The Zanzibar Archipelago consists of two main islands, Pemba and Unguja, and about 50 smaller islets. The total population is about one million, with the majority living in the capital, Zanzibar Town.
The people of Zanzibar speak the purest form of Kiswahili, but English is also spoken by most of the people you’ll meet, and many have a good working knowledge of Arabic and European languages.
Mnarani Beach Cottages are set atop a cove on the beautiful beach of Nungwi in the very North of Zanzibar Island (Unguja). Its proximity to Mnemba Atoll makes it one of the best spots for snorkeling, game fishing and diving. Nungwi these days has a reputation as being a bit of a party place, but even though we are only a 10 minutes’ walk (or a short taxi ride) away from the center of the action, you will find our surroundings peaceful and private.
Although the number of travellers who come to explore the North Coast of Zanzibar has increased a lot in recent years, the village of Nungwi has retained its traditions and values. Most of its people still live off the sea or are doing small scale business. Zanzibarians are generally very friendly and welcoming, and to venture out of the hotel premises and gain some insights in everyday life here in Zanzibar is highly recommended.
Despite all its natural beauty and the available creature comforts, Zanzibar’s infrastructure is not as developed as we would like it to be – it’s still rural Africa -, so we have to deal with the occasional shortcomings, but we will do our very best to make sure you won’t even notice.
A one hour’s drive from Zanzibar Town or the airport on a good road will bring you here. We gladly arrange for you to be met on arrival in Zanzibar or picked up at any other hotel.