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Matemwe Retreat Lodge

Location: Zanzibar Safaris

Matemwe Lodge (formerly known as Matemwe Bungalows), lies perched on a coral rock, surrounded by fantastic beaches and right opposite the Mnemba Atoll, which offers spectacular diving and snorkeling. Matemwe Lodge offers friendly staff, a relaxed atmosphere, lush tropical gardens, fine white sand, intimate swimming pools, massages and magnificent fresh seafood.


  • Kichwele Forest Reserve 16.7 km
  • Indian ocean Sea/ocean 0.4 km
  • Abeid Amani Karume International Airport 40.7 km

Amenities at Matemwe Retreat Lodge, Zanzibar Safaris

  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Packed lunches
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Laundry

Villas at Matemwe Retreat Lodge, Zanzibar Safaris

Matemwe Retreat consists of 4 fabulous, separate and private villas, full of atmosphere, inspiration and personal touches.

Each ground floor of each villa (150 m2 including verandahs) features a private cocktail bar, an air-conditioned bedroom, WiFi, a bathroom with double basins, shower and large romantic bathtub overlooking the Indian Ocean.

The best part of each villa is the plunge pool on the private roof terrace (60 m2) complete with sun and shade decks

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What to do at Matemwe Retreat Lodge, Zanzibar Safaris

  • Matemwe Retreat is a perfect place for relaxation as well as water activities. When staying here, ocean trips with snorkeling equipment can be easily arranged for you. You can sail or motor out to the local reef and discover the little island of Mnemba Atoll – right opposite Matemwe Retreat.
  • Diving trips can also be organized for you with a professional diving center and you can discover the breathtaking underwater world of the Indian Ocean. You can also snorkel straight from the beach or during reef walks.
  • Kayaks are available to explore the crystal-clear sea.
  • Local snorkeling/diving sites are suitable for all levels of experience, from beginners to experienced divers. Variety is the key word on the reefs around Matemwe: soft and hard corals, sponges and anemones abound, and you will be amazed by the sheer range of fish species in these waters. You might find dolphins in the water that come close to your boat to show off or – for the lucky ones – even spot a whale passing by the reef (best chance for whales in the period August – October).
  • Visits to the neighboring village can be arranged for those who want to explore the local Zanzibar culture and village life and for those who wish to learn about the community projects that Matemwe is involved in.
  • From Matemwe Retreat, day-trips can be arranged to the historic centre of Stone Town, Jozani Forest or Prison Island. Management can also organize a Spice Tour for you, a highly interesting way to learn about the great variety of spices that the island is famous for – and who knows: maybe you will be inspired to cook some Zanzibari dishes yourself when you get home!