FANJOVE PRIVATE ISLAND, southern tanzania

Palm-fringed, powder-white sands; azure, shimmering waters; the call of birdsong; and a whole island to yourself…. Secluded and exclusive, Fanjove Private Island is a peerless tropical island idyll.

THE island

This exquisite natural setting is like a fount of Arcadian dreams and literary legend. As a private 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.  

Intact coral reef spans for miles; the prolific wildlife includes spinner dolphin, green turtles and humpback whales. On Fanjove, time seems to have no pull, and guests feel privileged to alight upon this pristine island – an unadulterated paradise, still very much as nature intended. Only the 19th century lighthouse and some architectural remnants of a former fishing village settlement hint at previous occupation by anything other than wildlife - evoking thoughts of historical discovery, desert island life and adventure.

the accommodation

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.

dining & amenities

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.

The menu reflects the multicultural heritage of the islands and may include outstanding curries or freshly caught fish of the day. For a truly unparalleled experience, sundowners at the top of the 19th century lighthouse can be arranged.

the FUTURE

Fanjove joined the Selous Safari Company in 2018 and we are thrilled to have this exceptional property as part of our portfolio. Our ethos has always been to offer the best of Tanzania and to cherish and protect its natural assets, and Fanjove Private Island is a fitting and valued enhancement to our stable.

We are currently planning an extensive restoration and refurbishment programme which will see the island close from late 2019 for improvements. Our intention is to restore the iconic, historic lighthouse for guest use, and to enhance the guest facilities, whilst retaining the unspoilt, peerless nature of this destination. The commitment to sustainability, understatement and deference to the natural environment of the island will remain firmly at its heart. Fanjove will be ready to welcome guests again from 2020.

3% of the income from Fanjove is donated to the local community of Songosongo island for social development projects.  

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