Kiwengwa and Pongwe
The sleepy village of Kiwengwa lies on Zanzibar Island’s north-eastern coast, roughly halfway between Nungwi and Chwaka.
Large, all-inclusive hotels and stylish upmarket lodges dot Kiwengwa’s long, immaculate beach, which runs nearly unbroken all the way north to Matemwe.
A few breezy kilometers to the south, the even sleepier Pongwe supports around a dozen, mostly stylish, mid- to upmarket resorts with little else to do but kick back and relax.
If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday in Zanzibar, Kiwengwa and Pongwe are the way to go.
Highlights of Kiwengwa and Pongwe
Learn kitesurfing in Kiwengwa: With its year-round, stable winds and beautiful wide lagoon, Kiwengwa is a great place to learn to kitesurf.
A handful of friendly kite schools dot the beach – simply wander in, have a chat, and book an impromptu lesson if the place grabs you. If you want an active holiday in Zanzibar, kitesurfing in Kiwengwa is an excellent choice.
Peaceful Pongwe: There is nothing to do in Pongwe but chill and have a relaxing holiday. If ultimate downtime is what you’re after, Pongwe is the perfect beach for your Zanzibar vacation.
Travel Tips for Kiwengwa and Pongwe
- Both Kiwengwa and Pongwe are easy to reach by road from Zanzibar Town.
- There’s a small ‘mall’ in Kiwengwa with a cash machine, supermarket, and pharmacy – but nothing in Pongwe.
- Kiwengwa’s resorts attract many visitors from Italy, and you’ll find many shopfronts and menus written in Italian.