Mnemba Island

If you have ever harboured the secret wish of finding yourself the sole inhabitant of a beautiful tropical island, but without the effort of having to lift a finger to fend for yourself, Mnemba Island is just the place for you! Discover sheer, unpretentious paradise on this private island, where the simple pleasures become your most treasured of memories for many years to come.

Pure barefoot bliss is the allure of Mnemba, where dawn is greeted by the song of doves and the smell of coconut bread baking in a wood stove. Mnemba Island offers an unpretentious paradise where just 12 rustic palm-frond bandas are tucked into a tropical forest fringed by a white coral sand beach. A covered walkway leads to a shuttered ensuite bathroom with a huge glass-beaded shower curtain. 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. Built-in barazas on the veranda are perfect for afternoon siestas and ten private beach salas feature traditional Zanzibari loungers ideal for languid hours, a table, ceiling fan, personal bar, two day beds and a shower.

Thatched dining and sitting or bar areas boast beautiful open views of the beach and spectacular vistas of Zanzibar beyond. Baskets of fresh fruit, fish, lobsters, crabs and prawns sail into Mnemba daily on traditional ngalawa outriggers. Lunch is often served on large wooden carved Zanzibari platters heaped with delicious mezze. Romantic candlelit dinners are served on the beach, with the waves lapping gently at guests’ feet. Private beach picnics delight newlyweds and not-sonewlyweds alike

 

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SCUBA DIVING

Mnemba Island has a fully stocked Dive Centre, and offers a full range of diving activities. A variety of diving courses are also available (additional costs apply). If you are experienced, our Dive Instructor will guide you on fantastic dives around the Mnemba Atoll. If you are a beginner, our Instructor is waiting to introduce you to a whole new world of mystery, wonder and beauty!

 

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SNORKELING

Snorkelling is ideal for those who do not wish to do a scuba diving accreditation but who want to confidently explore the shallower coral reefs, situated off Mnemba Island, with the help of a snorkel. A guided snorkelling course is also available at an additional cost, offered by Mnemba Island's specialist dive masters, and covers safety procedures, equipment, currents and suggested snorkelling spots.

 

 

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SEA KAYAKING

Explore the warm Indian Ocean waves in utter tranquillity in a deep sea kayak built for two. Ask one of Mnemba’s Dive Instructors for a quick tutorial session or set off with your partner on the quiet waters protected by the island’s surrounding reefs. Paddle along the beach to admire the changing features of the shoreline or head out into deeper waters in the hope of encountering a pod of dolphin or some sea turtles.

 

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FLY-FISHING

Pick up the elegant rhythm of the fly-fisherman as you enjoy the challenge of targeting a multitude of fish species off the soft, white beaches of Mnemba Island. Fishing is usually done from the northern point of the island and fishermen are encouraged to release their quarry once they have savoured the thrill of the fight. Our instructors can give you pointers on your casting, while fly rods and tackle are available on the island.

 

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PRIVATE BEACH ACTIVITIES

Give in the lure of total isolation and pretend that you are marooned on a deserted island, albeit one where your personal butler is perpetually on hand to cater to your every desire! You may catch a fleeting glimpse of your fellow guests as you lounge in the tropical sunshine in your private beach sala or take a leisurely walk around the island. But you can also choose to make the most of your solitude with a private dinner in a secluded forest clearing or enjoy the light-hearted intimacy of a sandcastle dinner set to the sound of the waves gently sighing on the shore.

 

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STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING

Enjoy an unforgettable experience on the calm Indian Ocean waters on a stand up paddle board. Get a few tips from our expert instructors before grabbing paddle in hand and mounting the board to head out into the waves. Ideal for the calm waters off Mnemba Island, this activity allows you to glide effortlessly through the waves while enjoying exceptional views of the ocean waters and the Mnemba horizon. Watch as dolphin frolic nearby, play in the waves and guide yourself through graceful turns.

 

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DEEP SEA FISHING TRIP

It’s a battle of wills as guests test their strength against barracuda, mackerel, king fish and marlin on a full day, deep sea fishing adventure. Available at an additional cost.

 
 

NUMBER OF BANDAS
12 (including a family banda)

MAXIMUM GUESTS
22

CHILDREN
Yes

CHILDMINDING
Available at an additional cost

TRIPLES
1 (children 16 and younger)

TWIN BEDS
All convertible to double

OVERHEAD FANS
Yes

MOSQUITO NETS
Yes

BATH
No

INDOOR SHOWER
Yes

SEPARATE W.C
Yes

IN-ROOM SAFE
No

TELEPHONE
Available in Lodge Manager’s office (intermittent mobile reception)

HAIRDRYER
Yes

LAUNDRY INCLUDED
Yes

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
Only if wheelchair is equipped with specialist wheels for use on sand

DISTANCE BETWEEN ROOMS
10 – 15m / 33 – 50ft

CHECK IN / CHECK OUT
14h00 / 10h00

KOSHER FOOD
Not available

POWER
220v AC (plug points in rooms)

INTERNET ACCESS
Yes; wifi in guest areas and bandas

PRIVATE BEACH / BANDA DINNERS
Yes

CREDIT CARDS
MasterCard, Visa and American Express

EXERCISE EQUIPMENT
Gym in a basket in all guest bandas

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

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

TEMPERATURE
Average daytime temperatures are 26˚C / 79˚F from June to October and 28˚C / 82˚F from December to February. Average water temperature is from 25˚C / 77˚ to 29˚C / 84˚F

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best months to visit are from June to March

MALARIA
The island is situated in a lowrisk malaria area

AIRSTRIP
No airstrip; closest airport is Zanzibar  

CAMP CLOSURE
Seasonal closure in April and May; please contact us for exact dates

CURRENCY
US dollar bills printed prior to 2000 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East Africa during that time 

 Mnemba Island is reached by embarking on a 90-minute drive that begins in Stone Town, through the lush spice plantations that cover main Zanzibar Island. Reaching the water’s edge, guests then leave their vehicle and wade knee-deep in the balmy ocean waters to board a waiting boat, for a 20-minute crossing to a warm island reception. 

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