The Rock

February 18, 2018

This unique restaurant dramatically changes its looks depending on what the tide is doing!! For part of the day it is surrounded by water and for the other part it is surrounded by sand. The restaurant is built on a rock and depending on the tide; you’ll either walk out to it, wade out to it or catch a boat to it.  



As I couldn’t decide in advance which offered the best views, we ended up visiting this restaurant twice, once at low tide (Sunday 18th February for lunch) and once at high tide (Monday 19th February for dinner) – my conclusion: high tide wins.  And as for the food – it is truly delicious.  My favourite was the Rock Special, a huge plate filled with grilled lobster, cigal, king prawn, fish fillet and calamari. 


Afterward dinner, or perhaps before, sitting out on the terrace which overlooks the turquoise coloured Indian Ocean whilst sipping on a glass of white wine is just simply picture-perfect.




Expect to pay upwards of US$20 for a main course... this isn't a budget restaurant.



Top Tips


  1. The Rock Restaurant is 60 km (1 to 1.5 hours) away from Stone Town by car, along Zanzibar’s south eastern coast in a small village called Pingwe

  2. A taxi from Stone Town will cost about US$50 but if travelling on a budget, consider either renting a car (see my Trip Planning journal page for more information) or try catching a ‘dala dala’

  3. It is always best to book in advance, which can be done on The Rock Restaurant’s website to avoid disappointment

  4. Try to plan your visit to coincide with high tide for the best views from the beach and the added bonus of having to catch a boat out to the restaurant

  5. And finally, get there before it gets dark so don’t forget to check sunset times too!!


Suggested Links


Tide forecast

Sunset / Sunrise times

The Rock


Photo Journal 



There are always more photos to be shared, but sharing them all on this journal page will just make it look cluttered – so if you want to see more photos for inspiration, check out my Flickr Tanzania – 2018 album.


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