Mnemba Island Lodge

Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania

On Request

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Mnemba Island Lodge

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 forest. It is where the simple pleasures become your most treasured of memories for many years to come.


We Love
  • 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
  • Snorkelling, swimming directly off the beach, as well as kayaking, windsurfing and deep sea fishing
  • Possibility to see dolphins, whale sharks and endemic Indian Ocean species
Need to Know
  • The seasonal closure of the camp is between April and May. Please contact us for exact dates.
  • No single supplement is charged for the first two single rooms of a booking. Any additional rooms will be levied with a 50% supplement.

The Review

Off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar lies the private Mnemba Island, inhabited only by guests and the staff taking care of them. Just 1.5 km (less than a mile) in circumference, Mnemba is surrounded by an atoll of breath-taking coral reefs and boasts some of Africa’s most magnificent dive sites. The calm azure seas surrounding the island offer irresistible snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, fly fishing, windsurfing and permanent swimming directly from the beach.

This exquisite private 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.

Why Stay
Mnemba Island Lodge offers just ten rustic palm-frond bandas tucked into a tropical forest fringed by a white coral sand beach. A covered walkway leads to a shuttered ensuite bathroom with a huge glass-beaded shower curtain. Zanzibar is famous for its intricate detailed woodcarvings and the scrolled headboards adorning the beds are created by some of the Island’s most skilled artisans.

Built-in barazas on the veranda are perfect for afternoon siestas and private beach salas feature traditional Zanzibari loungers ideal for languid hours. Thatched dining and sitting or bar areas boast beautiful open views of the beach and spectacular vistas of Zanzibar beyond. Romantic candlelit dinners are served on the beach, with the waves lapping gently at guests’ feet. Private beach picnics delight newlyweds and not-so-newlyweds alike.

This private island paradise, with its white beaches and balmy Indian Ocean waters, invites you to lose all track of time. Activities and meals can always be tailor-made to your wishes and there are many ways to spend each ideal, sun-washed day.

A typical day 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.

Getting There

A chauffeured transfer will take you from Zanzibar International Airport or Stone Town in a north easterly direction through the lush and fascinating island of Zanzibar. This hour and a half journey is on good paved roads for the first hour, but the last 5 kms are on a very poor road. The journey is well worth it once you reach the launch point for the twenty minute boat ride to Mnemba Island. As there are no jetties, the boat departure and landing takes place directly to and from the beach and could involve a little wading. 

Mnemba Island Lodge Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania

Mnemba Island Lodge

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.

Rating                              Classic Lodge
Type                                Beach Resort
No. Rooms                        10 classic bandas
Max Occupants                  20 guests
Occupancy/Tent                 2 adults
Triple                               2 (Upto 2 children under 12 at any given time)
Interests                           Beach and Nature
Internet                            Yes, in guest bandas and library
Credit Cards                      Visa and Master Card
Power                               220v AC


Children Policy
Travel to Tanzania is recommended for children 8 years or older
Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in regular game drives;
Children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion

Other Policies
All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls”, which are not washed due to local customs.
Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out. Payment by credit cards is not accepted.

Taxes and fees
All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.
Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

Additional Services
Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
Check in:     12:00 PM
Check out:     11:00 AM
Suggested stay:  1 night



More than 1,200 years have passed since the silhouettes of three-cornered Arab dhows were first spotted on the Indian Ocean waters washing Africa’s eastern shores. These traders came across an island of such exquisite beauty that they filled their parchment manuscripts with tales of its picturesque sights. This scented land of coconuts and spices was so idyllic that the Sultan of Oman decided to move the seat of his empire to these shores, which they named Zayn Zal Barr, meaning ‘fair is the island’. Today the Zanzibar Archipelago is still bathed in the heady scents of cloves and cinnamon and traditional dhows still drift across the horizon.

Mnemba Island

Mnemba Island and its surrounds boast a wealth of sea life and marine species. The coral reefs surrounding the island are home to a vast variety of reef fish, anemone and other marine specimens, while diverse pelagic fish and marine mammals thrive in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Humpback whales, as well as many species of dolphin, a number of shark and several types of ray are encountered in the ocean depths. A variety of predator fish in the area include barracuda, mackerel, kingfish, sailfish and marlin.

The island itself provides a nesting ground for the threatened green turtle, as well as many bird species, including the rare crab plover. The tiny suni antelope roams the forest in the centre of the island and the recently introduced and highly endangered Ader’s duiker may also be spotted on a walk around the island. Divers around Mnemba may encounter the world’s largest fish, the gigantic whale shark. Pods of dolphin are found in the warm tropical waters and snorkellers and divers often encounter these charismatic denizens of the deep at close range.

A number of bird species also take their toll on the hatchlings, with large numbers of wading species gathering on Mnemba’s sandbars. Perhaps the rarest of these is the elegant crab plover, which disdains the baby turtles to feed primarily on crabs, which it cracks open easily with its powerful beak.

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 monsoon 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 20˚C / 68˚F to 25˚C / 77˚F. The best months to visit are from June to March.  

US dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East African during that time. Traveller’s cheques are no longer accepted in Kenya due to fraud

Visa and Health
The island is situated in a low-risk malaria area.

British passport holders require a visa to enter Tanzania. These can be obtained on arrival at main points of entry or from Tanzania High Commission for £40 per person. Children require visas and fee is same as adults. There is no appointment system.  

The following is required for each application:
    A completed visa application form
    Original passport, which must be valid for at least the next 6 months from date of application
    2 recent passport photographs (scanned photos printed on ordinary paper will not be accepted)
    Visa fee £40.00 in cash/postal order payable to Tanzania High Commission

The office is open on weekdays except on UK and Tanzania National holidays
Opening Times: 10am - 12.30pm: Visa applications
14.00pm – 15.30pm: Visa Collection

Getting There

A chauffeured transfer will take you from Zanzibar International Airport or Stone Town in a north easterly direction through the lush and fascinating island of Zanzibar. This hour and a half journey is on good paved roads for the first hour, but the last 5 kms are on a very poor road. The journey is well worth it once you reach the launch point for the twenty minute boat ride to Mnemba Island. As there are no jetties, the boat departure and landing takes place directly to and from the beach and could involve a little wading.  

No airstrip         Closest airport is Zanzibar
GPS Coordinates    S 05˚49.218’     E 039˚22.959’