Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar
Vibrant yet laid-back Matemwe Lodge has perfected the tropical island experience. Perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow, coral-fringed lagoon on the quiet northeastern coast of Zanzibar Island, Matemwe Lodge’s blissful location and famously relaxed atmosphere make it the ideal place to unwind.
Whether you take a break in a hammock or dive the depths of the Indian Ocean, Matemwe Lodge provides an unbeatable island escape. Each of the 12 beach-chic chalets scattered through the lush gardens has a private sea-facing veranda. Here the tides govern the rhythm of the tranquil days. The pristine Mnemba Atoll lies just off the coast, and it is in these tropical waters that you will find the best snorkelling and diving and superb fishing that North Zanzibar hotels have to offer.
Snapshot of Matemwe Lodge
- Secluded location on the tranquil northeast coast away from Zanzibar’s hustle
- Tropical relaxation in a peaceful location with a spa, swimming pool and beach
- Adventure & culture: diving, snorkelling, dhow trips and visits to Stone Town and community villages
- Adventure & culture
- Tropical seclusion
- Ultimate escape
Accommodation & Amenities
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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.
If it’s a romantic breakaway you’re after, be sure to look at our Matemwe Retreat.
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.
Built using local materials and surrounded by beautiful lush gardens, each of the 12 chalets at Matemwe Lodge has a private veranda with hammock and sofa, where you can relax and take in the spectacular views of the sparkling Indian Ocean. Six triple-bed chalets are available, and there are two that have a private plunge pool. The large bathrooms have a deep bathtub and walk-in shower, and beds are all enclosed by mosquito nets.
Secluded Matemwe Beach on the northeastern coast of the island is perfectly situated opposite the spectacular diving and snorkelling reefs of the Mnemba Atoll and surrounded by some of the best beaches in Zanzibar. Privacy and exclusivity are paramount at Matemwe, where the beach is still one of the quieter and more exclusive locations on the island.
Matemwe Lodge is perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow coral-fringed lagoon, with the Indian Ocean glittering ahead. The lodge is adjacent to a long stretch of beach that has not been noticeably altered by tourism and remains an important thoroughfare for locals. Fishing and seaweed harvesting are still key to the local economy – at high tide, fishermen can be seen streaming across the lagoon in their dhows. The lodge has a close relationship with the local fishing village, Matemwe Village, situated on the far side of the beach. It is home to many of the Matemwe staff and many of their children attend the local school.
A 30-minute boat ride away is Mnemba Island and the world-renowned coral reef that provides some of the most spectacular diving and snorkelling in the world, with a high chance of seeing turtles and wild dolphins, in addition to the colourful reef fish that dart around the coral.
Matemwe is just 60 minutes’ drive from Stone Town, allowing for easy day trips into the winding streets of the historic town, and excursions to all corners of this fascinating island.
Whether you want to relax in the swimming pool or spend your days swimming, diving and snorkelling in the ocean, Matemwe Lodge has a number of experiences and activities on offer.
As with many sea-based activities, timing is governed by the tides and water levels. Please speak to the manager or one of the guides to help you book at recommended times. Our activities include:
- Snorkelling and diving at the famous reefs of Mnemba Atoll
- Diving courses available through Scubafish (www.scubafishzanzibar.com)
- Scenic kayaking on the reef
- Guided reef walks
- Traditional sailing & fishing
- Deep-sea fishing
- Sundowner dhow trips
- Remote sand-bank excursion
- Day trips to Stone Town
- Jozani forest tour
- Spice tours
- Matemwe Village walk
Let one of the therapists from our Sea & Spice Spa offer you a relaxing treatment either in the spa or in the comfort of your room.
Our 2018 Rates
Matemwe Lodge rates structures include:
- Full Board Rates
- Half Board Rates
- Bed & Breakfast Rates
The following rates are for Full Board Stays.
Matemwe Lodge Full Board rates include: Full board accommodation (all meals), tea, coffee and filtered drinking water, guided reef walks and guided cultural village walks, kayaking.
Rates below exclude: Applicable conservation charge, totalling US$ 5. Drinks, transfers, massages and beauty treatments, laundry, diving and all other activities not mentioned.
1 – 5 January; 1 – 31 August and 20 – 31 December: US$ 474 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation
1 – 31 July and 1 September – 31 October: US$ 424 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation
6 January – 2 April; 1 – 30 June and 1 November – 19 December: US$ 349 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation