Zanzibar West Coast Hotels
Our directory includes all
the properties located to the North and South of the stone town i.e.
Fukuchani in the North, Mangapwani, Kidichi, Mtoni, Maruhubi, Chukwani and
Fumba in the south of stone town. Stone town hotels are listed separately
in their own directory. The west coast archipelago has a large number of
islands including, Chapwani, Prison Island, Bawe, Murogo. The best beaches
in the West coast are to be found at Bububu.
Islands to the in the West Coast
Bawe Island- This is un
inhabited due to lack of fresh water. This is popular with scuba divers.
Chumbe Island off the coast of
Chakwani is a coral park. It encloses one of the richest and finest
coral gardens in the world offering superb snorkeling opportunities.
Among the coral species are blue-spotted stingray, dolphins, batfish,
hawksbill turtle and caved-dwelling potato grouper. Scuba diving is
prohibited. Most of the Island is covered with a rare pristine coral rag
forest. Accommodation in Chumbe Island is at Chumbe Island ECo-Lodge.
To the south of stone town lies
Mbweni (Dormitory). The main attraction at Bweni are the Cascaded Botanical
Gardens founded by Sir John Kirk, the British Consul of Zanzibar. Many of
the 650 species found in the Gardens were introduced by him. Another
attraction at Bweni are the 18th Century Bweni Ruins of Christian Mission.
The mission housed a girls' school of the freed slaves, hence the name
To the North of Stone Town lies
the Beach of Bububu. Nearby are the villages of Maruhubi and Mtoni. At
Muruhubi are the ruins of Maruhubi Palace built by sultan Bargash for his
harem of 99 concubines. North fof Maruhubi is Mtoni with the ruins of Mtoni
Palace, the first official residence of Sultan Seyyid Said.
Further to the North is
Mangapwani with its clean beaches and coral caves. Mangapwani is the
location of Serena Beach Club. The club offers a high class restaurant and
water sports center with canoeing, catamaran sailing and snorkeling