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“An Island Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Fanjove Island, Songosongo Arcipelago | 25 miles off Kilwa, in the Arcipelago of Songosongo, Kilwa Masoko, Tanzania   |  
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“An Island Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Fanjove exceeded my expectations in every way. I knew that it was eco-friendly and on a private island, but it's much more than that. Fanjove is a paradise. It is completely isolated from anything, creating a peaceful and serene experience. You can enjoy the view of clear ocean waters from your banda (and even bed!). It's so safe and private that I left my banda's doors and windows open the entire time. This allowed me to appreciate the gorgeous views, the ocean breeze in the evening, and literally wake up to the waves and the ocean less than 500 meters in front of me. This is a great place to disconnect - you can walk around the island, go kayaking, snorkeling, diving, or simply enjoy the home-cooked meals and cushiony beds overlooking the gorgeous beach. For a getaway, I highly recommend Fanjove Private Island - and I'd recommend staying for 5 days to really get the maximum the island has to offer.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Excellent lodge in full eco style and local materials - very well appointed rooms with unobstructed indian ocean view,- with a beautiful bathroom. All done in local materials and in perfect harmony. Very personal approach and food is catered through 3 meals a day and a lot o f fresh coconut....those who like diving and snorkeling or even those like me reading a book its paradise.
I did stay 2 nights , feels too short , I would rather recommend 4.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Fanjove Island really exceeded our expectations. It is very small, very beautiful, extremely eco-friendly and a place that we definitely will return to one day if we can.

From conversations with the very friendly managers (a young italian couple) we learned that Fanjove is actually more of a project than a hotel. With only 5 simple, but beautiful eco-bandas that are located right on the beach the impact of tourists is very low. Everything is made from local materials by local people. They only buy big fish for dinner to ensure that the local fishermen learn to let the fishes grow enough so as not to endanger the species and were also involved in stopping the very destructive dynamite fishing that used to happen around the area.

There is a huge and practically unexplored coral reef around the area that is great for diving and snorkeling, dolphins are regularly seen and - in the right season - even whales. We were shown a turtle's nest on the beach, but unfortunately we came a bit too late to witness the hatching. But we did see flying fish and lots of wonderful birdlife.

Travelling to Fanjove is very adventureous. We flew from Selous via Dar and Mafia Island to Songo Songo Island, where we had a motorbike transfer to a pier and then another boat transfer of about 40 Minutes to Fanjove, all very interesting! Pietro (the manager) told us, that they will purchase a faster boat soon. Then transfers will be quicker and very convenient even from Kilwa on the mainland of Tanzania.

Now, what more I say? It is probably best to look at my pictures and see for yourselves.

This is a truly amazing place that touched my deeply.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Fanjove Private Island

Address: Fanjove Island, Songosongo Arcipelago | 25 miles off Kilwa, in the Arcipelago of Songosongo, Kilwa Masoko, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Lindi Region > Kilwa Masoko
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Kilwa Masoko
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The wonderful uncontaminated nature of a tropical island, 20 miles from the coast, is an unexplored tourist destination. There are six Eco Bandas, each with an en-suite bathroom open to the sky for hot showers under the stars; distributed along the main beach to guarantee privacy, each with a view of the ocean. During the day it will be possible to amuse oneself with the various activities..more. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Fanjove Private Island Tanzania/Kilwa Masoko

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