The history of the Africa House building dates back over 150 years. Its original owner was a wealthy slave trader from Oman, who shortly before his death handed the property over to the Sultan of Zanzibar. In 1888 the first English Club of East Africa opened in this former royal residence. The original interiors of the club included a bar, restaurant, library, billiard room and guest rooms. At a later stage a terrace was built, which is the present day’s Sunset Bar and a popular meeting place amongst tourist as well as locals.

The Africa House includes accommodation with 15 rooms, the Sunset Bar, Tradewinds Restaurant and The Majlis shisha lounge as well as a library that can be used for private meetings and conferences.

The restaurant is located on the second floor just above the Sunset Bar, ideal to let the evening end after a sundowner at the bar. Guests can either enjoy their meals on the terrace with views onto the Indian Ocean or inside the airy restaurant. Large ceiling fans and many windows ensure an ongoing breeze. A local artist was commissioned to paint a mural of an ancient map on the ceiling.

GUIDE PRICE Double room from $130 per room per night on bed & breakfast
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  • Tradewinds Restaurant
    A 80 seater stunnigly decorated restaurant serves authentic Indian / Chinese / Mexican and Italian curinary delights under enchanting ambience within and on the sea facing deck are to stimulate any taste bud.
  • The Sunset Lounge
    The totally refurbished open air terrace lounge has always been a must visit venue to observe one of the most memorable and cherished Sunsets on the East African coast. Watching a sinking sun over a glass of cold drink or popular Zanzibari kahawa (black spiced coffee) with ripened dates is probably the most enhancing of Zanzibari experience to enjoy.
  • The Pasha
    A stunning 80 seater Turkish Restaurant adjoining a sea facing and fully stocked bar serves all Turkish culinary delights in Ottaman style and customs.
    For those Mediterranean guests, the shisha is a finale to their meals. A sea facing and sparkling ocean under the moonlit night never falls to add a touch of romance to aromatic puff after a hearty meal and a sip of spicy zanzibari kahawa.

In 1888 the Africa House became the English Club and renaimed so until the end of the colonial area. During that time, a library was founded in the building.

Today, the Africa House still houses the original English Club library with its rare collection of many first editions and historical books.

The wood-panelled library is located on the ground floor of the building. Although the library is not open to the public, guests can obtain the key at the reception and enjoy a good read in the quiet room. Conference facilities for up to 30 guests are available in the library.