Shooting Star Lodge

This small, family-run resort overlooks a stretch of dazzling white sand fringed by swaying coconut palms on Zanzibar’s idyllic northeast coast. There are just 16 air-conditioned rooms, featuring elaborate hand-carved canopied beds, high ceilings and huge windows to take full advantage of the sea breeze. There are also two separate three-storey villas – for guests seeking extra privacy – with imposing wooden doors in traditional Zanzibari style, personal plunge pools and roof-top terraces.

The Shooting Star Lodge main infinity pool boasts views of the Indian Ocean, while there is an airy restaurant  and beach bar for refreshments. A coral reef fronts the resort, which you can explore at low tide on foot or with a mask and snorkel when water levels are higher.

Things to do in the local area include a dhow cruise, snorkelling and scuba diving at Mnemba Atoll, kitesurfing, watersports and scenic flights over the island. Should you wish to visit Stone Town, a spice plantation or Jozani Forest to see rare red colobus monkeys, tours can be arranged.

Location

How to get to Shooting Star Lodge

The island of Zanzibar is just 20 minutes by air from Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian mainland. Shooting Star Lodge is approximately 1 hour by road from the island terminal.

Activities at Shooting Star Lodge

  • Sunset dhow cruises
  • Snorkelling and scuba diving at Mnemba Atoll
  • Kitesurfing and other water sports
  • Scenic flights over the island
  • Excursions to Stone Town, spice plantations or Jozani Forest

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Shooting Star Lodge Highlights

  • An intimate, family-run small resort on Zanzibar’s idyllic northeast coast
  • Charming villas with traditional Zanzibari decorative accents
  • Set on a white sand beach flanked by coral reef
  • Opportunities to snorkel, scuba dive and sail a dhow
  • Excursions available to all the popular sights of Zanzibar Island

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Below are some of our preferred hotels and resorts on Zanzibar. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Baraza Resort and Spa

Exotic Baraza Resort and Spa combines Arabic, Swahili and Indian design elements, providing unparalleled luxury on the unspoilt southeastern shores of Zanzibar Island.

Dhow Palace Hotel

Dhow Palace Hotel occupies the grand former home of a wealthy merchant in the heart of Stone Town, and is one of the city's most attractive and atmospheric small hotels.

Kisiwa House

Kisiwa House is an exquisite and peaceful boutique hotel set amid the hustle and bustle of ancient Stone Town

Konokono Beach Resort

Konokono Beach Resort boasts one of Zanzibar Island's most secluded and spectacular locations, set on a lush peninsula overlooking a turquoise bay.

Maru Maru Hotel

In the heart of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town, Maru Maru Hotel is set inside a lovingly restored townhouse steps from all the attractions of this ancient city.

Mnemba Island Lodge

Just off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar is the exclusive and romantic Mnemba Island, less than 1.5 kilometres in circumference.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar

A magnificent internationally renowned luxury hotel with the attractions of World Heritage-listed Stone Town at your doorstep.

Shooting Star Lodge

A small family-run resort, Shooting Star Lodge overlooks a dazzling stretch of white sand on Zanzibar Island's idyllic northeast coast.

The Z Hotel

The Z Hotel is an absolutely stunning boutique resort close to the northernmost tip of Zanzibar Island steps from powder white sand and the azure Indian Ocean.

Zanzibar Palace Hotel

This award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town is within walking distance to all the sights. Expect antiques, Persian rugs, rich silks and beautifully carved

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Tanzania Overview

Why travel to Tanzania? Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

When is the best time to view animals in Tanzania? The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Nyerere.

What is the culture of Tanzania?With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

What is the climate in Tanzania? Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

What can I combine with Tanzania? Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

How to get to Tanzania? You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

Do I need a Visa for Tanzania? Please call us on 1300 363 302 or visit or FAQ page

Do I need vaccinations for Tanzania? Please call us on 1300 363 302 or visit or FAQ page

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