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Fanjove Island, Songosongo Arcipelago 25 miles off Kilwa, in the Archipelago of Songosongo, Kilwa Masoko Tanzania
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Palm-fringed, powder-white sands; azure, shimmering waters; the call of birdsong; and a whole island to yourself…. Secluded and exclusive, Fanjove Island is a peerless tropical island idyll. As a secluded island, guests share Fanjove only with the abundant resident marine life, and of course our dedicated staff, who help to deliver the experience of a lifetime. Six discreet, eco-friendly private bandas are set along the sandy shore in complete harmony with the environment. The bandas are A-framed, shaped to resemble a Dhow sail, reflecting the local traditional sailing boats which may break the endless horizons as you gaze out to sea. Each banda is open at its front to capitalise on the uninterrupted ocean views, which can also be enjoyed from the upstairs balcony. The whole property has been designed to minimize its environmental footprint. Solar power is employed for all the rooms, and the buildings use traditional, natural materials – sustainable wood, mukuti (palm leaves) and thatch. Simple, stylish and comfortable, and completely in keeping with the unpretentious Fanjove vibe, the accommodation provides the perfect base from which to explore the island, shores and seas. Staying at Fanjove offers exceptional diving and snorkelling opportunities in warm waters of approx. 28°C and visibility of up to 30m. Butterfly fish, Angelfish, Damselfish… The Indian Ocean teems with brightly coloured fish. An open-air restaurant and lounge area is the ideal focal point at the end of the day, from where to gaze at the starlit skies and appreciate the undisturbed surroundings. Appetising fusion cuisine is served on understated yet stylishly-dressed tables on the beach.
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Fanjove Island, Songosongo Arcipelago 25 miles off Kilwa, in the Archipelago of Songosongo, Kilwa Masoko Tanzania
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Kilwa Masoko Airport24 miSee all flights
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Kristina Tischler wrote a review Feb 2020
Leonding, Austria12 contributions2 helpful votes
After our Safari we finished our honeymoon trip with a stay at Fanjove Island. The Island could be directly put out of the Robinson Crusoe novel: white sand, clear water and lots of lovely ghost and hermit crabs. There are many opportunties to spend time like snorkelling or ocean excursions, but we decided to focus on the most essential things: enjoying the great meals, relaxing and reading books. Our personal highlight was the candle light dinner in front of the lighthouse!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Responded Feb 13, 2020
Hello Kristina Thank you for your lovely review and it was a pleasure hosting you and Manuel on Fanjove. The allure of the clear blue sea and white sand always lends itself towards long relaxed afternoons walking along the beaches and enjoying the endlessly fascinating life of all the smaller creatures on the island. We are very happy you enjoyed the beautiful views from the lighthouse it is really a special experience looking over the Indian Ocean on a clear warm African night. We hope to see you again on our beautiful little island. Karibu Fanjove. Kind regards the Fanjove Team
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Philippa T wrote a review Nov 2019
london19 contributions2 helpful votes
barefoot paradise. you feel completely at one with nature. The bandas are beautifully designed, very comfortable, and with exquisite views to the ocean. The hosts and all the staff delightful, nothing too much trouble. Great snorkelling, great eating, great dolphin watching. Fanjove is top of my list of places I love.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from SelousSafariCompany1, Manager at Fanjove Island
Responded Nov 24, 2019
Hello Phillipa Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your time with us. It was a pleasure hosting you and we hope to see you again in the future. Warmest Regards The Fanjove Family
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John F wrote a review Nov 2019
Charlotte, North Carolina8 contributions
We spent four truly wonderfual days at this stunning private island. It's somewhere between "Castaway" and Robinson Crusoe but with a great chef! Juan and Alysanne, along with staff ( including Nasri and Hakim) were superb. You have a very nice live reef just off the beach with easy access, and if snorkeling/diving and just hanging out are your thing, you will enjoy Fanjove.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from SelousSafariCompany1, Manager at Fanjove Island
Responded Nov 5, 2019
Hello John Thank you for your kind words it was lovely hosting you and Karen on Fanjove. We are very happy that you enjoyed the snorkelling from the main beach and the delicious food our chefs produced. We hope to see you again in the future. Karibu Fanjove Warm regards The Fanjove Family
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Chris Thom wrote a review Aug 2019
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Paradise found in this amazing private island. Complete digital detox, remote location with no one other than the staff and other guest's on the island. Crystal clear waters with white sandy beaches, wonderful walks around the island without bumping into anyone! Activities available should you wish or the best excuse just to chill out, read, swim, walk the beach and enjoy the island vibe. Juan & Alzaan are great manager's, very attentive and nothing is too much trouble. My food allergies were a concern with me being allergic to seafood & fish and the team certainly took more than great care of my meals and needs. An unexpected bonus was the turtle's hatching on our last evening, such an AMAZING experience. Thank you so much to the Fanjove team, we will be back.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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AKfromCO wrote a review Mar 2019
Denver, Colorado17 contributions4 helpful votes
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We were a little hesitant as to whether it was worth the time, effort, and money to stray from the typical conclusion to a northern circuit Tanzania safari or just head to Zanzibar like everyone else - but in retrospect the decision should have been an easy one. Boat rides to watch the spinner dolphins, incredible snorkeling right off the beach, and amazing meals of freshly caught seafood, with (literally) no other tourists anywhere around. Thanks so much to Laura, Johan, Hakim, Emil, Wilson, Nasri, Mustafa, the chefs, and especially to Malcolm (with whom we had the extra good fortune of traveling to/from the island at the same time) for the truly inspirational work he's done in collaboration with the local community to create, maintain, and improve this one-of-a-kind island experience, and more importantly the surrounding ecosystem. Who knows if we will ever get to return, but I hope that the coming improvements do not alter the simplicity and laid-back feel of this place. There are plenty of rockstar-type islands with the pricetags to match - this one is perfect just the way it is.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fanjove Island
What are some of the property amenities at Fanjove Island?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Fanjove Island?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Fanjove Island have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Fanjove Island offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Fanjove Island have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.