Apartment - Entire home/apt · Malindi, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Your host, Manuela
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The Space

PLEASE NOTE: Minimum stay is 4 days

The flat for rental is part of a nineteenth-century Omani mansion situated right in the heart of Zanzibar Stone Town, Tanzania, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the year 2000. Nowadays, these old Omani houses are inhabited by many local families who share a space which was once the home of wealthy traders. Living in this flat allows, among other things, close contact with these Swahili families.
The building sits between Kiponda and Malindi areas, a five-minute walk from the seafront and the fish market. It is a traditional Omani mansion with very thick walls of coral rag and lime mortar and quite a number of magnificent carved wooden doors in the interior, the ‘Zanzibar doors’ which have become more or less synonym with Swahili culture.
The flat has been renovated in the fall of 2009, exhibiting its original ceiling made of mangrove poles, elaborate windows with latticed metal and Zanzibar louvers and walls with beautiful Arab style niches. It comprises two main rooms: a conventional double bedroom and a second room which includes a double bed, and a sitting/dining area. It has also a bathroom with hot shower, fans in every room, and a fully-equipped kitchen, with electric cooker, oven and fridge. Tableware, bed linen and mosquito nets are also supplied.


-Double bedroom (with shared kitchen and bathroom): US $350/month; $30/day (for stays under a month).
-Double bedroom with sitting and dining area (shared kitchen and bathroom): US $400/month; $40/day (for stays under a month).
-Whole apartment: US $550/month; $50/day (for stays under a month).
-PEAK SEASON (during Festivals): $40/$50/$65.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Monthly Price: $550 /month
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • I had a relaxing, stress free & productive time here. The apt. is perfectly located, a short distance from the ferry, the park, various markets, bars & restaurants. The accomodations were really good and having access to a kitchen was a blessing. The neighbors and their kids were also helpful & friendly.

    May 2014
  • The appartment of Manuela was very comfortable, clean and well located.
    You can experienced the local life far from the tourists mass.
    The neighbors were very nice and very friendly.
    Although it's a bit noisy and the building a bit dirty, as every building in Stone Town.

    September 2013
  • Manuela and her apartment are wonderful! It was so nice to have a very centrally located place to stay in Stone Town. The apartment is beautiful and it was great to have a kitchen. Manuela was very welcoming and helpful and we really enjoyed her company.

    July 2012
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Universidade Nova de Lisboa, School of Oriental and African Studies, London School of Economics
University of Minho
I am Portuguese and I am here in Zanzibar doing anthropological research. I also teach at the State University of Zanzibar, in Stone Town. I love the beach, snorkelling, etc., so I decided to go into this business with a friend. We like to take very good care of our guests and we arrange, if they so wish, various programs for them.
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