The house

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.

The kitchen

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.