Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa

P.O. Box 71 Zanzibar (Tanzania) - Zanzibar, Zanzibar, Tanzania
+255 777 413 647

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based on 406 reviews
Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa - Zanzibar, Tanzania
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AMOMA.com R2 808
KAYAK R2 854
Hotwire R4 695

Good to know

Distance to city centre 35,1 km
Location rating 7,8
Nearest airport Zanzibar Kisauni
Distance to airport 33,2 km



Double rooms

R2 808+

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R2 808 per night


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  • Mediocre
    Jul 2019

    Karafuu was just not worth the money we paid per night. The rooms are dated, furniture, mattress is flimsy, leaky kettle, bathroom is average at best. The reception staff is rude, and after check in at the reception before going to your room, a guy sits you down and gives an unnecessary 10 minute spiel about the resort policy making it feel like high school. The food is very average with limited variety, and there are lines to get food. Everywhere we traveled in Tanzania, there was free wi-fi. Here free wi-fi is only available in the reception area that has very poor service where most guests are forced to hangout to connect. We requested to speak to the manager, the reception folks never bothered connecting us for a day and half, after which we gave up and checked out early. We felt like the place is very restrictive in terms of options for things to do, and explore around. If you are ok being confined in a mediocre resort, waiting in line for food, then you might be ok with this place. It was just not for us.

  • Excellent
    Apr 2019

    Restaurante, stuff, and the view

  • Mediocre
    Apr 2019

    After the horrific experience, there is little to none that I can say I liked

    The manager and staff do not have a sense of urgency or value the guests life's. I am still waiting for their correspondance regarding the break-in into our room whilst we were sleeping. Our room was broken into whilst were sleeping and our valueables including shoes were stolen. The first question they asked was why didn't we put everything on the safe, I mean how do you anticipate people breaking in into a room whilst you are sleeping and mind you staff all your belongings into a safe? The management was not really concerned whether we were okay or not, can you imagine had we woken up whilst they were busy helping themselves?. Our lives were practically at their mercy. I had to fight management on site for them to have extra security personnel and police to be involved. It has been 4 days already and no correspondance on how they will make amends to this terrifying ordeal or even a written apology from the so called "directors" who are supposedly . If you honestly do not value your own life and valuables then this is the resort for you, I would not recommend it to anyone who does PERIOD!!!!

  • Okay
    Jan 2019

    We enjoyed the evening entertainment and we had a nice ocean view from our chalet. This hotel does not offer value for money. It prices itself at the top end of beach resort hotels found in Indian Ocean locations, but offers an "african service" with its many flaws: it is well overpriced. The staff could be friendlier and the number of "rules" in the place give the air of a holiday camp rather than the luxury retreat it is supposed to be. Overall very disappointing and we will certainly not be going back.

    - The food was very mediocre, dreadful breakfast options compared to other hotels of this price - Having to pay extra for what was a poor internet service (free wi-fi is standard in hotels in this price bracket) - No drinking water provided any day in the rooms (and it's very hot there) - All the "rules", especially those regarding dinner bookings - The air and ambience of a holiday camp - The dated pool and generally dated facilities, including our ancient AC unit leaking on my daughter's bed and the old and stained pool towels (which were not always available!). This hotel badly needs some money spent on it!!

  • Okay
    Jan 2019

    The outdoor setting was nice. The pools and the sea just in front of the hotel. Nice programs in the evening in general and for the New Year.

    Lots of things have to be improved to make it a 4 star hotel. The staff need urgent training as they lack professionalism in general, they do not attend on time or sometimes at all to the guests. When arranging outdoor trips, the hotel staff charge whatever they want..sometimes the price varies from staff to staff in lots of things which is disturbing and raises serious questions about the conduit of the personnel and the management for allowing such practices. The water is extremely expensive which for a hotel at this category at least at the pool should be offered for free. Room cleanness lacks from all perspectives. You have bugs and different insects and for sure the rooms look below 3 star. Dark and small, nothing to do with what you expect. Food is very average. In general the staff needs serious training in service if at the reception or in the kitchen, if the hotel wants to be considered a high-end hotel... With improvement it can get there, however if left as is, the clients will eventually choose better hotels with better services for the same value.

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With a stay at Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa in Michamvi, you'll be 10.7 mi (17.2 km) from Jambiani Beach and 8 mi (12.9 km) from Paje Beach. Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.




Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pet friendly
Air conditioning

8,2 Excellent

based on 406 reviews









Things to know

  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Nice building
  • Pleasant hotel grounds

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Complimentary breakfast
Fitness centre
Disabled access
Babysitting or child care
Business centre
Car hire
Concierge service
Currency exchange on-site
Laundry service
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Room service
Bicycle hire
Hot tub
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Scuba diving
Express check out
24-hour front desk
Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
Free parking
Pool table
Private beach
Designated smoking area
Storage available
Laundry facilities
Child pool
No smoking
Cable or satellite TV
Pets not allowed
Outdoor tennis


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Most popular landmarks

  • Jozani Forest 15,7 km
  • Livingstone's House 34,5 km
  • Cheetah's Rock 35,3 km
  • Christ Church 35,6 km
  • Slave Chambers 35,6 km
  • Stone Town 35,7 km

Getting around

Zanzibar Kisauni 33,2 km
Dar Es Salaam 88,6 km

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