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Matemwe is a traditional village on the East Coast of Zanzibar. At the long beach, there are several small hotels and lodges. The famous Mnemba Island is very close.

Get in[edit]

  • From Stone Town by taxi.
  • From Stone Town by dala dala bus for 1.800 TZS.
  • From Nungwi by taxi for 20.000 TZS after haggling (September 2016).

Shuttle bus to collect you from your current accommodation and drop you directly at your next accommodation- this is more expensive than a Dala Dala, costing around $10, but is much quicker and far less hassle. The shuttles can be booked online (which is a major advantage) and are run by Hakuna Mutatu Bus

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • a very traditional village right behind the beach lines
  • local children playing between palms
  • sun rises at the beach

Do[edit][add listing]

  • relax
  • walk at the long beach
  • go on a snorkling trip to Mnemba Island
  • go diving with one of several scuba diving operators/schools at Mnemba Island, e.g. One Ocean, Scuba Libre
  • sunset trip by boat to Nungwi.

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There are several small restaurants at the beach, only one having a menu in TZS, most having (higher) prices in USD. Many lodges offer breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Arena Beach Club Zanzibar a cozy restaurant in Kumba Urembo, Kiwengwa. They serve Mediterranean food such as "paella", "gazpacho", "tortilla", "pulpo a feira" and much more. They also serve drinks & cocktails. (

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When you arrive at the roundabout, several sign advertise accommodation and diving.

  • Mohamed Bungalows Matemwe Zanzibar, Matemwe Beach (North Eastern coast line), 0777431881 (), [1]. checkin: Any time; checkout: 10h00am. Mohamed Restaurant & Bungalows provides basic, clean and comfortable accommodation, with friendly staff who have a wealth of local knowledge. There are 4 rooms, with ensuite bathrooms, mosquito nets and fans. Laundry service is also available. 45 USD for double room including breakfast.  edit
  • Matemwe Tunda Lodge, Matemwe Beach (North Eastern coast line, close to the beach), 0777421400. checkin: Any time; checkout: 10h00am. Nice rooms, nice site, friendly staff, great breakfast. There are 4 rooms, with ensuite bathrooms, mosquito nets, fans and A/C. Lunch and dinner also available. 60 USD for double room including breakfast, can be haggled down to 40 USD easily..  edit
  • Uzioni Beach Bungalows, Matemwe Beach, 0747-417701.  edit


Get out[edit]

  • To Kiwengwa. Same beach, further south.
  • To Stone Town by taxi for 28.000 TZS after haggling (September 2016).
  • To Stone Town by dala dala bus for 1.800 TZS per person.
  • To Nungwi by taxi for 20.000 TZS after haggling.
  • Right before Stone Town, you can get out of the taxi or dala dala at Bububu for a more local beach.

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