Chapwani Island

Accommodation Suppliers

PO Box 3248, Zanzibar
Member Number: 20865 Tel: +255 (0) 777 433 102

Chapwani Private Island is the perfect spot for those seeking a small quiet lodge with good food on a beautiful peaceful beach with Stone Town and all its facilities just 25 minutes away by boat. There are only five bandas with a total of ten rooms right on the beach, and a new Sunset Villa coming up soon, ideal for couples or families. The rooms are not large but are comfortable, with a spacious bathroom and separate toilet. They are decorated with colourful African prints and furnished with traditional local furniture and four poster beds. The restaurant on the water's edge provides a unique blend of Oriental, African and European cuisine using local ingredients fresh from the market. The island is some 800 metres long and 200 metres wide and is surrounded by small coves with white sandy beaches and coral reefs. The thick tropical vegetation of baobabs, palm trees and passion fruits, harbours a small historic graveyard and rich wild-life including a herd of indigenous Duiker Chapwani (miniature antelopes). The size of the island, the few guests (maximum 20) and the choice of small coves means that each person can find total privacy. For much of the day the island is excellent for swimming and when the tide goes out you can explore the life on the coral reef and the neighbouring islands. At night Stone town, with its 40 mosques is a show of colours, lights and distant sounds. The partners are of different nationalities: French, English, Italian and Zanzibari.

For all of us the island is a dream come true.

Where we operate

  • Tanzania
  • Zanzibar

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Beach Holidays
  • Fishing
  • Weddings


28 November 2012

New Sunset Villa!

The Chapwani family is venturing into a new exciting project: the construction of the Sunset Villa! The Villa, to be operational from early January, will add value to Chapwani, bringing a different concept of accommodation to the island, as it will be located on the same beach side but separate, on a private area, and it will either work as a suite for a couple, with 1 bedroom, sitting room and terrace, or as a family room. The guests in the villa will as well be offered the possibility of hav…

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23 November 2011

Sauti Za Busara Music Festival

Our little Paradise on Earth is the best base to attend and enjoy the Sauti za Busara (, the annual music event in East Africa and widely known as ‘the friendliest festival on the planet’. The 9th edition of Sauti za Busara will take place 8 – 12 February 2012, featuring: 400 musicians, Carnival Street Parade, four nights in the historic Old Fort,African Music Films, Swahili Encounters, Seminars and Training Workshops, Movers & S…

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03 August 2011

Long Stay Specials in Chapwani, 1st August to 30th September 2011*

As we in Chapwani love having happy guests who make their best of their Zanzibar holidays and we have observed how sad too many guests are by being booked only 2 or 3 nights in Chapwani and they would like to enjoy longer stays, we have decided, in order to assist you with efforts to book longer stays in our little paradise island, to implement long stays specials from 1st August to 30th September 2011, as follows:   Stay 5 nights / pay 4   Stay 7 nights / pay 5   *N…

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