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Karafuu Hotel & Beach Resort

Located in Pingwe on the north-east peninsula of Zanzibar, this large four star resort offers comfortable and hassle free accommodation on the Indian Ocean without the worries that a trip to Africa can arouse. The hotel offers half-board, full-board or all-inclusive packages.

The accommodation on offer is various. There are 28 standard (Garden) rooms. These are located some distance back from the ocean front and beach and do not offer attractive views as the resort lies between them and the sea. These lower priced rooms are basic but pleasant. All are en suite with air-conditioning and ceiling fans, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe and telephone. Note that water in this region often runs brackish for bathing.

Food at Karafuu is good The resort’s 3 restaurants mean there is plenty of choice. Breakfast is not exciting but is filling and fresh; breads, fruits and pastries with hot options available (eggs and bacon). The included dinner is from an extensive buffet. There are always meat, fish and vegetarian options on offer as well as various salads and desserts. Dinner can be eaten outdoors, but one must be prepared to eat either early or late to secure an al fresco spot. Changing live entertainment accompanies dinner nightly.

Further Information

The Rooms

The hotel has 89 rooms divided into 3 categories as follows:

  • 26 junior suites,
  • 35 cottages, &
  • 28 superior rooms. Room dcor:

All rooms are built as well under "makuti" (palm thatch), walls of coral and all furnished with traditional Zanzibar furniture. Junior Suites: All sea facing with spectacular front sea view. They are situated along the beach front under a beautiful palm grove or on a small hill comprising of: entrance through private garden, ample bedroom, dressing room, bathroom in Carrara marble, front sea view verandah with 2 wooden chaises-lounges and table and one soft local sofa, mosquito net, ceiling fan, independent air conditioning, hot and cold running water, hair dryer, telephone, minibar, tea/coffee maker and safe box.

Cottages: They are situated on a gentle slope just behind the junior suites in the second row. Most of then offer partial view of the sea through the lush palm tree tops and comprise: entrance through private garden, ample bedrooms, dressing room, bathroom in carrara marble breathtaking view verandah with 2 chaises-lounges and table, mosquito net, ceiling fan, independent air conditioning, hot and cold running water, hair dryer, telephone and minibar.

Superior rooms: They are positioned at the top of the slope in the lush green gardens. They are comprising of: bedroom, wardrobe, bathroom, garden view verandah with 2 chaises-lounges and table, mosquito net, ceiling fan, independent air conditioning, hot and cold running water, hair dryer, telephone and minibar. All have easy access to the beach.

Special features: Beautiful Beach

Food & Drink

There is a choice of 3 restaurants and 2 bars:

  • The Main Restaurant with Sea view Terraces serving breakfast buffet and a variety of international lunches and buffet dinners at theme changing everyday (Indian Ocean Dinner, Oriental and Spice Dinner, Gala Dinner, Swahili Dinner, Italian Dinner, BBQ Dinner and International Dinner) Open 7:30-10:00, 13:00-15:30, 19:30-21:30
  • "Le Grand Bleu" Restaurant on the beach front facing the ocean, serving lunches and sandwiches for those clients in HB basis only open form 13:00 to 14:30 and œa la carteMenus for fresh sea-food dinners from 19:30 to 21:00 (clients in FB discounted).
  • The Floating Restaurant an open air structure for maximum 20 people, decorated with palm fronds and located 200 meters in front of Kae beach in the Indian Ocean, serving a lobster menu œAll In( upon request and tide permitting).
  • The Main Cocktail Bar by the lounge for the evening entertainments and music open from 10:00 to 01:00.
  • The Pool Bar for daily refreshments and aperitifs open from 09:00 to 18:00

General Facilities

  • Safe deposit boxes at the reception
  • Bureau de change ( Visa and Mastercard accepted)
  • Laundry
  • Breakfast room service
  • Daily tea time service ( coffee, tea and cakes) in the poll area free of charge
  • 2 boutiques
  • Beauty and massage salon
  • Business center

CONFERENCE FACILITIES: 2 conference rooms: one air-conditioned one with a capacity of about 150 seats and another with a capacity of about 30 seats. Tea bar service available at a charge.

Recreational Facilities

  • The Masai Village(located within an African village, perfectly reproduced into Karafuu Hotel premises) opens just once or twice a week for Swahili dinners and folkloristic dancers performances only.
  • TV room with digital satellite
  • Two floodlit tennis courts
  • Volleyball/Table tennis area, Bowls, Cycling
  • Organized sport activities: water gym, aerobics, step
  • Diving Center and Windsurfing School with instructors: diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, water skiing, kite surfing, wake board, ring-shaped rodeo and a boat rental (at a charge)
  • Games room with billiards, parlor games, gaming-tables, play cards, darts
  • Swimming pool including kids pool
  • Performances: Local dancers, live band, Acrobats, folkloristic groups
  • Kindergarten


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airOn request, we can combine your safari itinerary with a stay at the beach hotels in Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu and Zanzibar for any number of nights.