If ever you’ve wanted to stay on a private island, this might be your chance. Fanjove lodge has just 6 rooms, that’s it – the only other people on the island are staff. Barefoot simplicity is the essence of the lodge. Don’t come expecting 5 star luxury, but do come expecting an idyllic beach break, far away from it all.
Just 6 A-frame thatched bandas on the beach make up Fanjove Island Lodge. Everything about this island is geared towards relaxation and getting away from it all in beautiful, tropical island surroundings. It’s simple and rustic. There is no over the top, out of place luxury here – just simple and honest accommodation, all in keeping with the desert island appeal of Fanjove. Robinson Crusoe may spring to mind. It’s very open air and outdoorsy, in fact you arrive here from Songo Songo island by boat. So Fanjove may not be for everyone, but we love it.
Wander along the beach to the only other building – a deserted crumbling lighthouse, the subject of many photographs. People come here to relax, but there is also 11km of coral reef to explore whether you are a keen diver or prefer to snorkel. The island attracts a healthy bird population too particularly November to March. The beauty of this island escape is that you are surrounded by nature, on land and in the ocean, there are no crowds to share it with – we think it’s a little piece of paradise.
Times to Go
Fanjove closes each year for the long rains in April and May. The trade winds tend to affect the island mostly from about mid-June to the start of September. Outside of these times the sea is quite calm, with little current.
If you’re keen on birds, come around December to March, though migratory species start to arrive in about September.
Turtles (mostly green and oxbill) lay their eggs on the beach from about mid-February to May and they hatch from about April to June.
Diving is best from about October/November (after the winds calm) to around the end of May (before the winds begin again)
Humpback whales are often seen around this area around mid-June to September.
Fanjove Lodge highlights
- Rustic chalet on a secluded private island
- Snorkel the coral reefs
- Superb marine life
- Relaxation and privacy
Fanjove Lodge location
- 6 rooms
- Closed April – May
- Children aged 6+ welcome
- Deserted beach
- Deserted Ocean
- Deserted paradise
- Diving (optional)
- Dolphin excursions (optional)
- Sand bank excursion (optional)
- Dhow sailing
- Nature trail
Fanjove Lodge rooms
The simple A-frame bandas are made of sustainable wood and thatch and are connected to the main area via sandy pathways.
The views are exquisite; just vegetation, beach and sea.
The bandas are delightfully simple and uncluttered inside.
A large double bed, draped in a mozzie net takes central stage, there are also comfy chairs, a small desk and a lockbox for your valuables.
To the rear is the bathroom, with a large rain shower and flush toilet.
Up a steep set of stairs (more akin to a ladder) is a mezzanine floor with a mattress and stunning views of the ocean.
There are doors and windows that can be opened or closed to control the flowing breezes as you wish.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Fanjove Island Lodge keeps their impact on the ecosystem as low as possible making heavy use of solar power and recycling of both waste water and rubbish where possible (and educating the inhabitants of Songo Songo about the importance of this). They have a policy of buying locally to support the local economy and also minimise fossil fuel consumption with transportation. They also help Seasense protect and take data about the turtles.
The lodge also pays to protect the reef and stop illegal fishing which damages the coral.
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.