Makofi Guest House

Makofi Guest House

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Makofi Guest House is a wonderful and clean place, born to offer a low budget super-friendly atmosphere to all the travellers in Nungwi :) All our guests have discounts on restaurants, diving center and and lot of other activities around. Welcome everyone :)
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Property amenities
Street parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Badminton
Diving
Airport transportation
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Snorkelling
Patio
Taxi service
Mosquito net
Picnic area
Shared bathroom
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Room features
Private balcony
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Trendy
Languages Spoken
English, Swahili

Location

Nungwi Beach, Nungwi Tanzania
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 84 out of 100
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Kisauni Airport
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Tanga Airport
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ginauae wrote a review Oct 2023
dubai3 contributions7 helpful votes
Property's Favourite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed there for a week. The atmosphere of the place is great. Staff very friendly and food amazing. You can relax on the swinging chairs, my favourite activity. The beach is nearby. A great place to stay!
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Don't miss breakfast and food there, it is amazing
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Jade & Marco wrote a review Feb 2020
Berlin, Germany22 contributions1 helpful vote
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our first impression of Makofi was a great one, it had colourful decor and a real community vibe to it: large sharing tables, giant swings and very friendly staff.

We arrived at Makofi late in the evening, around 3am. The hotel was more than accommodating for this late check in time and our driver was happy to pick us up from the airport.

We had the room with a shared bathroom. The room was simple, a low mattress with the essential mosquito net and two basic fans. The room was definitely a no frills kind of room. We loved the veranda, which oversaw the downstairs courtyard, it was great to just sit back and watch the day go by. The shared bathrooms were a group of individual shower cubicles and toilets-despite sharing with a lot of people it was very clean.

Our highlight was the bbq night they offer, a great way to interact with other guests but most importantly try the delicious local cuisine! They even had a fire show to end the night.

It is minutes away from the beach and despite not having a pool, Makofi was a great place to chill, it had a small selection of games, including darts.

Makofi arranged a lot of tours on our behalf, like a sunset tour and a snorkelling tour to a neighbouring island. The team on the boat were super friendly and helpful- especially Ali.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at Makofi, you do get what you pay for here but it was certainly a great deal and we would recommend it to anyone staying in the popular Nungwi but want to escape the tourist traps.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Brunner Zsolt wrote a review Jan 2021
Budapest, Hungary25 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Once you enter the door of Makofi, you no longer want to leave this place. You will find everything you’ve ever wanted.

The staff are always cheerful, the chef prepares perfect meals at friendly prices, the African-style room has a comfortable bed and good air for a peaceful stay.

Makofi’s location is perfect as you will find Nungwi’s most beautiful beach and clubs just steps away. The shores of Nungwi beach are relatively unaffected by the low tide, so it is almost always suitable for swimming. Due to the changing weather conditions, the beach always shows a different face, tireless, beautiful.
The village is a 15 minute walk away, where you can find local shopping and dining options.
South is about a 30 minute walk to Kendwa beach, it is worth going to the beach because it is very beautiful. And to the north you can walk in the direction of the Nungwi lighthouse, this is worth doing at low tide, the view is fantastic.

For gastronomy lovers, I recommend the daily changing traditional lunch menu and the unforgatable Makofi Fish Burger! This is amazing!
A couple of daily BBQ evenings also have fantastic food, a Fire-show, and a special atmosphere.

Music is always played during the day, creating a pleasant atmosphere.

We spent 38 nights here instead of the planned 5 nights, it’s crazy! With family, kids, alone, old, young, if you haven’t tried it yet, it’s time!
Open the door of Makofi too and everything I have described will become a reality…
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Matej B wrote a review Jan 2020
73 contributions3 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Makofi twice for three days in January. Basically, we're still here while I'm writing this review. ;)
Makofi is a beautifully designed, African-style guest house.There are rooms with a bathroom and rooms with a shared bathroom and "dorm room". All rooms are fan-cooled, so it's almost perfect (A/C rooms would be an added value).
Makofi does not have a swimming pool, but it is just a few minutes away from the beautiful beach.There is also no high tide in this part of the island. So it is always suitable for swimming,which is not possible in Paje, Jambiani and Kizimkazi. That's why we're here again!

Employees are friendly and helpful.The atmosphere is relaxing and you can really rest your body and mind here.
The food is excellent. The real fusion of flavors is their BBQ and burger is definitely the best one on Zanzibar.

Thank you Makofi for a nice holiday!!!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alberto R wrote a review Feb 2020
4 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at Makofi from 8 to 15 feb with my wife and my kid.
The place is really cool and relaxing with the sandy courtyard, old boats as breakfast tables, good music and cold beer always available.
We had a 2 queen bed room with private bathroom, so plenty of space. The room was very clean, quiet at night (after 10 pm silence rule applies), maybe a bit too hot, but there are fans you can use.
The staff is superkind, and always available for any request.
We didn't like the barbecue buffet.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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OnAnAdventure8 wrote a review Oct 2021
44 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I'd been in a few other places around Zanzibar, and none as comfortable as this one. The staff was all super friendly and attentive, the place was well lit, clean, chilled out and always felt very safe. It's got a great location, the other travelers were also very friendly and I made new friends there, which isn't common for me. The rooms have keys for each person, plus towels, locks for the safe drawers AND the main overall gate, the food (And BBQ and fire show) were wonderful and the breakfast and music very soothing.
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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André S wrote a review Jan 2020
Oslo, Norway15 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Makofi Guesthouse did not disappoint and lived up to the good reviews it already had, very helpful staff, chill vibes and great breakfast. Big bonus is that you can pay with card not sure if they say so on the booking sites. They offer a airport transport and their driver is very friendly patient and drives safely. The rooms were spacious and had two fans to manage the temperature. All the rooms have a cozy sitting area right outside the door to relax and chill with a cool beer at the end of a long day in the sun!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alena wrote a review Jun 2022
Rosenheim, Germany112 contributions112 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I don’t even know where to start. From the friendliness of the staff to AMAZING food to beautiful amenities and close beach location - the whole experience was just fantastic. We had two private rooms and even though there are no glass windows in the rooms, the place is beautifully quiet and most of the guests are cautious of their own noise levels.
The shared bathrooms are beautiful, very private, amazing hot and STRONG water pressure and the breakfast as well as the BBQ dinner are also absolutely great! I’ve traveled 56 countries so far and this guesthouse / hostel is probably the best one I’ve ever stayed at. Definitely a not to miss place 🔥😍
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: If you’re a light sleeper, bring some ear plugs. Definitely make sure not to miss the BBQ!
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Eliane B wrote a review Aug 2022
Palos Verdes Estates, California4 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The location was perfect - a 2 minute walk from the beach, right next to a very fun and cheap bar, but with a nice little inner area that was ideal for an afternoon rest and recharge. There was always quick service to provide some food or a cocktail. We used the place as a great base for scuba diving (me) and exploring local nightlife (my friend). There were a lot of solo travelers as well as families and small groups of friends. The quiet hours are strictly enforced so you will get a good night’s sleep but are still in the center of town and near the action. The only downside is that you can hear the street, but I slept absolutely fine (I am a very light sleeper so I always use earplugs and I had no issues). The staff was extremely helpful in particular with finding us good value transfers across town or across the island.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Aurelie wrote a review Aug 2022
London, United Kingdom6 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We came to visit Nungwi after our trip to the Kilimanjaro. We were very happy with the location near the beach 5 minutes walk
The staff is very friendly and always here to help
Really like the vibe there , very chill, everyone take breakfast together in the morning.
The toilets and showers were not in our room but it was ok because the facilities are very clean, and this is what holidays are about, to feel like you r not at home !
The food is very good, they do very nice pasta and amazing burgers.
Everything was perfect !
I advise you to book all the excursions and taxi with them because beach boys are trying to make you pay more than what you have to.
Also they bbq night with amazing local food !

Thank you yo the Makofi team !
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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PRICE RANGE
R 943 - R 1,128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandNungwi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
23
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Frequently Asked Questions about Makofi Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Makofi Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Nungwi Beach (1.0 km), CHE Rock Bar & Restaurant (0.03 km), and Dr Bulugu Gallery (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Makofi Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a lounge, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Makofi Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Makofi Guest House?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Makofi Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Baharat Restaurant, Badolina Tokyo, Sushi & Noodles, and Sexy Fish.
Does Makofi Guest House have airport transportation?
Yes, Makofi Guest House offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Makofi Guest House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Makofi Guest House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fukuchani Ruins (4.9 km).
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