Fanjove Private Island
When you think of Fanjove Private Island, think palm-fringed, powder-white sands, azure, shimmering waters, the call of birdsong and the whole island all to yourself. More or less. The island is part of Tanzania’s Songo Songo archipelago, and is a mere kilometre in length and 400 metres wide.
With only 6 eco-friendly Robinson Crusoe-type Bandas, Fanjove accommodates 12 people and its staff. The bandas are A-framed, shaped to resemble a Dhow sail, and each 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 minimise 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.
There is an open-air restaurant and lounge area where you get to enjoy appetising fusion cuisine and starlit skies. For a truly unparalleled experience, sundowners at the top of the 19th century lighthouse can be arranged.
Why we like it here
Intact coral reef spans for miles; the prolific wildlife includes spinner dolphin, green turtles and humpback whales.
The Songo Songo archipelago is an important area for nesting sea turtles and sea birds.
It is ideal for couples wanting to disconnect from the outside world.
It is a very simple and complete barefoot experience.
Activities on offer include snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and stand up boarding (SUP).
3% of the income from Fanjove is donated to the local community of Songo Songo island for social development projects.
From November to March, the island is the destination of migratory birds.
Enjoy sundowners and sunsets from a dhow, which is a traditional East African coastal sailing vessel.
Channel your inner Robinson Crusoe and, with map in hand, explore the island on foot (a local guide can accompany you to offer insights into the island, its history and customs).
Things to be aware of
Fanjove is seasonal and closes from mid-March and re-opens on 1 June each year.
Fanjove Island does not take children under 6 years old.
Fresh water production by desalinator.
On the island, payments for extras may be made with cash only.
Charging point for electronic devices in dining area.