Our bed & breakfast-style guesthouse is situated right by the beach in Mwendawima, in the Southern part of the village of Jambiani on the eastern coast of Zanzibar. We have been open since February of 2010, making us one of the first accommodations for travellers in the area. We have three bedrooms, a living-room area, a large shared kitchen, a terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean, and a lovely garden. We even have an outdoor shower.
The guesthouse takes up the ground floor of the large house, and there is plenty of space to accommodate families with children. The nearby beach is very safe and family-friendly as well.
Dudé’s Guesthouse is part of the local community, and we support the community in every way we can. That’s why all our furniture is made in Zanzibar, by local carpenters.
The three bedrooms are all spacious, bright, and comfortable. Each is furnished with a table and chairs, a wardrobe, fans to ward off the heat at night, and mosquito nets over the beds to keep the scratching at bay.
There is a twin room with two single beds and two double rooms with Queen Size beds; one of the double rooms also has an extra single bed. Bathrooms are all private: the double rooms have en suites, while the twin room has a separate bathroom.
The living room
We offer our guests free use of our capacious living room, which offers plushy couches and a dining space that comfortably sits six people. You can have your breakfast — prepared by your host Dudé himself — in the living room in the morning, and it is where our guests get to know us and each other better during the evenings.
Our kitchen is open to guests who prefer cooking their own lunch or dinner, rather than taking advantage of the splendid dining options in Jambiani. You are responsible for cleaning the kitchen and disches after use and preferably as soon as possible in order to avoid an invasion of ants and other bugs. The kitchen comes with all standard amenities, including hot and cold water, a gas cooker, and a refrigerator. If you wish to cook for yourself, you can buy food, fruits, and vegetables in local shops, and the local fishermen sell their catches on the beach, straight from the boats — you’ll not get fresher fish anywhere!
Terrace and garden
The large terrace running along the front of the house is 35 m² in size and looks right out on the Indian Ocean. You can choose to have your breakfast here in the morning if you want — or you can simply relax here in the cool shade, enjoying a good book or watching daily life unfold down on the beach: children going to and from school, women bringing the seaweed they harvest into town, fishermen bringing their daily catch ashore.
Just beyond the terrace lies the garden, where you can tan on the deckchair surrounded by lush, tropical plants and the fragrance of flowers and papayas, next to tall coconut and banana palms.