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The Ngalawa room is housed here with cozy areas to relax in around the house and a kitchen for self-catering
Private room in house

Utupoa Lodge, Ngalawa bedroom

Utupoa Lodge, Ngalawa bedroom

2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath

Ngalawa are traditional trimaran dugouts used by Matemwe fishermen whose white lateen sails have graced our blue lagoon for centuries. We designed this ensuite bedroom as a tribute, indeed from the timbers of one we once sailed.


Cable TV
Laptop friendly workspace
Free parking on premises

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed

House Rules

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63 Reviews

Laura User Profile
March 2018
Highly recommend!! Unfortunately we did get to meet Joyce but Tim was extremely hospitable and shared many interesting stories about the area over dinner. The accommodation is 30 seconds walk from the beach and our room was spacious and beautifully designed. Thank you so much f…
Lotta User Profile
March 2018
Tim and Joyce’s home is amazing. Truly a perfect place to calm down and relax. Every detail in the house (+ guesthouses) is carefully planned and beautifully realized. There are many day beds and hidden spots around the house and the yard; many good places to take a nap or to rea…
Mia User Profile
March 2018
A very charming and peaceful spot right on Matemwe beach. Tim and Joyce were so hospitable during our stay. The food was delicious and the location is stunning!
Peter User Profile
February 2018
Exactly what we were looking for! After 8 days of climbing up and down Kilimanjaro, we were looking for a casual, quiet, interesting, beachfront spot - preferably with a hammock - that was conducive to resting of weary legs and reading of books. Tim & Joyce's Utopoa exceeded our …
Elizabeth User Profile
January 2018
A home away from home. Great hospitality and welcome at Utupoa. Nice to meet fellow travelers and our host and share stories over dinner. A quiet beautiful location to relax and enjoy Zanzibar.
Kate User Profile
January 2018
We have never stayed in such a unique, personal and relaxing place. We truly felt like part of the family and as if Utupoa were our home. Joyce, Tim, their family and the whole team went out of their way to make us feel welcome, informed, entertained, deliciously fed and utterly …
Edouard User Profile
December 2017
Utupoa is so well located on the nice Matemwe beach, in front of clear (Website hidden by Airbnb) was like in our dreams, Zanzibar as we wanted to live it. Joyce and her staff were so nice, the meals so good, it was very difficult to leave this place!!! Thanks Joyce and maybe se…

Hosted by Tim & Joyce

Matemwe, TanzaniaJoined in October 2012
Tim & Joyce User Profile
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Tim & Joyce is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Tim was a pilot in the Middle East when we first came to Zanzibar on a flight he was operating. It was 1992, before electricity, tarmac or cell phone networks. We fell in love with Matemwe and have made it our home. It is a home that we like sharing, and are very happy to welcome…
Languages: English
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