& Beyond Mnemba Island
&Beyond Mnemba Island lies off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar. Inhabited only by guests and staff the island is less than a mile in circumference. Mnemba Island is surrounded by an atoll of stunning coral reefs and has some of Africa’s most magnificent dive sites. The calm azure seas surrounding the island offer snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and permanent swimming directly from the beach.
Turtle season peaks between April and August (laying can occur year round) and they can be quietly observed laying their eggs on the beaches. Within nine weeks the beaches are filled with tiny turtle hatch lings. This exquisite private island, with its white coral beaches and spectacular reefs is well known as one of the most romantic ocean destinations in the world. The island offers a privacy and rustic exclusivity unparalleled on the African coastline
Mnemba Island offers rustic paradise where just 12 palm-frond bandas are tucked into a tropical forest. A covered walkway leads to a shuttered en-suite bathroom and glass-beaded shower curtain. Built-in barazas on the deck are absolutely perfect for afternoon siestas. Twelve private beach salas feature traditional Zanzibari loungers that are great with a book or just to soak up the sun. Bandas also have a table, ceiling fan, personal bar, two day beds and a shower.
Guests enjoy thatched dining with beautiful open views of the beach and spectacular vistas of Zanzibar beyond. Baskets of fresh fruit, fish, lobsters, crabs and prawns sail into Mnemba daily on traditional ngalawa outriggers. Lunch is often served on large wooden carved Zanzibari platters heaped with delicious mezze. Romantic candlelit dinners can be served on the beach with waves lapping gently at guests’ feet. Private beach picnics can also be arranged.
Read our Country Information for advice on travel to Tanzania.
If you are looking for an exclusive luxury lodge in the Okavango Delta then book at Belmond Khwai River Lodge.
Mnemba Island is an important conservation area, read more about your island paradise on the Tanzania Tourist Board website.