In order to escape from civilization, to the world of real untouched nature, you will need to travel. There are daily flights to Pemba islands, these light aircraft transfer flights come from Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam or other Tanzanian destinations and can be arranged at the time of booking. There is also a ferry service to Pemba from Zanzibar or Tanga.
Getting to the lodge is a bit of an adventure in itself! From Pemba airport, you’ll take a 45-minute scenic drive through the lush countryside to Kengeja a small port in the south-east of the island where the Pemba Lodge team will be waiting for you. The 30-minute traditional boat trip, (with out-board engine) to Shamiani Island will also allow the captain, the chance to sail up to local fishermen and buy some of their fresh catch for dinner.
Flying is a favorite form of transfer a short flight in a light aircraft. Flights to and from Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam (and other Tanzanian destinations can be arranged at the time of booking or you can book directly on www.flyezee.com , East Africas best Regional flight comparison website.
Depending on the tides, it’s then a 10–20-minute walk through farmland to the lodge itself. If the tide is in, the boat can sail onto to the beach near the lodge. At Spring tide this walk maybe a little longer. Don’t be put off by the thought of this journey – you’re reward is a truly beautiful stretch of beach with powder-white sand.
However you may wish to experience our ‘new’ mode of transport. The traditional Ox and cart from the local harbor at Dongoni takes the farm track to The Lodge.
Food & Drink:
Board basis: Full Board.
Meals at Pemba Lodge are predominantly seafood based, and depend on what the local fishermen have caught that day. All meals are served in the main restaurant area.
Breakfast consists of a fresh fruit platter and then a choice of eggs or pancakes with boiled cassa-va (a local potato type vegetable) and fresh seasonal fruit juice.
Lunch is a light offering, while dinner is a more substantial three-course meal. The menu for dinner is written on the board during the day (once the fishermen have made their catch!)
Pemba Lodge welcomes children.
Children are always the responsibility of their parents.
What to bring:
We suggest a good sun hat, sun cream, a pair of sturdy walking shoes, trainers, velcro fastening sandals, as some of the walks are over stony ground. A pair of track suit pants or long trousers may also be useful.
Power supply - Solar Power Power supply notes - An inverter is available for charging batteries.
Wifi is available in the main lodge
TV & radio: - There is no TV.
Health & safety:
Malaria protection recommended: Yes
Pemba Lodge has a first aid box on site. There is a boat on standby to transport people to Pemba's mainland if a visit to the doctor is required.
Security guards patrol the lodge.
Authentic eco tourism benefits all parties including nature, the people who live on Shamiani Island, and our guests through the lifelong memories they will take home.
Pemba Lodge uses a percentage of its revenue to fund future marine and environmental projects around the Island.
Pemba Lodge was built in 2009-2010 on the untouched Shamiani Island off Pemba, Zanzibar. Highlighted as the latest up-and-coming eco-lodge in East Africa by the respected Bradt Travel Guide to Zanzibar, it opened in September 2010. It was inspired by the owner’s enthusiasm to establish a true eco-lodge on his homeland of Pemba.
As part of our commitment to conservation on the island, Pemba Lodge has entered into a campaign in conjunction with the local community to help protect the turtle population, which is fast declining around both Unguja and Pemba.
We also cooperate with and sponsor the Uzi Island Sea Turtle sanctuary and program.
Pemba Island is the sister to the more developed Zanzibar (Unguja) Island and lies 50 km off the Tanzanian Coast. It is a lush, traditionally farmed island famed for its aromatic clove plantations and beautiful rolling hills.
At the southeastern tip of Pemba Island lies Shamiani Island, home to Pemba Lodge.