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.
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.
Food & drink
Board basis: Half-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 menu 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 24/7.
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 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) with a 2% surcharge.