Kwacha House is the inspired creation of two families – the da Mottas of Lusaka and the Dorias of Arusha – who had been friends for over 25 years. In their own words they decided to get together and build a special place to create memories for their children, share laughter and friendship and good company, tell tall tales of the past and dream of the future.
They have more than succeeded in their aims – and Kwacha House is a lovely and really appealing holiday home. Imaginatively designed and built, it is truly Swahili in spirit and style – combining Moorish Arab-influenced architecture with more simple and rustic African coastal designs and materials. The result is a very handsome, harmonious and happy house – and one of the very nicest places to stay on the Zanzibar coast.
“What a truly magical place. It is something so rare I almost don’t want to share it with anyone. A house built with love, to be enjoyed with love – it leaves you feeling thankful for such special times. Thank you for everything.”
Kwacha House is ideal for four adults with up to six children – or for up to three couples. The four bedrooms are in the two lovely round towers at the front of the house, and the huge living and dining area plus kitchen is in the thatched ground-floor banda to the rear of the property. The central courtyard houses a private freshwater plunge pool for when the sun is high or the tide is low, and Jambiani’s beautiful beach is your front garden.
The North Tower has a double bedroom downstairs with a king-size Swahili bed. Upstairs is a triple bedroom with three ¾ size Swahili beds – two of which can be pushed together to make a large double. The South Tower has a children’s bedroom downstairs with three sofa beds, and up the spiral staircase a double bedroom with a large king-sized bed.
The bedrooms all have ensuite bathrooms, new floor-length mosquito nets and ceiling fans, and the windows have wooden louvred shutters and inner windows with mosquito gauze. The coloured glass window arches cast a lovely submarine blue light in the rooms, and the traditional white niru plaster is cool on the soles of your feet and easy on the eye.
“We have had the most incredibly relaxing stay at Kwacha House. A truly perfect stay in every way and just what we were looking for. The house itself is just stunning – we are totally in love with it – and it has the cleanest sparkling pool I’ve ever seen!”
Kate, Dar es Salaam, 2016
The two towers are linked by a crenelated bridge and covered veranda, and both towers have castellated roof terraces accessible internally from the spiral staircases – ideal for private sunbathing.
The main living area – the banda – is sandy-floored and makuti-thatched – with sailcloth awnings to provide shade and filter the breeze. There are two comfortable sitting and lounging areas with cushioned Swahili daybeds, safari chairs and coffee tables, a large dining table and a breakfast bar.
A third bathroom for guests occupies the back block of the banda – which also houses the kitchen and pantry. The kitchen is really well equipped – with gas oven, juicer, toaster, coffee percolator, a large fridge and a chest freezer to store your seafood in and provide plenty of ice. There is ample crockery, cutlery and glassware to cater for parties of up to ten guests.
“Our stay at Kwacha house was amazing! With the serene beaches of Jambiani as our backdrop, Kwacha house was a very special place to come together and enjoy Zanzibar for a few days. We were very well taken care of by all, and the meals prepared by Hilda were authentic and incredibly delicious!”
Rentals include delicious Swahili breakfasts with tea and coffee, fresh juices and smoothies, tropical fruit, chapatis and mandazis. The lovely and kind Hilda is Kwacha’s housekeeper and chef for breakfast and lunch – with help from her assistant Thelba. The grounds and swimming pool are tended by Asante (“Thank You”) the resident Man Friday. Jumaa the house manager is also on hand to help out and can arrange all kinds of tours and excursions as well as airport transfers.
The house staff can also help with shopping – and by private arrangement can cook evening meals. Alternatively there are two freelance cooks lined up for guests to employ who can take care of all the cooking and are able to make a delicious range of local and international dishes. There are also several simple, charming and reasonably-priced restaurants and beach bars nearby which specialise in excellent fresh seafood.
There’s much to do in and around Jambiani in addition to relaxing at Kwacha House – swimming and diving in the turquoise sea, sailing, snorkelling and fishing trips with Captain Salim, kite surfing at nearby Paje Village, walks and bicycle rides down the beach, day trips around Zanzibar Island and Stone Town, wildlife viewing and visiting historic sites.