Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge

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Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge

A beautiful guesthouse built in the old palace ruins, bordered by a secret private bay .

Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge is a delightful owner-run lodge nestled in the grounds of the beautiful and secluded Chuini Palace Ruins, offering guests a most charming and unique stay on the west coast.


  • Hakuna Matata Holidays

  • Need to Know

  • FAQ

  • Expect to Pay

This hotel is available throughout the year. Below are some prices for holidays on selected dates intended as a guide:

£970 7 Nights at Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge for 2 people in a Comfort Bungalow.
Includes Accommodation and Breakfasts
Valid: 6 Jan to end April, July, September and October

£1540 7 Nights at Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge for 2 people in a Luxury Bunaglow.
Includes Accommodation, breakfasts, evening meals and private airport transfers
Valid: 6 Jan to end April, July, September and October

Subject to availability. International flights to be quoted separately.


  • Well located for exploring local attractions
  • Good Food
  • Very tropical and African in its feel and design

Right for you?

  • The beach is crescent shaped and not suitable for long walks
  • The resort has a strong 'back to nature' feel to it
  • This is a small boutique hotel and as such does not have some facilities you might find at a larger resort

? How long would you recommend I stay?
We would recommend a stay of around 7 nights to allow time to explore the local areas.

$$ Prices for Hakuna Matata start at: $80 per person per night, including breakfast, during Low Season.
Depending when you travel and room category you choose, prices rise to $210 per person per night during Peak Season.
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Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge - Overview

'Hakuna Matata' in Swahili means 'no worries' and unsurprisingly, the lodge has an ethos to match. As soon as you arrive you are greeted by the owners Rose and Fritz with a welcome smile and a cool refreshing drink, before being given a brief introduction to the area and shown to your bungalow.

The lodge is comprised of just 13 comfortable bungalows in various categories and one villa, all with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. There is a small spa and a 3 tiered swimming pool that is a renovation of the old sultan's palace bath and aquaduct system. In the distance out to sea, you can see Chapwani Island and Changuu Island, which used to be a prison but is now home to a giant tortoise conservation project and well worth a visit.


Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge - Room Descriptions

Hakuna Matata has 13 bungalows and 1 villa. Each bungalow is en-suite and offers high levels of comfort. They are all tastefully decorated and furnished in an African style. Each bungalow is equipped with Air conditioning and ceiling fan, hot and cold water, a mosquito net, hair dryer, towels, beach towels and basket, plus a mobile phone and room service as standard.

  • Comfort Bungalow

  • Standard Twin

  • Luxury Bungalow

  • Executive Suite

  • Honeymoon Suite

  • Villa Zanzibar

Comfort Bungalow

There are 6 comfort bungalows which comprise a large living/bedroom area with a king size bed, a large shower / dressing room and a private sea view terrace.

Standard Twin These rooms have a separate living room with an additional single bed and a smaller shower room, plus the additional sea view terrace.

Luxury Bungalow

The luxury bungalows are even more spacious. They have a king size bed and an additional single bed which is suitable for sleeping a third person or taking an afternoon nap by accident. Like the other bungalows, there is a sea view terrace for those glorious sundowners.

Executive Suite

There are 2 Executive suites. They both have a bedroom with king size bed, shower room and a separate living room that lets in lots of light and has great views.

Honeymoon Suite

The honeymoon suite is called "Kilwa" and this is the lodge's flagship bungalow. There is a shower room, separate toilet, large bedroom / living area with king size beg and a fabulous sea front balcony with a bath tub that is built into a magnificent almond tree.

Villa Zanzibar

The Villa Zanzibar is an even larger affair with 2 ensuite bedrooms for complete privacy and a large living space furnished with comfortable sofas and a terrace that is built on the cliff over the ocean. There is a staircase which leads to a studio area designed to maximise the sunlight and offer outstanding views of the Indian Ocean and Stone Town in the distance.

Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge - Lodge Facilities

There is a small spa at the lodge and a resident professional therapist offering a number of tratments to soothe and revitalise.

Rose's Kitchen
At Hakuna Matata food is prepared with the motto "freshness without compromise" and everything is sourced daily fresh from the market or the sea. Dinner is a choice of 3 courses from an A la carte menu. There is a coffee machine on site should you prefer this at high tea.

Swimming Pool
The 3 tiered pool at Hakuna Matata is the result of a painstaking renovation of the old sultan's bath and pool. The lodge has endeavoured to remain true to the original architecture.

Free Wi-fi accross the site. Tick.

Open Air Cinema
Another lovely feature of the lodge is the open air cinema, which is set up on the old assembly place in the ruins. Here guests can enjoy a film or a concert with other guests or on their own.

Hakuna Matata Beach Lodge - Opinions and Reviews

Unlike many operators we not only visit all the hotels we offer regularly but we also stay in them. Please find a few hints, tips and opinions from our staff plus some genuine feedback from our clients below.

Hakuna Matata is a well run lodge with loads of charm. It has a very unique feel to it that is almost surreal with the mangrove trees that grow in the bay. The bay is really picturesque and the lodge is built sympathetically to the surroundings. There is lots of wildlife in and around the lodge, including giant snails and centipedes which come out in the rain, so perhaps not quite for everyone. That said, the setting is lovely, good location near to local attractions, friendly staff, traditional, well run and great food. I would have no problem recommending Hakuna Matata to those looking for a charming and relaxing 'back to nature' experience.



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Need more info?

We are THE Zanzibar experts and would be happy to discuss anything from this page and more anytime on 01227 753 180

Price Promise: We guarantee that booking with us is cheaper than with the hotel direct and we will beat any other operator, agency or website.

About Us

Pure Zanzibar Ltd
Registered in the UK
Company No. 5905581
ATOL Protected: No. 10212

Pure Zanzibar was started in 2006 and is still owner run and 100% independent.

We favor smaller more intimate lodges and camps and know the island better than anyone else.

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