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Matemwe Bungalows

Matemwe, East Coast Zanzibar, Tanzania

Matemwe Bungalows is perched on a coral rock, surrounded by stunning beaches and warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. It lies opposite the Mnemba Atoll which offers spectacular diving and snorkeling. With only 12 suites, it is small and intimate.

At a Glance

  • Fantastic fresh seafood served daily

  • Watch the fishermen pulling up their dhows onto Matemwe Beach

  • Large bungalows on the cliff edge with amazing sea views

  • Two swimming pools to relax by

  • Dive on the Mnemba Atoll just opposite the hotel

Eco/ethical tourism, Fishing, Beach, Diving

Insider's View

Head into Stone Town one afternoon to enjoy wandering through the narrow streets and marvelling and the intricate architecture.

Camilla Whitworth

Insider's View

Relax on Matemwe's lovely powder sand beach or take a dip in the ocean!

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Matemwe Bungalows has a stunning setting, on low coral cliffs at the end of one the best beaches in Zanzibar. This laid-back, friendly lodge has a relaxed, unpretentious feel and comprises 12 thatched bungalow suites all overlooking the Indian Ocean. Outsized bathtubs, private verandas (all with a hammock) and warm sea breezes add to the chilled out atmosphere.

Seafood is, understandably, a specialty, a delicate mix of African and European flavors, and the new Sail Bar is an excellent place to round off the day with a cocktail under the stars. The lodge is just a few minutes by boat from the superb diving and snorkeling reefs at Mnemba Atoll and is a perfect place to unwind.

The north east part of Zanzibar Island is known as Matemwe. This area is famous for its fine white sand beaches, the contrasting colors of the Indian Ocean and the beauty of the coral reef around the Mnemba Island. Matemwe borders a small fishing village where local fisherman set out on a daily basis in their traditional dhows passing close to Matemwe.

The stretch of perfect beach alongside the lodge is shared only with the fishing village, which is situated on the far side of the soft sand. There are not many beaches in Zanzibar still featuring only one resort; care has been given to ensure privacy and exclusivity through out the resort.

Matemwe is just 60 minutes drive from Stone Town, allowing for easy day trips and excursions to the many different and varied interesting places on offer in Zanzibar.


The lodge consists of 12 beautiful bungalows, built from local materials and surrounded by lush garden. Each suite has a private veranda with a hammock and couch, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The bathroom is large and has a deep bathtub and walk-in shower. All rooms are equipped with a large mosquito net.

Matemwe Suites

The five Matamwe bungalow suites have one double bed and an additional single bed under the stairs. There is also a cot for young children. These bungalows are ideal for couples and families alike. They are en-suite and have a private verandah with sea views.

Standard Room

Then there are seventeen standard rooms at the guesthouse, all of which are en suite. Seven of these are on the front row and are set back a little from the beach for privacy. The other 10 rooms are further back from the beach and offer a glimpse of the sea and a cool breeze though the night.

Asali Suite

Ideal honeymoon suite with one double bed and separated from the main lodge for privacy. It has its own plunge pool and two dedicated staff to cater to your every need.


Although there are not specific childcare facilities, children are most welcome to come and stay at Matemwe Bungalows. Menus and meal times can easily be tailored to suit the younger guests. Babysitting can also be arranged for those that require it.


Matemwe has a multi-level inviting swimming pool surrounded with comfortable lounge chairs overlooking the ocean, providing the perfect setting to relax with a good book. Tempting freshly mixed cocktails are served at the poolside bar.


Local snorkeling and diving sites are suitable for all levels of experience, from beginners to experienced divers. Guests can snorkel straight from the beach or during reef walks and kayaks are available to explore the crystal clear sea.

From Matemwe, day-trips can be arranged to the historic center of Stone Town, Jozani Forest or Prison Island, or a Spice Tour to learn about the great variety of spices that the island is famous for.

Location & Directions

Matemwe, East Coast Zanzibar, Tanzania

Matemwe lies perched on a coral rock, surrounded by beaches and right opposite the Mnemba Atoll, which offers spectacular diving and snorkeling. The north east part of Zanzibar Island is known as Matemwe, just a 60 minutes drive from Stone Town.

When to go

Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.

There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.

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