Matemwe Lodge lies opposite the Mnemba Atoll – a world-famous reef for snorkeling and diving. The lodge offers 12 pinturesque ocean view chalets.
Matemwe Lodge in Matemwe
The Matemwe Lodge offers 12 chalets with a private ocean view veranda situated on the edge of a picturesque lagoon where the water reaches right to the lodge at high tide. The chalets are surrounded by a lush tropical garden which offers you quiet corners and various guest areas where you can relax and watch fishermen sail their dhow.
Take a break in a hammock, plunge in the multilevel swimming pool, savor a massage in the Spa and enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the poolside bar. The ocean-view open-air restaurant offers you a great variety of seafood in a mixture of gourmet-style cooking and Zanzibari cuisine. Look forward to your daily three-course menu for lunch and dinner and barbecue nights and Swahili buffets on selected days of the week.
Matemwe is a small and traditional fishermen village 75min from the airport on the northeastern coast of Zanzibar.
The rates include:
- Room as booked
- Half board (breakfast & dinner)
- Tea, coffee, drinking water
- Guided walks to the reef and guided cultural visits
- Conservation Fee
The rates don’t include:
- Lunch and drinks not mentioned in “the rates include” section
Included and paid Amenities
- Library / book exchange
- Free parking
- Swimming pool
- Gift shop
- Laundry (additional charge)
- Free WiFi
- Spa and massage (additional charge)
- Non-smoking rooms
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 0-4 years are not allowed unless the Lodge is booked exclusively.
Children aged 5-18 years pay 50% of full adult rate, and aged 19 years and older pay full adult rate.
Children aged under 12 years always have to share a room with an adult.
Children applicable fees will be added to the room rates.
The policy of this hotel in case of cancellation or no show is:
● Until 61 days before arrival: 10% of the charged rate
● Between 60 – 31 days before arrival: 50% of the charged rate
● 30 days or less before arrival: 100% of the charged rate
● Refunds are not possible in case of late arrival or no show.
Additionally, zanzibar.eco as a platform provider charges 30 USD processing fee for each cancellation.
Ecological & Social footprint
The Matemwe Lodge uses solar water heating and reuses grey water for their garden. Plastic bottles are avoided whenever possible therefore guests are offered water jugs and flasks for drinking water which they can refill. Waste is separated and recycled and a private waste management company paid by Matemwe Lodge cleans the village and the beach on a daily basis.
Matemwe Lodge has a long-lasting tradition of being an integral part of the community of Matemwe as they work in close collaboration with the villagers and the school’s headmaster. They provide filtered water to the village, donate on a yearly basis school necessities such as uniforms and desks and built a community centre as well as a 7-bedroom house for doctors and teachers.
The staff’s majority consists of villagers from Matemwe to whom there is always given preference. The Lodge offers to their staff a renowned three-year online training program in hospitality which concludes with a certificate. 5 Dollars per night and person is used to fund the Asilia Giving foundation which supports numerous conservation and education programs throughout Africa.
Matemwe Lodge itself plays an active role in the conservation of sea turtles as they relocate the nests to their beach and have them protected until they can hatch safely. For turtles who are too weak and small they work together with a turtle sanctuary to monitor them until they can be released.
The Lodge does not buy any net or spear-caught fish but only that caught on lines and they organize environmental education programs in the school.
Things To Do
Matemwe Lodge lies opposite the Mnemba Atoll – a world-famous reef for snorkeling and diving with high chances of spotting dolphins and turtles. Other activities which are offered are kite-surfing, guided reef walks, kayaking on the reef, traditional sailing and fishing excursions, dhow sailing trips, sand-bank excursions and many trips on the rest of the island.