About This Listing
Just a few steps away from the warm turquoise Indian ocean - a converted village house with simple furnishings, airy space and all the necessities for a beach holiday.
From the rooftop one can watch the village activities or simply gaze at the natural beauty of the tropical environment.
The bungalow is self catering and allows the pleasure of experimenting with the local produce, seafood, tropical fruits and vegetables are abundant and the markets are an adventure on their own.
The living room is spacious and furnished very simply with locally made pieces.
The bedrooms are light and airy and have extra large mosquito nets, fans, cupboard, cotton bed linen and bath towels
- double room with a queen size bed has an open en suite shower, basin and toilet
- twin room has two 3/4 beds
- living room has two single beds
- plus seperate shower room
The kitchen is equipped with fridge freezer, 2 plate gas cooker, electric oven, crockery, cutlery, pots & pans and table linen
The entire top of the house is a veranda from which there are sea and village views. It is the real living room of the house from
where one can watch the sun rise and set and find shade and a cool breeze during the heat of the day without missing out on the surroundings.
There is large dining table for meals and playing games and beach beds for a good read or an afternoon nap.
Serviced daily (at your direction) including laundry
Driver available for transfers, outings and to arrange tours etc at very fair rates.
Wir wurden am Flughafen abgeholt, und der Haus-Manager Mr. Pandu war im Haus, sowie die Putzfrau. Wir wurden sehr gut instruiert und konnten uns mit allen Fragen an Mr. Pandu wenden, er war immer für uns da. Jedes Problem wurde sofort gelöst.
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour à Jambiani dans la maison de Joan. La maison est très agréable, très bien équipée et correspond très bien à la description. De la terrasse nous contemplions la mer et la vie du village. nous avons vécu au rythme du village, réveillés par les enfants en chemin pour l'école. Mr P., qui gère la maison était tres disponible pour tout, et nous avons fait une super excursion safari Blue avec Ali le chauffeur. des vacances de rêve!
Wir waren zwei Wochen in der Unterkunft und haben unseren Aufenthalt sehr genossen. Das Haus liegt in Mitten eines kleines Dorfes, daher ist man nur von Einheimischen umgeben weit ab von jeglichem Tourismus. Die Leute aus dem Dorf begegnem einem sehr freundlich, wenn man sich darauf einlässt hat man viele interessante Begegnungen mit den Bewohnern. Die Gastgeberin ist sehr bemüht den Aufenthalt so sicher und angenehm wie möglich zu machen. Wir können das Haus empfehlen.
We stayed three months so we encountered most possible situations. Joan has the best people to assist. We eat in, but the markets are an hour away in the city. Ali, our driver, would've taken us shopping but we wished to remain in Jambiani. All we had to do was text Ali a grocery list and it would all show up in a day or two; ten days worth of fresh food and store items for four people. Each week we texted Mr. Pandu with our seafood order, lobster, giant prawns, a large tuna, and it showed up monday afternoon as requested for our weekly seafood fest. It was always freshly caught and the best quality.
We spent most of our time upstairs which is the perfect venue in any weather for taking in the beautiful muslim culture. These are fine people: friendly, honest, happy and kind to foreigners. The two bicycles were great on the paved road with such low traffic, and on the beach when the tide is out. Mr. Pandu had two more bikes delivered whenever we asked. It's an easy twenty minutes beach cycle to Paje for a liquor store and grocery store. Ali would either deliver our beer case or have it brought by the beer delivery motorcycle.
We didn't love the dolphin visit because for us it wasn't interactive but rather we jumped from the boat each time the boat driver was able to position us in their path as they surfed the waves. It might sometimes be a more interactive experience but this is how it was on the day we went. Don't leave Jambiani without making a deal with any of the beach boys to sail out to the reef and snorkel. The undersea life was really diverse and the water clarity the best. Even the sailing experience in their carved-out canoes with outriggers is super fun. Just walk on the beach and they'll offer you any kind of trip they have. Ali will also host all but the sailing/snorkel trips. So many of the tourists drive around in rented vehicles but it's so much better to let the wonderful Africans host you because they want to and because Don't you want to live differently than you do in your normal life?! Your experience will be so much richer.
We found the best way to handle the house-cleaning is to agree on the days and times and be specific about anything she's not doing. She'd wash and hang the laundry the day after we gave it to her. If I were going to eat out every meal like most tourists, I'd probably ask her to cook the meals in our kitchen, and have all the groceries delivered for her to prepare. Much more enjoyable than eating around the local restaurants.
In East Africa, just ask for what you want and they will bend over backwards to try to deliver. I will miss these awesome people!
A very genuine place to stay. Very quiet and relaxed. The local restaurants don't offer that great food for dinner... The best option nearby is the local restaurant school. But be prepared to bring all your food if you want to cook yourself, as there are only limited possibilities to buy food locally. The place is probably best for a couple.
If you like us think that the changing tide of Jambiani it the true Zanzibar experience and the fact the house is situated within the village (though in very close proximity to the beach) adds a cultural dimension to your holiday then I would certainly recommend Joan’s house. We spend a wonderful week here, enjoying the beach, the Indian Ocean and relaxing on the rooftop terrace, which its best feature of the house. Though the rent includes a maid be prepared for a self-contained experience. There are however plenty of small restaurants near by cooking up basic but excellent seafood dishes. Particularly the Stone Culture restaurant is well worth a visit.
About the Host, Joan
I am from Cape Town South Africa, am a partner in a packaging company and our niche is gift packaging for special occasions for leading retailer, love to spend time in Zanzibar where I have made many friends and can get perspective away form the madness of city life.