USEFUL INFORMATION

Location

Fanjove Island is located south of Dar es Salaam part of the Songo Songo Archipelago, Southern Tanzania.
GPS co-ordinates: 8° 34’ 18.11” S – 39° 34’ 2.27” E

Fanjove Island map
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TRAVEL

Guests will fly from Dar es Salaam via Mafia Island to Songo Songo island. Coastal Aviation fly twice a day approximately 50 minutes flying time. From Songo Songo airport it is a short ride to the shoreline for a 45 minute boat/dhow trip across to Fanjove island.

SEASONS

Fanjove Island is wonderful to visit throughout the safari season. The months from June to October tend to be dry and warm with a temperature range of 16˚C at night to 35˚C in the day.  

In this coastal area of Tanzania, the short rains fall during November and December and brings about a spring time on the island. The plant life and flowers burst into life, followed by the insects and stunning variety of birdlife. From November through to March it heats up with a temperature range between the high 20˚C at night and high 30 ˚C, sometimes low 40 ˚C during the humid heat of the day. During the long rains, from mid March to May the lodge is closed.

ACTIVITIES

Due to the regional topography and the ocean conditions, our activities are weather dependent and no pre-booking is required. Upon check in, our Managers will discuss with guests what is available and current weather conditions to determine what activities are possible during their stay.

All activities have first-aid kits and radios as standard practice and on the water, life jackets are available for adults and compulsory for small children.  Due to H&S we do not travel outside radio contact.

Included activities: Snorkelling off the beach, kayaking, SUP, Island walk

Add-on activities (at an extra cost):
Sand bank trip: half day $60 / full day $100 (lunch included)
Snorkelling by boat: $35
Sunset dhow trip: $35
Dolphin/whale excursion: $50
Scuba diving - Single dive: $70 & double dive: $100 (Guests do need to be PADI certified in order to dive with our Activity Manager/Dive master).

CHILD POLICY

Due to safety concerns on the island we accept children from six years old with international bookings and children from 10 years old with resident bookings. At Fanjove we have a limit of two children (aged 6 – 11) at any one time.  Children are the responsibility of the parent or guardian at all times.

BOOKING

For accommodation rates and seasonal offers, please email reservations@selous.com

RATES & MONEY

Rates include full room and board, filtered water, tea and coffee, laundry service (please note we are unable to launder underwear, but we do provide washing powder).

The rates exclude all drinks, conservation and concession fees, gratuities of a personal nature and medivac insurance. Please note if you wish to have an all-inclusive holiday we offer a $40pppn drink supplement, which  includes all drinks except premium brands and champagne. Please ask your tour operator to include this when booking (please note this option is not available for local resident/Expat guests).

Final bills are payable in US Dollars, (Cash US Dollars post-issue 2006) Tanzanian Shillings, Euros and Pounds Sterling. Guests can also pay with credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Amex, JCB), PayPal or several Mobile Provider Payment Facilities such as Mpesa and Airtel Money. A 5% surcharge is  applicable.

Please note Fanjove island is situated in remote location and therefore after Dar es Salaam you will  not have access to an ATM or bank.

All ‘bandas’ are fitted with a wooden box/safe, to be used by guests for their personal belongings. Please note: cash is helpful on the island for additional items.

HEALTH & DIETARY

For those guests with specific dietary requests or allergies please notify your tour operators or  Selous Safari Company directly on booking for us to make the necessary arrangements.  It is critical that we receive this information prior to arrival due to our remote location.

The Selous Safari Company highly recommends visiting your doctor or travel clinic before travelling to Tanzania. Tanzania is a malaria zone and the best precaution is to be well-prepared.

POWER, PHONE SIGNAL & INTERNET

Power in camp is 240 VAC powered by solar panels. In each banda there is lighting, a fan and wall sockets (British three-pin) which can be used for charging small items, hairdryers and other high consumption electrical items cannot be used. On Fanjove island there is minimal mobile phone signal (AIRTEL is the best network).

PACKING SUGGESTIONS

There is a strict weight limit of 15kg / 33lbs on all light weight aircraft in Tanzania and soft bags are requested for easy stowage. Suggested pack list:

• Casual beach wear
• The island can get very hot/humid so we recommend cotton, lightweight shorts and short sleeve shirts.
• Sand shoes, flip flops for when the sand gets too hot to walk on, otherwise barefoot
• Swimsuit and sunglasses
• Wide brimmed sunhat – preferably with a head strap for boating activities
• Binoculars
• Bird books
• Camera equipment, including plenty of memory capacity and waterproof cover/ziplock  bag
• Plug adaptors (British three pin plug is required)
• High SPF sunscreen
• Basic first aid kit