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Matemwe Lodge
Matemwe Lodge
Matemwe Lodge
Matemwe Lodge

Reviews of Matemwe Lodge

Wildlife sightings and reviews

44 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Matemwe Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa

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Mr & Mrs S
Winchester

"Matemwe Bungalows review"

7 nights Arrived 21 Sep 2008
"We hoped that this would provide 7 days of complete relaxation - it came up at 200%!
It is extremely well run by the new (arrived in June 08) manager (Mr Stritter ?} who came from Namibia with a German wife.. The bungalows are ideal, with a permanent breeze, lots of well-designed space and always something to see outside, with dhows going in and out, the reef in the distance , the fishermen on foot in the shallow water at low tide, and the changing light.,
The bar and restaurant are excellent, and the manager is doing great things in the gardens , which I suspect got rather overgrown.
Snorkelling is not available from the doorstep, and this means taking a dhow to the reef." See all these reviews: 14n in Zanzibar
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Average
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Crested francolin
UK

"Matemwe Bungalows review"

5 nights Arrived 25 Jan 2008
"Matemwe is a breath-takingly beautiful bit of coastline. The bungalows themselves are luxurious and comfortable yet they retain a very African feel. We loved the infinity swimming pool, and everything was so easily accessible - the beach, the bar, the restaurant.

The restaurant was in a very nice setting, the food was fantastic and having a choice of two dishes each evening was appreciated. Service was excellent and the managers made us feel very welcome, making a special effort for our honeymoon.

The cool breeze on that part of the coast made the heat more bearable and we especially enjoyed sitting in the swinging chair in the evening, overlooking the ocean and watching the fireflies. It's very peaceful (not a place for people who want to party), we had the most relaxing and romantic holiday - a perfect spot for honeymooners! Highly recommended.

" See all these reviews: 11n in Zanzibar; 3n in Tanzania
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr J
Hants

"Matemwe Bungalows review"

3 nights Arrived 20 Jan 2008
"Huge huge potential! - but what a huge huge disappointment it all turned out to be.
Wonderful bungalows and all seemed so ideallic - however, we were to discover quite the contrary.

The food was average on the whole - our first evening bbq meal consisted of my husband being fed RAW and cold chicken - thankfully nothing came of it. We were appalled at how this was handled with our waiter simply scraping off the raw drumstick and giving my husband back the very same plate.

The bar refused to serve us one evening after dinner when we went with another couple for a quick drink. It was 10.15pm and the grumpy barman told us it was closed!

There was no dry white wine AT ALL at the place - some problem with deliveries due to the crisis in Kenya ??? was what we were told. Keeping wine cold was a problem in the heat as they had no ice or sufficient wine coolers. We decided then to forget the warm sweet wine (!) and settle for G & Ts - but no tonic waters on site. No mint (for cocktails) on site! How disappointing.

Our shower didn't drain away properly (bungalow 9) and the lovely huge bath that was in our bungalow
would not hold any water at all as the plug didn't seal.

One was not able to go directly down to the beach or sea from the main bit of the the complex nor the bungalows, which for us was a huge shame. We usually enjoy lying on the beach and swimming in the sea - but if we did this there were no facilities (beach bar, towels, music etc) nearby.
Also, the sea is quite precarious as the floor of it is swimming with sea urchins - which even through sea-shoes stung my toe on our first swim!!
The 2 pools are lovely but are really very small, and it would have been nice to have a pool shower for rinsing off by the pool.

In addition to this, Maternwe village is right along side. Although we both enjoyed seeing the villagers and how they go out fishing every morning in their 'dhows' and how the women do the seaweed farming, the HUGE downside of them being so nearby was that it was like a 'poo minefield' walking along the beach. I know this sounds quite amusing - but it really wasn't too nice!! And as if the sea urchins weren't off-putting enough - the village poo put us off considerably from even going into the sea at all.

New management took over only 3 weeks before our visit. They are a really nice couple running it but they are clearly still finding their feet, and it would be fair to say that there are some management issues and staff issues that need sorting quickly. We spoke to three other couples who had the same gripes as us and although they liked the place and the whole concept of Maternwe Bungalows, they were very much disappointed, as indeed we were.
" See all these reviews: 5n in Tanzania; 5n in Zanzibar
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Average

Location:
Average
Service:
Good
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Average
Facilities:
Average
Mr & Mrs W
Herts

"Matemwe Bungalows review"

5 nights Arrived 9 Oct 2007
"For a real getaway after safari, Matemwe Bungalows is great. It is certainly remote (quite a journey from the airport/Stone Town and the last few miles is a very rough ride!). This is perfect if you just want to stay there and not do much else - but if you want to take some excursions e.g. to a Spice Farm - then not so easy.

The bungalows themselves are lovely, very well appointed and extremely spacious. The verandah overlooking the ocean is wonderful and you can spend hours swinging on the hammock or lazing on the sofa watching the fishing dhows go out and back and the women of the village pegging and gathering seaweed (for Estee Lauder we were told!!!). The early morning tea and coffee is a lovely touch - we enjoyed getting up early to drink tea/coffee watching the sunrise.

The restaurant is especially nice at lunchtime when the sides are rolled up and you can take a leisurely lunch overlooking the ocean.

One of us was very poorly whilst staying there and nothing was too much trouble. Nigel the manager was very attentive and caring as were all the staff. The 'well' half was fussed over as a lone diner!!

The only down side really was the wind! When the tide comes in it can be very windy and then quite uncomfortable on the verandah and also inside the bungalow as the wind whistled through the louvred doors - at times there was no escape from it. If you are a light sleeper then the noise of the waves crashing on the rocks below can be disturbing - we did not find that a soothing noise." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 7n in Zanzibar
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Good
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