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Fanjove Island

“Palm-fringed, powder-white sands; azure, shimmering waters; the call of birdsong; and a whole island to yourself”

Budget level: Mid-Range
Country
Tanzania
When to Go
Jun to Mar
Property Type
Lodge
Location
Zanzibar & Mafia Island
Kids Min Age
6

This exquisite natural setting is like a fount of Arcadian dreams and literary legend. As a secluded island, guests share Fanjove only with the abundant resident marine life, and of course our dedicated staff, who help to deliver the experience of a lifetime.

Intact coral reef spans for miles; the prolific wildlife includes spinner dolphin, green turtles and humpback whales. On Fanjove, time seems to have no pull, and guests feel privileged to alight upon this pristine island – an unadulterated paradise, still very much as nature intended. Only the 19th century lighthouse and some architectural remnants of a former fishing village settlement hint at previous occupation by anything other than wildlife – evoking thoughts of historical discovery, desert island life and adventure.

Six discreet, eco-friendly private bandas are set along the sandy shore in complete harmony with the environment.  The bandas are A-framed, shaped to resemble a Dhow sail, reflecting the local traditional sailing boats which may break the endless horizons as you gaze out to sea.

Each banda is open at its front to capitalise on the uninterrupted ocean views, which can also be enjoyed from the upstairs balcony. The whole property has been designed to minimize its environmental footprint. Solar power is employed for all the rooms, and the buildings use traditional, natural materials – sustainable wood, mukuti (palm leaves) and thatch.  Simple, stylish and comfortable, and completely in keeping with the unpretentious Fanjove vibe, the accommodation provides the perfect base from which to explore the island, shores and seas.

An open-air restaurant and lounge area is the ideal focal point at the end of the day, from where to gaze at the starlit skies and appreciate the undisturbed surroundings. Appetising fusion cuisine is served on understated yet stylishly-dressed tables on the beach.

The menu reflects the multicultural heritage of the islands and may include outstanding curries or freshly caught fish of the day. For a truly unparalleled experience, sundowners at the top of the 19th century lighthouse can be arranged.

Staying at Fanjove offers exceptional diving and snorkelling opportunities in warm waters of approx. 28°C and visibility of up to 30m. Butterfly fish, Angelfish, Damselfish… The Indian Ocean teems with brightly coloured fish.

From November to March, the island is the destination of migratory birds. Armed with good pair of binoculars, and stationed in a discreet lookout spot, you can appreciate the rich diversity of our island neighbours.

Fanjove has 4 single kayaks which provides a memorable way for guests to explore the whole main island, the bird island and the cliff system from the water.

At low tide we have access to a secluded sand bank from where you can snorkel, swim and watch for dolphins as an excellent lunch of grilled fish is prepared privately right in front of you.

Why we like it

  • Far off the beaten track of the normal tourist route.
  • You own private island with incredible snorkelling & diving.
  • Great birdlife at certain times of the year.
  • Combines well with sister camps in Southern Tanzania.

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