The main house - a hotel within a home.

Entire home/apt

12 Guests

6 Bedrooms

7 Beds

Entire home/apt

12 Guests

6 Bedrooms

7 Beds

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About this listing

A unique beach Lodge where we ask our guests to become family.
Choose between 6 separate Listings for our 6 different rooms.
Whichever room, we want you to feel you are at home within a hotel.
This Listing is for the Utupoa, Kijiji bedroom.

The space
Bathrooms: 6.5
Bedrooms: 6
Beds: 7
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $40 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 5%
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The space

Lying opposite Mnemba atoll on the dazzling Matemwe beach, 'Utupoa' is Swahili and means people are 'fresh' or 'humanity is cool.' Karibu to our unique house with its huge roof, hidden somewhere between the East African tall palms and utopia.

Matemwe represents one of the quieter parts of the island with the most beautiful white stretch of working beach. The fishermen head out daily on their ngalawas and bring the fish into auction and ladies farm seaweed in the low tide.

We have 3 ensuite bedrooms available in Nyumba Safi. 'Ngalawa', a tribute to Swahili sailing culture; 'Sultani', echoes of Stone Town; and 'Kijijji' after our own local village. We can accommodate singles, couples, or groups of 6-8. If you are traveling with more people, let us know and we'd be happy to try sort something out. The house comes with its own very well equipped kitchen and a third floor lounge area with TV featuring the famous DSTV channels and a computer with WiFi.

In our main house Nyumba Kubwa we have two rooms available, recently remodelled and each with its own veranda leading onto the beach. We charge a bit more for these rather special rooms and we invite our guests to make themselves at home and enjoy the use of the whole house.

For meals we are very flexible, inviting you to eat with us or to cook for yourselves or just advising you on the best nearby restaurants. We can certainly organise traditional dinners of fresh seafood brought straight to our front door and cooked by our fabulous Swahili cook Tano.

We are set up as a place to stretch out, shut down, sail our ngalawa, watch the sea (or DSTV), and leave recharged - as strongly as our solar back-up system!

Please always send us a message to inquire about availabilty as we have more than 1 room.

Karibu kwetu!

Guest access

Our simple, ensuite Kijiji double room on the first floor of Nyumba Safi honours Zanzibar's grandmother Bi Kidude, the famous taarab singer who drank and smoked and traveled the world and never married and lived to 100 and barely ever wore shoes as she traipsed through the kijiji - or village - greeting people.

Interaction with guests

As our guests at Utupoa, we invite you also to use our home as your own and, in particular, to join us for breakfast and any other meals, especially dinner at the famous round table. Joyce and I will be around to advise you about transport

Getting around

We are around 50 minutes away from Stone Town and the airport. Daladalas run frequently from the nearby school. The 118 can take you from town and back for USD 2, or we can easily organize local taxis for you.

Other things to note

"This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whomever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond."

House Rules

As we like to say, 'utupoa' means 'humanity is great.' We like to live up to this in terms of how we treat the beach, each other, and our relationship with the local village.

Our location dictates that we look after the environment. Water is a precious resource and electricity is still very much a privilege, not a right here. We ask that our guests respect and understand this paradise we are lucky to spend time in, and to help us protect it.



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Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

157 Reviews

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Yuri User Profile
March 2017
Utupoa has its own spirit! You definitely would be impressed by this place and by these people! The lodge is situation on a beach with white sand! The owner is extremely kind! Snorkeling is just 40 mins away by car, Stone Town is 1 hour away, Jozani forest is around 1 hour away. I recommend take lunches and dinners in Utupoa: all the dishes are with great taste!

Alexa User Profile
March 2017
Absolutely one of the best vacations. The pictures on here do not do it justice. Tim and Joyce are lovely people that make you feel like family in their stunning home. The house is airy and spacious....definition of a beach bungalow (but the size of a mansion!) the food was incredible! Delicious fruit every morning and fresh seafood every night. Everyone was so pleased we never even considered eating anywhere else. The beach is right there. A bit of seaweed but not enough to ruin it. The lodge has plenty of loungers chairs and hammocks with comfy pillows right on the beach. They are located on a more secluded part of the island so the beach is surprisingly empty. Especially on weekdays. Lots of fun activities. Snorkeling is a must! We were super lucky and got to swim with a dolphins during our snorkeling trip! I will be back for sure!

Eric User Profile
March 2017
I highly recommend staying with Tim and Joyce! The location is great - there are hammocks outside, and hardly anyone else is on the beach. Dinners are great, both the food and the conversation with Tim, Joyce, and the other guests.

Tom User Profile
February 2017
Wonderful.Our best lodging experience was with Tim and Joyce.Professional,caring and highly engaging.Very much recommended.

Roanne User Profile
February 2017
The stay was awesome! What a beautiful spot and Tim was a great host! It is even more beautiful than the pictures!

Birgit User Profile
February 2017
We can only confirm all the good reviews from this accomendation!! Both hosts are very welcoming and we felt comfortable our whole stay long! Joyce for example even took us to the fish market and to her friends house! We tried the three course dinner als well as we cook ourselves. The food was very good an there was plenty of it, we even had a mango tasting after the desert! The kitchen fits for easy cooking and if anything is missing or you have a problem, you get help from everyone! We warmly recommend utupoa!

Melanie User Profile
January 2017
The home there was just amazing and we felt like being in Paradies! The hole House is so fantastic and has a so beautiful style! Rooms are very beautiful and clean! Directly at the Beach and Food is excellent and staff so friendly!!! Thanks for the Perfect and relaxing Time there!

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Matemwe, Tanzania · Joined in October 2012
Tim & Joyce User ProfileTim & Joyce is a superhost.

Tim was a pilot in the Middle East when we first came to Zanzibar on a flight he was operating. It was 1992, before electricity, tarmac or cell phone networks. We fell in love with Matemwe and have made it our home. It is a home that we like sharing, and are very happy to welcome guests to experience the fantastic beach, food, hospitality and weather that Zanzibar has to offer.

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