'Gorgeous island, with powdery white sand, gorgeous beach and beautiful sea'
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Mnemba Island, Zanzibar
Mnemba Island Lodge
- Mnemba is a true tropical barefoot paradise
- Spectacular coral reefs, gentle sea breezes and pristine white beaches
- Only ten bandas on an otherwise uninhabited island
Facilities includeWifi Bar Overhead fans
- Fly fishing
- Scuba Diving
- Dhow cruises
- Paddle boarding
- Deep sea fishing
- Sea Khayaking for two
Seasons in Zanzibar
About Mnemba Island Lodge
From snorkelling, swimming and kayaking, to massages on the beach, to doing nothing at all, Mnemba has something for everyone.
If you have ever harboured the secret wish of finding yourself the sole inhabitant of a beautiful tropical island, but without the effort of having to lift a finger to fend for yourself, Mnemba Island is just the place for you! Discover sheer, unpretentious paradise on this private island, where the simple pleasures become your most treasured of memories for many years to come. Relax and unwind in the exclusivity of your own stretch of beachfront, where simple yet luxurious bandas peep out onto unblemished sands from the dappled shade of the casuarina pine fore
Set on a private island off the north eastern tip of Zanzibar, Mnemba offers guests the perfect destination to get away from it all. With just ten palm-frond guest bandas on the entire island, the only intrusion may be a visit from a curious suni antelope or two at sundown. The balmy blue waters invite you to explore the surrounding Indian Ocean. With a dive school and two dive boats for just 20 guests, you will never feel crowded during your underwater adventure.
Sea breezes waft through high palm-frond roofs and large windows in your beachside banda. Overhead fans in a spacious bedroom filled with soft, natural fabrics and traditional woodcarvings cool down the warm tropical nights. Enjoy ocean views stretched out on the built-in barazas (Swahili word for ‘meeting place’) on your veranda. A shady corridor of woven palm leaves leads to a large shuttered bathroom where a massive stone shower awaits behind a glass beaded curtain.
Open thatched dining and sitting areas provide the perfect place to watch the sun set. Deep pillows and low wooden tables open up onto majestic views of the white beach. Enjoy lunch served on large, wooden carved platters, whilst island crabs scuttle across the sand. Later, when the magnificent African sky lights up with stars, dinner is served on the beach, with the bright moonlight reflecting off the waves as they gently lap on the beach.
&Beyond Mnemba Island is reached by a 90-minute drive from Stone Town through the lush spice plantations that cover main Zanzibar Island. Guests wade knee-deep in the balmy ocean waters to board a waiting boat for a 20-minute crossing to a warm island reception.
The lodge collects guests at Zanzibar International Airport or Stone Town.
• 11⁄2-hour road trip (the last 20 minutes are on an unpaved, bumpy road)
• 10 – 15 minutes boat ride in an open ski boat
• As there are no jetties, departures and landings are directly to and from the beach and involve a little wading. Please note that boat transfers are weather dependent.
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking
There is no airstrip on the island, the closest airport is Zanzibar
When to go
The weather can be humid, although sea breezes bring cooler air and relief from heat and humidity
The rainfall occurs in two seasons, from April to May and again in November
Average daytime temperatures are 26 ̊C / 79 ̊F from June to October and 28 ̊C / 82 ̊F from December to February. Average water temperature is from 25 ̊C / 77 ̊ to 29 ̊C / 84 ̊F
The best months to visit are from June to March
Seasonal closure in April and May; please contact us for exact dates
There is a telephone available in the Lodge Manager's office (intermittent mobile reception)
Wheelchair Access: Only if wheelchair is equipped with specials wheels for use on sand
Check In/ Check Out: 14h00 / 10h00
Power: 220v AC (plug points in rooms)
Credit Cards: MasterCard, Visa and American Express
Currency: US dollar bills printed prior to 2000 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East Africa during this time.
Government charges may apply
Travelling with children
Children are welcome at Mnemba Island Lodge
Childmining is available at an additional cost
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