We stayed at Panga Chumvi for one week with the aim of doing very little and had a really relaxing time. The atmosphere is friendly with Wendy the manager making sure we had all we needed. Each day we had our meals cooked by Sulieman, the chef who makes a range of dishes with lots of fish and calamari, he also does a good steak. Try the Pumkin, Coconut and Ginger soup, it’s really good.
Panga Chumvi is about 1hr drive from Stone Town by taxi and Wendy can recommend a taxi to you. The resort is going through some renovations so they now have a nice decking area where the restaurant is being developed; each night we sat on the decking under the stars, which are really clear if you ask to have the lights turned off after dinner. Sometimes the power does go off “naturally” at the resort, but rarely for longer than an hour or so and they can kick in the generator when needed.
We had one of the rooms in the top section of the house. It was clean and roomy, with mosquito net, on-suite and wireless internet. The balcony was great to sit and read for hours when the tide is low; out the front are sun beds and hammocks to pass the time away.
Swimming is possible at high tide only. Check with Wendy to see when the tide is the highest and you can stay in the clear water for a few hours each day; we had some days when we could swim both in the morning and evening; during the day the water can be quite warm. Take your reef shoes (I used Crocs) if you plan on exploring the reef because as you head further into the water there are lots of sea urchins.
The area is very quite with not much else to do close by, though admittedly we did not want to explore much. There are some tours Wendy can organise like snorkelling and spice tours.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Panga Chumvi Beach Resort, Matemwe, on the north eastern coast of Zanzibar, is right on the beautiful white sand beach (the longest unbroken stretch of beach in Zanzibar), opposite the pristine coral reef of Mnemba Island. We have 15 simple and stylishly comfortable rooms - in 4 guest lodges. 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. Our restaurant overlooks the beach. We love eating fresh, local produce and tasty Zanzibar cuisine, so this is what our chefs prepare for you, when you want it throughout the day. We love both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Fresh fruit smoothies and cocktails a speciality. We have a good selection of wine, spirits and Tanzanian beers. Staff helpful and friendly. Developing our already close relationship with Matemwe village, we are working towards becoming an eco resort which is very environmentally and culturally aware. Sea views, tropical garden, wi-fi – stunning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Panga Chumvi Beach Resort Matemwe, Zanzibar Island