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Set between two idyllic beaches in north-east Zanzibar, Matemwe Lodge is a peaceful ocean-facing retreat offering its guests powdery white-sand beaches, clear aquamarine water and beautiful reefs.

There's a wealth of adventures to keep even the most active visitor busy: from Matemwe Lodge you can go snorkelling, sailing, sea-kayaking or scuba diving, and it's simple to arrange tours to take in the rest of Zanzibar's sights such as Stone Town, Jozani Forest, Prison Island and spice plantations.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor - Travelers' Choice Awards 2013 - Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Tanzania - Number 15
  •  Tourism for Tomorrow Business Award.


  • Secluded location 
  • Relaxing, laid back atmosphere
  • Private ocean front bungalows
  • Access to Mnemba Atoll - perfect for diving
  • Spa & wellness treatments available

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At Matemwe Lodge, you may want to do nothing except soak up the sun beside the pool or in your hammock with a cocktail from the bar.

If you are feeling active however then there are a selection of day activities to choose from: discover the Mnemba Atoll with its famous reef and fascinating underwater world on diving and snorkelling excursions (there is an on-site diving centre) or use the complimentary kayaks and explore the turquoise waters under your own steam.

There is internet access at Matemwe and guests can also visit a local village and learn about Zanzibar culture, pamper themselves with massages and spa treatments or set off for a day trip around Zanzibar - all of which are easily arranged by Matemwe's staff.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Internet facilities


Matemwe's restaurant is designed to maximise the view of the ocean and the fishermen who head out at breakfast, and then return at lunch. A cosy lounge area though provides refuge from bad weather, and dinner could be served al fresco around the pool under the palms if the weather is nice. 

Fresh fish is a speciality at the lodge and is combined with fresh local produce to create a fine dining experience. Lunch is a selection of buffet-style African and European dishes while dinner includes meat, fish and vegeterian options. Before a meal, don't forget to enjoy a delicious cocktail at the poolside bar.

Luxury Suite

Matemwe Lodge offers 12 Luxury Suites, each with a king-size bed and mosquito-net plus an en suite bathroom consisting of a large bath and walk-in shower.

Each suite is set in a beautiful garden and features a private veranda complete with a hammock and couch from which to soak up the sun and ocean views.

Luxury Suite AMENITIES


  • Beach activities
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Cultural tour
  • Day tours
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Dhow cruise
  • Fishing
  • Historical tours
  • Kayaking
  • Local village visits
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 06 Jan 2015 - 31 Mar 2015 $340 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015 $340 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Jul 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $665 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 19 Dec 2015 $340 Full Board Plus
  • 20 Dec 2015 - 31 Dec 2015 $665 Full Board Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • We liked Matemwe because of its situation and the village life of the fishermen nearby as well although it is no perfect situation for swimming because of the tide and the reef and some pollution of the beach . The sand is like white powder and extraordinary and the water is clear. We did not go further by boat as we get easily seasick recently. Zanzibar Stone Town is a interesting multicultural place and we liked both tours. All accommodations met our expectations and the staff was very friendly everywhere.

    Gerald Hauska, October 2013
  • A great place to relax. The bungalows itself was great with its veranda over the water. Truly amazing. Just sitting there, listening to the sounds of the water was very calming.

    Jana Gabrysova, July 2008

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Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"I loved the rustic feel of the lodge, gorgeous lush gardens, lazy afternoons spent lounging in the hammock on the verandah and the magical sea views - pure bliss!"



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A great place to relax. The bungalows itself was great with its veranda over the water. Truly amazing. Just sitting there, listening to the sounds of the water was very calming.

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