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Matemwe Lodge

Beach front luxury, coral reefs and water sports

Matemwe Lodge

Situated on Zanzibar’s beautiful north east coastline, Matemwe Beach Lodge is the perfect destination for holiday goers looking for crystal waters, relaxation and sun (June to March). One of the original lodgings in the area, it offers affordable luxury and unspoiled views of the Indian Ocean’s sapphire waters and Mnemba Island. With swinging hammocks and colourful cocktails, swaying palm trees, vibrant coral reefs, rich marine life, water sports, fresh seafood and perfect weather, it’s an unparalleled African beach paradise. A slice of heaven on African earth.

At the lodge

The hotel

In keeping with the Island lifestyle, the main lodge has a relaxed but vibrant feel. Arriving through the doors, the welcome desk is adjacent to the adventure sport booking centre, organising mind-blowing adventures for all tastes and ages. Continue your explorations and find a multi-level swimming pool with a poolside bar and an open air restaurant that serves up wholesome island flavours, keeping you refreshed and satisfied. If you are here to chill - make for the tranquil Moroccan style lounge area with big cushions and comfortable furniture, the inviting hammocks, or the beauty spa.

The rooms

Matemwe Lodge has twelve luxurious stone walled beach bungalows. They are en-suite and perfect for honeymooners, friends or families, depending on your specifications and needs. Some have a private pool, while others are double storey with extra space for families and triples traveling together. There’s something for everyone. The bungalows are evenly distributed along the beachfront with incredible views over the gin clear waters stretching all the way across to the mesmerising Mnemba Island. You can't help but rise and shine with every morning.

On safari

Experiences

Activities at Matemwe are mostly aquatic and as such are governed by the tides. Guests can partake in snorkeling, diving, canoeing, guided reef walks, kite surfing, deep sea fishing, scenic kayak tours along the reef, boating and dhow (traditional sailing) trips. There are also land based trips to explore the island’s ancient history, Jozani forest and exotic spice trade. If all that has you exhausted, there’s always a rejuvenating treatment on hand at the lodge’s spa. Go on, you know you want to.

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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