Zanzibar Island

Matemwe Lodge


Magnificent views

Matemwe Lodge’s blissful location and famously relaxed atmosphere make it the ideal place to unwind. Whether you take a break in a hammock or dive the depths of the Indian Ocean, this lodge provides an unbeatable island escape.

Each of the spacious thatched cottages have a private veranda, with a well-cushioned wood-framed settee, a table, a hammock, and spectacular views over the lagoon. The open-air restaurant sits just above the ocean, with magnificent views of the palm-fringed beach. Seafood is a specialty of the house, and all produce is bought daily from local fishermen and markets.

Days here can be as action-packed or as relaxing as you desire. Either chill by the pool and watch fishermen sail their billowing dhows or head into the beautiful pristine water and explore the coral-fringed lagoon below. There are so many activities and excursions to choose from.


At a glance

  • 12 private cottages

  • Swimming pool

  • Spa

  • Restaurant

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    Diving and snorkelling

    30-minutes away by boat, Mnemba Island is a world-renowned coral reef that provides some of the most spectacular diving and snorkelling in the world, with a high chance of seeing turtles and wild dolphins, in addition to the colourful reef fish that dart around the coral.

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    Spice tours

    Culture fans will also appreciate learning about the history of spice on Zanzibar, as will anyone intrigued by the use of spices in cooking. You’ll look around a spice plantation in the company of a knowledgeable guide, and often there are chances to sample the wares after the tour.

  • Xanadu kayaking


    Head out in kayaks and paddle around the island’s scenic north-eastern coastline. You’ll have incredible views over sparkling seas and serene lagoons.


The lodge is directly involved in the conservation and monitoring of two endangered turtle species, the green turtle and the rare hawksbill. In February and March, you can assist with the conservation of these ancient creatures who nest about 5km up the coast. During this time you may be able to witness turtles hatching from their nests.


All our food is sourced locally (including fruit and vegetables), and seafood is bought from local suppliers who use sustainable techniques. This means, for example, that we do not buy net- or spear-caught fish but only that caught on lines. This reduces food miles and supports surrounding communities. The lodge is also involved in a local recycling scheme, and much of the waste is recycled and re-used.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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