Kervan Saray Beach Lodge has recently refurbished the hotel and dive centre. This charming property is set in a beautiful green forest and coral paradise surrounded by the Indian Ocean. There are 3 distinct areas on this property Kervan Saray (camp), Dive center and the Birders, Divers and Kayakers Lodge. The lodge is an eco-lodge, built using local materials with thatch used for roofing. The furniture is also locally sourced.

Kervan Saray Beach Lodge is located on Pemba Island.

The History
Originally (1999) the Lodge was a Quaker Mission House which was a rental property. It was known as the “Old Mission Lodge.” In 2007 the owners bought land and built a new camp which they called Kervan Saray Beach.

Kervan Saray Beach has various accommodation options:

  • Permanent Safari Camp – with basic camp
  • Deluxe Rooms – The facilities are basic, no fancy frills here. The rooms have a double bed and a single bed, mosquito nets, towels, and an en suite bathroom with shower. There is no hot water.

There are quadruple rooms and family rooms that sleep up to 6 people in bunk beds. Backpackers tend to like these rooms.

Meals at Kervan Saray Beach are simple. The food and service are superb. The food is prepared on charcoal stoves. All the fresh produce is sourced locally from mainland Tanzania. Meat and chicken are also sourced locally. Fish is line caught by local fishermen.  All fresh produce and fish are seasonal.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served throughout the day. They serve a 3 course dinner that includes salads, main course, fresh fruits, and desserts. Vegetarian dishes are available daily.

Dive Centre
Swahili Divers provide the diving services in Pemba.


  • Fans in the rooms
  • Computer in office
  • Inverter in office for charging appliances


  • Kayaking
  • Bicycle Riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Walks into the forest
  • Visit local village

Electricity is provided by generator, which is switched on from 6p.m. to 6a.m.

Kervan Saray Beach is located in a remote location and as such they only have a telephone line. Clients can use this phone or you can buy a Zantel line in order to stay connected. There is no WiFi at the lodge. Kervan Saray Beach have 3 modems that they can loan to you for the duration of your stay to use on your laptop.

Community Development
There is a contribution made to the local community for every night that a client spends at Kervan Saray Beach. They use the money to repair schools, mend houses, provide small scholarships  to local students, give educational courses, and provide an “ambulance” service in emergency.

They provide employment opportunities from the local villages.

Carbon Footprint
The Carbon footprint is very low. Most of their building materials that are not available on the island, the food and beverages are transported to the island by Dhow and once off-loaded from the dhows they are transported to the lodge by ox cart.

There is a bush solar system that heats water for the Lodge. For charging cameras, phones, etc. they use inverters and batteries where possible. Their vehicles and boats are fitted with engines that have the highest standards of pollution emission controls