Mnemba Island Lodge is a true tropical barefoot paradise that is a relatively uninhabited island. Mnemba Island forms part of an exquisite atoll, which has been declared a marine conservation area. The island and its surrounding reefs are a Marine Conservation Area, and a nominal levy on water sports goes to the local communities.  One can swim safely in the temperate waters of the Indian Ocean. There are spectacular coral reefs, gentle sea breezes and pristine white beaches. It is the only protected nesting site for green turtles in Zanzibar. Mnemba is a low-risk malaria destination.

Location
Mnemba Island Lodge is located only 15 minutes boat ride off the northeastern tip of Zanzibar Island, Tanzania. The Island is 11/2km in circumference and is surrounded by a tropical Indian Ocean coral reef.

Access
The Lodge transfers guests to and from Zanzibar International Airport or Stone Town. This transfer is approximately 11/2 hours by road, followed by a 10-15 minute transfer in open ski boats. As there are no jetties, departures and landings are directly to and from the beach and involve a little wading.

Accommodation
There are ten Zanzibari ‘bandas’, with direct access to the beach. Each ‘banda’ is built of indigenous materials, mostly woven and thatched with palm leaves. The ‘bandas’ have en suite bathrooms with shower, double-basins, separate w.c., fresh water (obtained from a desalination plant), ceiling fans, personal bar and a spacious outdoor veranda. Each ‘banda’ also has a private beach sala with traditional Zanzibari sun beds.

Guest Areas
The dining area is adjacent to the sitting room/bar. Meals at Mnemba Island Lodge are exquisite. There is a small library with a selection of books, games and magazines. Guest areas are all open-sided, cooled by sea breezes, informal and relaxed. Fresh fish and seafood is served at lunch and dinner. Weather permitting; dinner is always served on the beach.

Activities

  • Swimming,
  • Walking,
  • Snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, fly-fishing and scuba diving (if in possession of a valid diving certificate – maximum 2 dives per day).
  • A variety of diving courses and deep-sea fishing is available at an additional charge.

Note: All scuba and snorkeling equipment is provided.

Number of Bandas 10
Maximum Guests 20
Children Yes
Triples 1 (children 16 yrs & younger)
Twin beds All convertible to double
Overhead Fans/ Mosquito Net Yes/ Yes
Indoor Showers Yes
Private w.c Yes
In Room Safe Yes
Telephone Manager’s office (intermittent mobile reception)
Laundry Included Yes
Suitable for Disabled Guests No
Distance Between Rooms 10-15m/33-50ft
Check In/ Check Out  12h00/ 11h00
 Airstrip  No. Closest airport Zanzibar
Kosher Food  No
 Power  220v AC  (plug points in rooms)
Internet Access  Yes (wireless; central guest area)
Beach/Private Banda Dinners Yes
Childminding  Yes
Credit Cards Yes, Mastercard and Visa

Malaria:
Mnemba is situated in a low- risk malaria area.

Children:
Children under 12 are welcome at the lodge (a maximum of 2 children on the island at any one time). An extra bed can be arranged for a child 16 years and younger sharing their ’ banda. No more than 1 triple at any one time.

PADI Diving School
It has a PADI dive school. They also offer specialty dives (deep, night, navigation, drift and peak performance, deep-sea fishing) at an additional cost.

Ratio of guests to staff:
1 to 3

Lodge closure:
Closed April and May.