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Mnemba Island Lodge, Zanzibar Facts

Mnemba Island Lodge lies 41/2 km (3 miles) off the northeastern tip of Zanzibar Island, Tanzania. The Island is 11/2 km in circumference and is surrounded by a tropical Indian Ocean coral reef. Mnemba Island forms part of an exquisite atoll, which has been declared a marine conservation area.

Mnemba Island is relatively easy to reach. A chauffeured transfer will take your from Zanzibar International Airport or Stone Town in a north easterly direction through the lush and fascinating island of Zanzibar. This 60 - 90 minute journey is on good paved roads for the first hour, but the last 5 kms are on a very poor road. The journey is well worth it once you reach the launch point for the twenty minute boat ride to Mnemba Island. As there are no jetties, the boat departure and landing takes place directly to and from the beach and could involve a little wading.

Weather: It can be humid. Sea breezes bring cooler air and relief from the hot, humid weather.

Rainfall: The rainy season is in two monsoon seasons - in April/May and in November.

Temperature: Average daytime temperatures are in the region of 26°C/79°F from June to October and about 28°C/82°F from December to February. Average water temperature from July to March is from 20°C/68°F to 25°C/77°F. Best time to travel: The best months to visit Mnemba are from June to March.

Malaria: Mnemba is situated in a low- risk malaria area.

Children: Children under 12 are welcome at the lodge (a maximum of 2 children on the island at any one time). An extra bed can be arranged for a child 16 years and younger sharing its parents' banda. No more than 1 triple at any one time.

Lodge Closure: Closed April and May.