Take your shoes off and learn to live life without them. Explore rock pools and cliffs at low tide and watch birds and crabs when the tide is high. Privacy, the sun, crystal blue waters, fish and birds – what more do you need? Learn that the whole island is rented from the nearby village of Sonsosongo whose people benefit from the lodge income for their social development. Natural and wild, do not expect rolling lawns and swimming pools.


What if we told you: Take off your shoes and learn to live off your own wit and skills!
Ah, we would be joking, but here you could learn how life would be without shoes! Oh, so comfortable! The sun, the crystal blue water, fishes and birds and a whole island to yourself, what else do we need in life?
And here your contribution has allowed us to keep a fantastic 11 km of intact coral reef.

Thousands of migrant birds that rest and feed, green turtles that lay their eggs, hundreds of dolphins that roam the seas as well as humpback whales that pass through in their migrations have given the community an alternative to consumptive utilization of the resources.

Nobody lives on Fanjove, except you and our dedicated staff, as we have rented the whole island from the near-by village of Songosongo and also contribute 3% of our income to the social development of the community. We are proud of our achievement and we want to keep doing better and better and keep the island natural so that we can all learn what life is all about!
You will fly to Songosongo island, and you will be able to explore the community life of the fishermen from the time “long ago”, and then you will have a short boat ride to Fanjove Private Island, accompanied by a pod of Bottle Nosed dolphins, if you are lucky.

Fanjove Island in the Songo Songo Archipelago, 140km south of Dar Es Salaam, off the coast of Zanzibar and Tanzania.
Fanjove Private Island, set in a wonderful uncontaminated tropical island is a destination unexplored. Nobody lives on Fanjove except the guests and lodge staff! The whole island is rented from the nearby village of Sonsosongo whose community gain a 3%  contribution of the lodge income for their social development.
The lodge is designed to blend in and is in keeping with its surroundings. Natural and wild, do not expect rolling lawns and swimming pools. The main lodge encompasses the dining area, lounge and bar overlooking pristine beaches waiting to be explored.
The 6 huts, called Bandas are designed to resemble the shape of a dhow and are made of wood and makuti (palm leaves). The  bathroom is built in concrete but is in harmony with the rest of the building. The banda is designed to be completely open at its front with doors and curtains at the guests disposal to protect from wind and sun.
Solar panels on the top of the makuti roof power the lights in the bandas and hot water is heated by a 90litre tank solar panel. Fresh water is not found on the island and guests are asked to be sensitive on water consumption as it is shipped in daily from the mainland.
There are many activities and guests are free to explore the island as much as they want. There are certain areas which as they are of significant spiritual importance to local residents can only be visited when accompanied by a staff member.
The Fanjove coral reef extends for 11kms and is mostly unexplored. This tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean is a perfect marine metropolis where humpback whales migrate, sea turtles lay eggs and tropical fish play. Varied marine landscapes for underwater pinnacles and gardens of coral with 20+ meter visability make for a rare chance to experience an area that not many have explored before.

Fanjove Private Island Lodge


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