About Karamba

  • high speed internet in room
  • swimming pool
  • shuttle bus service
  • restaurant
  • free internet
  • bar lounge
  • free parking
  • suites
  • public wifi
  • non smoking rooms
  • laundry service
  • multilingual staff
  • airport transportation
  • outdoor pool
  • free breakfast
  • beach
  • infinity pool

Reviews summary

( 387 reviews)
  • 1 room
  • 1 pool
  • 1 beach
  • 1 service
  • 1 value
  • 1 food
  • 1 cleanliness
  • 2 location

10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

not worth , not as nice as it seem to be in internet reviews

Reviewed Tue 2nd of December 2014

"We booked for 3 nights in Karamba because now read the review in internet as we normal do when we want to book any hotel in the world . It was real lie .Very big lie .
The mosquito net is full of hole so that we can not sleep well in the night. The toilet is very old and make the feeling of very dirty .THE ROOM IS FULL OF SPIDER .
The food was not good and very expensive . We eat only one diner and never more . We discover the CAP restaurant , a very local but we were lucky because we got fresh fish in good price .
The staff is friendly but not helpful .
We never recommend this hotel .

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Fri 28th of November 2014

Rating breakdown

  • 2 Location
  • 1 Beach
  • 1 Room
  • 1 Pool
  • 1 Service
  • 1 Value
  • 1 Food
  • 1 Cleanliness

Loved Karamba

Reviewed Sat 22nd of December 2012

"We chose to get married at Karamba Resort and are very glad that we did! It was perfect for us being in a charming, rustic area of the island, away from mass tourism and set on a lovely beach. The gardens around the rooms were beautiful and our honeymoon room was really large and romantic. Absolutely the best thing about the resort are the staff. Gemma and Paul made us feel really welcome and all the waiting staff were extremelly friendly and attentive.

Our wedding was organised wonderfully by Gemma, who decorated the area, organised a lovely cake for us and took care of all of the other details. A beautiful wedding arch was made for us for the ceremony and outside our room. Flowers always decorated the bed. We also organised a dolphin trip though the resort and enjoyed it a lot. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect and relaxed wedding day and would absolutely recommend the resort to anyone."

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  • Travel date: Tue 16th of September 2008

Lovely, relaxing, friendly small resort

Reviewed Thu 27th of December 2012

"My wife and I stayed at Karamba for eight days during August 2008 in a Zanzibar trip.
The resort is really well managed by Gemma and Paul and the staff is incredibly friendly, helpful and nice to interact with; we especially bound with Ruben and Edward. We never had any issue with the service or cleanliness of the room. The open air shower is great!
Food is excellent with a very broad choice and lots of options. You can enjoy something different every night. You have to take into account you are in Africa and expect some minor discomforts such as the low water pressure in the shower or the sometimes slow kitchen.

The location itself is wonderful, very relaxing and quiet with great African landscape. An issue worth mentioning (but very common in Tanzania) is that the tides and very "flat" coastline makes it difficult to access the ocean and have a good swim without a boat. A jetty would be a great idea.
On the other hand, Karamba is in a protected marine area and you absolutely must not miss the great excursions that are available. The swim with the dolphins was a lovely experience and the snorkelling at the islands in front of the resort was nothing short of spectacular. An amazing variety of coral shapes, colours and fishes. Only in Australia we’ve seen something better.

Overall this has been a great choice that I can certainly recommend to all the rest of TripAdvisor-savvy travellers."

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  • Travel date: Tue 2nd of September 2008


Reviewed Thu 20th of December 2012

"As the time passes I appreciate and miss Gemma and Paul and their Karamba heaven more and more!
If you asked me what I remembered the most..is peace, love, nature, excellent food (I traveled a lot but being a vegetarian I never had such an excellent food! Although my housband is nothing like vegetarian:) and loved the food too!) and friends for life!
If you come in peace and with Love in your heart it is impossible to get anything else but that! The world is reflextion of you.
If you get impatient waiting for food or drinks (what are you in hurry for??) it only means it is you who have to slow down ....to feel and appreciate the life!
I am very glad that they don't have AC, swimmingpool and everything else what spoils the nature and real feling of paradise in Africa! Swimming with dolfins was another unforgetable experience.
I found myself changed after this trip. We stayed 14 days and wouldn't mind staying much longer! We completley cleaned our body with organic food, healing herbal teas, yoga practise, massages, view of magnificent nature, layed back view of life (if you open yourself to different perceptions you mind find something you want to incorporate in your life to make it better!) and heartfull friends (hoping) forever!

Thank you very much for this unforgetable experience!!
Nataša and Matjaž, Slovenija"

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  • Travel date: Fri 22nd of August 2008

A beautiful resort!

Reviewed Thu 20th of December 2012

"We stayed for 6 nights during our honeymoon after completing a lovely safari.
This resort is very isolated and is in a beautiful location. However there are a few things to be aware of!
1/ The beach is not very good and due to the tides swimming is not made easy.
2/ Except for a couple of the staff including Ruben the service is not very good.
3/ Loud stupid music is played by a resort opposite and totally ruins the lovely setting!
4/ Be careful with the food! Orders take a long time, ginger is in nearly every dish and if food runs out then there is a set menu which you have to have....TIA...!

However, the room was lovely except do not book the outside shower room as the shower is like a slow drip...!
Overall a great place but not for the active! Also the surrounding villages do not make you feel very welcome...! Be careful...!"

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  • Travel date: Fri 8th of August 2008

Lovely quaint hotel in a quiet spot

Reviewed Wed 31st of October 2012

"The hotel is situated on a rocky outcrop on the South of the island. It offers a lovely relaxing spot and is very well placed for the afternoon sun / sunset. The rooms are quite small, but they have a lot of character, with an interesting outdoor (but private and enclosed) shower arrangement from your toilet (this is actually a very nice experience if it is sunny!). The price of this hotel is fantastic and of all the hotels we stayed in, this hotel had probably the nicest staff we encountered anywhere in Tanzania (very on the ball, friendly, but professional). The only downsides of the hotel is that it's not on a beach (although it does have a walkway down to the water, but there is no sand) and it is situated by a working bay (so there's no tourist beach to sit on unless you walk for a bit round the bay). There is also no swimming pool. The other downside was that the food wasn't fantastic (although breakfast is good) and it was quite windy in the restaurant (no wind stopper). However, these are minor faults as the place is still lovely and very good value for money compared to many other options."

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  • Travel date: Sun 3rd of August 2008

Attractive setting...'Fawlty Towers' meets African charm !!

Reviewed Wed 24th of October 2012

"Overall an enjoyable stay relaxing in the beautiful gardens, but slightly tainted by the unreliable service.

It isn't possible to sunbathe on the beach, as the tide comes right up to the shore then leaves a bed of rocks, seaweed and sea-urchins when it's out. However, this is (almost) compensated for by the overhanging private gardens offering ample space for all to lie under a tree or in the sun on comfortable beds. Swimming can also be tricky, although we did see some guests in the sea.

Rooms are simple, clean and tidy, decorated daily with flowers. However, the beds are too short for anyone 6 foot + and double beds consist of 2 singles put together, with an uncomfortable wooden strip in the middle. We found ourselves waking up with sore backs (I'm 6' 2", my girlfriend 5' 5"). After 2 nights we ended-up putting both matresses on the floor!

Paul, one of 2 managers, along with Christine, both give a lovely massage outdoors (foot and body respectively) at very reasonable rates. A must do.

The restaurant had a few issues:
(1) The menu is far too ambitious; although some of the food (in particular the veggie dishes) is delicious, the quality can be very average and not everything is available.
(2) Preparation can take a while, especially dinner and even when ordered hours in advance does not always arrive anywhere near the requested time.
(3) On the 3rd night of 5 a fixed menu was thrust upon us out of the blue, costing $18 and the management was reluctant to offer a cheaper alternative (being fully booked was the reason given by management). Considering that there are no other restaurants in the vacinity this can be viewed as taking a liberty.

Staff are all very smiley, but "well-trained" is not an adjective I would employ. Except for one of the waiters, Ruben, and one of the bar staff, both of whom were excellent, you do have to show some patience at times.

Finally, guests should be aware that the tranquility of the location in the evenings (particularly Friday and Saturday) may have been spoilt, perhaps permanently, by a new bar that recently opened across the bay. It blares out the same crappy African dance tunes from sunset til late. Forget about a peaceful end to the evening at the bar or in your cottage. Earplugs are advisable.

Again, overall we enjoyed our stay and I would recommend the place (don't expect a 'resort' in the traditional sense). Be prepared to deal with slow service and a lack of beach, and your expectations will be met (ours were too high to begin with)."

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  • Travel date: Sun 3rd of August 2008

Perfectly pitched haven

Reviewed Sat 22nd of December 2012

"Just back from Tanzania and really couldn't let this wonderful place fade from my memory without a review.

An hour's drive from Zanzibar airport ($40 or so in cab, much less by daladala) on the West-facing Southern tip of the island lies the Karamba Resort.

So enraptured with the place was I that at the time I didn't really notice how many rooms there were, but gather, reading elsewhere, its 14 - all perched delightfully on the edge of a coral rag.

Our's had a private outdoor shower where you could look up at the stars while the perfume of jasmine wafted over you as you washed. Just wonderful.

No air-conditioning, but really, you don't need it. The sea air straight through the front door and windows along with a roof fan keeps it plenty cool enough. Having AC would also cut you off from the heavenly scents and atmosphere outside.

You have the choice of the beach or steps down to a landing point at either ends of the resort with a mixture of white sand and glorious fish and crab-jammed rock pools to glide over a high tide or investigate at low.

The food and staff are both wonderful. Kind, smiling, interested and well-trained employees have, I suspect, been carefully picked by the owners who also co-ordinate the lovely, light and fresh food. Plenty of fish obviously, but also Japanese items (Nori is harvested from the beach just in front of you) and sublime yogic veggie dishes.

When not lazing or reading the resort offers yoga clases, massage and plenty of trips (including dolphin viewing and reef snorkelling). Also worth visiting is the lushly-set local village with kids calling "Jambo" from every corner and Zanzibar's oldest mosque. Hire a bike and pedal by for an hour or two.

Its refreshingly uncommercial, you don't feel closed off from the local community, just safe, relaxed and totally at one with the wonderful view and environment around you."

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  • Travel date: Sun 6th of April 2008

phantastic hideout with a lot of soul

Reviewed Thu 20th of December 2012

"We LOVED the place! While this group of thatched-roof bungalows beautifully perched atop a coral reef (2 minutes from your room to the water), surrounded by carefully groomed gardening is already a slice of paradise, what makes this place special is the people who run it. Gema, a lady from Barcelona who's been around the world and her husband Paul from Uganda lend this place a lot of soul. When we needed some minor things repaired in our room, she sent someone right away (compare that to 6 weeks it took me in New York City to get my faucet repaired). She's very dedicated - always on the ball!
Paul, who is the chef, also dubs as masseur and yoga teacher and just being around him makes one feel relaxed...!
While we've had some hit or miss experience with the food we quickly discovered our favorites and then kept coming back for more. The fish balls ("Calypso"), the grilled calamari (some of the best I've ever had) and the cigal, some kind of hybrid between crab and lobster are a must.
On a side note, the Karamba is not for luxury resort travelers who expect pool, a/c, mini-bar etc.
The staff is very friendly throughout, and the location at the South tip of Zanzibar is far away from any mass tourism. Another bonus is that the ebb and tide is not as extreme as on the East and North coasts of the island.
We will definitely come back and can wholeheartedly recommend this phantastic place. Gema and Paul, great job!"

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  • Travel date: Sun 9th of March 2008

A new definition of paradise

Reviewed Thu 20th of December 2012

"By accident we found this new owned resort in the quiet south end of Zanzibar.
Loved the exquisite food and the care everything is presented with, so great kitchen.
Rooms are are tidy and spacious especially loved the starlight open air shower, flowers on the bed and other details. Don't worry about mosquitoes in your net it's done for you!
Personel is friendly and speak good English.
Next time in eastern Africa I'll make sure we get there again.

Gert Wauters"

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  • Travel date: Mon 31st of December 2007

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