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Driftwood Beach Lodge

Jambiani beach Plot 1246, Jambiani Tanzania
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#2 of 50 Speciality lodging in Jambiani
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Driftwood beach lodge is a recently renovated, 9 roomed lodge. Situated in Jambiani on the South East coast of Zanzibar. Our rooms all have bathrooms en suite, Zanzibari beds with mosquito nets and fans. We have a few air-con rooms now and are continuing with installations. In addition 2 new Garden/Sea-view bungalows have recently been built. Our open plan dining area and Pub and new swimming pool are close to the beach. Breakfast is included in our rate and Lunches and Dinners can be chosen from our restaurant menu. We have a TV lounge available and we have free Wifi. Jambiani is a favourite kite surfing destination, however local boat rides, fishing, diving and bicycle tours are available locally. On site managers provide a casual, comfortable, friendly environment for you to enjoy your Zanzibar holiday.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Public wifi
Free breakfast
Game room
Children's television networks
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Seating area
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Swahili
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Steve W wrote a review Feb 2021
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia130 contributions11 helpful votes
Brady & Kerry will be your obliging hosts. The bungalows were the best of the 4 places I stayed at while in Zanzibar. The bungalow had a safe, minibar, coffee & Tea station, 2 bottles of water provided daily and hot water. It was the only place I stayed at that had hot water. There is coffee on tap all day in the bar, although it’s AfriKoffee, instant. It surprised me that a coffee growing country doesn’t offer ground coffee at breakfast. Now breakfast is great, you have the choice of continental or English breakfast inclusive. You can have any form of egg you choose be it poached, scrambled, fried or boiled. You also get bacon, sausage, beans & toast. The swimming pool is a winner. Well maintained & clear water, unlike some other places I stayed at. The pool is a semi infinity pool, looking out to the ocean. Great place to relax & unwind.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from Kerry Pollen, General Manager at Driftwood Beach Lodge
Responded 05 Feb 2021
Hi Steve. So glad you enjoyed your stay with us...it was an absolute pleasure having you!! We hope that on your next trip off we will see you again at Driftwood. Take care. Kind regards Kerry, Brady & the Driftwood team
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stefandreas wrote a review Dec 2020
Frankfurt, Germany149 contributions86 helpful votes
For me this is the perfect Zanzibar beach Lodge: only a few bungalows which look new, very proper, directly on the beach but a bit elevated so that you are not bothered by the beach boys, 180 degree views over a beautiful stretch of beach and seaweed farms during low tide, full of village life. A cue but very usable infinity pool overlooking the beach, so precious in the hot midday hours. No big hotels in the close neighborhood but a good diving school (Nakupenda) in 200 meters. Very nice owners, really fun to hang around with them. Great food, never had a bad meal and nice choices. Very fair price for the quality delivered. I am surprised this is not booked out constantly. I always end up in Jambiani as it is so much quiter and more "normal" than Paje. Its still a village of locals and tourists are not so dominant here than in other places. End of November was a perfect time: hot but never too hot as the breeze was sooo good. And you get really dramatic skies which make great pictures. Stone Town/West Coast at the same time was suffocating. Not Jambiani - great climate. Snorkeling is not really worth it. This a place to hang around, admire the skies and the mesmerizing colors of the sea, stroll along the beach and the tidal zone, and maybe visit the Jozani forest. Not to be missed: a sunset evening at Kae Funk, half an hour drive away. What a cool place. If I come back to the East Coast I will not think twice and come back here.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Bingalows 1 and 2 are the best
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Response from Kerry Pollen, General Manager at Driftwood Beach Lodge
Responded 11 Dec 2020
So glad that you enjoyed your stay with us here Stefan and that Julian got his diving in. Thank you for the beautiful pictures that you gave me....I will get busy with them as soon as I have a minute :) It was an absolute pleasure hosting you and we most certainly look forward to having you back again in the future. Take care, Best wishes and kind regards, Kerry, Brady and the Driftwood team.
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Alain wrote a review Nov 2020
9 contributions15 helpful votes
Driftwood is just the perfect beach lodge if you're looking for a warm and private atmosphere were you feel part of the family. The rooms are very comfortable, the food is delicious and the hosts, Kerry and Brady, will go the extra mile to make your stay a memorable one
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Date of stay: October 2020
Sleep Quality
Response from Kerry Pollen, General Manager at Driftwood Beach Lodge
Responded 27 Nov 2020
Was an absolute pleasure meeting you and Sam and hosting you too! We are truly glad that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you back again in the future :) Kind regards, Kerry, Brady & The Driftwood team
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Jim_Kathy_13 wrote a review Mar 2020
Siverstone UK16 contributions12 helpful votes
We had such a great holiday last year that we had to return, this time staying for 17 nights and were certainly not disappointed. A lovely warm welcome from Brady, Kerry and all the staff from last year. Lots of work has been done (and more planned) There has been the addition of 2 beautiful new bungalows and air con added to some rooms although we found ceiling fans quite sufficient. The menu is really good and we ate at the lodge most evenings.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: New bungalows are fantastic or rooms 1 and 2 if you want to be almost on the beach
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Response from Kerry Pollen, General Manager at Driftwood Beach Lodge
Responded 10 Mar 2020
Was absolutely great having you back with us again at Driftwood. Once again we are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, and notice the continuing efforts being made to improve the lodge itself as well as the guest's stay. Take care of yourselves, will keep in touch and hope to see you in your neck of the woods next year :) Fond regards, Kerry, Brady and the Driftwood team
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Julie M wrote a review Feb 2020
10 contributions
3rd stay at driftwood and again definitely not our last. Kerry and brady ensure all guests new and old are welcomed with open arms , a huge smile , and nothing is to much trouble to make sure your stay in this little piece of paradise is somewhere you will never want to leave. The lodge is right on the beach but when the tide goes out the beautiful infinity pool is the perfect place to chill with a nice cold drink and enjoy the tranquility and relaxing atmosphere. The rooms are spotless, the restaurant is beautiful with great food and the bar area is a great place to sit with toes in the sand and enjoy the evenings with a drink. There is a dart board to enjoy for everyones use, dare you to challenge brady 😄. Thanks again kerry brady sue ernest teddy Rashid and all the staff ,see you soon x
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$74 - US$116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Driftwood Beach Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Driftwood Beach Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Jambiani Beach (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Driftwood Beach Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Driftwood Beach Lodge?
Top room amenities include a mosquito net, a pool view, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Driftwood Beach Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Driftwood Beach Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Driftwood Beach Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Peterpan Beach Lodge & Italian Restaurant, Fadhil Restaurant, and Lustania.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Driftwood Beach Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Driftwood Beach Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Driftwood Beach Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Driftwood Beach Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Swahili.
Does Driftwood Beach Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.