Mnemba Island

Zanzibar, Tanzania

This scented land of coconuts and spices is bathed in the heady scents of cloves and cinnamon and traditional dhows still drift across the horizon.

Mnemba Island lies of the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar, a private island less than a mile in circumference. The island is home to just 10 beachside bandas (rooms) discreetly tucked into the tropical forest which covers the island peeking out over the white coral sand beach. Activities focus on the sea and include incredible diving and beach walks, but can just as easily be doing nothing at all.

The bandas take their cue from Zanzibar’s famous craftsmen and include meticulous woodcarvings with scrolled headboards crafted by the Zanzibar’s skilled artisans. Each banda has a veranda with built-in barazas, ideal afternoon siestas. The island’s bandas are connected to shuttered ensuite bathroom by covered walkways and include huge glass-beaded shower curtains.

With beautiful views over the beach and Zanzibar itself, the thatched dining and sitting areas are serenely relaxing, perfectly at ease with the environment. Meals focus on local produce with baskets of fresh fish, lobsters, crabs and fresh fruit delivered daily. These wonderful ingredients are expertly combined to provide a taste of the area. Lunches are served on platters in the mezze style while candlelit dinners are served on the beach. The staff are flexible with private beach picnics allowing guests to get the most out of their time on the beach.

Ten exclusive beach salas with traditional Zanzibari loungers are an ideal place to while away the hours include a table, ceiling fan, personal bar, two day beds and a shower.

Activities focus on the amazing ocean which surrounds this private island situated in a marine conservation area. With a PADI dive school the island is within easy reach of a variety of dive site and allows guests to experience the regio n’s outstanding marine life. Mnemba Island itself is ideal for swimming and snorkelling with House reef accessible without a boat. Other activities include kayaking, fishing and stand-up paddle boarding.

The island is rich in aquatic wildlife with the turtle season reaching its peak between April and August although laying can occur year round with the beaches being filled with hatchlings approximately nine weeks later. Other species seen include dolphins and endemic Indian Ocean species, including Rare coconut crabs and on land suni antelope and Ader’s duiker.

In Outline

Location

Access

Mnemba Island collects guests at Zanzibar International Airport or Stone Town. From there it is a 1½ hour road trip with the last
20 minutes are on an unpaved, bumpy road. Guests are then transferred to the island by a 10 – 15 minute boat ride in an open ski boat. As there are no jetties, departures and landings are directly to and from the beach and involve a some wading. Please note that boat transfers are weather dependent.

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Rates
From USD 790
1 – 7 April, 21 – 31 May
USD 790
1 – 20 December
USD 1155
1 January – 31 March, 1 June – 30 November; 21 – 31 December
USD 1600

Climate

The Zanzibar region has a tropical climate

RAINFALL

The rainfall occurs in two seasons, from April to May and again in November

TEMPERATURE

Average daytime temperatures are 26˚Celsius from June to October and 28˚Celsius from December to February. Average water temperature is from 25 to 29˚Celsius

HUMIDITY

The weather can be humid, although sea breezes bring cooler air and relief from heat and humidity

Facilities

  • 10 beachside bandas
  • PADI dive school
  • Beach Shop
  • Turtle nesting sites and hatchlings
  • Swimming and snorkelling directly off the beach
  • Incredible diving with great coral reefs and sheer wall dives
  • Dolphins and endemic Indian ocean species
  • Fishing (fishing equipment can be rented with sufficient prior notice and at an additional charge)
  • Doing absolutely nothing at all

Travel Notes

Aquatic Sightings

Turtle season 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.

Mnemba Island offers incredible diving with great coral reefs and sheer wall dives. Dolphins and endemic Indian ocean species as well as rare coconut crabs are seen.

Best Time to Travel

The best months to visit are from June to March.

Children

Children are accommodated but only 3 children under the age of 12 can be accommodated on the island at one time.

Guest Safety

Guests are requested to take care at all times and adhere to guidance given by guides and camp management.