Welcome to Shooting Star Lodge

This lovely little lodge has just 16 simple and comfortable rooms and is set on a coral cliff overlooking the stunning Kiwenga Beach. The engaging Tanzanian owner and his English wife run the day to day operations, which ensures a personal touch and they have a great attention to the food! The Shooting Star Lodge overlooks the beautiful fine white sands and coconut palms of Kiwengwa beach. The small, family-run hotel is situated on rocks 20 meters above the sea amidst lush tropical gardens with fabulous views of the Indian Ocean. The atmosphere is intimate and tranquil with spectacular views across a coral reef to the azure Indian Ocean beyond. Shooting Star Lodge is well located for exploring Kiwengwa, the local village, on foot or by bicycle. Each morning you can to watch the local women heading out to harvest seaweed as the fishermen return with their catch. This is about as busy as village life gets. Kiwengwa also provides opportunities to shop for trinkets, carvings and brightly colored, wrap-around cotton sarongs or "kangas" at the local bazaar.

Garden Lodge Rooms at Shooting Star Lodge

Accommodation at Shooting Star Lodge is built to an extremely high standard in traditional Zanzibari style with white limewashed walls, high beamed ceilings and large windows. All our rooms contain beautifully hand-carved Zanzibari beds draped with tailored mosquito nets, are air-conditioned and also have ceiling fans to complement Kiwengwa’s cool sea breezes.

The three Garden Lodge Rooms have four-poster Zanzibari beds. The Garden Lodge Rooms are all equipped with mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned with ceiling fans and en-suite bathrooms. The secluded terraces have comfortably cushioned sofas and look out to the tropical garden.

Sea View Cottages at Shooting Star Lodge

The eleven Sea View Cottages are light, spacious en-suite rooms with airy, high beamed ceilings, large windows, ceiling fans and air-conditioning. All have traditionally carved Zanzibari four-poster beds, with mosquito net canopies. Some cottages have two levels and are ideal for families (1 double bedroom downstairs and 1 twin or triple bedroom upstairs). All cottages have spacious private verandas and sitting areas with stunning views of the ocean.

Monsoon Villas

The two Monsoon Villas, named after the southern and northern monsoon winds, the Kusi and the Kaskazi, are set on the crest of the hill and apart from the other rooms. Each villa has three floors with two en-suite bedrooms (1 single which can be turned into a twin downstairs and 1 master bedroom upstairs), a roof terrace with day bed and bath tub and a private plunge pool surrounded by tropical gardens. The villas are furnished with traditional Zanzibar furniture. Villas have ceiling fans, are fully air conditioned and tea/coffee facilities as well as mini fridge is at guests’ disposal.

Activities at Shooting Star Lodge

Stroll along the powdery white sand of Kiwengwa Beach or immerse yourself in the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean when the tide is high. Alternatively, venture out across the coral reef to explore the marine life amongst its tidal pools. Or simply laze on your veranda or by the pool listening to the lively melodies of children singing as they gather cockles and mussels in the shallows. The Shooting Star Spa will be the perfect place to pamper yourself and unwind in the cool Indian Ocean breeze. To regenerate mind, body and soul, a large variety of treatments is offered.

For those with more energy to burn, there are various adventure and watersports options available that can be arranged directly with the lodge upon arrival including local dhow or ngalawa cruise to the reef; snorkeling and scuba diving around Mnemba Atoll; kitesurfing, parasailing and other watersports activities; and flights over the island in ultralight aircraft. Cultural and natural history excursions include visiting the endemic Red Colobus in Jozani Forest; entering into a world of colors in the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre; visiting a Spice Farm; and exploring historic Stone Town.

Shooting Star Lodge


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