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Fumba Beach Lodge

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7/10

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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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Average Rating

based on 503 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 Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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