The cottage has one bedroom with king-size bed, bunk beds, en suite bathroom, and a kitchenette with a small dining table. The spacious veranda has a good view of the ocean and is furnished with a table, chairs, and a swahili stone bench. Included is a bunk bed for two children.
Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner and vary from $12 to $18 per adult per day depending on choice of food (Children under 16 $6-$10). Staff will buy food and cater for you or arrange your menus with the cook. Arrange with the staff to do Laundry.
There is excellent snorkeling and diving at a marine park a few kilometers off the coast. PADI courses are held by a local diving school with internationally experienced instructors. Deep sea fishing on a catch-and-release basis can be arranged locally on well-equipped boats.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The verandah has a Swahili bench on which to sit. Meals are normally servied on the verandh but may also be taken indoors.
|Further details outdoors|
The path to the beach is on the property with a private area for guests to relax.
A 50% deposit is required on booking. The balance is payable 21 days before arrival.
There is an airstrip nearby with chartered flights to and from Dar es Salaam and Arusha. There is also a scheduled daily flight linking Arusha, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam.
The warm waters of the Indian Ocean provide a comfortalbe swimming temperature all the year round. The hottest months are October and February. The rains are from mid-March to mid-May. The cottages are well-ventilated and cool. Day time temperature vary from 26C to 34C depending on the time of year and night temperatures from 22C to 28C.
Pangani is 14 kms from Ushongo. It is a small sleepy town of 15th century Arab origin situated on the north side of the Pangani River mouth. A ferry connects the roads to the north and south. The nineteenth century German Fort and some of the old houses are part of Pangani’s history. There are cultural and historic tours, up-river boat trips to the coconut plantations, and visits to a nearby marine fossil site.
Saadani National Park is a ninety minute drive from Ushongo. Full day or overnight visits are recommended. Although Saadani is one of the smallest national parks in Tanzania most large species can be seen such as lion, elephant, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and buffalo. The Wami River in the south has hippos and crocodiles. A simple mobile camp can be arranged on request.
Snorkeling/Diving off Maziwe Island in the Coelacanth Marine Park. Maziwe Reef is excellent for both snorkeling and diving. Snorkeling is $45 per person and includes the park fee of $12.50, boat, crew and snorkeling equipment. Children are half price. The trip starts at 8 a.m. and returns mid-day. Fun diving starts at $120 for a double dive.
PADI Courses are held by the nearby Kasa Diving School owned and operated by PADI European qualified instructors and their Tanzania staff. Courses are for 2 or more days. A 4-day Open Water Diver Certification course is $490.
Sailing: There is a 7-metre Westerly-22 day cruiser with a bilge keel available for hire at $100 per half day or $150 full day. The local villagers use small wooden trimarans called “Ngalao” which are quite fast but the narrow hollowed out tree trunk is not designed for comfort and is not safe in strong winds and white caps.
Zanzibar Island is 40 kms from Ushongo. It is a two and a half hour boat ride to Kenrock at the northern end of Zanzibar. Stone Town, the capital town of Zanzibar, is an hour’s drive from Kenrock. A spice tour and the narrow streets of Stone Town are recommended. Two days are recommended to include both a Spice Tour and Stone Town.