Matemwe Lodge offers exclusive Zanzibari eco-chic. This gorgeously stylish yet rustic beach resort on the Indian Ocean is one of our absolute favourites. It is one of the most expensive of the ‘rustic luxury’ lodges on the island, but not as pricey as the more hotel-like properties.
You’re sitting on your veranda by the ocean pondering your next move – a refreshing swim in the infinity pool, a spot of lunch on the terrace, perhaps some watersports or maybe a soothing massage at the spa? This is the essence of Matemwe Lodge: good quality relaxed coastal living.
A low-key, friendly atmosphere pervades this lodge run by Asilia Africa. There’s an open-air lounge set directly on the sand, a beach bar and large dining terrace beneath a reed awning, all with ocean views. The spa is open every day and offers a wide choice of massages, body therapies and beauty treatments. The infinity pool is hard to resist, and water flows into the lower, partially shaded pool, ideal for cooler dips. You’ll find a pool a must in Zanzibar, as the tide recedes quite a long way at low tide.
Water babies are in their element with kayaks offered free of charge, and sailing, sunset cruises and more available. If you are keen on diving or snorkelling, the lodge is only about a 30 minutes boat ride to the coral reef by Mnemba Island, offering some spectacular underwater sights.
In addition staff can arrange a number of island excursions including spice tours and visits to Jozani Forest, or you may prefer to stroll to Matemwe village and sample local life.
All this, plus it’s good to note that Matemwe Lodge is the least expensive of the three Asilia Africa properties here, Matemwe Villas and Matemwe Retreat being the other two which offer a more pampered and personal version of the lodge.
Times to Go
Sun lovers will prefer the dry season (June – October and January and February), though the short and lighter rains of November and December have only a small impact. We should also mention that this coastline can be affected by seaweed between about September and November, but then you have a great choice of pools for if this happens.
Matemwe Lodge highlights
- Charming rustic thatched cottages
- Ocean views from your veranda
- Easy access to some of Zanzibar’s best diving/snorkelling
- Away from the crowds
- Spa treatments
Matemwe Lodge location
- 12 chalets
- Open June till April
- Children aged 5+ are welcome
- 2 Swimming pools
- Watersports centre
- Free Wi-Fi
all optional unless otherwise stated
- Swimming (free)
- Low tide reef walk (1 free per stay)
- Visiting Matemwe village
- Kayaking (free)
- Stone Town visit
- Big game fishing
- Dhow cruise
- Various island excursions
Matemwe Lodge rooms
Standard lodge rooms
The 12 cottages are in the gardens, and all face the sea and have a veranda with a hammock. Rooms are supplied with fans, mosquito net and safe, and all are en-suite with toilet, both a bath and shower, plus a range of toiletries. There is 24-hour room service.
The original buildings have 1-storey of accommodation including a corner sitting area with 2 couches, plus a veranda with a sofa as well as a hammock. 2 of these chalets have plunge pools with loungers and parasols.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Matemwe Lodge is owned by Asilia who work with the Kamitei Foundation providing funding for facilities and teaching aids for Kigomani Primary School on Zanzibar and scholarships for its students, promoting education as a means of escaping poverty.
Quite a lot of the furniture is made from driftwood, and hot water and electricity is provided by solar power.”
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.