Matemwe Lodge
Matemwe Lodge Infinity Pool Matemwe Lodge Guest Room
Matemwe Lodge Infinity Pool
Matemwe Lodge Guest Room

Matemwe Lodge

Vibrant yet relaxed Matemwe, one of the first lodges in Zanzibar, has perfected the tropical island experience. Perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow coral fringed lagoon on the quieter northeast coast of Zanzibar, Matemwe’s peaceful location and famed relaxed atmosphere, makes it the ideal place to unwind.




Guests quickly ease into the laid-back rhythm of island life, planning their day around the tides and their mood. The relaxed daily routines of Matemwe’s guests include enjoying fresh seafood, poolside cocktails, massages or simply hanging out in a hammock. The lodge has plenty on offer for the more active with superb diving and snorkeling off the renowned Mnembe Atoll; a highlight for many.

Need to Know

Matemwe is just 60 minutes drive from Stone Town, allowing for easy day trips and excursions to all corners of this fascinating island.

Closest airstrip: Zanzibar

1 hr 15 min drive

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

One of the main attractions of Matemwe is the world class diving at Mnemba Atoll. This area of ocean offers some of the best snorkeling and diving possible off Zanzibar, with a high chance of seeing turtles and wild dolphins in addition to the diverse and colourful coral reef fish. Here guests are afforded many activities that allow them to get close to local marine life. At low tide the sea goes right out making the lagoon too shallow for swimming but it does reveal a fascinating reef which you can explore for hours.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Snorkelling & diving (additional cost)

Reef walk

Village visit

Ngalawa sailing trip (additional cost)


Spa (at main lodge; additional cost)


The open-air restaurant sits just above the sea and has a tranquil lounge area with beautiful views of the palm fringed beach and gently rocking dhows. Seafood is the specialty of the house, with all produce bought daily from the local markets.Matemwe has a multi-level swimming pool surrounded with lounge chairs overlooking the ocean. Freshly mixed cocktails are served at the poolside bar.Located at Matemwe Main Lodge, and set on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean and Mnemba Atoll, the Sea and Spice Spa offers international standard treatments which take their inspiration from the Spice Island and African continent.


Built from local materials and surrounded by beautiful lush gardens, each of the 12 spacious suites has a private veranda with a hammock and sofa and expansive views of the Indian Ocean with its constantly changing hues of blue.The large bathrooms have both a deep bathtub and walk-in shower and all beds are enclosed by mosquito nets.

12 chalets (6 doubles and 6 twins/triples)

• Children: 5 years & above

• Private plunge pool at 2 of the chalets

• Two communal swimming pools

• Wifi (service is variable!)


Closes for the months of April and May

Average StayAverage Stay

3 - 4 nights

Bed & Breakfast, Half Board & Full Board

options available

All options include tea, coffee, and

filtered drinking water.

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children below 6 years are not allowed unless the lodge is booked exclusively

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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