Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Retreat

To the north of Zanzibar Island lies Matemwe Lodge, a peaceful ocean-facing boutique resort and Matemwe Retreat, an adults-only hideaway.

To the north of Zanzibar Island lies Matemwe Lodge, a peaceful ocean-facing boutique resort with just 12 guest chalets. All face the sultry Indian Ocean, featuring private, breezy verandas and hammocks. Two even have their own personal plunge pools. Lodge facilities include a beautiful dining area and bar with ample decking and direct beach access overlooking the crystal waters. All meals are prepared with fresh locally sourced ingredients and created with traditional Zanzibar flair with a strong seafood influence. The lodge also has two swimming pools and a number of hammocks where you can relax and take in the full island experience.

About five minutes’ walk up the beach is Matemwe Retreat, an adults-only hideaway with just 4 romantic villas, each with their own small swimming pool and roof terrace. Butlers cater to your every whim, while a chef will stop by each morning to discuss your menu for the day.

Both options provide delightful access to the turquoise waters that lap the white sands in front of the property. Activities at Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Retreat include snorkelling or diving the famous reefs of Mnemba Atoll, sundowner dhow trips, fishing, kayaking and kite surfing. Should you wish to go farther afield, excursions to a remote sand bank, Stone Town, spice plantations or Jozani Forest can be arranged.


How to get to Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Retreat

Guests can fly into Zanzibar Airport from Dar es Salaam (around 20 minutes). Both Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Retreat are approximately 75 minutes from the terminal.

Activities at Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Retreat

  • Snorkel and scuba dive Mnemba Atoll
  • Kite surfing
  • Sailing and fishing
  • Sundowner dhow trips
  • Excursions to sand bank, Stone Town, Jozani Forest and spice plantations

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Matemwe Lodge and Matemwe Retreat Highlights

  • A character-filled boutique hotel
  • In the heart of Zanzibar’s World Heritage-listed Stone Town
  • Small and intimate, with personalised service
  • Just 9 rooms tastefully decorated with antiques and Persian rugs
  • A charming onsite restaurant and well-stocked bar

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Luxury accommodation in Zanzibar

Below are some of our preferred hotels and resorts on Zanzibar. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Baraza Resort and Spa

Exotic Baraza Resort and Spa combines Arabic, Swahili and Indian design elements, providing unparalleled luxury on the unspoilt southeastern shores of Zanzibar Island.

Dhow Palace Hotel

Dhow Palace Hotel occupies the grand former home of a wealthy merchant in the heart of Stone Town, and is one of the city's most attractive and atmospheric small hotels.

Kisiwa House

Kisiwa House is an exquisite and peaceful boutique hotel set amid the hustle and bustle of ancient Stone Town

Konokono Beach Resort

Konokono Beach Resort boasts one of Zanzibar Island's most secluded and spectacular locations, set on a lush peninsula overlooking a turquoise bay.

Maru Maru Hotel

In the heart of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town, Maru Maru Hotel is set inside a lovingly restored townhouse steps from all the attractions of this ancient city.

Mnemba Island Lodge

Just off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar is the exclusive and romantic Mnemba Island, less than 1.5 kilometres in circumference.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar

A magnificent internationally renowned luxury hotel with the attractions of World Heritage-listed Stone Town at your doorstep.

Shooting Star Lodge

A small family-run resort, Shooting Star Lodge overlooks a dazzling stretch of white sand on Zanzibar Island's idyllic northeast coast.

The Z Hotel

The Z Hotel is an absolutely stunning boutique resort close to the northernmost tip of Zanzibar Island steps from powder white sand and the azure Indian Ocean.

Zanzibar Palace Hotel

This award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town is within walking distance to all the sights. Expect antiques, Persian rugs, rich silks and beautifully carved


Tanzania Itineraries

The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised Tanzania experience.

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Tanzania Overview

What is the best thing to do in Tanzania?
A wildlife safaris is an absolute must as Tanzania is one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Witnessing tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti is an unquestionable highlight, whilst the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – is a bucket-list experience for any adventure enthusiast.

What is the climate like in Tanzania?
Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between November and May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

How do I get to Tanzania?
There are only two European airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Turkish Airlines – that fly directly into the country. Otherwise, flying via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi (where far more major airlines fly to including British Airways and Air France) is another option. From here travellers can then fly to numerous airports in Tanzania.

For travellers coming from the United States at least one stop is required. The easiest airlines for connections are either with KLM or Qatar Airways via Doha. From Doha there are also direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

What can I combine Tanzania with?
Tanzania is often combined with other countries including neighbouring Kenya or either Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Tanzanian safari.

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