Lazy Lagoon - Tanzania Coast - Zanzibar Hotels and Resorts - View Hotel

Lazy Lagoon - Tanzania Coast

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An idyllic Robinson Crusoe Island, the perfect way to start or end a safari.


  • From: $150 pppn Full Board.
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Overview

This idyllic exclusive island is 2km off the shore of main land Tanzania opposite the historical town of Bagamoyo, north of Dar es Salaam.

A sand spit protected by a coral reef, the island is inaccessible by land at all times, thus maintaining its exclusivity to visitors to Lazy Lagoon. The coral reef surrounding the island offers a great opportunity for snorkelling off the beach. Being an island, Lazy Lagoon is quite unique with sea swimming possible at all tides.

The island has an interesting ecosystem, with many small mammals such as bush babies, (Galagoes) suni antelope and bush pig, plus birds and butterflies. Low tide washes up a plethora of exotically coloured star fish, sea urchins and crabs. All of these share their habitats with natural mangrove forest. Guests are free to wander along the 9km island – although no one has yet reached the end!

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Accommodation

Accommodation is in 12 large airy natural mkuti beach bandas only yards from the Indian Ocean. From the sundowner lounge above the bar, visitors can watch the sunrise over Zanzibar and set over the palm trees of Bagamoyo and feel the Swahili atmosphere as they follow the flotilla of hundreds of local fishing boats tack around the island to get from their villages on the mainland to their fishing grounds.

Individual beach cottages are set up with en suite bathroom – shower, basin, toilet. All rooms have full beach frontage, with verandah, hammock and deck chairs. The rooms are shady and well ventilated, but there is no air conditioning.

Accommodation rates are full board including 3 meals, tea, coffee and laundry. Not included are bar drinks. Towels and beach towels are provided.

Lazy Lagoon - Room
Lazy Lagoon - Room

Facilities

Hailing the returning ngalawas to choose the 'pick of the catch' is a short step away from catching it yourself, but a lot less time consuming. Lazy Lagoon prefers its chefs to devote their time to creating fabulous seafood dishes and imaginative menus.

What a view! - you may not wish to move from here all day, with the sun rising over Zanzibar and setting behind the palm tree lined mainland, drinks from the bar and meals in the restaurant, it doesn't get much more relaxing than this.

Other activities

If sun worshipping, swimming and snorkelling are not enough for you; try kayaking to explore the lagoon and mangrove forest, a sunset dhow safari to nearby sand islands and the coral reef, or a visit to the nearby historical town of Bagamoyo.

Sunset Dhow Safari

At 5.30pm, when the sun is starting to droop, we can organize a boat to take you to a deserted sandy beach, where your host will take you on a short evening stroll. On your return the chairs will be ready and the 'bubbly' on ice - sundowners surrounded by the serene Indian Ocean.

Sailing / Boating

The island has a Laser I and a Laser II sailing dinghy for use by resident guests, plus windsurfers.

There are also a couple of kayak canoes, which are great for a more leisurely paddle around the lagoon and to explore the outer reaches of the island.

Alternatively let the local fishermen take you sailing in their traditional Ngalawa fishing boats to explore the lagoon or, if the conditions allow, they will venture further out to show you their fishing grounds in the Zanzibar channel of the Indian Ocean.

Snorkelling

The island is protected by coral reef, and so not only does it avoid long periods when the tide is out, but it also has snorkelling from the beach. Snorkelling equipment is available to borrow.

Nature Trails

The island forms a small private nature reserve, and there are many resident small mammals; bushbabies, wild pigs, genets, baboons, duiker and suni antelope to be found amongst the indigenous forest and mangrove. Bird life and flowers are abundant.

Lazy Lagoon - Tanzania
Lazy Lagoon - Tanzania

Environment and local community


Ras Kaole

The 12 Century Kaole ruins remaining from the Arab Shirazi era with the oldest mosque on the mainland lies only 2kms across the ocean from Lazy Lagoon. The settlement went into decline two hundred years later following the disruption of Arab trading routes by the Portuguese.

Bagamoyo Slave Town

Following the decline of the nearby Kaole settlement Bagamoyo grew out of the slave and ivory trade. Its was also referred to as the “gateway to the dark continent“ by explorers including Livingstone, Burton, Speke, Stanley, Grant and others who used Bagamoyo to launch their expeditions to find the source of the Nile. Livingstone’s sundried body was later carried by his two faithful servants 1600km back to Bagamoyo. Later Bagamoyo became the Capital of German East Africa.

Bagamoyo means 'lay down your heart' a relic of the slave trade as this was the exit port for many thousands of Tanzanians who left their hearts in their homeland. Broaden your outlook on the splendours of Tanzania with a visit to the old town and Kaole Ruins to glimpse the not so glorious past.

Our opinion

Lazy Lagoon is the perfect place to escape and return back to nature. Positioned on its own Island with crystal clear water and stunning blue sky it’s hard not to be touched as you approach the resort by boat. Once on the Island you will be greeted with refreshments and given a familiarisation tour before being shown to your banda. The bandas are large and spacious with locally made furniture and a separate upper area suitable for kids.

We would recommend a Lazy Lagoon to anyone who needs to be on the main land close to DAR (just over an hour) or anyone who likes total escapism in beautiful surroundings.


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