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Youth Hostel Zanzibar

Beach road 1 (Jambiani road), Makunduchi, Zanzibar, Tanzania - United Republic of

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The Zanzibar Youth Hostel is located in the south east of the island and on the picturesque coast.

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Makunduchi, Zanzibar Hostel

Hostel Makunduchi, Zanzibar

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Even the island‘s name "Zanzibar" sounds magical and wakens in many the desire to travel to the country far away. And the trip is well worth it. The visitors who arrive on this island in the Indian Ocean feel like they have just walked into a fairytale of 1001 nights. The beaches are white, the sea is cristal clear and in the narrow alleyways of Stone Town, the most ancient neighborhood of the country’s capital, visitors walk past the remains of its Arab past.

The Zanzibar Youth Hostel is located in the south east of the island and on the picturesque coast. Just a few minutes away is Makunduchi, a fishing village. For travellers who want to avoid mass tourism but instead prefer to get to know the locals and discover the hidden gems of the island the youth hostel is the right accommodation. It is not only a place to spend the night but it also offers the opportunity for cultural exchanges between guests and locals.

Directly in front of the hostel is a beautiful sandy beach, where one can enjoy a quiet afternoon in the shade of the coconut palm trees. Just a couple of meters from the shore there are many sorts of colorful fishes and corals which can be seen while snorkelling. The surroundings of the youth hostel can be best explored by bike which are available to hire, one of the islands most popular means of transport. Furthermore there are several interesting day trips that visitors can take. The most popular ones are diving, snorkelling, visiting spice farms or Stone Town, the old town of the capital, which is a UNESCO’s world heritage site.

Sustainability is one of the main concerns of the youth hostel. The menu consists mainly of local produce for example freshly caught fish or home grown fruit. It produces its one power with a photovoltaik installation on its roof and most of the materials used for the construction were also locally bought.

Zanzibar Youth Hostel in Makunduchi is part of the small Swiss Charity Organisation CAAA. Which was founded as a Association in 2006 by Nicolas Sarraj, a teacher "Education is the most effective weapon against poverty", according to its slogan. Therefore in Makunduchi, the CAAA also runs a school for professional training in tourism, agriculture as well as fishery. The students of the school work in the youth hostel in order to gain practical experience and be able to escape poverty. CAAA has also built a primary school for over 500 pupils in Zanzibar. All the profit of the youth hostel is completely reinvested into the projects of the charity organisation. Travellers who are interested in getting involved with the charity work of CAAA can get further information about its projects in the youth hostel.


Prices are members' prices

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Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • If a cancellation is made within 14 days of arrival time for a booking of 1 or more nights you will be charged for 1 night.
  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 16 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 6 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 2 stay free.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of EUR 7 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • TV room
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Cafe/Bistro
  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • Restaurant onsite

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers
  • Computer Charges - Free
  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - At Reception
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
  • Smoking rooms
  • Sports Equipment Storage
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +255 777 330 004

Fax. +41 44 360 14 38

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Boat rental (At or next to the hostel)
  • Car rental (At or next to the hostel)

See the full list of attractions


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • City Centre (500m to 1km)
  • Gym (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (500m to 1km)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (500m to 1km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • Shopping area / Mall (500m to 1km)
  • Swimming pool (At or next to the hostel)
  • Supermarket / Food store (5 to 10km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (3 to 5km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Zanzibar International Airport
Take a taxi from the Zanzibar International Airport to the Youth Hostel. 50$
Alternate Transport
Take a shuttle bus from the Zanzibar International Airport to the Youth Hostel. 50$
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Motorsports
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Windsurfing

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