Tanzania Coast, Tanzania
At a Glance
A six-bedroom private villa overlooking the Indian Ocean - the perfect family retreat
The unspoiled stretch of Ushongo Beach is just 20 meters from the villa
Each room has views towards the ocean, and direct access to either the gardens or first-floor terrace
A superb team made up of a butler, private chef and housekeeping staff ensure each guest's stay is customized and memorable
Nearby Zanzibar is easily accessed for a day trip, as is Saadani National Park, for a day spent wildlife spotting
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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, but even then it does not rain every day. Mawimbi Villa is not available for hire during May.
To start planning your vacation to Mawimbi Villa
Mawimbi Villa is an exclusive-use serviced villa on Tanzania's east coast. With fantastic Indian Ocean views, and direct beach access, the villa makes for the ideal family hideaway, perfect for watersports, or simply sitting back and relaxing.
Located on Ushongo Beach, 16km south of Pangani, Mawimbi Villa is an idyllic retreat tucked away on the eastern coast of Tanzania. A two-storey villa sleeping up to 12 guests, this private villa offers a secluded space for families or groups of friends to relax and enjoy each other's company.
The six bedrooms at Mawimbi Villa each face the Indian Ocean, offering beautiful sea views, ensuring each guest can appreciate the villa's proximity to the water. With a modern coastal décor, Mawimbi Villa is comfortable and stylish, and the locally-crafted furnishings and artwork mean the house blends perfectly with its natural surroundings. Guest rooms are bright and airy, thanks to muted colors and natural tones throughout, and each opens directly onto the gardens or first-floor terrace for easy access to the fresh sea air.
Mawimbi Villa has a large open-plan kitchen, which guests are welcome to use, however there is a dedicated private chef on hand to create delicious meals using fresh, local ingredients. Dishes are customized according to guests' tastes, and can be served in any of the three comfortable dining areas the villa has to offer. The team at Mawimbi Villa also includes a butler and housekeeping staff, who are on hand to help tailor each guest's stay to suit their personal needs and requirements.
Within the landscaped gardens of Mawimbi Villa lies a saltwater pool, and just 20 meters away are the white sands of Ushongo Beach. Serene and unspoiled, this is the perfect place to relax and truly unwind, looking out over the tranquil Indian Ocean. For those looking to stay active, there is a range of watersports available on the beach, from kayaking to paddleboard and snorkeling, as well as scuba diving at Maziwe Island Marine Reserve. Try your hand at dhow sailing, or even visit Zanzibar island by boat! For an unforgettable experience, guests can visit a nearby beach with expert guides to watch turtles hatching, a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
There are six bedrooms at Mawimbi Villa, sleeping a maximum of 12 guests. Rooms are decorated in natural tones, designed to complement the beach, garden, and the surrounding area. Each ground floor room has outdoor access, and the first floor rooms all lead out to the terrace. All rooms offer views towards the Indian Ocean, and are comfortable, light and airy. Some provide en-suite facilities.
Children are more than welcome at Mawimbi Villa. A secure family space, one of the bedrooms contains bunk beds, perfect for two children.
Mawimbi Villa is serviced by a private chef, butler and host, who all work to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible, and aim to tailor your stay to your requirements.
Meals at Mawimbi Villa are tailored around guests' preferences. Menus are created according to personal tastes, and are served when and where guests wish, in one of the three dining areas or packaged up for a picnic. Fish and seafood is caught nearby by local fisherman, and the fruit and vegetables are locally-grown. Raw juices, smoothies and cocktails are all on offer, as well as a fine selection of wines and spirits.
Mawimbi Villa has its own 12-meter saltwater pool within its gardens. On the beach, guests can try a variety of watersports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing. Visit the village of Pangani for a cultural walking tour, or even a nearby beach to watch baby turtles hatching. Take a boat over to Zanzibar island for a day trip, or head to Saadani National Park, just 50km away, for a day spent spotting elephant, giraffe and even whale and dolphin.
Location & directions
Tanzania Coast, Tanzania
Mawimbi Villa is located on Ushongo Beach, 16km south of Pangani on the east coast of Tanzania.
How to get there
8.5 hour international flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi and then a short flight to Dar es Salaam. Mawimbi Villa has its own airstrip, accessible by light aircraft from Dar er Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar airports, as well as the main Tanzanian safari destinations.