Zanzibar Island is a tropical island east from Tanzania measuring 60 miles long and 20 miles wide. Zanzibar is known for its beautiful beaches and coral reefs, its palm trees, its seafood and the magic of historic Stone Town, which was recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The northeast part of the island is known as Matemwe. This part of the island is well known for its fine weather and natural beauty - the contrasting colors of the Indian Ocean, the fine white powder sand of the beach, the extreme beauty of the coral reef of the Mnemba Atoll and the wild bush vegetation. Matemwe Bungalows borders a small village of fishermen, Kigomani, who go out sailing with their armada of traditional dhows on a daily basis. The Dubai to Africa team strongly recommends this lodge for those who are looking for their perfect beach lodge.
Matemwe Bungalows has 12 en-suite bungalows with a private verandas where you can laze in your hammock. While the sea is always available, a multi-level swimming pool is available to refresh guests during the sunny Zanzibar days. All the rooms, as well as our restaurant are directly overlooking the Indian Ocean. You can enjoy the comings and goings of the local ngalawa fishing fleet from the comfort of your veranda, from the poolside relaxation area or from the restaurant. Matemwe Bungalows is tucked between two perfect, white-sanded beaches, inviting you to relax and unwind.
Seafood is the specialty of the house, with all produce bought daily from the local markets. Lunch is a buffet offering a delicious mix of African and European flavors. Dinner offers a choice of main courses between fish, meat and vegetarian.
For the early birds the sunrise is a sight to savor. Early morning, tea and/or coffee and delicious cookies will be served at your veranda. In the evening, the full moon rising out of the sea is a wonderful romantic experience you're not likely to forget. On moonless nights gaze and get lost in the star-filled sky.
Things to do
Diving & Snorkeling
Matemwe Bungalows arranges ocean trips with snorkeling equipment, which enables you to enjoy the local reef and discover Mnemba Atoll in a relaxed and informative manner. Matemwe Bungalows organizes diving trips in co-operation with a professional diving centre. For the ones who don't like boats, snorkeling can be done straight from Matemwe's beach or during reef walks. Kayaks are also available to explore the crystal clear sea. Variety is the key word on the reefs around Matemwe. Soft and hard corals, sponges and anemones abound, and you will be amazed by the sheer range of fish species to be found in these waters. You might find dolphins in the water or - for the lucky ones - even spot a whale passing by the reef (best chance for whales in the period August - October).
Visits to Stone Town, Jozani Forest or Prison Island
From Matemwe Bungalows, day-trips can be arranged to the historic centre of Stone Town, Jozani Forest or Prison Island. Spice Tours are also organised, a highly interesting way to get introduced to the great variety of the spices that the island is famous for.