Fanjove Island


Fanjove Island

Fanjove Island is a spectacular private island retreat sitauted 20km off the coast of Tanzania. Offering private island luxury at affordable rates, it is one of Tanzania's standout beach retreats.

To reach Fanjove Island you first fly to Songosongo Island, 40 mins from Dar es Salaam, and then transfer by boat to Fanjove Private Island – if you are lucky, you will be accompanied by a pod of Bottle Nosed dolphins!

This is a unique island in many ways... nobody resides on Fanjove, except the staff and guests, ensuring you have the whole island to yourself!

Naturally, the island is a wildlife paradise with thousands of migrant birds, green turtles (which nest and lay their eggs on the beach), dolphins and humpback whales that pass through on their migration. For divers and snorkelers there is a spectacular 11km of intact coral reef to explore.


Fanjove Island offers six ‘Eco Bandas’, shaped in perfect harmony with the landscape. Each has an en-suite bathroom open to the sky for showers under the stars. The Bandas are spaced along the main beach to guarantee privacy and all enjoy uninterrupted views of the ocean. To make the most of these views the bandas are completely open at the front – a central door which works similarly to a lift bridge, is connected with a rope to a pulley.

Designed with the environment in mind, the bandas are powered by solar power. Guests are kindly asked to be aware of their water consumption – as fresh water is not found on the island it is shipped daily from the mainland.


Diving and snorkeling
Dolphin spotting
Bird watching (best from November to March)
Kayak safari
Dhow cruise
Fishing on Fanjove’s reef (catch and release basis).
Fanjove nature trail

Child Policy

Fanjove accommodates children aged 6 and over.

Responsible Tourism

The island has been rented from the nearby village of SongoSongo and a contribution of 3% of its income goes toward the development of the local community.

Special Offer

To mark their 30th anniversary, Selous Safari Company are offering low season rates throughout the year at each of their four properties - Siwandu, Jongomero, Ras Kutani and Fanjove Island. This represents a significant saving on their standard high season rates.

In addition, SSC are offering "stay... pay" offers across their portfolio:

Stay 4 nights, pay 3: Any camp or combination of camps; FOC allocated one per camp if special multiplied
Stay 7 nights, pay 5: Any combination of camps / maximum two camps
Stay 10 nights, pay 7: Any combination of camps

These specials are applicable throughout the year and apply at all Selous Safari Company properties, opening up the possibility of a fantastic southern Tanzania safari and luxury beach extension at a discounted rate. For more details, or for help designing an itinerary that accommodates the above-mentioned special offers, please contact us.