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7 - DAY MNEMBA ISLAND

Tour Starts & Ends

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

No. Persons Limit

Minimum 2 passengers to operate. Maximum 7 passengers in each group.

Departure Dates

On request (the tour starts at any time if the participants are ready)

Cost of Addtional Services

Extra cost such as tips, oxygen tanks, foods in hotels  $ $ $



7 – DAY MNEMBA ISLAND TOUR 

Mnemba island Tour is a hidden oasis of white sand and sapphire waters. The private island is a secluded paradise for couples and families who want to unwind, make memories, and reconnect with nature in a breath-taking setting in the Zanzibar archipelago.

Mnemba Island, at a glance

Located 3km off the northeast coast of Unguja, Mnemba Island is a small, exclusive island which sits within a halo of coral reef. The island is adorned with pristine white sand beaches and a casuarina pine forest, and it is owned by &Beyond.

&Beyond offers 12 luxurious beachside bandas which accommodate 24 guests, and their attentive staff outnumber guests by two to one. The island is roughly triangular, and its 1.5km circumference gives it an intimate ambience.

The island is famous for its celebrity guests, but it is also a great post-safari getaway for families. &Beyond offers a host of exciting activities that will enthral every member of your family. 

How to get to Mnemba Island?

One of &Beyond’s private chauffeurs will collect you from Zanzibar’s main airport, Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, or Stone Town, the main city of Zanzibar. Abeid Amani Karume International Airport receives flights from East Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

The road journey across Unguja takes 1.5 hours, and the final 20 minutes are on a bumpy, unpaved road.

Next, you will take a 15-minute boat cruise in an open top boat across crystal clear waters.

There are no jetties, so your departure and landing will involve a little wading, but the staff will ensure that this is as comfortable as possible.

Accommodation at Mnemba Island

The resort offers 12 exquisitely designed beachside bandas which are tucked away in their own private patch of tropical foliage, and each banda has a veranda that overlooks the beach.

Despite being luxurious, these romantic hideaways are not pretentious, and they possess a simple beauty.

Family bandas can accommodate up to 4 guests, and their verandas are the perfect place to watch the sunset. 

Dining at Mnemba Island

The dining experience at Mnemba is characterised by candlelit dinners on the beach, which are prepared with fresh local ingredients.

You can choose to dine indoors under the shade of a thatched roof, or on the beach where the waves will gently lap at your feet.

If you enjoy lie ins, you can order a basket of fresh fruit to your room, and sip on Tanzanian coffee to start your day in style.

Dinner with an ocean view

During mealtimes, the chef regularly comes out to check that each guest is happy with the menu, and you can inform him of any specific dietary requirements.

The menus always include fresh seafood which is caught on the traditional ngalawa outriggers, and you can expect lobster, crab, prawns, and many more delights.

Before dinner, many guests enjoy a cocktail at the bar as they watch the picturesque sunset. Alternatively, guests who prefer their own space can order champagne and sushi to their sun loungers.

Activities at Mnemba Island

Snorkelling

Mnemba’s beaches offer fantastic snorkelling and swimming conditions due to the favourable tide. The best snorkelling site can be reached by a 10-minute motorboat journey, which can be easily arranged with staff.

For experienced divers (diving certificates are required), there is a private diving centre which is run by PADI. Instructors run two dives each day, and this is included in your stay.

The centre also offers PADI diving courses. During a dive, you have the chance to see bottlenose dolphins, sharks, and a few lucky guests have even seen the whale shark, the world’s largest fish.

All snorkelling and scuba equipment is free. 

Deep sea fishing

This island is the perfect destination for deep sea fishing, and you have the chance to catch king fish, barracuda, tuna, mackerel, sailfish, and marlin.

Fly fishing on the beach can also be organised. The resort follows a policy of catch and release. 

Relaxation

The simplest but best activity at Mnemba is to take a deep breath, inhale the sea breeze, and appreciate the mesmerising views.

Some guests choose to relax on sun loungers in privacy, but fitness enthusiasts can book a yoga session on the beach or indulge in a massage at the wellbeing centre.

As well as providing equipment for fishing and diving, the resort offers equipment for kayaking, windsurfing, and cycling. 

If you are travelling with children, the Wild Kids Club will provide an exciting range of activities for them. 

Wildlife

For such a small island, Mnemba boasts an impressive range of wildlife both above and below water.

The island is home to the tiny Suni antelope which were originally brought from Jozani Forest in Unguja. The Ader’s duiker also lives on the island. This is the rarest antelope species in Africa, with experts estimating that there are only 300-600 remaining in the wild.

Mnemba Island was chosen to become a conservation area for the Ader’s duiker as there are no natural predators. The island is home to a population of 25 Ader’s duikers, but they are very secretive and difficult to spot.

The island is surrounded by an oval reef which has been declared a marine conservation area.

Humpback whales, 3 species of dolphin, and whale sharks, are often seen in the warm waters that surround the island.

One of the most exciting sights on Mnemba is the turtle nesting season in February and March. Green turtles often lay their eggs in the warm sands, and the island is a protected area for turtles.

Does Mnemba Island cater for families with young children?

Children of all ages are welcomed at Mnemba Island. The resort has one family banda, consisting of two 1-bedroom bandas connected by an interleading walkway. The family banda is situated close to the communal areas of the kitchen and dining area. Mnemba Island can accommodate a maximum of 2 children under 12 years of age on the island at any given time in this family banda. Childminding is available and can be arranged at an extra cost.

The WILD Child programme is available at Mnemba Island and is a collection of adventures and activities designed especially for children. These fun, interactive activities are designed to expose the children to the local people and wildlife, as well as the food and culture of the area. As the kids go to bed in the evening after a fun-filled day, they will find details of tomorrow’s assignment on their pillows, ensuring they are eagerly anticipating their next adventure.

Examples of children’s activities available on Mnemba Island are numerous, and include the treasure seeker day, for kids from 6 – 12 years old, which entails a scavenger hunt, pirate ship dhow trip, and snorkelling. Other possibilities include snorkelling, dolphin watching, sandcastle building, kayaking, Stand Up Paddling, fly fishing, frisbee, beach soccer, nature walks, shell collecting, baking turtle biscuits with the chefs, and playing a multitude of different games such as cards, backgammon, scrabble, chess, mbao, bocce, and jenga. Beach picnics with the parents are easily arranged as are bespoke birthday cakes for that very special occasion. The team on Mnemba Island have a real affinity with children, and one can rest assured your children will be well looked after and have the time of their lives.

Rates

Rates differ depending on the season. During the low season, (April, May, October, November, and December) this exclusive experience costs $1,270 per person per night at the time of writing. During the high season (January, February, March. June, July, August, and September), the resort costs $1,760 per person per night. The price includes the following:

  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Three meals daily
  • Soft drinks, house wines, teas, coffees, local brand spirits and beers
  • Water sports (scuba diving twice daily, snorkelling, kayaking, sundowner dhow cruise, paddle boarding)
  • Laundry service

Yoga sessions, fine wines, champagne, branded spirits and cigars, and wellness treatments, are not included in this price.

Set on a private island off the north eastern tip of Zanzibar, Mnemba Island Lodge offers guests the perfect destination to get away from it all.

  • Just off north east coast Zanzibar
  • 10 bandas
  • Fully inclusive
  • Main restaurant, dining, lounge and bar
  • Massage and beauty treatments available
  • Diving, snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing, dhow cruise, fly-fishing
  • Deep-sea fishing
  • 5* star PADI diving
  • Minimum age 16 yrs
  • Closed 15 April – 31 May

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andBeyond Mnemba Island

The luxury of andBeyond Mnemba Island is a whole, it certainly does not reside in ostentatious arrangements, but in the service, the exclusivity of the place, the fact of being able to feel the contact of the sand under your feet without the obligation to wear shoes of your entire stay! No wonder many stars have chosen andBeyond Mnemba Island for their vacation. The place is so beautiful, so pure and protected that the island is visited every year by hundreds of turtles. These adorable creatures come here to lay their eggs and, between April and October, you can observe the appearance of hundreds of small turtles struggling to get back to the sea. small species of 45-50 centimeters high, but also some Ader duikers, in danger of extinction, introduced on the island in 2006 to contribute to its preservation. The setting is wild, unspoiled, the island is bordered by a long beach of very fine coral sand, perfect for a romantic island tour. Be careful, you will probably have to do some slalom to avoid the nests of turtles clearly highlighted on the beach by stakes. Beyond the beach, the turquoise lagoon and its very colorful reefs open their arms to you. This luxurious enclave is located on a small private island, 4.5 km from the North East coast of the island of Zanzibar. It is delicately placed there, on the edge of a spectacular coral atoll. To reach andBeyond Mnemba Island, you will cross Spice Island by road for about 90 minutes, then finally put your feet in the sand after a short crossing of 10 to 15 minutes.

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ITINERARY FOR 7 DAYS - MNEMBA ISLAND TOUR

From: US$ 6475 per person sharing

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 &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge

Zanzibar, Tanzania

PROGRAMME

Day 1 – 6

  • Transfer from Zanzibar International Airport to &Beyond Mnemba Island
  • Included activities: Scuba diving – 2 dives per day – full PADI certification required, snorkelling,kayaking, sundowner dhow cruise and stand-up paddle boarding (subject to availability)
  • Recommended activities (at additional cost): Wellness Treatments and Yoga
  • Overnight at &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge

Day 8

  •   Transfer from &Beyond Mnemba Island to Zanzibar International Airport
  • Departure

ITINERARY FOR 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS - MNEMBA ISLAND

From: US$ 4,525 per person sharing