Kisiwa House

Stone Town, Zanzibar and the coast, Tanzania

At a Glance

  • Located in Stone Town, close to Old Fort, Stonetown Beach, and Forodhani Gardens

  • Well located, small, intimate, authentic, elegant

  • Great place from which to enjoy this vibrant city

  • Easy access to St Joseph's Cathedral

  • Wonderful blend of authentic Zanzibari with touches of modernity

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Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.

There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.

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Kisiwa House is a small boutique hotel in the hustle and bustle of the legendary historical Stone Town on the spice island of Zanzibar. The wonderful sense of history and charm of this family-run and owned hotel reflects the very nature of Stone Town.

Kisiwa House is located on a quiet street in the heart of Stone Town, a UNESCO world heritage site within easy walking distance to significant landmarks, museums, antique shops and restaurants. It was built during the reign of the greatest 19th-century sultan of Oman, Said ibn Sultan, who made the spice islands his home in 1837. Build by Nassor ibn Abdullah Al Barwana, a wealthy and influential Omani merchant, the property was amongst one of the first buildings in Stone Town, a fact you are constantly aware of due to Kisiwa's sense of history and charm. With just 11 rooms and suites this small romantic hotel provides gracious Swahili hospitality along with professional service, and unmatched elegance and comfort.

The six Burdani Deluxe rooms offer complete relaxation with two on each floor, each with a four poster bed, air conditioning and modern amenities. The three Malkia Junior suites, one on each floor, are larger than the Burdani rooms and two of them have a stand alone shower and a freestanding bath. One of them has a separate sitting area, ideal for a family with children. The two Sulaima Senior suites are the biggest of all the rooms, tastefully and elegantly furnished with a decidedly romantic and enchanting Swahili feel.

The breathtaking rooftop restaurant at Kisiwa takes you back to a time of decadence and self indulgent luxury. Both traditional and continental specialties are on offer, infused with the island's rich spices and flavors. This wonderful fusion of fresh food can be enjoyed as you gaze out at views of the Indian Ocean and sunset over the rooftops of Stone Town.

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11 spacious rooms and suites each with: En-suite bathroom, Phone, Turndown service, Daily housekeeping, Bathrobes, Flat-screen TV, Satellite television, Wireless internet access, Air-conditioning, Personal safe, Telephone, Mini-bar, Tea & coffee making facilities, Hairdryer, Toiletries.


24-hour front desk, Bar/lounge, Coffee shop/cafe, Concierge services, Airport transportation, Dry cleaning/laundry service.


Based in the historical and cultural Stone Town, Kisiwa House can offer spice tours and visits to the Sultan’s baths, slave caves and slave market. It is also possible to arrange diving on one of the world’s most renowned dive sites and guests can also arrange Dhow trips and idyllic island escapes as well as dolphin, turtle and humpback whale watching.


  • A dhow trip on the coast of Zanzibar

    Sailing in a dhow, the traditional sailing boat used in Zanzibar, is the best way to view the island's coastline. Sailing in the late evening to watch the sun set is the best time of day and is wonderfully romantic.

  • A historic walk through Stone Town

    Visit Zanzibar Towns old quarter, Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar. Here you will find beautiful architecture and historic buildings dating back to the 19th century, revealing the complex history of Zanzibar and its links with the slave trade.

  • Diving in Zanzibar

    Located off the eastern coast of Africa, in the warm and clear Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is home to some great diving locations. Head to the tiny atolls off the north coast of Zanzibar, or take a trip to its neighboring island of Pemba.

  • Explore Jozani Forest

    Escape the beach for an afternoon by visiting Jozani Forest in the center of Zanzibar, home to the endemic and rare Kirk's colobus monkeys.

  • Shopping in Stone Town

    Stone Town, Zanzibar Town's old quarter, has an abundance of local shops selling a wide variety of antiques, textiles, and jewelry. Spend a whole day wondering through the narrow streets and pick up some truly unique finds.

  • Spice Tour

    With the Spice Islands named as they are you cannot visit this particular part of the world and not delve into its history by taking a Spice Tour on the island.

  • The roof top restaurant at The Swahili House, Stone Town

    Eating freshly caught seafood in the rooftop restaurant at The Swahili House Zanzibar is a perfect way to spend the evening. Located in Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar, dine here in the evening to watch the sunset over this unique historic town.

Location & directions

Stone Town, Zanzibar and the coast, Tanzania

This boutique hotel is located in Zanzibar Town (Stone Town), close to Old Fort, Stonetown Beach, and Forodhani Gardens. Also nearby are House of Wonders and Anglican Cathedral. This ‘Old Town' of Zanzibar City lies on the western side of the island, idyllically situated on the sea-front, and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbors, and bright bazaars.

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