Matemwe Lodge

  • Small and luxurious boutique beach lodge
  • Beautiful setting on a coral cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean
  • Twelve spacious suites with private balconies
  • Two swimming pools and a very good open-air restaurant
  • Snorkelling, diving, big-game fishing, bicycle-hire all available
"With waves crashing up against the coral wall in front of the rooms, there is something about this wild location that works for some but can be a train crash for others. The views out to Mnemba, however, are superb."


Matemwe Lodge is one of our favourite hotels on the island. We think it is a superb lodge and thoroughly recommend it.


Matemwe Lodge, previously called Matemwe Bungalows, is located on the north-east tip of Zanzibar, about one hour’s drive from Stone Town and the airport.


All 12 suites are very spacious, with huge beds and lounge areas complemented by private balconies that look out onto the Indian Ocean. The main area has a gorgeous outlook towards the beach and across to Mnemba Island. There are two small swimming pools set just beside the bar, and an open-air restaurant that serves delicious Zanzibari and Western cuisine.


  • The lodge is situated on a coral cliff, overlooking a beautiful powder beach that runs down to the village of Matemwe. It is a dramatic, exposed location where the waves crash in against the coral wall at high tide.
  • The location is perfect for snorkelling trips out to Mnemba Island – the best snorkelling on Zanzibar.
  • The hotel also uses the dive facilities of a nearby beach resort for diving trips and other activities.


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