Originally an American Consulate and later the premises of a famous Indian Ocean Trading Company, the Tembo House Hotel is an impressive historical building set right on the edge of the beach in Zanzibar's Stone Town. In addition to its historic interest, incorporating antique furniture and fittings, the hotel's location in the heart of Stone Town makes it an attractive option for holidaymakers to this part of Zanzibar.

Tembo House is ideally situated for those wishing to explore the historic sites and colourful markets of Stone Town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also has a wonderful vantage onto the Stone Town seafront and visitors who want to make the most of the area's marine sports and boat excursions will be well placed to incorporate this into their stay. Alternately, spend lazy days beside the swimming pool or on one of the two sun decks.


  • Historic building with original architecture
  • Ideally located on the Stone Town beach
  • Walking distance to cafes, markets & attractions

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The spacious historic hotel offers contemporary facilities and an extensive portfolio of guest comforts. A swimming pool provides a way to cool off in between walks to nearby historic or cultural sites of interest.

There is a gift and curio shop, conference centre, and internet cafe. Guests wanting to arrange water sport activities can do so at the hotel's water sport centre.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Laundry service
    Wi-fi available


The Bahari Restaurant looks onto the beachfront and serves up a selection of wonderful local and international dishes.

You can also choose to dine in privacy on the terrace. In accordance with Muslim custom, alcohol is not served at the hotel.

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Thirty-four spacious rooms incorporate authentic oriental and local antiques and furniture. The en suite rooms feature Swahili beds, as well as modern conveniences like mosquito nets, ceiling fans, air conditioning, telephones, hairdryers, mini bars, and a TV.


    Internet facility
    Mini bar
    Safe in room
    Tea & coffee-making facilities
    Wi-fi available in room


  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Day tours
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 R1320 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Presidential Suite,Deluxe Suite,Family Room,Apartment Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

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  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
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Traveller Reviews

  • Tembo Hotel - great hotel, fabulous location so close to the old town streets, by the waterfront and with the beach right out front. Just gorgeous for watching sunset with a drink in hand! Lovely rooms and eating area, and very welcoming pool in the centre of it all.

    Danielle Heidtman, October 2013
  • Thoroughly enjoyed Stonetown and having the two nights there at Tembo House.

    Neil Burnell, April 2012
  • It was just perfect, lots of Zanzibar details and a great open air feel.

    Jenny Semmel, September 2008
  • Was a good hotel though I was only there one night so not much time to formulate an opinion of their service.

    Sam Rook, April 2008

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Maureen Stover

Maureen Stover

Africa Safari Expert

"This great open-air entry level hotel offers a fantastic location within famous Stone Town - perfect for a quick overnight stay. Note - no alcohol allowed on premises!"



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Thoroughly enjoyed Stonetown and having the two nights there at Tembo House.

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