Getting to the lodge is a bit of an adventure in itself! From Pemba airport, you’ll take a 45-minute road transfer to a small port in the south-east of the island where the Pemba Lodge team will be waiting for you. From here the 20-minute boat trip to Shamiani Island will allow the captain the chance to sail up to local fishermen and buy some of their fresh catch for dinner. Depending on the tides, it’s then a 10–20-minute walk through farmland to the lodge itself. Don’t be put off by this journey, though – you’ll be rewarded by a truly beautiful stretch of beach with powder-white sand that rivals the best in Pemba.
However you may wish to experience our new traditional mode of transport. The Ox and cart from the local harbor at Dongoni along the farm track to The Lodge. When the tide is out the beach takes on an almost lunar landscape stretching into the distance and when the tide is in, it’s an even more stunning view.
If the tide is in the boat will sail into the bay on the beach at the lodge. 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.
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 fruit platter and then a choice of eggs or pancakes with boiled cassava (a local 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 they have visited the fishermen!).
Pemba Lodge welcomes children.
Notes: Children are always the responsibility of their parents.
What to bring:
We suggest a good sun hat, sun cream, a pair of walking shoes, trainers, Velcro fastening sandals. As some of the walks are over stony ground. A pair of training pants or long trousers may be useful.
Power supply - Solar Power
Power supply notes - An inverter is available for charging batteries.
Wifi is available for use in emergencies.
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.
Due to the flammable nature of the building materials, there is a strict NO SMOKING policy in the rooms.
Disabled access - Not Possible (to access Pemba Lodge is a 15-20 minute walk on a stony path) and is not recommended for people with limited mobility.
Laundry is done by hand at an extra cost of about US$1 per item, with a 24-hour turn round.
All the rooms have safes for valuables.
Pemba Lodge accepts cash in US dollar and Tanzanian shillings. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted (US only) without surcharge.
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.