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The Matemwe Bungalows in Zanzibar


Matemwe Bungalows

Matemwe Bungalows is situated on the Northeast side of Zanzibar on one of the finest remote locations and has a magnificent stretch of beach.

This is by far the most recommended guesthouse in Zanzibar, with attention to detail and personal service provided in all aspects. Only 16 fabulous bungalows provide you you with an intimate and peaceful Zanzibar holiday. The atmosphere is easy, and the hosts genuinely make you feel at home.  The superb cuisine is complimented by fantastic sea views of the restaurant.

For the keen divers, the lodge is located a short distance away from the Mnemba Atoll, where you will find the best diving around Unguja Island.

Rooms at Matemwe

There are 15 separate bungalows along a ridge facing the seafront. All rooms have sea views. The accommodation is divided into 3 categories. Four suites, 8 self contained bungalows and 4 shared facility rooms. The suites are larger with lovely decor and interiors. The own facility rooms are smaller than the suites, not as stylish, but still very good. The shared facility rooms are similar to the own facility rooms but do not have their own bathrooms. This should not put any prospective guest off, as only two rooms share a bathroom. If you do not mind sharing a bathroom, then these are good value for money. The suites are obviously our most recommended rooms. All electricity and heating is provided by solar power.


The open-walled restaurant is gloriously positioned with views of the ocean. It's decorated attractively with light wooden tables and dark-blue canvas chairs.

Meals combine African and European flavours. Breakfast is a variety of fruit, yoghurt, eggs and bread. Ask for the spicy tea. Lunch is a generous buffet and dinner usually is a three-course, set meal with a choice of meat, fish or vegetarian. The desserts - choccie pud and creme caramel - are always delicious.
The chef buys fish direct from the fishermen each morning. If you manage to catch a fish the chef will be happy to cook it for your dinner.

There is a delightful open-air beach bar built around an old dhow under the palm trees on the sand. You can lounge on sofas and sun beds and enjoy cocktails or have a sedate cup of tea. A selection of games is also available at the beach bar and we found the service very friendly.
Non-resident visitors can also eat at Matemwe's restaurant as long as they've booked. Special diets are catered for, but please let us know well in advance.

Bungalow Facilities

Matemwe Bungalows has a full PADI affiliated dive center and their own boat. Snorkeling equipment can also be hired from the hotel.

Guests are able to snorkel and dive on the best reefs around Mnemba. The great advantage that Matemwe Bungalows has is its close proximity to these fantastic reefs.

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