Matemwe Lodge is shaded by lush tropical gardens on the edge of a beautiful lagoon that at high tide reaches right to the edge of the lodge. Quiet corners for lazy afternoons abound, from colourful guest areas to the swimming pool where you can watch fishermen sail their billowing dhows.
The open-air restaurant sits just above the ocean, with magnificent views of the palm-fringed beach and gently rocking dhows. Seafood is a speciality of the house, and all produce is bought daily from local fishermen and markets. The multilevel swimming pool surrounded by lounge chairs is perfect for days spent soaking up the sun, and the poolside bar with fresh cocktails and drinks completes the island experience.
All our food is sourced locally (including fruit and vegetables), and seafood is bought from local suppliers who use sustainable techniques. This means, for example, that we do not buy net- or spear-caught fish but only that caught on lines.
Meals are a mix of gourmet-style cooking and traditional Zanzibari cuisine with loads of seafood. The buffet-style breakfast includes fresh fruit, muffins, croissants, cereal and yoghurts as well as a full English breakfast. Lunch and dinner are three-course meals: choose between two starters, three main dishes (including a meat, fish and vegetarian option) and two desserts. Tuesdays and Fridays are barbecue night (with a range of seafood and meats) and Sunday is a Swahili buffet, offering a large selection of traditional dishes.
We offer picnic lunches during excursions to the sandbank and Muyuni beach. Guests who go on the Stone Town tour or spice tour can be taken to a restaurant in Stone Town if they wish.
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements – our camp chefs will be happy to cater for your needs. We cater for all diets, although strict kosher cooking is not possible.
Your days at Matemwe can be spend sitting poolside and sipping on cocktails, or they could have a more adventurous flavour. You might be interested in going for a snorkel or walking through Stone Town: it all depends on what you’re looking for!
06:30–07:00 Wake-up with tea & coffee or a cooler beverage
07:00–8:30 Enjoy a delicious, fresh breakfast to start your day
09:00–10:00 Why not lounge by the pool for an hour?
10:00–12:30 Snorkelling and diving at the famous reefs of Mnemba Atoll
13:30–15:00 Siesta time: read a book, swim in the pool or just relax
15:30–17:00 Take a guided reef walks to explore marine creatures exposed at low tide
18:30–19:00 Sundowners on the deck
19:30–20:30 Enjoy a delicious meal before going to bed and dreaming of your next day in paradise!
FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
Matemwe Lodge is a wonderful escape for families with children aged five and older. (Families with younger children will be welcomed at the nearby Matemwe Beach House). Set in lush tropical grounds and just metres from the Indian Ocean, there is plenty of scope for kids to expend their energy. While the beautiful multilevel swimming pool is a big draw card, there is something for everyone in the family to do here. Explore the coral reef and its rock pools during low tide, sail off on a traditional dhow, snorkel or dive the pristine Mnemba Atoll or take a kayak for a leisurely paddle to explore the island coastline. The open-air restaurant overlooking the azure Indian Ocean is the perfect place for the whole family to gather over delicious fresh meals.