Situated in the Songo Songo archipelago off Kilwa, southern Tanzania, Fanjove Private Island lies in the warm crystal waters of the Indian Ocean. After a one-hour flight from Dar es Salaam, guests can step onto the pristine white beaches and bask in the stunning views.
Islanders strive to exist in harmony with nature and actively conserve the local environment by protecting marine and land habitats. The whole area benefits from visitors, with 3% of income generated through tourism donated to social development for the community living on the main island.
In exchange, the locals no longer fish on half of the seven-mile stretch of Fanjove coral reef and use only sustainable fishing methods. A beach management unit has been established and alternative sources of income have been provided to the villagers thanks to international tourism.
Fanjove is uninhabited aside from thousands of birds, coconut crabs and turtles. The six eco bandas — named after the Swahili word for hut — were carefully designed with the island in mind. Their shape is inspired by the dhows (local boats) that silently sail over the turquoise waters. In order to keep the impact on the delicate ecosystem to a minimum, the bandas are powered by solar energy, as are the hot water showers. Bathrooms have proper flush toilets and wastewater is biodegraded in septic tanks. Being eco-friendly has not diminished the comfort of the accommodation and has even added to the natural charm of the island.
The bandas are dotted along the length of the island, each one with its own unique view and private spaces.
Guests can relax by the historic German lighthouse built in 1894 or get close to nature with one of the island’s many excursions, including swimming with dolphins, whale-spotting and bird-watching.
Dhow sunset cruises are a fantastic way to spend an evening and visitors can also travel across to visit the local community on Songo Songo Island. Snorkelling and diving off Fanjove Private Island can be breathtakingly rewarding thanks to the protection of the reef and corals, with bottlenose and spinner dolphins commonly sighted.
Fine dining options are based around the fresh catch of fish, squid and octopus, flavoured with a touch
of Swahili spice and local fruits.
Need to know
· Six eco bandas
· Beach lounge
· Snorkelling, diving and kayaking centre
· Local dhows for sunset cruises