What is the difference between the 2 locations of Blue Reef?

Blue Reef has 2 locations. The Lodge and the Bungalows.
The Lodge is 1 big building with 2 luxuary lofts, 2 sea view rooms and 6 side rooms (budget rooms).
It has a big bar and restaurant making it generally a bit more crowded than the Bungalows.
You will also find the outdoor gym at the Lodge.
The bungalows are located 200 m away from the Lodge. It is more quiet and all bungalows have a (partly) sea view and a private terrace.
There is a small restaurant with a pizza oven.

When is the high and low season in Zanzibar?

Zanzibar is a tropical island and can be visited all year round. Summer (December-March) is warm but often cool winds blow, mainly on the East Coast.
In Zanzibar the sun usually shines 7-8 hours a day!
April and May is the rainy season, rainy days will be alternated with sunny days.

Which currency will be accepted at Blue Reef?

You can pay with the following currencies:

  • US dollar
  • T-shilling
  • Euro
  • Credit Card; Mastercard/Visa ( +5% extra)
  • We use our own exchange rates!

ATM availble in Stone Town and Paje (not always working)

How can I find Blue Reef Sport and Fishing Lodge or Blue Reef Bungalows?

Our lodge is located in the South of Jambiani.
Our driver can pick you up from the airport / harbour for $50 (or both ways $80).
If you take your own transport or taxi:
Take the exit off the main road at our sign (south of Jambiani.)
Then straight on to the beach. On your right you will find BR Lodge Lodge.
Take the second exit off the main road after the “BLUE REEF” sign.
The bungalows are located 200m South of the lodge.

How far is Blue Reef from the airport/port?

From the airport or port it is a drive of about 1 hour.
We can arrange a pick up for $50 or both ways $80.

Is Blue Reef suitable for children?

We have family rooms available at both locations, so you are more than welcome to stay with children.
The lodge and bungalows are located directly on the beach.

What vaccinations are needed and are there malaria mosquitoes present in Zanzibar?

Visitors coming from a yellow fever area need a yellow fever vaccination (proof) upon entering Zanzibar.
The advice is to collect this at least 10 days before departure.
Vaccinations against typhoid fever, DTP and hepatitis A are also recommended.
Unlike mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar is almost malaria-free.

What are the nightlife options in Jambiani?

Blue Reef is not a “party-place” but we can arrange transport to parties in Jambiani and the surrounding area.

What is your policy when I need to cancel my booking?

If you want to book a room, we ask for a deposit of 50% (non-refundable).
2 months before arrival, the full amount must be paid by credit card (5%) or by bank transfer.

What does Blue Reef do for the local community?

Blue Reef is involved in the development of Jambiani. For example, where possible, we use local entrepreneurs as much as possible and we help the villagers to set up their own small businesses.
Nicky, together with other parents, founded a school in Jambiani in 2015 where local children are taught English together with European children.
BR is part of the Live Life Always NGO who is responsible for beach clean ups and finding sustainable solutions for the problems of landfill.
Please join our weekly (S
aturday) clean up in Jambiani!

Blue Reef and responsible tourism?

To save energy, we use fans instead of air conditioning in the rooms and we try to use the wind as natural cooling with large open windows without glass.
We work with a waste processing company to dispose of our waste neatly and separately (ZANREC).
We do not use plastic straws and do not use plastic bottles but glass refillable bottles.



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