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Pictures from Matemwe on the East Coast of Zanzibar Island: beaches and hotels - Mnemba Island.

Matemwe on the East coast of Zanzibar
Beach in Matemwe on the East coast of Zanzibar Island.

Small village extending over a wide area, Matemwe is a tourist destination, the coast of which extends to several kilometers north of Kiwengwa - Pwani Mchangani in the eastern part of Zanzibar.

The natural environment in Matemwe is similar to that of Kiwengwa: vast sandy beaches protected by the barrier reef and bordered by lush vegetation. But the infrastructure is very different: here no large resorts set side-by-side, but small or medium-sized, distant hotels as well as a few private villas available for rent with domestic staff.

In addition, while Kiwengwa is the exclusive stronghold of foreign tourists and a few Maasai who roam the beaches, local people can be more easily met in Matemwe. Short, Matemwe looks more authentic.

Matemwe is located opposite the Mnemba Island which is separated by 2 km: Mnemba is a small, 400 m-wide, private island that is home to the Mnemba Island Lodge, one of the most expensive hotels in the archipelago of Zanzibar. It can host not more than twenty guests. The coral reef surrounding Mnemba is one of the best diving sites in Zanzibar.

The barrier reef of Mnemba and Matemwe makes Matemwe a perfect base for divers and snorkelers. Several diving clubs are based in Matemwe.

Beach and hotel in Matemwe, Zanzibar
Beach and hotel in Matemwe, Zanzibar Island. 

Hotels in Matemwe include from the South to the North among others: Zanzibar House, Nyota Bungalows, Sunshine Hotel, Zanzibar Retreat Hotel (set one next to the other), Seles Bungalows, Villa Kiva, Matemwe Beach Village, Panga Chumvi Beach Resort, Azanzi Beach Hotel and Green and Blue Ocean Lodge.

As for vacation rentals in Matemwe, the beachfront villa rent-in-zanzibar  is located in a 1 hectare private property and has a home staff who take care of everything for you.

Holidays in Matemwe, Zanzibar
Holidays in Matemwe on the East coast of Zanzibar Island.


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