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Kendwa is a village in Zanzibar.


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Taxi - 1.5 hours and US$40-60 from Stone Town or the Airport, or 2 hours and US$60-80 from the South East coast. As always on Zanzibar, it is recommended to prebook your taxi to avoid having to haggle, even if you are prepared to haggle for a while, you still will usually be able to find better rates online

Shared Taxi / Shuttle - 1.5 hours and $10 per person from Stone Town, or 2 hours and US$12 per person from the South East coast. The shuttle will collect you from your hotel and drop you directly at your hotel in Kendwa. You will be sharing a minibus with up to five others (usually only three or four though), but there is plenty of room for luggage and the cars are comfortable. Tickets must be booked online before travel from here

From Nungwi - Kendwa is about 3 km from Nungwi, an easy walk along the beach during low tide, but impossible at high tide. The only option is a schlepp along back roads, hard going on the rocky roads, or a boat trip at a steep $20 per trip. One could perhaps walk to Nungwi at low tide and take the sunset cruise from there and ask to be dropped off at Kendwa.

The 2 km connecting road from the main route to the north was re-graded in 2007, and while still rough, is not nearly as bad as before. There is little difference here between high and low tides so swimming is possible any time of day. There may be some cloud and wind and quick rainshowers in June/July but the sun is usually out and the weather very pleasant. The beach is fine white sand or ground shells, the water turquoise blue, the sunsets spectacular and the local boat activity picturesque.

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Snorkeling trips are offered to the local Coral Gardens at $10, or round the northern tip of Zanzibar to Mnemba Island on the east coast (full day for $17 - $20). These trips are on the steady wooden dhows that are built in Nungwi with even the beams and benches hewn from trees. Although motorised, sails are hoisted to utilise the wind.

Never pay in advance in promise to be picked up at a given time. They might do, but when they don't, don't expect money back. There is enough competition for you to say you will pay when you get to the boat.

A Kendwa Village tour is offered by a local ngo where all profits are given back to the community. It is run by Kendwa community tours & safaris (office between Eden and Gold hotel) for 20$ when you contact them directly. It usually takes 2-3h finishing with a local meal. You can see Kendwa outside the resorts wall.

Kendwa Rocks' organizes Full Moon Parties. You have first to load cash on a card they give to you at a separate counter, as the bar does not accept any cash. Make sure to ask for a receipt to the person loading the cash (even if he insists that you don't need it), as some "mistakes" from the cash loaders have been reported. Also, although some bartenders claim that you don't have to pay if you arrive earlier than 10:00 pm and stay thereafter at the full moon party, this information is erroneous: if they find you after that time without the wristband they give to you when you arrive later and pay your entrance, the angry manager or the guards may kick you out.

The beach in front of Kendwa Rocks has wifi.

If you walk left when reaching the beach (South), you'll hit some gorgeous empty beaches with no buildings and no infrastructure. The perfect place to get away from the touts and have your own paradise.

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Meals are at around $5 - $20 at the various restaurants right on the beach. Although some of the restaurants have smaller portions, the food is delicious and mostly cooked well. I would recommend eating Seafood dishes rather than beef or even chicken.

  • At the Taj Mahal restaurant of the Amaan Kendwa hotel a whole fish per person (red snapper) is grilled to perfection.
  • The restaurant at Kendwa Breezes has excellent Prawns Pili Pili and Lobster Thermidor.
  • Mama Muzungu. A small local restaurant outside the gates of Eden hotel. Typical local food for 2000 shillings. ( Around 1$-2$US)  edit

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During high season (July & August, December & January) reservations are recommended. Particularly around New Years Eve, the Kendwa hotels can be fully booked as far in advance as the preceding July.

  • Amaan Kendwa +255 777 492 552 pleasant clean bungalows in attractive garden. Bathroom en suite with hot shower, hair dryer. Also kettle, mosquito nets, fan, air conditioning, fridge, smallish wardrobe, veranda, beach towels.
  • White Sand Bungalows +255 777 480 987, +255 777 425 219
  • Kendwa Rocks [3] +255 777 415 475 is located on Kendwa Beach on the north tip of Zanzibar, is a bar and restaurant well known for their Full Moon Party. They offer bungalows for a reasonable price. While the beach is beautiful and perfect for family vacations, parents with small children might want to avoid this place during the full moon, as the place then typically attracts a younger and louder crowd.
  • Sunset Bungalows [4] +255 777 415 475 is just up the beach from Kendwa Rocks. It offers a bar and restaurant, and many rooms at a variety of prices. They have been expanding and upgrading continuously. Some rooms have air conditioning, all are self-contained. The staff is quite friendly and helpful.
  • Les Toits De Palms +255 777 418 548
  • La Gemma de l'est ($$$$) [5] is an Italian all-inclusive resort with own tarred road to main road. Offers package deals including airfare from Italy.
  • Malaika Bungalows +255 777 856 167
  • La Rosa Dei Venti +255 777 411 314
  • Kendwa Breezes Beach Resort, (after White Sands Bungalows and just before La Gemma de l'est), +255774687336 (), [1]. A small, quiet boutique hotel with a fantastic setting and fabulous staff.  edit
  • Les Toits De Palme, Kendwa Beach (North Tip of Zanzibar), +255777458584 (), [2]. checkin: any time; checkout: 10:00am. This consists of six bungalows and four bandas on the beach of Kendwa 50$.  edit

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