Mnemba Island Lodge

Zanzibar & The Coast, Tanzania

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Mnemba Island Lodge


Mnemba Island is a tiny atoll off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar, with one of the most glamorous coastal retreats in southern Africa. This private island with a circumference of just about 1.5km, is home to only 12 secluded bandas hidden in the shady palms beside pristine beach. Memba Island forms part of a beautiful atoll, that is surrounded by breath-taking coral reefs and boasts some of Africa’s most magnificent dive sites.

Memba Island Lodge has 12 beachside bandas, including a family banda. These are set in the casuarina trees in the centre of the island and spaced out to provide space and privacy. Each of the bandas are open-sided, thatched wooden suites with its own private veranda and a beach sala. Interiors are created with wood, rattan, reed and rough glass. Each room is spacious, with large, rush matting floors, and simple but stylish furniture.

Mnemba Island and its surrounds boast a wealth of sea life and marine species. Humpback whales, as well as many species of dolphin, a number of shark and several types of ray are encountered in the ocean depths. Turtle season peaks between March and June (however, laying can occur year-round) and these prehistoric creatures can be seen laying their eggs on the beaches. Activities on offer include snorkelling, diving, kayaking, fly fishing and windsurfing.

We Love
  • Memba Island Lodge is silver winner, 2015 World responsible tourism Awards
  • Barefoot luxury on a private island; ideal for romance and relaxation 
  • Some of Africa's best dive sites on a coral atoll in a marine conservation area
  • Possibility to see dolphins, whale sharks and endemic Indian Ocean species
Need to Know
  • Memba Island Lodge has 12 beachside bandas
  • Located on a private island, off the east coast of Zanzibar
  • Activities; diving, kayaking, fly fishing, windsurfing
  • Best for Adventure, Beach, Diving, Honeymoon


Stay Memba Island Lodge has 12 beachside bandas, including a family banda, tucked into a tropical forest fringed by a white coral sand beach. Four-poster beds, made up in crisp linen and swathed in mosquito netting, look out to sea. The spacious bathroom has double basins and a bath with a huge glass-beaded shower curtain. Built-in barazas on the veranda are perfect for afternoon siestas and private beach salas feature traditional Zanzibari loungers ideal for languid hours. 

The Camp Thatched dining and sitting and bar areas boast beautiful open views of the beach and spectacular views of Zanzibar. Meals are superb at Mnemba, with fresh bread baked for breakfast, light salad lunches, and sumptuous three- or four-course meals for dinner. Lunch is often served on large wooden carved Zanzibari platters heaped with delicious mezze. Romantic candlelit dinners are served on the beach, with the waves lapping gently at guests’ feet. 

ChildCare Children are welcome to stay at the Mnemba Island Lodge, but there are no specific facilities available. There is one family banda with a capacity for a maximum of 2 children. An extra bed can be provided for children upto 16 years while younger children share their parents’ banda. Babysitting can also be arranged if requested.

The Island This exquisite private Memba Island, with its white coral beaches and spectacular coral reefs, is renowned as one of the most romantic ocean destinations in the world, offering a privacy and rustic exclusivity unparalleled on the African coastline. The Turtle season here peaks between April and August (however, laying can occur year-round) and these prehistoric creatures can be seen laying their eggs on the beaches. Within nine weeks, the beaches are filled with tiny turtle hatchlings. 

Experience A typical day at the Memba Island Lodge would be a leisurely morning walk on the beach, snorkelling along the nearby coral reefs or simply enjoying the sunshine. After lunch and a brief siesta, meet your diving instructors and venture into the balmy ocean waters. A short boat ride takes you out to the reefs, where you can explore the colourful marine life. If you happen to spot a pod of dolphin, simply jump in and swim with these sociable sea creatures.

Mnemba Island Lodge Zanzibar & The Coast, Tanzania

Location Mnemba Island Lodge is situated on an exclusive island just 4.5 kilometres off the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar in the azure Indian Ocean. The Island is 1.5 km in circumference and is surrounded by an atoll of breath-taking coral reefs and boasts some of Africa’s most wonderful dive sites.

Getting There Zanzibar is a popular Tanzanian spice island with regular flights to east and southern Africa. Take International flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi and then a short flight to Stonetown Airport in Zanzibar. A chauffeured transfer will then transport to the launch point where a boat takes you to Mnemba Island, a 20-minute journey.

When to go The best months to visit Mnemba Island Lodge are from June to March. 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. Mnemba Island Lodge is seasonally closed in April and May. Please contact us for exact dates.