Lodges

Matemwe Beach House

A private home in an island paradise

Matemwe Beach House

For a private slice of the pristine Zanzibari coastline, Matemwe Beach House is just the ticket. Situated on the quieter north-eastern coast of the island, the 3 roomed house is the perfect hideaway for groups and families and with the white sands of Matemwe Beach literally a stone’s throw away from the private swimming pool, the location couldn’t be better. Throw in panoramic views of the endless sapphire waters and Mnemba Atoll, fresh seafood delivered daily, a private butler and a healthy dose of sunshine and this is exclusive beach living at its finest.

At the lodge

The hotel

For ultimate privacy, the house is completely enclosed in its own bougainvillea-filled garden with direct access to the beach through a small gate. Inside, there’s a spacious open-plan living and dining area looking out to the sun-drenched deck and swimming pool and the splendid beach vistas beyond. A private chef and butler will happily cater for your every need, but if you fancy a change, the main lodge with pool, spa and restaurant is a short stroll along the beach.

The rooms

There are 2 double bedrooms on the ground floor of the house (one is ensuite) and a mezzanine-level with twin beds at the top of a ladder-like staircase, for nimble young limbs! The rooms are organic and stylish with a hint of Zanzibari-chic; think white walls, dark furniture and splashes of bright fabrics and coconut shell details. Stone walls make even the hottest of days feel pleasantly cool inside, but mobile air-conditioning can also be arranged.

On safari

Experiences

Matemwe really is a watersports paradise, and with an activity centre next door to the house, kayaking, snorkelling, fishing, sailing and diving are all easily arranged. You don’t have to limit yourself to the sea, however – visit Stone Town for a dose of Swahili culture, walk to the nearby village or discover new beaches by bicycle. And of course, there’s always a hammock and a good book or a massage to keep you busy.

When to go

Zanzibar by month

January

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are reasonably hot, with little rainfall at this time of year.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

February

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are reasonably hot, with little rainfall at this time of year.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

March

Season: Wet
  • The weather is not good over this period with high temperatures and plenty of rain, often in the form of storms.
  • Diving is not ideal during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and windy, with rainfall continually falling over this period.
  • Diving is not idea during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

May

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high and windy, with rainfall continually falling over this period.
  • Diving is not ideal during this month, with water clarity dropping because of the weather.

June

Season: Dry
  • At the end of the wet season, temperatures are cooler, wind can still be strong with sporadic rainfall across the month.
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Be aware that many local restaurants and stores close during the period of Ramadan.

July

Season: Dry
  • Diving is is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • Be aware that many local restaurants and stores close during the period of Ramadan.

August

Season: Dry
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.

September

Season: Dry
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • There is the possibility of whale watching, as an added bonus during this time of year.
  • Diving is decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.

October

Season: Dry
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.
  • Weather is more consistent over this period with cooler temperatures, little wind and low rainfall.
  • There is the possibility of whale watching, as an added bonus during this time of year.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot with the arrival of the summer rains and wind.
  • If you are a keen fisherman, billfish fishing season kicks off.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • The ideal month for exploring the coral reefs and exotic fish with water clarity of 25 meters or more.

December

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are hot with the arrival of the summer rains and wind.
  • This is the best time to swim with the mighty whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
  • Diving is not at its best but decent during this month, as long as weather doesn't pick-up.

Wildlife


In the gin-clear ocean around Zanzibar, marvel at bright corals with over 450 species of tropical fish, octopus, stingrays, moray eels, green turtles, hawksbill turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, and if you are very lucky: whales sharks and manta rays. In the coastal forests, spot the colobus and Sykes monkeys, bush babies, more than 50 species of butterfly, as well as brilliant bird species.

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