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Mnemba Island Lodge
Why we like it
- Ideally situated on an exclusive private island
- Barefoot luxury in one of the world's most romantic destinations
- Surrounded by coral reefs, affording exceptional dive sites10 luxurious palm fronted bandas set on the beach
- Each banda benefits from a private butler
Look out for the dolphins in the surrounding waters - as part of a marine conservation area, dolphins are frequently spotted here and guests even have the opportunity to swim with them.
The consultant was amazing and very helpful in suggesting ideas given that this is our first trip to Africa and we are travelling with two teenagers.
- SR, London
On an exclusive island just 4.5km off the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar, the 10 rustic palm fronted bandas of Mnemba Island Lodge are hidden in the shade of a tropical forest fringed by a soft white sand beach. Surrounded by spectacular coral reefs, the lodge affords some of Africa's most wonderful dive sites with unsurpassed visibility, and guests at the property can enjoy two daily dives with experienced instructors.
The Mnemba Island Lodge exudes a rustic yet luxurious style, with traditional Zanzabari wood carvings scattered throughout the lodges. All of the bandas are hand woven from palm fonds and feature en suite bathrooms and spacious private verandas offering unparalleled views of the African coastline.
An ideal location for honeymooners, here you can spend your day snorkeling around the lively house reef that is teeming with fish, or relax on the coral sand beach, keeping an eye out for the green turtles who lay their eggs on the island. Baskets of fresh fruit, fish and lobsters are sailed in daily by traditional ngalawa outriggers, and in the evening we recommend a candle lit dinner at the water's edge taking in the heady scents and romance of a bygone era as you feel the sand between your toes.
Kilimanjaro (for Northern Tanzania), Dar es Salaam via Nairobi (for Selous, Ruaha, Zanzibar)
11 hours 30 minutes including transit stop
GMT +3 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required
Best time to travel
December - March, July - October
Due to Tanzania's proximity to the equator the climate is generally warm year round ranging between 25°C to 32°C, there are however regional variations. With two rain seasons, the long rains fall in April and May (into early June) and the short rains falls in October and November. The best times to travel are December, January, February or late June to early October.
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