natural landscape is idyllic. Kayaks and wind surfers are also available to hire.

 

This is an ideal spot to relax and unwind. Though it suffers the usual set backs of a hot climate (insects/hot nights) the lodge makes every effort to combat these and make guests comfortable and at ease. Fumba is an especially popular romantic getaway, and many of the facilities and extras the lodge offers are aimed at honeymooners and couples. The lodge even offers bespoke wedding services.


How to get to Fumba Beach Lodge


Fumba Lodge is a 30-50 minute drive over bumpy track from Zanzibar’s capital, Stone Town or from Zanzibar Airport. The hotel will arrange a transfer direct from the airport for you at a set rate or you can take a taxi; costing around USD 50.

 

Though one can hire a car, and this works out cost-effective for a group of 4, due to bad signposting and difficult driving this is not a popular choice. The price you pay for complete independence is isolation on a precarious journey. However, if you choose this method, Sama Tours rent out Suzuki 4WD and Toyota Landcruisers. Detailed directions are easily acquired through the lodge itself.



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