- Superb water activities
- Luxurious dining experience
- Suites with private plunge pools
Pongwe Beach Hotel is a real favourite, with a fantastic location, just the right level of comfort, reasonable rates and great service. Availability can be tight, but when available, Pongwe is always a strong choice.
Guest accommodation at Pongwe Beach Hotel consists of 13 beachfront cottages, four sea-view suites with plunge pools, and three garden cottages. All feature a Moroccan style en-suite bathroom and a private terrace.
Food here is fantastic. Breakfast is served on the private terraces, while lunch and dinner are served in a large palm-thatched pavilion overlooking the beach. Once a week, a local jambo trio entertains guests with music during dinner to provide a complimentary cultural dining experience.
Activities at Pongwe Beach Hotel are mostly water-based. Guests can kayak over the bay area, relax in the hotel’s infinity pools, or even take a dip in the ocean themselves. Boat trips are also available, and guests can sail dhows or take local fishing trips for marlin, barracuda, and king fish on ngalawa (local fishing boats). Other activities include motorbike trips into Stone Town and spice tours. Or, guests can decide to sit back and relax in the hammocks strung between palms along the beach. Snorkelling is possible on the reef, but currents can be strong, so is suitable for stronger swimmers only.
This is a brilliant place for those who want seclusion, but also who want some fun and games, which makes it a great spot for a family getaway. Whilst there are no special activities for children, they should enjoy themselves along the beach and in the waters, as many of the activities are suitable for all ages. Families with older children can go snorkelling around the Pongwe Reef and between dives play some beach games. Ask staff for a game of Bao, which is a popular board game in Zanzibar that they will be happy to explain and challenge guests to play. Children of all ages are welcome, but there are no babysitting facilities and no children’s play area. Cots and extra beds are available for families with children of all ages.
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018
The Namibia trip was fantastic!
Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).
As for specifics:
This place was the best!
Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.
The only (slight) disappointment.
Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.
Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.
Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
A nice stopping point on the drive.
An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
The staff was on par with Okonjima.
2 days were perfect.
Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
They represent Tourdust well!
Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!
Earl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018
We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.
Jonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018