Che Che Vule. Zanzibar. Tanzania
Why we love it
Matemwe Village and it's long white beaches on the North East of the Island is our favourite area, as it has incredible snorkelling at nearby Mnemba. The water is impossibly blue, the fishermen are always gracing the shallows with their local boats as they bring in their colourful catch, and the villa is a short tumble down to the beach. Offering excellent value, the house is big and allows for two families to have heaps of space and the garden and pool are great. We loved its creative style using local wood carvers and old boats. Bohemian chic. The staff are wonderful.
What to expect
The villa is made up of four rooms, sleeping ten. Two rooms are en suite, the others share a bathroom. There are big airy living areas and a wonderful patio overlooking the pool. The style of the house is laid back, and old boats make up the book cases and the beds are handmade in wood. Eddy the private chef will do a great seafood barbeque and baked goodies and a visit with him to the fish market is a must.
What to do
Apart from lazy late breakfasts of tropical fruit and pool time, you can watch the fishermen bring in their catch, do a reef walk at low tide, jump on a dhow to Mnemba to snorkel and hopefully swim with dolphins, you can scuba and kite surf with the local dive school further along the same beach. A village walk is great too.
Kids : Kids will love everything about this house, especially feeding the tortoises and playing soccer with the local kids. The staff are great with kids.The pool is open so beware toddlers.
Best time to visit
Monsoon season in Zanzibar is from March to early June, and most of the island shuts for this time. Nov – March is very hot, and June /July a bit windy. But expect humid hot days all year round with lovely sea breezes in the evenings.
How to get there
From Zanzibar airport, it’s a short drive of about one hour to the house which is easy to arrange. Last few kilometres are a bumpy sand road. Recommend a night or two first in Stone Town to experience that part of the island.