Important: This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local and health advisories for this destination before you book.

MatemweTanzania

Go snorkeling around the coral reef, see the algae farms and visit the lagoon in this picturesque resort village and its pretty beach.

Matemwe is a small village with the island’s longest beach and a range of upmarket resorts. It is also an ideal spot to watch locals fishing and preparing their seaweed farms. Learn about the local culture and enjoy a relaxing vacation in the unspoiled and secluded surroundings.

Appreciate the dry, hot weather from June through September with a trip to Matemwe Beach. This is the best time to spot humpback whales off the coast. Go snorkeling and see the range of colorful fish around this intricate coral network.

Notice the large difference between high tide and low tide, when the complex maze of seaweed farms appears. Watch local women in traditional sarongs working the aquatic fields. The local economy is also boosted by the making of artisanal cosmetics and jams and mustards, which are exported through Zanzibar City.

Mnemba Island is an exclusive resort island frequented by the rich and famous. Take a ferry to the island and stay in a charming cottage. Note that April and May are particularly wet in this tropical part of the world. During this period, certain activities and resorts are closed.

Back on the main island, dine at one of the restaurants next to the beach and snap photos of the excellent views of the Indian Ocean. Rent equipment and take lessons for watersports at the dive center. Stay at one of the many guesthouses and lodges near the beach.

The town is on the northeastern flank of Unguja, the main island in the Zanzibar archipelago. Fly to Zanzibar’s international airport and drive northeast for about 30 miles (50 kilometers), which should take around 1 hour. You can also fly to the Dar es Salaam Airport on the Tanzania mainland and take the ferry across to the island, a journey which should take around 2 hours.

Matemwe is a stunning stretch of coral reef and white sand adorned with cottages and luxury resorts.

Top hotels in Matemwe

Zanzibar House
Zanzibar House
3.5 out of 5
Matemwe, Matemwe
The price is £64 per night from 18 Nov to 19 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Matemwe bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pwani Mchangani Beach and Muyuni Beach. Mapenzi Beach is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (62 reviews)

"This is the worst hotel experience we have had after travelling for many years across many continents. The management is poor. The owner could often be overheard berating and yelling at his staff in front of hotel guests. When issues such as a broken pool filter, slow wifi, or power outages came ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Zanzibar House
Kena Beach Hotel
Kena Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Matemwe, Matemwe
The price is £103 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

This Matemwe hotel is on the beach, 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from Mnemba Island, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Kiwengwa Beach and Kendwa Beach. Nungwi Beach and Nakupenda ...

4.3/5Excellent! (50 reviews)

"Our family of 4 had a wonderful 3 night stay. The rooms were beautiful, beds comfortable, and the air con worked well. Turn down service to spruce up the rooms and set up the mosquito netting is a nice touch. The pavilion has impressive architectural presence which is brilliant planning for covering ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

Kena Beach Hotel
Villa Kiva
Villa Kiva
4 out of 5
Matemwe, Matemwe
The price is £64 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Located in Matemwe, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Kigomani Beach and Muyuni Beach. Pwani Mchangani Beach is 2.7 mi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (200 reviews)

"Loved every bit of it. The rooms are comfortable and simple but yet cozy and welcoming. Do you do feel the African love!!"…"

Reviewed on 28 May 2020

Villa Kiva
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Matemwe

Tamani Villas
Tamani Villas
3.5 out of 5
Matemwe, Matemwe
The price is £466 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Nestled on the beach, this Matemwe villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Muyuni Beach, Kigomani Beach and Pwani Mchangani Beach. Kiwengwa Beach and Mnemba Island are ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Great place. Large villa.

"Great place. Great villa with feeling of confort and privacy and with feets on the wonderfull beach (garden on the beach with private entry) ! Nice private pool with very clean water. We had the villa for the four of us only but you can easily come with 2 famillies. 4 large bed rooms with 9 beds ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2019

Tamani Villas
Villa Paradise ON THE Ocean
Villa Paradise ON THE Ocean
3.5 out of 5
Po Box 152 Matemwe Zanzibar, Matemwe, Unguja North Region
The price is £1,425 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Kigomani Beach and Muyuni Beach. Mnemba Island and Mapenzi Beach are also within 6 miles ...

Villa Paradise ON THE Ocean
Bao Beach Villa - 2 Bedrooms Beach House
Bao Beach Villa - 2 Bedrooms Beach House
Zanzibar, Matemwe, Unguja North Region

Situated on the beach, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Muyuni Beach, Kigomani Beach and Pwani Mchangani Beach. Mnemba Island and Kiwengwa Beach are also ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Super Place. Right on the Beach

"Natalia has a great house. Clean and spacious. Right on the beach. 2 large bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Perfect for 2 couples or one family. We had great communication with Natalia and she was a big help with recommendations for restaurants (many within easy walking distance). Highly recommend !!!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2019

Bao Beach Villa - 2 Bedrooms Beach House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Matemwe

Top things to do in Matemwe

Reviews of Matemwe

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1
5 - Excellent 25%
4 - Good
3
4 - Good 75%
3 - Okay
0
3 - Okay 0%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2019

will be a advantage when the roads are finished.

Cities near Matemwe

Photo by Stefania Aq

Pwani Mchangani