Mapenzi Beach Club

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

P.O. Box 100 - Mahonda, Tanzania
Sandies Mapenzi Beach Club
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Satisfaction Very Good
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 69% more than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families90
  • Couples85
  • Solo71
  • Business0

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by bruunos

HI Guys, could anyone give me some feedback on the tour operator Go2africa? I've been given a reasonable quote by them but have not heard any feedback about them? Are they a registered agent for Tanzania? All comments welcome. Thanks

RE: go2africa

by meek99

we just got back on tuesday night and used go2africa out of cape town, south africa (despite being from america) to book a 9 day safari and 5 day beach stop in zanzibar.

they are an agent who will organize your trip and transfers through different tour operators. in our case, the safari operator was called predators safari and the transfers around zanzibar was through fisherman tours.

we were with 4 other people in our safari van (3 from america and 1 from germany) and after comparing notes, we received the cheapest price of the group (others used agents from new jersey and stuttgart) plus ours included the zanzibar extension at a luxury resort and the others all just flew back home. that's a deal!

once in zanzibar, we stayed at the mapenzi beach club where some other women from england were on the same schedule as us (leaving a safari and just hanging out)...we didn't compare prices with them, but when the fisherman tour company came to take us all to the airport on the final day, the two groups of two women were all put in the same small van for the long drive and we had been sent an air conditioned suv for just us.

the only thing i'd recommend you do without go2africa is to book your own airfare. they quoted us $2500/per to fly on british airways from seattle, but it meant driving 2 hours to vancouver and there would be no airmiles b/c of the consolidators cheap fare rules with british airways.

we booked ourselves on northwest and flew directly from seattle, got all the airmiles and paid $1900/per.

feel comfortable with go2africa and have fun!

Re: go2africa

by WorldGuy

There are a lot of companies who specialize in Africa bookings. I would not recommend Go2Africa. They seem okay, but heaven help you if something goes wrong. Their customer service is lousy and you will not end up satisfied.

Travel Tips for Zanzibar Town

Half day sightseen tour in Zanzibar city

by ahp

Arrange a guide, whitout our guide we would probably not seen half of the city. The market, the old city and the beautiful hadcrafted doors.
Strongest memory is the museum where you can visit the old slave 'cellars'.

Area of Kenyatta Road

by sachara

At Kenyatta Road you will find the postoffice. In this area you will see a lot of tourists. Here are many bookstores, souvenirs shops, internetcafes and restaurants. From Kenyatta Road at the corner, where the post office is, you can take the Gizenga Road to the east, leading to the backside of the House of Wonders and further for more shops.

You can buy here books, jewellery, paintings, woodcarvings, chests, clothing. Finding some interesting books and some authentic jewellery of the Arabic Peninsula.

Offshore Islands

by sachara

Arriving by plane, like we did, you can see a lot of islands, just off shore from Stone Town. The islands are ringed by coral reefs. Some islands are just sandbanks, disappearing at high tide, but some are forested and have small beautiful beaches.
The view at the islands from the air is more spectacular than from the ferry.

A favourite island is the Prison Island or Changuu Island for a daytrip from Stone Town. In the past there was built a prison, which was never used. Today only the ruins are still there. There is a bar and restaurant. Our friend went there by daytrip.

More Stone Town doors

by sachara

In the newer southern section of Stone Town in Shangani and Baghani, where many Omani landowners and Indian merchants were settled, we saw the most decorated doors, also newer ones.

The main feature of these doors was the abundantly carved frames, central pillars and the semicircular area above the door. The abstract motifs were often lotus or rosette patterns. Also you can see sometimes themes reflecting the profession of the owner.

The local people

by georeiser

I noticed that the local people were not as friendly as they were in Dar es Salaam. They didn't want to be disturbed, and turned their back to me. Was it because I had a camera, or maybe they are too used to tourists in Zanzibar?

OK, try to hide your camera. Self-criticism to me for beeing to ignorant....


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 Mapenzi Beach Club

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Address: P.O. Box 100 - Mahonda, Tanzania