Pemba’s first eco lodge on secluded Shamiani Island is a peaceful heaven for nature lovers and a perfect get-away if you are seeking for privacy.
Pemba Lodge in Pemba Island
Pemba Lodge is a secluded and peaceful heaven for nature lovers, situated on Shamiani Island, South East of Pemba. As Pemba’s first eco lodge, it is designed and operated following a low-impact, sustainable tourism philosophy. It consists of just five spacious, rustic bungalows, all built with natural, locally sourced materials. The furniture are crafted from reclaimed dhow and ngalawa (outrigger canoe) wood.
Based on a small island offshore of Pemba the Lodge is the perfect get-away if you are seeking privacy combined with lush green nature. The 5 spacious, rustic and comfortable bungalows are all facing the beach and are raised on stilts to keep the bungalows cool. The warm and personalized service of Pemba Lodge will make it hard for you to leave once you have come to value the tranquility and friendliness of the place.
Full-board dining is included in your fare in order for you to fully concentrate on their delicious cuisine consisting of Swahili inspired meals with freshly caught fish which can be enjoyed in their dining area overlooking the bay. Indulge in a Swahili massage, relax in their spacious lounge area or the picture perfect beach where the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean awaits you.
Each bungalow has a large verandah facing the beach, a double bed with mosquito net, private bathroom with rain water shower, state-of-the-art compost toilet and solar powered lights. The bungalows are ca. 40m apart from each other to ensure privacy.
Pemba is one of the two major islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago about 50km north of the Tanzanian coast. Tourists usually visit the Unguja island which many times is referred to as “Zanzibar”. Pemba is known for its aromatic clove plantations, hills, strong indigenous culture and has remained fairly untouched by mass tourism. Pemba Lodge is situated on Shamiani Island which can be reached by a short boat transfer organized by the lodge. The small port on Pemba can be reached by a 45-minute drive from Pemba airport.
The rates include:
- Rom as booked
- Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Boat transfer
The rates don’t include:
- Transfer from airport to the boat terminal
Amenities free and paid
- Non-smoking bungalows
- Laundry (additional charge)
- WiFi in public areas
- Spa / Massage & beauty treatments (additional charge)
- Sun umbrellas / chairs
- Private beach access
- Snack bar
- Breakfast in the room
- Restaurant (buffet)
Are you travelling with children?
We love children and are happy about welcoming children at the hotel. Unfortunately our online reservation system is not yet fully ready to calculate child rates correctly. We are working on this.
So when you proceed with the reservation, you will currently only see adult rates displayed and calculated.
But don’t worry! We will manually review any reservation and will adjust the rate. You will hear from us shortly after your reservation. You will only pay the hotel’s child rate for your children.
Child policy of this hotel:
Children aged 0-3 years are free of charge.
Children aged 4 years and older pay full adult rate. Please choose “adult” in the online reservation in case of a child aged 4 or older.
The policy of this hotel in case of cancellation or no show is:
● Between 30 – 25 days before arrival: 25% of charged rate
● Between 14 – 8 days before arrival: 50% of charged rate
● Less than 72 hours before arrival: 100% of charged rate
Additionally, zanzibar.eco as a platform provider charges 30 EUR processing fee for each cancellation.
Ecological & Social Footprint
Pemba Lodge harvests rainwater which provides 80% of the overall water consumption and only the drinking water is sourced additionally. The entire lodge is run on 100% solar energy which also guarantees hot water showers. The compost toilets produce fertile byproducts which can then be used for gardening. Waste is separated and food waste is composted on the grounds.
The bungalows and the lodge were built with a high percentage of natural material such as wood and palm thatched roofs and the furniture is made of recycled dhow boat wood. They source fruit and vegetables from organically grown produces which have been cultivated without chemical additives.
Pemba Lodge supports and funds several projects on Shamiani island such as the building and renovation of classrooms of the local school, water equipment/wells for the local community or the sponsoring of students and their college fees. The beach of Pemba Lodge is an important breeding ground for the Hawksbill and Green Turtle for which the lodge creates a financial incentive for villagers if the eggs are monitored and the turtles hatch successfully. Additionally, the Lodge funds several environmental and marine projects around the island and supports also the Uzi Island Sea Turtle sanctuary.
Things To Do
We have a cozy bar, a selection of books and games, and also offer massages and beauty treatments. A range of activities is available, from spectacular snorkeling, kayaking and fishing to bird watching, nature trails and reef walks. Scuba diving can be arranged through a certified dive center on the main island of Pemba; please let us know in advance so that we can organize it for you. The boat launch to Shamiani Island is located 45 minutes from Pemba Airport and 30 minutes from Pemba’s main port at Mkoani (Price 50 US$ per car). A traditional dhow brings guests from there to Pemba Lodge; this trip takes 15 – 30 minutes, depending on the tides, and is included in the room rate.