Songosongo Archipelago : Indian Ocean
South and East of Dar es Salaam, 140 kilometres into the Indian Ocean lies Fanjove Island, part of the Songosongo Archipelago. Less then 1 kilometre long and even less wide this is only one of two private islands off the coast of Tanzania. Up until a few years ago the island was completely uninhibited and it’s pristine white beaches are a dream come true for those looking for a private island experience.
The lodge has been designed with the ethos of it’s history and the banda’s and main lodge blend in with the wild surroundings. The open main guest area lies under a peak roof thatched with local palm leaves and is both simple and comfortable. There is space to relax on some couches and meals are usually served out on the beach under the stars.
Pre dinner drinks are usually shared around a fire, again, on the beach as waves lap at your feet and you discuss the days activities with fellow guests. For most, the purpose of coming to Fanjove is to simply relax, read, sunbathe and for those with some energy there are several activities to choose from. Fishing, snorkeling or diving, kayaking and dhow sailing at sunset.
There are only 6 banda’s on Fanjove Island all grouped on the South East side. They have been carefully positioned to ensure complete privacy from one another. A small sandy path leads from each one down to the beach and one can easily forget there is anyone else on the island with you.
All the banda’s are double story, have very spacious interiors and wide front doors that can all be opened or closed as you like and depending on the breeze. The king size bed is swathed in a mosquito net with bedside tables and solar powered reading lights.
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Read more about the ongoing conservation of the island.