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Pongwe Beach Hotel

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Family-friendly
- Superb water activities
- Luxurious dining experience
- Suites with private plunge pools

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Overview

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.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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