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. It has a strong indigenous culture which has so far been very little exposed to commercial tourism. Most Pembans are farmers, fishermen and artisans. Like in Unguja, they are predominantly Muslims and adhere to the Islamic rituals and celebrations.
Pemba is home to the endemic and endangered Flying Fox bat and a host of other rare animals. The ancient Ngezi Forest is a temperate rain forest and nature reserve where rangers will take you on exploration walks and delight you with tales of the forest’s long history and development.
The weather is consistently warm (20-35 degrees) and there are two distinctive rainy seasons: the long monsoon rains are in April and May and the short rains are in November. This keeps the island a lush, shimmering green and produces a wide variety of tropical fruits and vegetables as well as the spices that Pemba and Zanzibar are world famous for: cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, hot chilies and, of course, cloves.
At the southeastern tip of Pemba Island lies Shamiani Island, home to Pemba Lodge.
How to get to us:
There are daily flights to Pemba Island from Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, Dar Es Salaam and The Serengeti. Please check flyezee.com for the most up to date flight information.
There is also a ferry service from Zanzibar or Tanga.
A scenic drive through Pemba’s lush countryside will take you to the boat launch for Shamiani Island; it’s about 45 minutes from the airport and 30 minutes from the harbor in Mkoani.
There, a traditional boat awaits you to bring you to Pemba Lodge, a trip of 15 – 30 minutes, depending on the tides.
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.