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About Mnarani Beach Cottages
About Mnarani Beach Cottages

Mnarani Beach Cottages is located on the northernmost tip of Zanzibar Island in the Village of Nungwi.  Mnarani Beach Cottages is next to the old lighthouse, and the word “ Mnarani” means lighthouse in Swahili.

Mnarani Beach Cottages offers a variety of room options, from the Standard entry level rooms – perfect for couple or friends travelling on a limited budget, to rooms for honeymooners in the deluxe rooms or the Superior rooms or the Mahaba Cottage – Honeymoon suite.  Mnarani also caters for families in the Family Flats or deluxe rooms or the Superior rooms.

Although it will be easy for you to develop the art of doing nothing on the beautiful Nungwi Beach of Zanzibar Island, Mnarani Beach Cottages also have plenty of activities available.

From spectacular snorkeling, scuba diving, game fishing and sailing to many interesting half and full day excursions on the island of Zanzibar.   Mnarani Beach Cottages is a peaceful and secluded hotel, but also in walking distance to the lively village of Nungwi and other hotels and bars.

Mnarani Beach Cottages will be perfect for the following travellers:
  • People travelling on a limited budget, the packages are affordable and good value for money.

  • People wanting to go on honeymoon - Mnarani Beach Cottages has limited rooms, so even when the hotel is fully booked, you will not feel crowded.

  • Scuba divers wanting to explore the wonderful marine life on Zanzibar, Mnarani Beach Cottages is perfectly situated close to a professional dive center offering a variety of watersport activities.

  • People wanting meals included in their package prepaid, breakfast & dinner is included leaving you with only lunch and drinks to budget for.

  •  People wanting to take their children on holiday with them, as Mnarani Beach Cottages also offers larger rooms were a child can share with parents.

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Rooms at Mnarani Beach Cottages

Mnarani Beach Cottages offers a variety of room options, from the Standard entry level rooms – perfect for couple or friends travelling on a limited budget, to rooms for honeymooners in the deluxe rooms or the Superior rooms or the Mahaba Cottage – Honeymoon suite.  Mnarani also caters for families in the Family Flats or deluxe rooms or the Superior rooms.

The meal plan at Mnarani Beach Cottages is on a half board basis (breakfast & dinner included).


12 x Standard Cottages (8 Sea facing & 4 Garden view) at Mnarani Beach Cottages

Mnarani Beach Cottages Standard room Mnarani Beach Cottages Standard room

Mnarani Beach Cottages has twelve standard cottage rooms, which are arranged in pairs. The standard cottages are simple, but nevertheless private and comfortable. They are decorated in local Zanzibarian style and have an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water and veranda. All rooms have mosquito nets, fans and air conditioning. Eight are located along the sea front with views to the ocean, and four are within the lush calm of the tropical garden.


Zanzibar house - 10 x Deluxe Rooms at Mnarani Beach Cottages 

Mnarani Beach Cottages Deluxe room

Mnarani Beach Cottages Deluxe room

Mnarani Beach Cottages Deluxe room Mnarani Beach Cottages Deluxe room

The ten rooms in Zanzibar House are all named after the islands and islets of the Zanzibar archipelago such as “Tumbatu room” and “Bawe room”. They offer superb accommodation, with a little extra luxury.

All rooms have high-standard en-suite bathrooms. The rooms are a spacious twenty-five square meters; all fully air conditioned, with telephone, fridges and a tea/coffee station for your convenience.

Each room opens onto a beautiful large wooden balcony for the enjoyment of sunrises in the morning, relaxation in the afternoon, and starry skies at night.

For those wanting to share their holiday experience with family or friends, the ground floor rooms (The Pemba, Unguja, Mnemba and Misali rooms) offer the option of adjoining rooms for groups.

The first floor rooms (The Tumbatu, Kojani, Bawe and Chumbe rooms) boast the same large space with a higher view of the surrounding sea.

The two Top floor rooms, “Sunrise” and “Sunset”, are specially designed for honeymoon couples and offer awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets almost every day of the year. These rooms are fully decked with wooden floors; the bedrooms open onto a balcony with a breathtaking sight: the stunning azure waters of the Indian Ocean, with traditional dhows sailing past. You can almost hear the dhows splashing in the water while relaxing in the comfort of your own bathtub. In addition, you can have a massage on your own balcony by our lady masseuses.

The spectacular roof top terrace allows you to sit under the phenomenal night skies of tropical Zanzibar and enjoy the peace and tranquility with a three hundred and sixty degree view of the north tip of the island.


4 x Superior Rooms at Mnarani Beach Cottages

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Mnarani Beach Cottages Superior room

Mnarani Beach Cottages has four “Superior Rooms” that are more spacious than our standard rooms. With a sitting room on the ground floor and bedroom upstairs, they are perfect for couples who would like a little more space and comfort. All are en-suite with hot and cold water and two of them have an adjoining door for extended families or groups.

Each room enjoys an open plan ground floor with sitting area, a small kitchen with a sink and fridge, and coffee/tea making facilities, whilst on the first floor mezzanine is the sleeping area with a large double bedroom. Each cottage is decorated in local style using furniture designed from refashioned ngalawa.

The spacious balconies both floors overlook the sea from where you can enjoy the spectacular sunrise over the glistening Indian Ocean. 

4 x Family Garden flats at Mnarani Beach Cottges

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Mnarani Beach Cottages Family Flat

Fisherman House, after much demand from guests, is self-contained accommodation in which you can be totally independent if you so wish. It is located in our garden view area, only 60 metres from the beach. Fisherman House was built with the idea of creating comfortable accommodation for our guests who travel with a big family or in a large group – for example a wedding party.

Each flat is named after fish from the Indian Ocean.

The ground floor has two flats, "Dorado" and "Tuna", each with two master bedrooms. Each bedroom is 16 sq meters, which is big enough to put an extra bed if needed. There is an additional big dining area and kitchen with all amenities. All the furniture is made of coconut wood traditionally grown in Zanzibar.

The second floor has two flats, "Octopus" and "Dolphin", each with three master bedrooms of similar size. All flats have connecting doors for families who want to share the space. They all have balconies. Each flat has air conditioning, as well as fans, telephones and CD players.

On the top of the house there is beautiful open space where you can sunbathe, have a barbeque or celebrate a special birthday or anniversary. The view is stunning and faces sunset and the sea.

There is private parking and you will have access to all the facilities of the hotel including the swimming pool and sauna.

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Mnarani Beach Cottages Hotel facilities


Mnarani Beach Cottages Restaurant

Zanzibar is well known for its mount watering & fresh seafood – and Mnarani’s restaurant reflects this. Fish is freshly caught every morning, and delivered from the local fish market and local fishermen. Then prepared for guest in traditional Swahili style, and serve it in the open air. If the hotel has more than 30 guests, they are treated to a barbecue.

For those that prefer, a variety of delicious meat and vegetarian meals are made available on the menu.

Drinks are available at the open air bar set in front of the beach with a spectacular view of the reef and dhows as they sail by from morning to sunset.  It’s a great place to relax in a hammock while enjoying a cocktail or you could make new friends in our lounge area which has relaxing music and comfortable sofas and armchairs. The fully stocked bar offers a variety of cold beers, selected wines, delicious cocktails and tropical juices. You can also borrow a selection of board games such as bao, the traditional game of Zanzibar. Mnarani Beach Cottages Bar
 Don't leave Zanzibar without having tried a game or two! Alternatively you can try your hands at a round of darts or watch sports on the satellite television.
Mnarani Beach Cottage swimming pool

Mnarani Beach Cottages now offers an attractive 56 ft by 28 ft swimming pool with relaxing massage jets in the shallow water area. In the deeper end you can swim and refresh. Or just wind down at the pool side with a cocktail or two. At night our soft lighting allows you to take a swim whilst watching the sun go down listening to the sound of the waves.

In the pool area there are fresh water showers and sun beds with beach towels for your use.


Free internet service from 7.30 to 22.30 for all guests at Mnarani Beach Cottages.

 Mnarani Beach Cottages has a library with over 1000 novels mainly in English, but other languages available as well, such as French, German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Danish and other Scandinavian languages. You are welcome to swap your book. There are also magazines and local newspapers.
 Board games such as the traditional Zanzibar game "bao" can be borrowed from the bar. In the bar area you will also find darts and satellite television.
 Transfers to and from Mnarani & Stone Town can be arranged at reception.

If you love snorkelling, take the full day trip around Mnemba Island, with its amazing coral reef and tropical aquatic life. Mnarani has their own dhow, the "My lady" - just climb aboard.

You can choose from two favourite snorkeling spots – one in shallow water and one deeper, for more experienced snorkellers. Swim with the dolphins (although their presence can’t be guaranteed) or go for a spot of fishing and catch your own lunch.

Mnarani Beach Cottage Dhow
Don’t worry if you don’t get a bite – fresh fish from the local fishermen can be bought and a barbecue on the beautiful white sandy beach can be set up. And there’ll be plenty of time for more snorkelling after lunch – if the rest of the party is keen to do so. 
 Mnarani’s own sailing dhow, the "My lady" can take you on sunset cruise. Enjoy the calm of the ocean, the cool breeze, the views and the stunning colors of sunsets - as a group or as a very romantic honeymoon activity.
 Scuba diving can be arranged with one of the many dive schools that is located close to Mnarani.  The hotel will gladly assist you if needed. The manager is an experienced diver and will gladly share with you his knowledge about diving around the area.
Mnarani Beach Cottage Sea Kayaking  If you’re feeling adventurous, Mnarani has double and single kayaks for exploring along the coast. Life jackets and shoes are provided.
 Mnarani offers both full (8h) and half-day (4h) fishing trips, carrying a maximum of five people plus crew. The dhow (local boat) has two outboard engines, GPS and radio equipment, fish finder, life jackets and first aid kit. Local fish include King Fish, Sail Fish, Blue Marlin and Yellow Fin Tuna. Refreshments are included. Mnarani Beach Cottage Game Fishing

The beach at Mnarani Beach Cottages is ideal for the experienced kiter. It allows kite surfers the safety of the lagoon and a rescue boat is available if help is needed. The soft white sandy beach allows for easy launching and landing. The beach size depends on the tide - however there is always part of the beach that one can land the kite on safely.

Zanzibar has 2 different trade winds. The “Kusi” is a slightly cooler wind that blows consistently at an average speed of 18 knots from the South East. It starts in April and usually blows until December. It is calmer in the morning and increases consistently up to 25 knots in strength in the afternoon. This allows the kite surfer to go between the beach and the reef as the wind blows side-shore along Mnarani’s beach. This side shore wind is ideal for wave riding and heading out the reef.

The “Kasi Kasi” is the Northern Monsoon wind that starts to blow around the 20th of December and continues until the beginning of April. It comes from the North and is much stronger than the Kusi. It is strongest in the morning with speeds of up to 30 knots and gets a bit lighter in the afternoon (speed around 15 knots). At Mnarani it blows slightly on-shore, which allows the kite surfer to kite pretty much parallel to the beach.

Other water sports activities include wind surfing, surf boarding and a fantastic reef walking tour with a local guide, if tides permitting. There’s plenty of play equipment for the kids, too.


The Mnarani massage team will help you unwind and de-stress your body using natural oils that are locally prepared. Chose from the essences of lemongrass, jasmin or clove oil to relax and revitalize.

Relax Massage: Enjoy a one hour full body massage that will relax your body and mind soothe muscles and help you unwind for the rest of the day.

Sports Massage: This deep massage will penetrate and relief tired muscles, release pain and relax your body. Recommended for our guests returning from a long safari or having climbed Kilimanjaro.

Traditional Zanzibar Head Massage: This gentle massage will remove any tension and headaches and help banish any stressful thoughts not left at home. We want you to reall relax here at Mnarani and this massage will do the trick.

Energize Massage: This massage will re-energize your body, ideal before of after a long day trip.
Also available at Mnarani is a manicure, pedicure, henna tattoo, hair plaiting and leg waxing.

 Beautiful tropical gardens surround the sauna at Mnarani and can accommodate up to eight people comfortably.
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Mnarani Beach Cottages Special packages

Dream World Adventures specialize in travel packages to Zanzibar Island and have some great special package offers to stay at Mnarani Beach Cottages.

Follow the link above for more details on our package. 


Mnarani Beach Cottages Client reviews
Willem and Corlia
Stayed on Zanzibar at Mnarani Beach Cottages
31 May ~ 06 June 2011
Willem and Corlia at Mnarani Beach Cottages

Hi Rose,


Hier is 'n paar van ons foto's by Zanzibar. As jy nog wil he moet jy my net laat weet asb.

Baie dankie vir al jou moeite.



Willem & Corlia


Meagher Family
Stayed on Zanzibar at Mnarani Beach Cottages
Apr 2009

Hi Rose,

A belated thank you for organising our trip so efficiently - it was absolutely wonderful, everything we expected and hoped for! we will definitely be going back, hopefully sometime soon! 

Kind regards


Vicky Meagher at Marani Beach Cottages
Liezel Van Jaarsveld
Stayed on Zanzibar at Mnarani Beach Cottages
Jan 2009 
Liezel Van Jaarsveld at Mnarani Beach Cottages

Hi Rose,

Our holiday was magical – worth every cent! Both Heather and I said that we should have stayed for 10 days. Thank you so much for your assistance and guidance in this regard…we are already talking about our next trip…Heather is keen on Turkey and me on Italy…after reading Eat, Pray, Love on the island!
I have attached a couple of photos for you. 

Thanks & Regards


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