Matemwe, and neighboring Kigomani, are the northernmost villages on Zanzibar’s east coast.
A quiet fishing community under gently swaying palms, Matemwe village lies half concealed behind a modest line of beachfront resorts, which range from simple cottages to plush private villas, perfect for a luxury vacation in Zanzibar.
An excellent beach spills into a narrow, sheltered lagoon where dhows and outriggers rest on the tide. This is a corner of the island where the slow pace settles in – ideal for those wishing to escape the crowds and relax on a Zanzibar vacation.
Highlights of Matemwe
Peace and quiet: Matemwe is one of Zanzibar Island’s most relaxed destinations – classic palm-fringed beaches, white sand, and an emerald sea are perfect for a relaxing holiday in Zanzibar.
The beaches along this stretch are some of the best and quietest on the east coast, and the fishing, snorkeling, and diving are superb.
- Be aware that Matemwe is a working village – fishing and seaweed harvesting are the main industries here, and villagers expect to get on with their daily life without camera-toting tourists clicking away.
- Although remotely situated, Matemwe is easy to reach. Private transfers take little more than an hour from Zanzibar Town.