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Matemwe Lodge – Zanzibar

From: $262.00

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. Perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow, coral-fringed lagoon on the quiet northeastern coast of Zanzibar Island is your island dream.


Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe Lodge has been built using local materials and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Each of the 12 chalets has a private veranda with hammock and sofa to relax with spectacular views.

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.

Spend your days at Matemwe sitting poolside sipping on cocktails or have an afternoon nap in your hammock. Going for a snorkel or walking through Stone Town, days can be as action-packed or as relaxing as you desire. When you’re not out sampling the various cultural and aquatic activities you can enjoy some pampering at the spa.

Matemwe Beach is perfectly situated opposite Mnemba Atoll where you can dive or snorkel. Because the ocean is so calm a kayak is the perfect way to explore the rocky outcrops.

Matemwe is private and exclusive. The beach is still one of the quieter and more exclusive locations on the island. A 30-minute boat ride away is Mnemba Island with world-renowned coral reef that provides incredible diving and snorkelling. There is a good chance of seeing turtles and dolphins with colourful reef fish that dart around the coral.

Matemwe is just 60 minutes’ drive from Stone Town allowing for easy day trips. Discover the winding streets of this historic town where Freddy Mercury was born. Excursions to all corners of this fascinating island are possible from Matemwe.

Zanzibar is a stunning island, the birthplace of the famous singer Freddy Mercury and incredibly interesting from a cultural perspective.

Read our Country Information for advice on travel to Tanzania.

If you would like to combine your island experience with some time in the bush with your family then look at Jabali Ridge Private Retreat.

How to Get There

Fly In

Fly into Dar Es Salaam with Turkish Airlines, KLM or Emirates. On arrival you will be met and escorted to the domestic area where you will board a light aircraft for the 20 minute flight to Zanzibar Island.

On arrival you will be met and driven to Matemwe to begin your island holiday.

For assistance with accommodation and flights at Dar es Salaam please contact us, we will make sure you’re well looked after and your holiday is seamless.


Matemwe offers the following…

Escape to Infinity or Muyuni Trip (depending on the tides) – your family’s own private beach!

Matemwe Village Trip – visit a local school and play football with local children.

Safari Blue – a full day adventure on the ocean with swimming, snorkelling and more.

Reef walk – learn about the smaller, slimier sea creatures!

Mnarani Turtle Trip – learn about these endangered giants of the sea, and get up close and personal!

For Honeymoon couples…

Escape to Infinity or Muyuni Trip (depending on the tides) – your own private beach with a bottle of bubbly!

Catamaran sunset cruise – picture perfect sunset.

The Sea & Spice spa – a couple’s massage looking out over the Mnemba Atoll.

Stone Town Tour – discover the history and enjoy a romantic lunch in one of Stone Town’s fabulous roof top restaurants.

Snorkelling – explore the underwater world, just the two of you
thrill seekers.

Diving the Mnemba Atoll – try the wrecks for the ultimate adventure.

Kite surfing – give the latest high adrenalin sport a go.

Big Game Fishing – whether a novice or a pro you have a chance of catching a record breaker.

Water sports – try parasailing, jet skiing and more!

Kayaking – a gentle paddle or a strenuous adventure, it’s up to you.

Cultural Excursions…

Stone Town tour – Zanzibar is a melting pot of cultures.

Spice Tour – discover many of the alternative uses for Zanzibar’s famous spices.

Prison Island visit – step back in time as you walk amongst the ruins.

Swahili Cooking Class – learn how to recreate authentic Zanzibar dishes at home.

Matemwe Village Tour – a glimpse into local life in the village.

Rates By Season

Matemwe dates…

Matemwe is closed from 3 April to 31 May


1 – 31 July and 1 September to 31 October

Per person sharing $320-00

Single $448-00


1 – 5 January, 1 – 31 August and 20 – 31 December

Per person sharing $07-00

Single $569-00


6 January – 2 April, 1 – 30 June and 1 November to 19 December

Per person sharing $262-00

Single $327-00

Please contact us for childrens rates and accommodation options.

Weather & Best Times…

June to October are the cool months of Spring while December to February are hot and dry.


Includes / Excludes


  • Half board accommodation
  • Filtered drinking water
  • Guided reef walk
  • Guided village walk
  • Kayaking


  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Transfers
  • Massages
  • Gratuities
  • Domestic flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature