10 Best Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Unguja, Tanzania - Updated 2023


The Tanzanian island of Unguja is a part of the famous Zanzibar archipelago. Historically an old trade center, its turquoise waters are skirted with snow-white beaches and winding lanes. The tourism industry here is thriving, meaning there is never an end of activities to partake in. Take a walk in the historical stone town - a UNESCO world heritage site - or go windsurfing in Paje. This list of Airbnbs not only brings you the best of the sunshine and sand, but it also allows visitors to truly mesh with the locals and understand Tanzanian culture, without giving up on amenities they are used to in their hometown. So, keep reading to find out about the best Airbnb vacation rentals in Unguja, Tanzania.

1. Spacious cottage in a large garden (from USD 90)

Set in a lush garden, merely four minutes away from Paje Beach, this spacious cottage is the perfect introduction to both the natural and traditional beauty of Zanzibar. The 90sqm (968 sqft) two-bedroom cottage is furnished with exotic hardwood furniture with all modern amenities. A kitchen fitted with all modern electronics and amenities is present for those who would like to cook their meals. A private chef is available if needed, on a daily or long-term basis. There’s a large verandah fitted with a four-seater dining table so that guests can enjoy their meals in the company of palm trees and flower trees. Since Tanzania can get pretty warm, there is a shared pool available on the premises to cool off in. WiFi is available all over the property for free. Laundry facilities and cleaning services come free as well.

Stunning cottage
Paje, Zanzibar Central/South Region, Tanzania
64 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire cottage 4 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the two rooms are air-conditioned and a nice respite if it's a hot day
there are a/c installed now which is so great
good location and beautiful cottage but wifi is very unstable so better to remind this and book
veranda is perfect to chill eat breakfast and enjoy the lovely garden
sheets are sparkling clean
overall a good clean place
we had a wonderful stay in this beautiful and clean space
pool is great place to cool down it is always clean
the beds were extremely clean and comfortable with good quality mosquito nets in place
hosts want to make quests feel like home
the hosts were amazing and their hospitality and kindness is beyond any other
all taken care the hosts available and loving
the hosts were so lovely and helpful in every way
klara and andrew were super friendly and welcoming and their kids were awesome hosts too
location is perfect beach and village very closeby
excellent location not at the beach but really short walk to the beach 5 min
perfect location close to the beach and the little town
andrew and klara's place is ideal to spend some relaxing time in zanzibar
we enjoyed everything in that lovely place in the middle of a garden
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2. Private room in a beachside bungalow (from USD 39)

Live by the sea in this little cottage from where it is very easy to visit the Red Monkey Park or go on a swim with the dolphins. The cabin is a simple accommodation that’s outfitted with a double bed and mosquito net. The tropical decor of the interiors includes shelves and chairs to add to the simple comforts of the room. A private bathroom and shower come with the room and are located just a few steps away. It is outfitted with all modern amenities. Guests who have stayed at the property, all laud the staff and cleanliness of the property. The ample breakfast served at the restaurant in front of the lagoon is also a favorite of many. For those who like to stay connected to the world, there is free WiFi available on the premises.

Bahari Pizza Bungalow
Jambiani, Zanzibar Central/South Region, Tanzania
47 reviews  Wifi Available
Private room in bed and breakfast 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

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Amenities & Room:
awesome lounge chairs and tables with stunning views of the ocean
comfortable rooms wonderful view from the restaurant/sun bed area
it was great to take the (good) breakfast facing the sea every morning
the bahari restaurant is excelent and the breakfast is good
me and my friend rented a small bungalow with an external bathroom
the place is very clean and in order
the rooms are very nicely built clean and quiet
the bungalow is exactly as advertised: simple but comfortable and clean
everything was perfect clean stefania and her team are amazing
the beach off the restaurant was very clean hardly any rocks and seaweed
stefania is a great host
stefania and her staff were very nice
the staff is incrediby friendly and fun and make you feel at home
the staff is great and everyone is so friendly
stefania is an amazing and helpful host and her staff is unobtrusive and efficient
a unique stay in a corner of paradise
this place is just like paradise
and not to forget the fantastic location almost right on the beach
amazing place paradise right on the beach
this is the most perfect place in zanzibar
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3. Tropical cottage with a pool

This quaint cottage in the heart of a large tropical garden is just the place for a relaxing getaway, located a four-minute walk away from Paje beach. The tropical decor of the cottage itself includes a comfy double bed, chairs, and chaise loungers to stretch out in. There is also a kitchenette in the cottage with a refrigerator and stove along with cooking basics such as pots and pans. For those who like an outdoor barbeque, a bbq grill is also provided. There is free WiFi access all over the property and guests are also provided with free laundry services.

Tropical cottage
Paje, Zanzibar Central/South Region, Tanzania
45 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire cottage 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
also maybe a couple of good knifes for the kitchen in the cottage
great cozy and quiet home in paje
a beautiful place a clean house and pool two minutes from the beach
same goes for their lovely kids and helpful staff
klara is an amazing person and host
klara and her husband are indeed super hosts
really lovely host replies quickly and is very welcoming
andrew and klara are kind and friendly hosts
close to the beach and was great to use the pool
it is cosy rather than luxurious but in terms of value and location it was perfect
it’s close to the village and the beach and being able to use the pool is perfect
we had a relaxing stay and were only a few minutes walk from the beach
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4. Private guesthouse with breakfast

Part of the well-known Pishi Restaurant, this completely private accommodation is less than a minute’s walk away from Kibidija Beach in Jambiani. The simple, quaint room is furnished with a double bed as well as a single bed, complete with mosquito nets and bedside tables. The bathroom is outfitted with a western-style W.C, a basin, and a shower with both hot and cold water. There is also a front porch that’s complete with tropical chairs, and a table facing the green garden. The house also comes with a back balcony to relax in. Since the room is part of a restaurant, guests can lounge in the restaurant area and they are also treated to a great breakfast.

Pishi Guesthouse- Big breakfast
Jambiani, Zanzibar Central/South Region, Tanzania
50 reviews
Private room in bed and breakfast 0 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room is nothing special but it was tidy and featured a working fan and mosquito net
simple room which was perfect for our purpose
huge unbelievable and amazing breakfast
we had a great stay in hassan's room
the room is basic but the beds are comfortable
it's simple but clean and comfortable
if you want they clean the room during your stay
the room was clean and the bed was comfy
the place is simple and basic but the bed was very comfortable and everything was very clean
simple but very clean roomwas nice so far and i got what i expected
hassan is an amazing host
all the staff were so friendly and helpful
excellent breakfast and really nice staff
the breakfast waitress was great and very happy and friendly
super welcoming hosts and delicious breakfast
great location for easy blending with locals
small but original place close to beach good value for money
this place is in a good spot close to the beach (30 seconds walk to the beach)
we were looking for something reasonably priced and in a central location and it fit the bill perfectly
really good location between the beach and a typical part of jambiani village
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5. Spacious beachfront room

This Airbnb offers a spacious room right on the white sands of Jambiani Beach, with unobstructed views of the sunrise every morning. The room has a beautiful, vintage, queen-sized wooden bed with fresh linens. The bed has a mosquito net fitted to it. The house features a large verandah, a large living room, and a kitchen, all of which are open to the guests living at the property. There are two bathrooms in the house, which have hot water at all times. A washing machine is available on the property and it can be used at any time.

Marashi.house -Beach front room with Side Sea View
Jambiani, Zanzibar Central/South Region, Tanzania
52 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Private room in home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
every day we started with a beautiful breakfast with fresh fruits coffee and homemade breakfast
the breakfast was delicious the house is fabulous with original furniture
kamen is an amazing cook and they offer to cook you breakfast for a small extra cost
beautiful beach house with a huge living room and open kitchen
i highly recommend adding the breakfast it looks delicious
the shared bathroom is clean and has a shower with warm water
their house is very clean and stylish and has an exeptional ambience
fantastic location thoughtful homely touches and very clean
the host family is friendly
the hosts are outstandingly kind approachable and sympathetic
thanks to the wonderful hosts
kamen & miglena are the best hosts
they are responsive and helpful to all questions and requests
i would definitely book this location again when i'm in zanzibar again
beautiful place on the water great location
the location is amazing and the the entire experience exceeded our expectations
beautiful house that is super close to the ocean when its high tide and has a nice neighborhood
a great place to stay
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6. Simple room with kitchen

Located right next to the beach, find your zen as the sound of the Indian ocean lulls you to sleep in this cozy Airbnb. The front porch has tribal art on the walls and a lot of plants to keep you connected with nature. It is also fitted with tropical couches, loungers, and tables to allow you to relax. The room itself includes a queen bed with a mosquito net, a floor fan, and a table with lamps. The windows also have nets to keep the deadly insects away. There is also a kitchen available with everything stocked to help you prepare your own meals. The living arrangements also come with a free Swahili breakfast every morning.

Room in cute villagehouse - Queen bed & Private WC
41 reviews  Wifi Available
Private room in cottage 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room was very well equipped (mosquito net wifi
it can be very warm at night but a fan is provided in case
the shower has nice pressure and warm water the room has a fan and a mosquito net
there are deckchairs and parasols in the garden a kitchen and a very pleasant outdoor "living room"
the breakfast was awesome we got full and strong for the day
the room and the bathroom were always very clean and well maintained
bedroom and wc are very clean and ideal for two
awesome place with a really nice host
host is very welcoming and very helpful
helpful host who is also a kitesurfing instructor and rents gear
he was very helpful
the best is the host who makes the stay really cool
great place 3 min walk from beach
2 minute walk to the beach hearty breakfast good vibe
muntadhiru's place is very nice and comfortable
best place i’ve stayed in zanzibar so far
this place is a miracle
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7. Serene oceanview banda

If the beach life calls out to you, stay in Bahari View Beach Bandas located on a white, sandy beach, right next to the turquoise waters of the Indian ocean. The beach banda has two floors. The ground floor holds a double bed, while the top floor has a single bed with fresh linens and mosquito nets. The rooms include electric sockets, bedside lamps, and filtered drinking water. There are also hanging baskets that can be used to keep whatever is needed. The best part is the hammocks right in front of the banda where guests can lounge all day in the sun. The lodge facilities are open to all staying at the Banda, which includes free WiFi access, a swimming pool, and spa services. Breakfast is included in the price and guests have access to the beach bar too.

Bahari View Beach Banda
17 reviews
Private room 2 Beds 3 Guests

8. Traditional beach cottage

For those looking to kick back on the white beaches on the east coast of Zanzibar, this detached bungalow provides both safety and solitude just meters from the beach. The house comes with a large verandah and its own bathroom. The bedroom has a double bed, clean linens, a mosquito net, and a fan. Windows and doors are additionally outfitted with mosquito nets. The plot is completely fenced with its own guard guaranteeing security. The plot offers a lot of parking space as well. The house is used exclusively by the guests, making it a beautiful space to rent out for a Tanzanian holiday.

Minazini - Swahili House
Michamvi Kae, Zanzibar Central/South Region, Tanzania
92 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
inside we had everything that is necessary for comfortable stay
as already mentioned breakfast were delicious
the little veranda with a table and lounge sofa is awesome for a relaxed afternoon in the shade
the room is spacious and has everything you need: towels a mosquito net and fan
last but not least the breakfast was the highlight of the day it was perfect
the house is clean the bed is comfortable
very nice bungalow clean and comfortable
the bay is very beautiful clean and quiet
very close to the beach everything is clean and nicely organized
friendly and helpful owner and staff
the hosts are amazing people who made us feel like home
he loves his "job" as a host
excellent stay with great hosts
the hosts are super friendly and willing to help and to give advice for local sightseeing
great location and value for money
short distance to the amazing beach (2 min walk)
the location and the house itself is perfect
love the location just a short little path to the beach
the location is great just next to the beach
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9. Cozy rooms in a quaint bush house

Located in the heart of Paje, this quaint ‘bush house’ decorated with tropical furniture is a home away from home. The house consists of four large bedrooms, two of which are utilized by the hosts and their children, while the other two are rented out, allowing guests a true glimpse into Tanzanian daily life. The house has a kitchen, a common living room, and a lush garden. The garden is fitted with a big picnic table, lounge chairs, and lots of potted plants to create a truly relaxing space. The house is also just three minutes away from the main street where all the markets and restaurants are lined up.

Paje cozy rooms
29 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Private room in residential home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
unfortunately the wifi didn't work but we loved the concept with solar energy
the room was perfect and we even had our private bathroom would definitely recommend that place in paje
her place is clean the room is really big and about a 10minute walk to shops and restaurants
about the house :-> it is very clean-> we had the shower and toilet in our room
i was welcomed into sylvia's home which is completely perfectly clean
silvia is a fantastic host
silvia was very helpful with everything i had questions about
silvia is a great host really recommend this place
about silvia :she is very kind and gave us good advice
silvia is first of all an amazing host
we loved the placement outside the tourist area and enjoyed all the street food close by
my sister and i loved staying at silvias place
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10. Lovely rooms in paradise

This exotic white beach house looks out to the waters of the Indian Ocean, while the back portion of it looks out to a quaint little tropical garden. The bedroom is furnished with a traditional four-post bed that’s fitted with a mosquito net to keep out the pesky insects. The beautiful blue and white bathrooms have been built to European standards. The house is run on solar electricity, so there’s hot water for showers at any given moment. The verandah is a beautiful place to look out at the azure blue ocean and sunbathe on the lounger. There’s also a place between the house and the public beach that’s outfitted with sunbeds.

Lovley rooms in paradise - Step In
Jambiani, Zanzibar Central/South, Tanzania
66 reviews  Wifi Available
Private room in bed and breakfast 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the guest room is a part of a beautiful sea view restaurant
all was great only was problem with wi-fi sometimes
wifi was slow or nonexistent due to these friends taking up the broadband
during low tide you have the beauty of the tidal pools and extended beachfront
the breakfast was really nice (coffee tea lot of fruits eggs toast
spacious clean rooms equipped with fans hot water
her apartments/restaurants are literally right on the beach and the rooms v clean and spacious
great host great place
staff is sweet and helpful
ramazan was a great host
sabine as an awesome host
her restaurant and staff is amazing as well
great location and great breakfast
step in has a good location nice taras and decent breakfast
perfect location and very friendly people
sabine's is a great little find on this stretch and the location is really good
the food is cheap in this accommodation and the location very good
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The stuff of dreams

The beautiful island of Unguja is a heavenly vacation destination that’s the stuff of dreams. Enjoy your time on the stunning white sands of the beaches or stroll the streets and learn about the Swahili culture. With our list above, you don’t have to worry about finding a wonderful place to stay.

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