Pemba Lodge

Pemba Lodge

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Pemba Lodge, situated on the remote and beautiful Shamiani Island off Pemba, Zanzibar’s sister island.It is Pemba’s first true eco-lodge
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Property amenities
Free breakfast
Beach
Canoeing
Airport transportation
Massage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Snorkelling
Fishing
Shuttle bus service
Shops
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Desk
Private balcony
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Sofa
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
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English

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Kiweni (Shamiani) 3361 Tanzania
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lisajbick wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom523 contributions35 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Initially I was a bit nervous about Pemba Eco Lodge but those fears were soon forgotten. If you want to visit somewhere that isn’t spoiled by tourists, supports local people and has authentic local food then this is the place for you. The beach is incredibly beautiful and offers swings, hammocks and sunbeds for you to relax.

The staff are very knowledgeable about the area and will go the extra mile to accommodate you. We especially enjoyed playing games with the staff in bar area. All of the staff were amazing, especially Adam who accompanied us kayaking, to nearby Turtle Beach and on tours to see flying foxes (bats) and spice farms (all arranged by Pemba Lodge).

The food was made fresh every day – another thing I was nervous about being vegetarian – but I can honestly say every meal was tasty. My boyfriend ate catch of the day which included crabs, fish and octopus. The filtered water was safe to drink and available from the bar 24/7 along with charging points.

If you’re up for an authentic adventure without lots of tourists, then Pemba Lodge is the place to go. We enjoyed the boat through the gorgeous mangroves, buying fresh fish from the local fishermen as you pass them on the water and all of the beautiful nature. We’ll be back one day!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Mari' A wrote a review Feb 2020
7 contributions6 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived on Friday just to spend the week end over there. After a short and lovely trip in boat we arrived on a beautiful beach. What can we say? This eco hotel respects the environnement and gives you the opportunity of being in Paradise. It is a small hotel So you will experiment the feeling on being alone in this amazing island. We could do kayak and snorkeling, both were good experiences. In the restaurant they served an enormous and delicious breakfast, for lunch it was always The catch of the day and never the same plate for dinner (you must like seafood if you go there). And the staff was extremely kind with us and the day of our departure came to soon we would have loved to stay for longer.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Matilda wrote a review Jan 2021
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a very relaxing and calm getaway in a peaceful place with beautiful surroundings which was exactly what I was looking for. My bungalow had a a nice view towards the garden and the beach, and I could spend hours just listening to the sounds of nature, reading a book (they have a small library) and watching friendly locals walking by on the beach. There are no other hotels or resorts in the vicinity so you have the beach pretty much to yourself. I appreciated the fact that it is an eco lodge and that they are e.g. using solar power and composting toilets and collecting rain water for the showers. The staff was very friendly and attentive, and every morning when I woke up there was a small thermos of local chai (tea) waiting for me on the bungalow terrace table. A beautiful, down to earth place.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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MRS.ULRIKE wrote a review Feb 2020
6 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great manager and friendly staff and Adam is one who made us all the more enjoyable while playing the bao game as well to teach us swahili language the food was so delicious and the prawns are very good and the realy good test and snorkeling was so good we've never had snorkeling like that.The room was so romantic and realy Eco make you to stay longer.
I realy recomend all who need more relux they must go to this Eco Lodge and you will get all good thing you hope to get Manager and Adam are there for you.
W hope to come back next year.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mai wrote a review Jul 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates48 contributions
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Unfortunately it was a very bad experience. The Manager Masoud quoted us with very high rates (more than double of the normal rates) for what the accommodations are worth.

We are a family of 4, one of the beds was not provided with a net so we had to sleep 3 people in the double bed.

The room was full of huge cockroaches.

The water for the shower and sink are yellow and brown. You need to know the toilet are with no water it is composabl method which is horrible.

I asked Masoud how is the sea before booking he said it is great but he didn't mention that the weather is very bad. It is very windy and rainy. We end up losing 2 nights with very high rates in the coffee shop.

I will not recommend this hotel, because of the manager.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Never book direct. Get deals through hotel offers
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Pearpot wrote a review Dec 2021
London, United Kingdom5 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The untouched beauty of Pemba Eco Lodge provides the perfect escape from everything. It really is the ideal place to relax and restore while enjoying a remote beach, clear warm waters, delicious food and oodles of places to sit and watch the world go by.

The staff are lovely and always accommodating. Everything was just so easy there and booking any tours were seamless with assistance from Masoud, the manager. The wifi is the restaurant is good and guests are always welcome to use the area and help themselves to free tea and coffee.

The bungalows are spacious light and airy with a balcony and a sea view. The hot spicy tea delivered every morning was a lovely touch. The only sounds are those is nature.

I’ll definitely be back. Thank you for a lovely stay
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Try and time your arrival so that the tide is in so you don’t have a 15 min walk to the lodge
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Ali Myers wrote a review May 2024
25 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a fantastic visit to Pemba Eco Lodge. We visited as 3 friends and were the only guests staying at the time.
Omar (the assistant manager) looked after us from the moment we arrived, leaving flasks of tea for us upon waking in the morning, organising any trips or activities we needed and being extremely friendly and professional throughout.
The location is absolutely breathtaking and is one of the most naturally gorgeous places I have ever seen, with crisp white beaches and amazingly blue sea.
The place really is paradise.
The lodge itself is well stocked, with comfy beds and a good working shower. The only potential downside are the eco toilets and slightly dim lighting, but this is to be expected based on the rural location of the lodges and eco nature.
The food was fantastic throughout, and was fresh and flavoursome at every meal.
We would recommend it as a must visit to anyone visiting Tanzania and Zanzibar.
The manager Masoud was also readily available and extremely helpful and accommodating in resolving any queries during the stay.
Thank you to Omar, Masoud and the team for our amazing stay!
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Date of stay: May 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Bring earplugs as the wildlife around at night can be noisy!
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mrdueeffe wrote a review Nov 2022
10 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been here in November 2022 with my wife for a weekend. A friend suggested this place to us, but I never imagined it was so beautiful. I state that I have been living in Zanzibar for more than a year with my family. it was just me, my wife and two other guests we didn't know. We arrived late afternoon by boat, because it is on an island, the manager welcomed us very friendly, explaining everything and answering to our questions. Then he drove us to our bungalow. It was clean, simple but neat, and wide. it also has a terrace from which we could see the following day that there is an excellent view of the sea. The staff is friendly and the kitchen is super! Much better than the cuisine in hotels in Zanzibar. I suggest snorkelling at turtle bay, a small beach 10 minutes walk from the lodge, or by boat. There you can admire the beauty of colorful corals and underwater plants. Some are stinging.
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Date of stay: November 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dan_da_Silva wrote a review Jan 2020
Arusha, Tanzania3 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Very good service and food. We enjoyed swimming, canoeing, walks and snorkeling. Their houses have verandas facing the sea. We felt very comfortable with the basic amenities since we did not expect anything else from an Eco Lodge. The road and boat trip to the lodge is also an enjoyable experience.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Peter E wrote a review Sept 2023
Waimauku, New Zealand102 contributions40 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
An incredible lodge in a secluded part of Pemba. You really feel like Robinson Cruso. Plany of activities available but you pay seperately for everything even kayak's. Staff were great but struggled to keep up with room service, water ran out in units occasionally, we had to chase toilet paper and soap but nothing major. Staff seemed overworked and manager wasn't always engaged.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Take the full board option if you intend to eat three meals as no other place to eat. Take plenty...
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Answer from lisajbick
London, United Kingdom523 contributions35 helpful votes
Hi, we didn't snorkel but the guys at the lodge can take you snorkeling locally on a short boat ride for a reasonable cost. They are very knowledgeable of the local area and a great team. Definitely take rubber /hardy shoes you can wear in water as there are lots of sea urchins in the water once you go further out. But you can still paddle and swim near the beach no problem without shoes. This was one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed.
Answer from Nassor M
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania12 contributions
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for your reply. Here are the detailed answers to the issues you have raised: Conservation laws say that we are not allowed to remove the beached whale. It is bound to take its natural course, and now it has - the smell is gone. I am really sorry for your inconvenience caused by that, but this is out of our hands. Our eco toilets are state-of-the-art, purchased in South Africa only a few years back. We have not had any problems with them; I assume the staff did not put enough wood dust. We also have sufficient fresh water supply, even though this is a precious commoddity on the island. Again, as you stated yourself, the tanks were not filled in time. We provide portable solar lamps in every bungalow. If the light from the oil lamps (which most of our guests find romantic) was not bright enough for you, you would have been most welcome to bring your solar light to the table. As stated in my reply to your review, with the exception of the whale it seems our shortcomings during your stay were down to staff error. In keeping with our philosophy, we employ mostly people from the village and thoroughly train them ourselves. Ali, and many other of our long term staff are living proof that this is a very successful and sustainable concept. As our many other highly positive reviews, and most recently, Denise C's reply to you, show, we do have lovely and committed people there, and very high standards of service. It is very unfortunate that during the brief period of your stay, we did not have enough of our long term staff around, and on top of that, Ali's assistant fell ill. I apologize sincerely for that, and if I could turn back the time and do differently, believe me, I would. As it is, I can only repeat my apologies. We have taken your comments to heart, taken the necessary steps, and are now back to offering the quality experience our guests have come to expect from us over the years. With best regards, Nassor
Ali Myers wrote a tip May 2024
25 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring earplugs as the wildlife around at night can be noisy!"
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Herr Jan Tilman Schade wrote a tip Nov 2023
Zanzibar City, Tanzania74 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rely on the locals"
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JDG764 wrote a tip Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom80 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Arrive at high tide if you can - the low tide walk across the island is easy but some would find walking up the creek to the boat a bit diff"
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Peter E wrote a tip Sept 2023
Waimauku, New Zealand102 contributions40 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take the full board option if you intend to eat three meals as no other place to eat. Take plenty of snacks as well."
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Karina F wrote a tip May 2023
6 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You'll have the beach for yourselves!"
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PRICE RANGE
R 1,835 - R 2,825 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoPemba IslandKiweni (Shamiani)
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pemba Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Pemba Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Pemba Lodge?
Top room amenities include a desk, a mosquito net, and a sofa.
What food & drink options are available at Pemba Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Pemba Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Pemba Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.