Matemwe Lodge

distinctive Camp | Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Matemwe Lodge, a small collection of thatched, whitewashed beach cottages, is located in a remote section of Zanzibar’s northeast coast, about an hour outside of Stone Town. The exceptionally scenic and secluded retreat lies just beyond a palm-fringed fishing village, set on a coral outcropping with blissful views of the beach and lagoon. Twelve bungalow suites, backed by tropical flower gardens, front the sea, with some of Zanzibar’s best white sand beaches just steps away.

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Our Expert Says

Matemwe Lodge has been precisely built atop a rock outcrop, surrounded by colorful, herbaceous gardens, just on the northern edge of Matemwe village. This small family owned and operated beach lodge is a great option for families, honeymooners or single travelers who are looking for a comfortable and exclusive getaway. Expect hammocks, bright colors and seaside breezes to whisk you away into deep relaxation.

– Megan Bryant

Photo: The Lodge

The Lodge

Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania
Number of Rooms: 12

Twelve well-spaced private bungalow suites are beautifully situated along a coral reef overlooking the sea, lagoon and Mnemba Atoll, famous for Zanzibar’s best diving and snorkeling. Built of local stone and coconut wood with traditionally thatched Mikuti roof, the bungalows’ design and decor are “island rustic,” yet filled with comforts. Amenities include en suite bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and walk-in showers, double sinks, premium bedding, desks and sofas, creating a tranquil haven for relaxation. Ocean-view balconies feature hammocks to savor the sea breeze and sunset views. Rooms 9 and 10 enjoy private plunge pools. The infinity pool with its poolside bar offers an alternative for afternoon siestas. The main lodge is just a short walk from the powder-fine beach through flower-filled gardens. Here you’ll find Matemwe’s locally famed restaurant, where its friendly staff offers excellent cuisine (specializing in fresh fish and seafood) and attentive service in a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.

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Facilities & Amenities

  • En suite bathroom with tub and shower
  • Shampoo, conditioner and soap
  • Hair dryer
  • Room fan
  • 240v charging outlets in room
  • In-room safe
  • Central pool
  • Spa (extra cost)
  • Wi-Fi in main area
  • Laundry (extra cost)
  • Credit cards accepted (Visa and MasterCard)
  • No air conditioning or direct-dial telephone

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Wildlife Viewing & Activities

Although not a primary wildlife viewing destination, Zanzibar is home to the Zanzibar red colobus monkey and the critically endangered Ader’s duiker. You will be very lucky to see the Zanzibar servaline genet here as well. Other sightings may include bush babies, mongoose, and Zanzibar tree hyrax. Birds and marine life are in abundance. Exact sightings depend on seasonality and wildlife movements.

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Month Max Min Rainfall
January 90° F 71° F 3.5 in
32° C 21° C 89 mm
February 90° F 71° F 2.2 in
32° C 21° C 56 mm
March 90° F 71° F 6.0 in
32° C 21° C 152 mm
April 86° F 73° F 14.96 in
30° C 22° C 380 mm
May 86° F 71° F 9.45 in
30° C 21° C 240 mm
June 84° F 70° F 2.7 in
28° C 21° C 69 mm
July 84° F 70° F 1.9 in
28° C 21° C 48 mm
August 84° F 66° F 1.9 in
28° C 18° C 48 mm
September 85° F 64° F 2.0 in
29° C 17° C 51 mm
October 88° F 66° F 3.8 in
31° C 18° C 97 mm
November 88° F 70° F 8.9 in
31° C 21° C 226 mm
December 88° F 71° F 7.6 in
31° C 21° C 193 mm

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