For many years our 2 families escaped from the bustle of Stone Town to this most beautiful, unspoilt, powdery white sand beach on the northeast coast of Zanzibar. Gradually, with much support and encouragement from family and friends, we built our family-run beach haven and now welcome guests to share the peaceful beauty and tranquility of this stunning location.
We have 5 simple and stylishly comfortable rooms. Each room faces out on to its own wide veranda, has a sea or a tropical garden view, and is furnished with traditional hand-crafted coconut wood furniture. One of the rooms is a family room, with 2 double beds. You can book one room or several with your friends or family.
Because we are so far from town, all catering is done through our small restaurant/bar on site. We love Zanzibar food, and so delicious local flavours and fresh produce are always on our menu. We love vegetarian food too, and our chefs have been trained by our friend, a Goan-Zanzibari creative chef! He used to be Head Chef at the only Vegetarian Indian restaurant in Stone Town.
You can travel here by dala dala (local bus - very cheap) or by taxi. If you do come by dala dala, we can pick you up in the village - just let us know.
We are trying very hard to be as sustainable as possible - which includes employing or training local people from the village. we have solar water heaters, rainwater harvesting, and re-cycle as much waste as possible (plastics, glass, metal, and composting). We also only grow plants that are happy in our sea breeze and dry coastal environment!
I have spent with my family 7 days a Panga Chumvi. a wonderful place with very friendly staff. The large oceanfront room is sensational. The food in the restaurant is fantastic. Thanks for everything. Every time we would go back again.
Christoph & Family
Panga Chumvi was everything it promised and more.
The rooms are clean, comfortable and charming and the beach is breathtaking. I stayed there with a friend for a few nights over Christmas and liked it so much I returned at the end of my trip for my last few nights. They also organise workshops and interesting cultural/ art events during the year, sadly I missed these but I have no doubt they will be great as Rebecca loves Zanzibar and it's people.
The staff are helpful and fun and even remembered what I like for breakfast.
Rebecca was more then helpful with advice on trips, excursions and possible party venues. She made us feel more than welcome and was always around for a friendly chat.
I have no reservations in recommending Panga Chumvi, you won't be disappointed.
Great place on a very beautiful beach. The hotel staff are very friendly and helpful, including Rebecca herself. The accommodation is very clean and simple but very comfortable. Can not think of a nicer place to stay while in Zanzibar. Highly recommended.
I just spent a week here on my own and it was perfect,
I avoided the noisier north of the island as didn't want to get involved in any full moon parties. This was the perfect spot for me. I had the bungalow on the beach, great sunrise and wonderful going to sleep every night to the sound of the sea.
They recommend scuba fish for diving, i used them and they were excellent. Also ask them if you want to snorkel as their recommendations are cheaper then the bigger units and more tailored to snorkelers rather than being on a boat of scuba divers as a token snorkeler. I did both, snorkelled with dolphins for about 20 minutes, amazing!
One thing, take everything you need with you as there are no shops near whatsoever.
If you want night life then you can walk up the beach to other hotels. Panga is super chilled. I was almost on my own in the restaurant (which looks out to sea) most nights. I cant say what the other hotels nightlife is like as i never ventured out. The restaurant has wifi. The room didn't.
The place was very clean, the food was good and the staff are very sweet.
I havent figured out how to put travellers tips on this site yet but here are a few regarding travel.
Ferry; The ferry terminal in Dar es Saalam is chaos. The taxi driver dropped me of in the middle of bedlam and i think i got scammed. I ended up on a slow ferry (3 hours) for $40! There is another more modern terminal for the fast ferry so my advice is don't take any sh@t (wish i had this advice before i went) and don't get dropped of in the chaotic bit (you will know when you see it). People tapping on windows of car etc.. They then lied about the departure time to make it seem like you were going to miss the ferry and you end up running while two porters grab your bags and run ahead. all very disorientating and you end up giving them a tip. Really, dont get caught out, it was quite fun but a bit intimidating at the same time. The ferry then sat there for another half hour and wasn't even the ferry i wanted in the first place. You live and learn, but i hope you can learn from my error.
The flight back was $60 and took 20 minutes, much easier. The local airport in Dar isn't the same as the international but is only a 6$ cab ride away.
would definitely stay here again. Great value for money and lovely spot