Door on north side of bungalow
Jambiani 'inside' sea in front of bungalow
Kikururu Bungalow, Jambiani, Zanzib

Entire home/apt

6 guests

2 bedrooms

6 beds
Please set the number of adults.
Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
Please set the number of infants.
Under 2
6 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
You won’t be charged yet

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 space

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

Guest access

Driver available for transfers, outings and to arrange tours etc at very fair rates.

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 6
Room type: Entire home/apt

Smoking allowed
Free parking on premises

Extra people No Charge
Always communicate through Airbnb
To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Learn more

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Common spaces
2 single beds


Safety features
Fire extinguisher

4 nights minimum stay

19 Reviews

Check In
Mirjam User Profile
August 2017
The Kikururu bungalow is a extraordinary place to stay in Zanzibar. Just in the middle of town life, the rhythm of daily life and the tide of the ocean are around the house. Sitting or lying on one of the five beds on the terrace it is all nearby. At the shore there are just a few other tourists besides the local women who are busy with seaweed farming. Joan is an accurate owner and created a nice atmosphere in the house. She sends you a lot of useful information in advance. The local keeper of the house, mr P, arranges everything you need. Every morning Salama or others backed chapati's and breads, the house was cleaned, beds were made, towels were changed. We miss already the 'jambo's'

Kathrin User Profile
February 2017
We had a wonderful stay at Kikururu. The house is just beautiful and offers everything needed for great holidays. The kitchen is well equipped and we loved eating upstairs on the roof terrace. The house was cleaned everyday by Shadida, which was a great service. The house manager Mr.Pandu was always available and around to see, if we needed anything and how we were doing. Jambiani is a very nice village with lovely people. We can definitely recommend Kikururu house for guests who like beach holidays and experience the local life of a Zanzibari village. Thank you very much Joan, for letting us stay in your beautiful house!!!

Elke User Profile
November 2016
Joan's place is a lovely little house in the village of Jambiani. There are nice beach views from the roof terrace, and the beach is only a short walk away. The house is well decorated and comfortable, as in the pictures. The kitchen is also well equipped. Mr P and Salama is great and very helpful in showing you around. I very much appreciated living in the village itself, which is an entirely different experience from staying in a resort.

Radu User Profile
October 2016
From the very beginning Joan was answering very fast to our enquiries. We were two families, five people in total, staying at Joan's place for five days. The house is modest, but correspond to the description and has all the basic staff you need. The only issue was with the WIFI - it was not available, but Mr. Pandu, the property manager, was providing us a laptop with an internet stick; the speed was low, but so was on some other locations on the island (like hotels and restaurants) where they had WIFI. The terase at the first floor was very pleasant indeed - day and night you could feel the breeze and the temperature was very pleasant. During the night however, the temperature in the bedrooms was quite high, not as pleasant as it was on the terase. Mr. Pandu was great - always smiling and willing to help; he was very useful in organizing our trips on the island (at very fair prices!), airport transfers and supplying us with everything we needed. We have appreciated a lot the fact that we were staying in the village, having local neighbors - it's a totally different experience than staying at a luxury resort, much more rewarding! You have the chance to learn much more about the life on the island! The house is well located, on the second row from the beach, but from the terase you can view the sea; the beautiful white sand beach is at 2 minutes walking; the water was clear and had a beautiful turquoise color, but you can swim only during the high tide. At walking distance from the house there are several restaurants and small shops. Overall we had a very nice experience staying at Kikururu Bungalow!

Jonnie User Profile
January 2016
Mr. Pandu, the house manager, welcomed us with a great big smile and he, Salama, the housekeeper, her darling children, and the neighbors all made us feel at home. Mr Pandu and Salama were happy to help us with whatever we needed. We loved being in the village with its sights and sounds and also appreciated that we were just a short walk to the beach. The best thing about the house is the lovely roof with its cooling breezes and stunning views of the glorious blues and turquoises of the ocean. My son and I spent happy hours there painting, reading, and napping and my husband joined us for part of our week and at least was able to work (he's always working!) in a delightful atmosphere. We particularly appreciated the electric fans on the lower level because Zanzibar is hot!

Lotte User Profile
January 2016
We stayed at Kikururu Bungalow for a week with group of four and we had a great time. The house is nicely situated and has everything one needs on a beach holiday. It was surely more spacious than we expected and we loved the sea view from the balcony. Salama, Mr. Pandu and taxidriver Ali are just lovely people, and it is convenient they are around/on call if there are any questions. Jambiani is a sweet little village, perfect if you don't want to be around too much tourist buzz and just want to relax. Hopefully we can come back one day!
Joan User Profile
Response from Joan:
Thank you so much for your lovely review Lotte and also for your feedback on the experience. It is always so helpful when guests are honest and helps us to improve things. I am so sorry about the sheets and towels - Salama is supposed to change sheets and towels (one for shower and one for beach per guest) every 4th day so I will take that up with her and your point about it being so hot at this time of year is valid and we should change linen every 3rd day. I will ask Mr P to defrost the fridge immediately and if that does not help he can get the repair man to come. Thanks again for your comments and Happy 2016 to all of you.
January 2016

Brynn User Profile
December 2015
Our stay at the Kikururu Bungalow was absolutely amazing and definitely exceeded expectations. Joan was very helpful in sending thorough information about the rental, and the staff at the bungalow (Mr. Pandu, Ali, and Salama), were incredibly helpful, welcoming, and friendly. The bungalow itself is beautiful and extremely well-located, near to restaurants and stores, and with great views. We spent the majority of our time either in the water or on the veranda. I couldn't have higher praise for the team and the rental itself.
Joan User Profile
Response from Joan:
Thanks so much for the lovely words Brynn. It really makes such a difference to have reviews on the site and I am so happy you and your friends had a good time. Mr P and co just loved you all. Happy 2016 and may it bring you many more adventures Joan
December 2015

Cape Town, South AfricaJoined in September 2013
Joan User Profile

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.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

The neighborhood

Similar listings