Welcome to the tropical paradise of Zanzibar, where turquoise waters, powder-soft beaches, and ancient spice markets await. While there are plenty of luxury resorts to choose from, sometimes the best way to experience the local culture and meet fellow travelers is by staying in a hostel.
But don't let the word "hostel" fool you - Zanzibar has some of the most charming and comfortable budget accommodations in the world. From rooftop terraces with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean to tranquil garden oases, these hostels offer more than just a place to sleep.
Here are the best hostels in Zanzibar.
Short and crisp: The Best Hostels in Zanzibar
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Prices can vary a lot, especially on high-season, weekends, and special holidays such as New Years Eve.
Demani Lodge in Zanzibar is an ideal escape for backpackers who love kitesurfing and strolling on the beach. The Lodge offers various accommodation options including single, double, triple, and dormitory rooms, along with flexible private bathroom choices. Demani Lodge is conveniently located a hundred meters from Paje's pristine beach on the east coast, and the village center is within walking distance.
The swimming pool and restaurant serves delicious locally sourced seafood, while the many exciting tours and activities including snorkeling, fishing and a tour to Jozani Forest National Park, Eco-village to Jambiani, and Spice Tour. Come and enjoy easy budget, easy vibes, and fresh ocean breezes with a Zanzibari adventure at Demani Lodge.
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Your Zanzibar Place is a charming hostel located in the peaceful village of Paje on the east coast of Zanzibar. The hostel offers a perfect balance of relaxation and fun, with access to a beautiful beach and plenty of activities like kite surfing and snorkeling nearby. Your Zanzibar Place can also organize trips to see the Spice Tour, Prison Island, Stone Town and more.
There are additional off-the-beaten-track options, such as cooking classes, hidden beaches, village tours and amazing sunset BBQs. Accommodations include charming makuti bandas, superior bungalows, and dorm bandas with free WiFi available. Don't forget to enjoy the free breakfast served with fresh fruit, juice, tea and coffee!
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New Teddy's on the Beach is the perfect spot for travellers looking for a mix of adventure and relaxation. Nestled on the East Coast of Zanzibar in the picturesque village of Jambiani, this hostel offers something for everyone. Wake up to crystal clear water and enjoy a range of accommodation options, including dormitories and bungalows.
Take a dip in the 18-meter pool or lounge in a hammock while chatting with other travellers. Step outside and explore the local shops, witness the real African way of life, and indulge in a continental breakfast each morning. A true paradise awaits at New Teddy's on the Beach.
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Stone Town House boasts an unbeatable location in the heart of Zanzibar's most prestigious neighborhood. We offer a unique opportunity to experience the best of Zanzibar with the highest standards of accommodation and service. Enjoy a restful night's sleep and wake up refreshed to explore all that Stone Town Zanzibar has to offer.
Some of the reasons why you should choose Stone Town House include luxurious beds, round-the-clock security, complimentary lockers for your valuables, and immaculate bathrooms. This non-smoking property is conveniently located near popular attractions like Sultan's Palace, Hamamni Persian Baths, and Old Dispensary.
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Jambiani Backpackers Hostel in Zanzibar is a unique and vibrant accommodation option that is perfect for global travelers. With its own pool complete with a swim-up bar and plenty of hammocks and lounge chairs, guests can soak up the sun and socialize in style. There is also a fully stocked bar on site and an outdoor play area with games such as badminton, sand volleyball, cornhole, and beer pong. For breakfast, guests only need to spend a small additional fee.
The hostel offers a mixture of accommodation including dormitories, private rooms, and even hammock rentals on the upper veranda. Every bed in the dorms has its privacy curtains, A/C, universal outlets, and entry via a keypad rather than a key. Towels and linens are provided to all guests. The private room comes with A/C, a double bed, towels, linens, and a wardrobe closet. If you're on a tight budget, consider renting a hammock on the upper veranda which comes with a mosquito net, towels, and linens included.
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Homeland Swahili Lodge, located in Nungwi and just 700m from Baobab Tree, offers free WiFi for its guests. The hostel has 7 rooms that can accommodate up to 22 guests, and it also boasts a garden and 2 kitchens. Some units are air-conditioned with a flat-screen TV and some rooms even have a seating area to relax in.
Guests can enjoy free private parking on-site and also take advantage of the free bicycles and car hire services available. For those interested in activities, the area is popular for snorkeling and cycling. Spanish Dancer Divers and World Wide Supermarket are both 1.1 km away, and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport is approximately 54 km from the property.
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Set directly on the beachfront in Stone Town, Mamdali Hostel offers fully equipped kitchen, shared rooms and air-conditioned quarters with access to hot water.
Its prime location makes it a perfect spot for beach enthusiasts who crave the good life of cafes and restaurants. For those who want to explore the surrounding area, Cheetah's Rock and Chumbe Island Coral Park Chicop are just a stone's throw away. With a vibrant and casual atmosphere, guests can enjoy the sun, sand and sea all in one place.
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New Jambo Bungalows is the place to be for a serene vacation in Paje. Their bandas, made out of palm leaves, offer shared dorms and private rooms with comfortable beds, fans, mosquito nets and a bathroom.
Take a dip in the swimming pool, play some beach volleyball or sit down and enjoy the view while enjoying their great menu served at the restaurant. Prices come with a delicious breakfast of seasonal fruits, eggs/pancakes bread and coffee/tea. If you're up for some adventure, you can go fishing, diving and kite surfing which can easily be arranged by the staff.
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