Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Retreat

To the north of Zanzibar Island lies Matemwe Lodge, a peaceful ocean-facing boutique resort with just 12 guest chalets. All face the sultry Indian Ocean, featuring private, breezy verandas and hammocks. Two even have their own personal plunge pools. Lodge facilities include a beautiful dining area and bar with ample decking and direct beach access overlooking the crystal waters. All meals are prepared with fresh locally sourced ingredients and created with traditional Zanzibar flair with a strong seafood influence. The lodge also has two swimming pools and a number of hammocks where you can relax and take in the full island experience.

About five minutes’ walk up the beach is Matemwe Retreat, an adults-only hideaway with just 4 romantic villas, each with their own small swimming pool and roof terrace. Butlers cater to your every whim, while a chef will stop by each morning to discuss your menu for the day.

Both options provide delightful access to the turquoise waters that lap the white sands in front of the property. Activities at Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Retreat include snorkelling or diving the famous reefs of Mnemba Atoll, sundowner dhow trips, fishing, kayaking and kite surfing. Should you wish to go farther afield, excursions to a remote sand bank, Stone Town, spice plantations or Jozani Forest can be arranged.


How to get to Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Retreat

Guests can fly into Zanzibar Airport from Dar es Salaam (around 20 minutes). Both Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Retreat are approximately 75 minutes from the terminal.

Activities at Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Retreat

  • Snorkel and scuba dive Mnemba Atoll
  • Kite surfing
  • Sailing and fishing
  • Sundowner dhow trips
  • Excursions to sand bank, Stone Town, Jozani Forest and spice plantations

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Retreat Highlights

  • A character-filled boutique hotel
  • In the heart of Zanzibar’s World Heritage-listed Stone Town
  • Small and intimate, with personalised service
  • Just 9 rooms tastefully decorated with antiques and Persian rugs
  • A charming onsite restaurant and well-stocked bar

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Zanzibar Accommodation

Below are some of our preferred hotels and resorts on Zanzibar. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Featured Private Tanzania Sample Itineraries

The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised Tanzania experience.

Tanzania Overview

Why Tanzania: Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

Game Viewing: The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Selous.

Culture: With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

Climate: Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

Combine With: Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

Getting There: You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

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