“Go on a sustainable holiday! When you stay with us you donate directly to our school.”
Welcome to our guesthouse at More Africa. Located in Zanzibar, a ten-minutes’ walk from the exotic beach of Paje, we offer 10 unique rooms. Each room is decorated with a local touch and has its own theme. More Africa sees it as their mission to provide a comfortable stay and to create authentic experiences for their guests.
Did you know More Africa is an NGO? This means that, as our guest, you will donate directly to the special school for children with disabilities that More Africa hosts for children from Zanzibar.
More Africa strives to increase the positive impacts of tourism and decrease the negative impacts. More information about the school and about the sustainability of the organization you can read at ‘this page’.
While staying at More Africa you can enjoy the relaxation and the exotic beaches of Paje. The guesthouse is located 800m from the heavenly beach. You can also take a dive in our amazing pool!
In the guesthouse you can enjoy cocktails and fresh juices from the bar, take a seat in the restaurant or explore Zanzibar by booking one of our excursions.
More Africa offers 10 en-suite double, triple and family rooms. More information about the rooms you can find below. Pick your room and enjoy your stay at More Africa.
What our guest say
Amazing friendly host and staff. They were welcoming us with the big smile every time we met. Ellen organised taxi for us both ways. Unfortunately one day I stepped on sea orchid but Ellen expertly took out all the spikes. The whole place looks like a tropical garden with small living houses, hammocks, swimming pool and cozy restaurant. The apartments are modest but clean and tidy. We had one with cold water but in the heat of Zanzibar it is not the problem. Food was very good. The place is not located by the beach. It takes around 25 minutes to walk there or 4 minutes in the taxi. Super cool thing is the fact that money from the booking goes into the school Ellen is running. Ellen thanks for your hospitality. Good luck with all your plans. You rock!
It’s just a perfect choice to have a taste of Zanzibar. Helen and her staff were extremly friendly and she organized all what we wanted. The place is like a small paradise with a tropical garden, pool, chilling area. The room was commodious and in perfect tidiness. The food was also rich and delicious. The cherry on the top of the cream was that we have donated Helen’s school just because of staying and enjoying our time there. Many thanks for all our memories 😊Helen made our trip unforgettable
It was a great pleasure for us to get to know “More Africa” in Paje, Zanzibar, and spend two weekends there. My son Mariano, our travel companion Karin and I were based in Zanzibar Town for our summer holiday, and we used the weekends to further explore the island, go for boat trips and to go swimming at the wonderful beaches of the east coast.
More Africa is dedicated to supply special education to young people of the local communities, a unique project on the island where support and structures for families with special needs children are more than scarce. Ellen van Beers, the founder and manager of the project, runs a guest house along side the special needs school to support it with the aim of making the school more independent of donations.
Since we were there only during weekends, we were not able to see the school in action. Instead, we got a special tour by Ellen who showed us the compound and the school building. Numerous classrooms allow to offer separate spaces for groups with different learning goals. The rooms are beautifully painted and decorated by visiting artists. In all the details of the interior set-up, the equipment and the decoration you can see the thoughtful and caring attitude of the manager and her helping hands. Educational material is, where it is needed, adapted to the local culture and language. Knowing a few other special education institutions in Africa and their struggle to offer adequate facilities for young people with special needs, this school is such a remarkable place!
My son Mariano is 16 years old and has a severe developmental disorder with a prominent mental disability. He is very outgoing, curious and loves to get in contact with people. His understanding of situations and contexts is limited, so being in a new environment can be very challenging for us. He can be very impulsive and difficult when it comes to certain do’s and don’ts!
In Paje, at the guest house of More Africa, we felt at home from the first moment! A number of small houses in between trees and flowers, scattered on a green compound, centred around the restaurant and open terrace, opposite a nice little pool. Mariano’s habit of enthusiastically embrace anyone he finds nice did not pose a problem for neither Ellen nor for the volunteers and other members of staff. Also in more difficult situations, everyone just reacted with so much understanding, we felt supported and at ease.
One Saturday, Mariano was allowed to join the swimming lesson of the Saturday class in the pool. Being in a group of children is always fun for him. He absolutely enjoyed it!
We loved the food and the drinks, the service was just perfect and special requests were easily catered for. We’ll certainly be back when coming again to Zanzibar!!!
Jost, Karin & MarianoMartine, Belgium
I spent such a very nice time with my friend. we are so happy discovering this place. Ellen is a very good person, she’s doing such a very good job, not only with her guesthouse, but also the way she cares about children who have mental sicknesses. The place is very clean, and so quiet. U forget U’re in Paje, which is a very crowded city. The food is delicious. The staff take care so much of the customers. Don’t hesitate to make a stop in More Africa Guesthouse, U won’t regret it for sure. Thanks so much Ellen for everything U made for us!!!!!