I love Mohammed's because it is a beautiful little spot in northern Matemwe, right on the beach and very close to Mnemba Atoll. The bungalows are very clean and simple, yet comfortable. Mohammed is the first local to have built on the beach at Matemwe and he and his wife started by renting out just two rooms and were so successful that they kept adding rooms as they could. Mohammed and his lovely wife and 5 children live on site, and they give the bungalows a low-key, relaxed, chill vibe. It's very peaceful, serene, quiet, just lovely. They have hanging hammocks overlooking the beach, and each bungalow has it's own veranda. The restaurant is also very good. Many people who are staying in the posh resorts next door go to Mohammed's Restaurant as the food is fresh, of high quality and incredibly affordable.
The bungalows are not fancy, so if that's what you're looking for, this isn't your spot. But if you like very affordable, clean, straight-forward bungalows right on the beach for about $30/night for a double, then give it a try.
If you're coming from Stone Town, I also suggest taking dalla-dalla 118 (Matemwe) for 1,500 shillings, or about $1USD. It will take a little over an hour, but the experience of the ride is an adventure in itself. Tell them you are going to Mohammed's and that you want to be taken all the way, otherwise, they have a tendency to dump you at the end of the tarmac road, and it's a good 20 minute walk from there. Just be insistent and they will do it. If you do get dumped at the end of the tarmac, just head toward the beach and walk for about 20 minutes. It's a beautiful walk, and much more straight-forward than following the road all the way. Enjoy!
- Also Known As:
- Mohammed`s Beach Bungalows Hotel Matemwe
- Mohammed's Beach Bungalows Matemwe, Zanzibar Island