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Fumba Beach Lodge

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Baobab suites
- Family-friendly
- Infinity pool with sea views
- Dhow-journey islet excursions

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Overview

An authentic, secluded tropical beach getaway in the protected Menai Bay area, Fumba Beach Lodge provides an ideal spot for total relaxation on the spice island of Zanzibar.

There are 26 en-suite cottages either overlooking the ocean or hotel beach gardens, including luxury suites that each have a private deck and hammock. The Baobab suites are a highlight: usually reserved for honeymooners, these two suites are set against a 900-year-old Baobab tree with direct access to the beach, and fantastic views of the sand and sea.

The architecture of the resort reflects its eco-friendly nature. The main lodge, like the cottage accommodation, features bare wooden beams, traditional roof thatching, and non-air conditioned shaded comfort. The cuisine is simple and fresh. It is prepared with seafood caught by local fishermen and herbs and vegetables from the lodge’s own garden. Tropical fruit from the nearby village areas are also available. The bar and decking area is set into a Baobab tree, and the highly-recommended Jacuzzi and spa are hidden away in a tree-top setting. There is an infinity pool offering spectacular views of sunsets.

While the beach may not be the picturesque white sand found on the east coast of Zanzibar, the two-kilometre private stretch and sandy coves are perfect for enjoyable and leisurely long walks. Guests are also welcome to take the resident Rhodesian ridgeback for a walk through the neighbouring village, or sail on a dhow to one of the many uninhabited islets with a BBQ lunch.

The lodge organises various cultural excursions, such as to the historic Stone Town, to spice plantations, or to the Mangapwani Slave Caves. PADI-certified dive trainers are available for dive courses or experienced divers, and snorkelling excursions also offer the opportunity to see humpback and bottlenose dolphins and abundant coral reefs.

Fumba Beach Lodge is popular among families with children. Some deluxe rooms can adjoin each other to form a family unit. All ages are welcome, and whilst there are no specific children activities, the children enjoy playing around the lodge or on the beach and have plenty to keep themselves busy with, from the pool to the sea.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
    Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
    Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
    The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
    I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
    Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!

    MissingJennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

  • Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.

    We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.

    We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).

    We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)

    MissingJeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019

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