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What To Expect

If you are looking for a typical 4 or 5 star style resort then Coral Rock Zanzibar is not for you. We are located on the South East coast of Zanzibar IN the traditional fishing village of Jambiani.

This means we are located within the village and unlike other resorts that are isolated from the villages and the locals, we cater for a different kind of traveller. One that is interested in cultural tourism and not just looking for a generic island holiday.

The village of Jambiani is incredibly safe and the locals are sincerely friendly and visitors can walk through the village at any time of the day or night in complete safety.

Trade wind conditions

Please note that the beach environment is highly dynamic at Coral Rock Zanzibar. The tidal conditions fluctuate dramatically every day with two high and two low tides. During low tide the water can recede by as much as 3,5 kilometers out to the reef. There is a channel within the sandbar about 1,5 km out where there is always water but guests are advised to be cautious as the currents in the channel can be rather strong.

During the trade wind months Mid Dec to late March, sand levels around the hotel base rock drop and some underlying coral rock is exposed. Reef shoes are advised during this period. Sandy beach areas are within 50 meters of any room during this period. During the months of January, February and March strong on-shore winds can bring sea-grass to the north beach  and can cover an area of up to 100 square meters. These conditions can change sporadically with sea-grass coming and going and reaching levels of up to two feet. The South beach is generally free of seaweed all year round.

Coral Rock will not, under any circumstances provide refunds based on natural seasonal conditions such as wind, temperature, precipitation and conditions as described above (i.e: seaweed proliferation on a given day). We do our best to clean these areas where possible during trade winds months, but we are also reluctant to interfere with natural beach ecological processes

For South Africans

Zanzibar is not Like Mauritius, Maldives or the Seychelles. Many South Africans come to Zanzibar with misconceived ideas of what to expect.Many think that Zanzibar is a cheap equivalent to Mauritius or the Seychelles.

It is important to understand that Zanzibar is part of Tanzania. In other words it’s an African island. One that is 3rd world, rural and poor. Yet at the same time incredibly safe and in most places, incredibly beautiful

South Africans equate the villages to their local townships and understandably feel insecure and unsafe initially. Most are very apprehensive and stressed out for the first day or two until they realise that they are somewhere that can not at all be compared to South Africa

If you are planning to visit Zanzibar we urge you to thoroughly research Zanzibar as a destination.
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