Mbweni Ruins Hotel, P.O. Box 2542, Zanzibar, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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Mbweni Ruins Hotel 
P.O. Box 2542, Zanzibar, Zanzibar, Tanzania
+255 24 2235478, +255 24 2235479
General and in-room facilities and services available at Mbweni Ruins Hotel
lobby bar
summer garden
fax services
outdoor swimming pool
baby cots
luggage storage
phone at the reception
garage places on site
quiet surroundings
credit/debit cards accepted
checks accepted
air conditioner in room
safety deposit box in room
tea and coffee making facilities
en-suite/private bathroom
Some excerpts from the website of Mbweni Ruins Hotel that might be useful
Description of the Suites. Mbweni offers thirteen air-conditioned suites, each furnished in distinctive Zanzibari style. Each suite has easy access to the swimming pool and secluded beach and all except Room 4 have a balcony overlooking the sea. The Baobab Suite is perfect for honeymoons, and for that extra special treat. This spacious suite, complete with king-sized fourposter bed, has its own rooftop terrace with spectacular views over the ocean, the ruins and the garden, which is vibrant with the colour and scent of frangipani, hibiscus and oleander. The furnishings are in Zanzibar style, fit for a Sultan! All of the rooms are air-conditioned, with ceiling fans. All have verandas except for the Frangipani Suite, No 4, which has a bigger main bedroom instead. Description of the suites link to Room Plan with photos. We have just thirteen suites: Oleander A ground floor suite with twin beds, entrance hall with writing desk, veranda, and bathroom with bath and shower. Persian Lilac A second floor suite with double bed, entrance hall with writing desk, veranda, and bathroom with shower. Neem Tree A second floor suite with twin beds, entrance hall with writing desk, veranda, and bathroom with bath and shower. Frangipani This suite is on the third (top) floor; it has no veranda but has a large main double bedroom, extra bedroom with a single Zanzibar bed and a bathroom with shower. Baobab This suite is on the third (top) floor; it has its own private rooftop veranda as well as the main double bedroom, an entrance hall with writing desk, dressing room, and a bathroom with bath, shower and bidet. Nandi Flame A ground floor suite with twin beds, entrance hall with writing desk, veranda, and bathroom with shower. Bauhinia A ground floor suite with twin beds, entrance hall with writing desk, veranda, and bathroom with shower. Acacia A second floor suite with main double bedroom, a separate bedroom with twin bunk beds, veranda, and bathroom with shower. Jacaranda A second floor suite with double bed, entrance hall with writing desk, veranda, and bathroom with shower. Tamarind A ground floor suite with twin beds, entrance hall with writing desk, veranda, and bathroom with shower. Rain Tree A ground floor suite with twin beds, entrance hall with writing desk, veranda, and bathroom with shower. Flamboyant A second floor suite with main double bedroom, a separate bedroom with twin bunk beds, veranda, and bathroom with shower. Ylang Ylang A second floor suite with double bed, entrance hall with writing desk, veranda, and bathroom with shower.

Enquiries: Mbweni Ruins Hotel, P O Box 2542, Zanzibar, TANZANIA Tel. +255 24 223 5478/9 Fax +255 24 223 0536 Email: If you wish also to book a safari, you can book the whole trip through: Enquiries: Adventure Camps, P O Box 40569, Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA Tel +255-22-2452005/6 Fax +255-22-2452004 Reservations and Enquiries: Consider using an agent who specialises in Africa to book your trip. Choose a specialist African travel agent or tour operator who can spend the time on the phone (or in person) discussing and debating all the issues and options that will make your safari a great and memorable experience. There are a number of superb Africa specialist travel agencies and tour operators who love Africa and really know about it from personal experience. These operators always come to visit our camps and hotel to see for themselves what they are recommending to their clients before they send a single guest. Listen out for word of mouth recommendations, they are usually remarkably reliable. The good Africa experts are well known by their satisfied customers. Look out for operators who offer high-quality tailor-made safaris to suite your needs. Check for adverts in wildlife newspapers or magazines. Find out how long they have been in business in Africa If they don't know what they are talking about, withdraw politely. There are local agents and safari companies in Tanzania and Internet searches will give you a lot of information from them and from the International Agents. For Safari we can recommend the following tour operators: Netherlands Belgium. (formerly Sunvil Africa) aims to help you to make well-informed decisions for your trips and safaris to Africa. Their website will help you to research by giving you first-hand, independent views and easy access to further information, including direct links to most safari camps, game lodges and beach retreats that they offer. The team here also write the guidebooks including the new Bradt Travel Guide to Zanzibar. Contact. Take a look at our different properties on the Expert Africa website: www.expertafrica.com/lodge/Selous_Impala_Camp.htm www.expertafrica.com/lodge/Lake_Manze_Tented_Camp.htm www.expertafrica.com/lodge/Mdonya_Old_River.htm www.expertafrica.com/lodge/mbweni_ruins_hotel.htm are a reliable and energetic company and all their specialists have extensive first-hand knowledge of the country borne out of their own travels or even living there. They specialise in tailormade individual itineraries for discerning travellers seeking authentic experiences around the world, including Africa. Contact: alexandra.matts@audleytravel.com is a family of websites that have been designed to help people make intelligent and informed decisions about travelling to the safari countries of Africa. It is also a travel bureau which specialises in helping to create interesting and unusual safari for customers who have an appreciation for authenticity. One of the biggest operators sending clients from UK to Tanzania. For people serious about safari, who want great experiences, good value and expert advice. Contact: info@africatravelresource.com. Foxes African Safaris. UK - a family run business who really know about Tanzania. Contact: is a multi award-winning travel company offering quality holidays and safaris run on fair trade and responsible travel principles. Tribes is for travellers who want to see the world in a different light, experiencing it through the eyes of its native people. They offer unique holidays, whether you are looking for culture and heritage, fabulous wildlife holidays and African Safaris, moutain trekking or gentle walking, luxury holidays or simply pure relaxation in some very special places. Contact: are specialist UK operators to Tanzania and Zanzibar. An enduring passion for East Africa and the Indian Ocian islands led to the creation of Tanzania Odyssey, dedicated solely to devising the finest holidays that this part of the world has to offer. Contact: info@tanzaniaodyssey.com really know what they are talking about when it comes to Africa. They look after their guests like nannies, and give us camps a hard time. Contact: info@safariconsultantuk.com can help you plan your adventure to Zanzibar and on safari on mainland Tanzania. It is a family owned and managed organisation with 35 years of experience. Contact: info@zanzibartravel.co.uk info@imagineafrica.co.uk. Safari and Beach specialists with one of the most comprehensive Tanzania programmes in the UK. On and off the beaten track they know all the luxury lodges, bush camps and beach hotels make sure you see the real Africa, family safaris, tailor made holidays, honeymoon safari and small private groups. Blixen Tours are a family owned Tourist Agency based in Denmark, who arrange trips to Africa and the Indian Ocean. Contact: offers custom, off-the-beaten track, personalized Safari Tours and Adventures in Africa. You are met and guided at every destination by local experts. These are trips of a lifetime that you will never forget! Contact: safari@safariexperts.com. Kalahari Safaris. Contact: Kuoni Gastaldi, Italy. Jumbo Palma De Mallorca. Since it's inception in 1977 Jumbo Tours has focussed on becoming one of the market leaders in the International Incoming Network. Their multi-skilled team of professionals offers the highest quality of service and the know-how to meet all client's needs and requirements in today's competitive marketplace. Contact: zanzibar@jumbotours.com. Concept Reisen. Contact: concept_reisen@startpartner.net. NETHERLANDS BELGIUM. African Collection Tours. Tours Da Africa. Contact: specialises in trips to romantic getaways. Contact: info@dreamdestinations.co.za. Tanzania - contact sharon@alphauk.co.uk. Kearsleys Travel and Tours. Ebony Tours and Safaris. Denmark, South Africa, Tanzania. Jumbo Tours, Zanzibar. Contact: Kibo Slopes Safaris, Tanzania and Kenya. Fisherman Tours, Zanzibar. Contact: reservations@fishermantours.com. Madeira Tours, Zanzibar. Contact: Zanzibar Travel Services. Ocean Tours, Zanzibar. Contact: info@oceantourszanzibar.com. Equator Tours, Zanzibar. Contact:

Mbweni is famous for its romantic and exotic weddings. Because we just have 13 suites, it is possible to have the whole hotel to yourself, and we can of course put any overflow into suitable nearby hotels. Previous Weddings at Mbweni. Getting Married in Zanzibar. Film of Wedding at Mbweni. Article: Up the Mountain, down the Isle!. Here are a few examples of previous weddings: Getting married in Zanzibar Here are some tips on how to go about this: The hotel can arrange to have the Registrar come out and marry you on the spot. Or you can go the Registry Office in the Zanzibar Stone Town and have the legal part of the marriage done there. The parties to the marriage are supposed to stay in Zanzibar for at least two weeks before the marriage. You should check that marriage in Zanzibar is legally recognized in your country of nationality: it is recognized in the United Kingdom. Documents needed: 1) Application letter signed by both parties in English showing that they intend to marry in Zanzibar, addressed to: Regional commissioner P.O. Box 265 Zanzibar Tanzania 2) Two photocopies of passport Birth certificates Driving licences Certificates of domicile Two passport photos each A paper stating whether single or divorced, with proof very important. In Zanzibar law, a notice has to be put on the Municipal Notice Board for the intended mariage 21 days prior to the ceremony. For more photos, please look at our. UP THE MOUNTAIN, DOWN THE ISLE. By Flo Montgomery (printed in Tantravel November 2004). Little did my fifteen year old daughter Michelle think, when she was asked to be a bridesmaid in July this year that she would have to follow a long long trail up and down the biggest mountain in Africa to reach the wedding venue. Especially as the wedding was to be in Zanzibar, at sunset, overlooking the Indian Ocean. When my husband Alans son Magnus proposed to his longtime partner Jane last year, our congratulations froze on our lips when we heard what they planned for the hapless wedding guests. Jane adores sunshine, beaches and the sea and Magnus scuba-diving, so we fully expected that they would want a honeymoon in the tropics. What we did not anticipate was that they had decided to take their guests there as well and that Magnus had a further surprise in store. In order to prove his virility he was planning a pre-wedding expedition to the summit of Kilimanjaro. (Perhaps one should be grateful at least that the wedding was not at Uhuru Peak, we thought ruefully.). Alans daughter Justine immediately agreed to join her brother on the expedition. Michelle sidled behind us and mentioned that she too liked the beach and could accompany Jane. After all, Jane would need her in Zanzibar wouldnt she? Oh no, not until the day before the wedding, you go with them and enjoy yourself Michelle! said the happy bride. Poor Michelle was in for it. To our surprise Magnuss plan took off. His best man Mat agreed to climb the mountain too, as did his uncle Roger and two hardy friends, Robert and Chris. The total party would be seven strong five men and two girls. I was quite worried about Michelle. She is a good walker having joined in many charity walks at home in the UK. But she has never climbed a serious hill, let alone 19,000 feet of crags and rocks. Maybe shes too young I said. But Michelle herself was getting used to the idea of going and could not now be dissuaded. Justine is an excellent walker and was probably the fittest of all and she would certainly keep an eye on her little sister. In the end of June this year, we saw them all off at Heathrow: Jane and her family, and Magnus and his six companions, dubbed the Magnusificent Seven by the cheerful bridegroom. Not without some trepidation I gave Michelle a last hug and waved goodbye. I had provided her with some altitude sickness tablets, as I was quite worried on account of her youth children under fourteen years are not allowed to climb Kilimanjaro at all, as younger people tend to be more affected by lack of Oxygen than adults. Roger, the oldest member of the expedition and Justine had decided to take them also, but the four hardy young men wanted to manage without. Possibly there were some regrets about this later. In Dar es Salaam, the parties split Jane and company were met by Nicola, the genial owner of Coastal Travels, and escorted to Terminal One to take a Coastal Aviation flight to Zanzibar. Magnus and his group boarded a Precision Air plane to Arusha. There they were met by Shah Tours, who were arranging the expedition. From Kilimanjaro Airport they were whisked away to the Mountain Inn near Moshi. But the weather was so overcast that they were as yet unable to get even a glimpse of the challenge ahead. That Sunday evening they attended a familiarization lecture about the trek. Their guide Charles sounded reassuringly experienced. It was only later that they learnt that he holds the record for climbing all the way to the top of Kilimanjaro and down again in a single day. Magnus had sensibly decided that his group would take six days to do it: the usual five plus one extra day allowed for acclimatization halfway up. This usually gives the best chance of getting all the way to the top. That night as they prepared for the trip, they carried out a thorough check of their equipment. Justine had advised us on the gear Michelle would need and it seemed like a mountain in itself sleeping bag, water bottle, special snow glasses, boots, many pairs of socks, good waterproof anorak and trousers, backpack, sleeping mat the list seemed endless. Luckily, on this climb the heaviest part of their belongings would be carried up the amazing porters, leaving them each with a small daypack only. Next morning after breakfast they were driven by minibus to the base of the mountain, which has a diameter of about forty miles. This is encircled by some of the best land in the country, rich and fertile. They passed through coffee and banana plantations cultivated by the local Chagga people. When they reached the starting point they began to climb frustratingly slowly up through the rainforest to the first hut, Mandara. Their guides constantly reiterated Pole pole! - meaning that they should take it slowly. Apparently climbers who move too fast are more rapidly affected by altitude sickness. Meanwhile the brides party was settling into a very different environment. When they arrived in Zanzibar they were welcomed at the Airport and quickly transported to Mbweni Ruins Hotel, which is about five minutes drive south of the Stone Town, on the beach. There they were welcomed by Vivienne Bekker, the friendly South African manager and shown to their rooms. Everyone was tired from the long flight out of the UK. But the walk through the tropical gardens to airy rooms overlooking the Indian Ocean worked some restorative magic. Soon they had changed and were relaxing by the turquoise blue swimming pool, getting their first taste of Kilimanjaro not the mountain but the excellent local beer. Before long Kili time had become part of the order of the day. The Mbweni Ruins are part of a complex built by Victorian Missionaries under the aegis of David Livingstone, to house and school freed slaves. In the 19. Century British ships were blockading slave dhows coming from the mainland, and when one was captured the slaves were released into the care of Anglican missionaries. Every family had a plot of land and assistance to build a house on it. The children were educated at three different schools one for boys at Kiungani, nearer to Stone Town; the girls at St Marys School for girls at Mbweni and the very smallest children at Kilimani near by. Quite a lot of the ruins of St Marys remain including a beautiful chapel. The owners have researched the histor...
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