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Matemwe, and neighboring Kigomani, are the northernmost villages on Zanzibar’s east coast.

Beach in Zanzibar.
Beach in Zanzibar.

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.

Tropical beach in Zanzibar.
Tropical beach 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.

Tropical beach in Zanzibar
Tropical beach 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.

Travel Tips
  • 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.

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