Environmental challenges

As beautiful as Zanzibar is, the ever increasing popularity of the island causes quite some issues. The most unsightly is the problem regarding refuse or garbage, which seems to be everywhere.

Resorts usually get their staff to clean “their” beach (all beaches on Zanzibar are public). But where does all that stuff go? And where do the locals drop off their garbage?

Zanzibar does not have dedicated areas in the villages to drop off recycling material, nor do we have a governmental garbage removal system. That’s the reason why villages, beaches and road sides are littered with garbage. Besides the aesthetic issue, it is a serious health concern. Cows and goats eat the plastic. The plastic that’s taken into the ocean by the tides is eaten by the fish and other sea creatures.

A few years ago ZANREC was founded for the collection and recycling of plastic, metal and glass from the resorts, for a monthly fee. The waste from these hotels is collected, separated and recycled, re-used etc and the remainder is dumped at the only official dumpsite on Zanzibar, in Kibele.

However, too many resorts still use local “garbage collectors” that cart away loads of recycling on uncovered pick-up trucks, only to dump it on the other side of the tar roads or a bit further inland. They of course are supposed to bring it to the official dumping site in Kibele, for which they get paid by the resorts – but there is no proof of delivery to that site, the hotels apparently just trust the garbage collectors.

I applaud the resorts who signed up with Zanrec and thereby do their bid to not only make Zanzibar cleaner, but to protect the environment, animals and creatures of the ocean.

If you wish to rather support such a resort by staying there for your vacation, please choose from the list below which I received from Zanrec. I will of course keep the list updated, as the rest of my blog.

South/South East Coast

Albatross Ocean View

Anna of Zanzibar


Aya Beach



Beach House


B4 Beach Club

Blue Oyster

Blue Reef Bungalows

Blue Reef Spot


Casa del Mar

Casa Paradise

Chez Hassan

Cinnamon Hotel

Clove Island

Dhow Inn

Fun Beach

Garden Beach Bungalows

Hotel on the Rock

Jambiani Residence

Jambiani Villas

Kilimani Kwetu


Kupaga Villas


Le Mersenne Beach Resort


Matlai Boutique Hotel

Milele Villas

Mr. Kahawa

Mwezi Boutique Hotel

New Teddy’s on the Beach



Paje by Night

PiliPili Africa

PiliPili Boutique

Pilipili Garden

PiliPili Ocean Blue

PiliPili Seconda Stella

PiliPili Spot





Simba Apartments

The Loop

The Nest Zanzibar

The Palms

The Residence

The Rock

Tsunami Village

Uhuru PiliPili

Un’Altra Storia


Uzuri Villa

Villa Mina

Villa Orchid

White Sand

Zanzistar Guesthouse


North/North East Coast

Aqua Resort

Dream Bay

Kena Beach Villas



Sunshine Bay

Sunshine Zanzibar


Zanzibar House

Zanzibar Queen Hotel

Zanzibar Retreat

Zanzibar Sunrise

Zuri Hotel

Stone Town/West Coast

Verde Hotel

Zanzi Resort