Matemwe Bungalows


Matemwe Bungalows

Matemwe Bungalows (now Matemwe Lodge) occupies a wonderful location on the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar, on a high coral cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean and, in the distance, Mnemba Island.

Matemwe Bungalows (or Matemwe Lodge, as it is now called), enjoys a peaceful perch on a coral cliff on the north-east coast of Zanzibar, from where it overlooks a beautiful stretch of white sand beach directly opposite the Mnemba Atoll. It's a wonderfully dramatic location for what is otherwise a fairly simple, unassuming beach lodge.

Matemwe Bungalows consists of just twelve guest rooms, an open-air restaurant overlooking the sea and a laidback lounge and bar. The lodge also has two swimming pools (one of them a beautiful infinity pool) with deck chairs, and a poolside bar where refreshing cocktails are daily whipped up.

It's the location that makes Matemwe Bungalows special. Its high vantage point allows for wonderful views—of the ocean, of traditional dhow and ngalawa boats sailing by, and, in the distance, of Mnemba Island—while the beach directly below it is one of Zanzibar's finest. Matemwe Bungalows' location on the north-east corner of the island also grants it a degree of peace and quiet not apparent on some other corners of the island, where much larger and busier resorts preside. Matemwe Bungalows shares its beach with other, similarly small and rustic beach retreats, such as the lovely Matemwe Beach Village.

The pleasant atmosphere, rustic accommodation, lovely gardens, and ideal location make Matemwe Bungalows one of our favourite of Zanzibar's small beach retreats.

Matemwe Bungalows is the sister lodge to the more upmarket and exclusive Matemwe Retreat.


Matemwe Bungalows is small and intimate, with just twelve guest rooms set in stone and thatch chalets. The rooms are furnished with large double beds and bright, Zanzibari fabrics. They differ only in size. Six are single-level bungalows, while six newer units are built on two levels and feature an additional double bed on the mezzanine level. The older, single level units have the advantage of being a bit more private (they are located further apart), and of having a private verandah area with hammock. The bathrooms are generously sized and feature standalone bathtubs and separate showers.


Matemwe is typically booked full-board. Breakfast is a light buffet of cereals, fruits and cakes, with the option for a cooked breakfast if preferred. Lunch, similarly, is a buffet, with lots of fresh fish and cold salads. Dinner is a choice of set menus, usually with fish, meat and vegetarian options. Beach barbecues are held once a week. Matemwe's kitchen is overseen by a food nutritionist!


- Swimming pool
- Restaurant
- Bar
- Lounge


- Cultural tour of Stone Town
- Spice tour
- Water sports
- Diving and snorkelling
- Fishing

Child Policy

Children over the age of six can be accommodated at Matemwe Bungalows. There is no childminding service.

Those with younger children might like to consider nearby Matemwe Beach Village.

Environmental Policy/Responsible Tourism

Matemwe Bungalows is associated with the Honeyguide Foundation, which funds community projects in the Matemwe region. You can learn more on the Honeyguide website.