10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Your beach house on Zanzibar
"We have been living in Tanzania for awhile and have been to zanzibar a few times. Kilima Kidogo has exceeded all expectations. The atmosphere in very friendly with and the food must be the best on Zanzibar!The beach is very nice it just pulls away quite far at low tide. This is a place you need to spend a week and just relax. One of the best in Zanzibar!"
- Travel date: Tue 5th of May 2009
Home away from home
"After 4 days in the busy and tourist-packed Kendwa we spent a full week at Kilima Kidogo which turned an otherwise ordinary holiday into a memorable, relaxing, heart-warming staying at a friends' place!
The best things about KK surely are the super-friendly staff, the amazing food and the peace all around. For the whole day the only sounds you'll hear will be the birds chirping (well, ok the crows are a bit annoying sometimes ;-)) and the waves of the ocean. Also don't miss the amazing cocktails!
The so-called beach boys are mostly absent here, and even when they do pop up they are not nearly as insistent as they are in other parts of the island.
For the internet-addicted there is free always-on internet access.
Absolutely recommended, we would return right away if we could."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of March 2009
The best holiday ever!!!
"We would like to thank all the staff at Kilima Kidogo Guesthouse, for their wonderfull hospitality during our honeymoon stay! What a beautiful place and what absolute friendly and sufficient staff!!!
Great and well done guys!
Niel & Carla Swart"
- Travel date: Sat 21st of March 2009
Friendly, Romantic & Relaxing
"We stayed for 3 nights at the end of January. This place is great value, with big clean rooms, good showers, great air conditioning and beautiful beds.
The 4 guest rooms are centred around a large and tastefully decorated lounge and dining area with plenty of books and games. The veranda of the house opens out onto a lovely beach garden about 10 metres back from the main beach with hammocks, rustic wooden loungers and shades. There's a small restaurant / bar hut to one side and a massage / spa hut on the other.
The beach was well maintained and the pool you can use in the quiet hotel next door was great for when the tide was out. Swimming in the sea was good in clear, warm water and a snorkelling trip a short distance off the shore was very memorable, with vibrant coloured coral and plenty of fish.
The food and drinks were also very good; the seafood platter was beautifully presented and delicious, the chapatis were consistently great, the margherita pizzas at lunch time were brilliantly fresh tasting and the cocktails are great value and very well prepared.
Overall we were extremely satisfied, we were made to feel very welcome and I was particularly happy as I'd picked it as the location to propose to my now fiancee. A deserted beach on a warm summer evening, waves gently lapping at the shore, stars lighting up the sky, all the gentle romance of the spice island, she really had no choice but to say yes."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of February 2009
What a place for R&R
"After dragging our aching limbs off our trip up Kilimanjaro we needed a place to unwind for a few days - and we found just about the perfect spot. As we sat on the ferry we wondered if we made the right decision as we just wanted to go home but when we arrived we knew we'd made the right decision.
Situated bang on the beautiful Paje beach we were greeted by surely Dina, surely the friendliest host ever. We were introduced to our beautiful room (with flowers on the giant four poster bed - a nice touch) and treated as part of the family.
The food was wonderful, the beach and sea are amongst the nicest I have seen anywhere and you have acess to next doors nice pool if the tide is out.
It was great to take a wander up the beach and watch the kite surfers do their stuff, eat, drink and sleep. I would definitely return.
Simon and Rosina"
- Travel date: Thu 8th of January 2009
This is where I'm staying next time
"We stayed down the beach at another place but found ourselves at Kilima Kidogo one day last week for lunch. So glad we found it! Immediately we met the owners and staff members, and were quite warmly welcomed. The room that I saw was beautiful. We enjoyed our lunch so much that we came back on our last day for a repeat performance, before leaving for Stone Town. The beach is memorably amazing and the atmosphere here is so welcoming that I have no doubt that I will stay here next time. I hope it's soon!"
- Travel date: Mon 15th of December 2008
"We stayed at Kilima Kidogo for 4 nights at the end of October and couldn't fault it. It is a guesthouse so if like big souless hotels then this isn't the place for you. However if you want a clean , friendly place then this fits the bill. It has 6 double rooms with aircon, mozzie nets and a safe in each room and the common areas are great with pool table, satelite tv ( so we still got to see premiership football ) and internet. Above all it has an informal , welcoming atmosphere , like a home away from home.The bar on the beach is great too and the beach itself is a big expanse of fine white sand and beautiful warm clear water. It is tidal so goes out a long way for some of the day but the local women come to harvest the seaweed then which is great to watch. We had a brilliant time here and the staff were great.. oh and the food is good too."
- Travel date: Tue 11th of November 2008
Best food and service for sure !
"We stayed next door at Hakuna Majiwe but started talking to a lovely lady on the beach who happened to be the owner of Kilima Kidogo.
We popped in for lunch and fell in love with the place, the food was real Swahili ( a hard find along this stretch of beach). Not only are the portions generous, but perfectly presented with a smile and excellent service.
We subsequently spent many a night having âsun downersâ , games or just chat with other guests.
We also arranged most of our trips and transport through them. âMr. Niceâ not only provides excellent local knowledge and insight but prompt service and great value for money."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of September 2008
"Being at Kilima Kidogo was being at home away from home.The staff at all times make you feel welcome. The food was really good and the environment was peaceful and relaxing,with a view that took my breath away."
- Travel date: Sun 27th of July 2008
We'll be back!
"After a great week in Zanzibar we decided to end our holiday on a high by spending the last few nights at Kilima Kidogo.
The Guest house is situated on a beautiful stretch of beach. White powdery sand and crystal clear water, just what we needed on our annual holiday.
We were blessed with fantastic weather and the most amazing night skies. All the bedrooms were air conditioned and the over sized beds provided more than a good nights rest. Crisp, white linen complimented the stunning 4 poster bed, hand made from beach wood.
The food was always deliciously fresh and generously portioned. After snorkeling in the warm pools it was always a treat to return to an ice cold local beer, served by a great host.
There was lots do do inside the house and plenty interesting books to read. The pool table kept my son occupied while we relaxed outside, taking in the see air and admiring the breath-taking view. Luxury accommodation, homely warmth, gracious hosts, fabulous food, amazing view and crystal clear, turquoise water...this is Kilima Kidogo Guest house.
- Travel date: Sun 20th of July 2008