Lodges

Shooting Star Lodge

Recharge your spirits at this laid-back tropical island lodge

Shooting Star Lodge

Set on a cliff 20 metres above the white sands of Kiwengwa Beach, overlooking an ocean so blue it sings and a rich coral reef, is a secluded boutique hotel with a relaxed atmosphere. Shooting Star is one of the island's oldest hotels – 17 years ago it was a simple beach bar with a few guest bandas. Today it's a stylish getaway with makuti-roofed guestrooms, castle-style villas, private pools, well-tended gardens alive with birdsong, and the ocean, whose ever-changing colour will keep you captivated.

At the lodge

The hotel

The main features of this clifftop lodge are its bar/restaurant and pool areas, which offer outstanding views. Don't miss taking a dip in the salt-water infinity pool and watching the ocean – the world seems full of blue! You can expect good food too – the Zanzibari chef has a long-established reputation for fine seafood and vegetarian dishes. Relaible wi-fi is available at a nominal charge. There's a bar on the beach and loungers sheltered beneath palms.

The rooms

The flavour is local, with 14 rooms built in traditional Zanzibari style with lime-washed walls, high beamed ceilings and large windows. The rooms are divided into three types. Stay in one of two villas (two bedrooms, air conditioning and private pool), an air-conditioned cottage with a veranda overlooking the ocean, or in a smaller but nevertheess comfortable lodge room (no air conditioning). There are also two Monsoon Villas, named for the southern and northern monsoon winds – the Kusi and Kaskazi – for honeymooners.

On safari

Experiences

Dive or snorkel the lovely reefs, sunbathe on the beach, paddle in the pool or explore local Kiwengwa village on foot or by bicycle. It's not a very active village – each morning you can watch the local women heading out to harvest seaweed as the fishermen return with their catch, but it does provide opportunities to shop for trinkets, carvings and brightly coloured, wraparound cotton sarongs or kangas at the local bazaar. Life is leisurely here, enjoy it.

When to go

Zanzibar by month

January

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are reasonably hot, with little rainfall at this time of year.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

February

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are reasonably hot, with little rainfall at this time of year.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

March

Season: Wet
  • The weather is not good over this period with high temperatures and plenty of rain, often in the form of storms.
  • Diving is not ideal during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and windy, with rainfall continually falling over this period.
  • Diving is not idea during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

May

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and windy, with rainfall continually falling over this period.
  • Diving is not ideal during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

June

Season: Dry
  • At the end of the wet season, temperatures are cooler, wind can still be strong with sporadic rainfall across the month.
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Be aware that many local restaurants and stores close during the period of Ramadan.

July

Season: Dry
  • Diving is is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • Be aware that many local restaurants and stores close during the period of Ramadan.

August

Season: Dry
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.

September

Season: Dry
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • There is the possibility of whale watching, as an added bonus during this time of year.
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.

October

Season: Dry
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • There is the possibility of whale watching, as an added bonus during this time of year.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot with the arrival of the summer rains and wind.
  • If you are a keen fisherman, billfish fishing season kicks off.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

December

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are hot with the arrival of the summer rains and wind.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • Diving is not at its best but decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.

Wildlife


In the gin-clear ocean around Zanzibar, marvel at bright corals with over 450 species of tropical fish, octopus, stingrays, moray eels, green turtles, hawksbill turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, and if you are very lucky: whales sharks and manta rays. In the coastal forests, spot the colobus and Sykes monkeys, bush babies, more than 50 species of butterfly, as well as brilliant bird species.

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