Mnemba Island Lodge - Zanzibar, Tanzania

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A tiny private atoll off the north coast of Zanzibar offering a rustic exclusivity unparalleled on the East African coastline. Mnemba is an idyllic island situated within a marine reserve comprising four distinct habitats, which are home to a diverse array of Indian Ocean wildlife.

Nesting place of threatened green turtles (monitoring and protection project has been underway since 1996). Enjoy seasonal viewing of humpback whales (July to September), experience encounters with three species of dolphin as well as excellent opportunities to view whale sharks (the world's largest fish), enjoy the migratory and resident shore birds fed and roost on the Island, there are approximately 600 species of coral reef fish.

Hand-woven from traditional Zanzibarian palm-matting, each of the 10 secluded bandas on this Indian ocean island has a spacious veranda and is hidden in the shade of a tropical beach forest; a palm-covered walkway leads to an en suite bathroom with shower and basin. 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, thatched dining and sitting/bar areas have beautiful open views of the beach and spectacular coral reefs beyond. Baskets of fresh fruit, fish and lobsters are brought by traditional outriggers to Mnemba's shore to be prepared as exquisite and exotic delicacies.

Relaxation is the hallmark of Mnemba and the tempo of the day is yours to choose. The calm, azure seas around Mnemba offer irresistible water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, fly-fishing, windsurfing and swimming directly from the beach at no additional cost. Excellent bird watching, beautiful walks around the Island or simply sun tanning on the pristine beach may also be enjoyed. Optional extras include diving courses, deep-sea fishing, a tour of the ancient Spice Island of Zanzibar and a range of relaxing massages and therapeutic treatments. Mnemba is renowned as one of the most romantic ocean destinations in the world, offering a privacy and rustic exclusivity unparalleled on the African coastline.

Trip Type

Family Vacation, Romantic Getaway


10 self-contained cottages, each with en-suite bathroom and private verandah.


Beach Beach walks Scuba diving Snorkeling Boating Sport-fishing


Mnemba Island Lodge is situated on an exclusive island just 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar in the azure Indian Ocean. Surrounded by an atoll of breathtaking coral reefs, it boasts some of Africa’s most wonderful dive sites. Mnemba is renowned as one of the most romantic ocean destinations in the world, offering a privacy and rustic exclusivity unparalleled on the African coastline. Indian Ocean coral island, north-east of Zanzibar, Tanzania. Mnemba Island lies 15 minutes by boat from the northeast coast of Zanzibar. Green turtle, manta ray, powder-blue surgeonfish, long horned cowfish, Moorish idol, clown tigerfish.

High Season

May through October

Getting There

Airport: Zanzibar, Tanzania (ZNZ) Transportation: by boat to the island Mnemba Island Lodge Mnemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania