A new and incredibly exciting beach option in Tanzania, 6 banda Fanjove has slightly turned the game on its head. Private island accommodation tends to be upwards of $1000 per person per night in Africa, but Fanjove offers an exciting slice of Robinson Crusoe chic at a fraction of that price. The design is rustic, but this only adds to the thrilling sense of shipwrecked isolation that emanates from the island.
Fanjove Island - The Details
A 40 minute flight south out of Dar Es Salaam takes you to Songo Songo island, from where you are picked up by boat to complete the journey to Fanjove Private Island. As the boat trundles closer to the island, and a swathe of deserted white sand grows ever larger in front of you, the true beauty of this secluded beach paradise becomes clear.
The 6 bandas, designed in a deliberately driftwood style, blend well with the palm trees that cover the interior. But don’t come here expecting Butlers, televisions, a swimming pool or even plug sockets – Fanjove is as rustic as they come. The bandas, made entirely of wood and quite open to the elements, have double or twin beds, 2 armchairs, a simple bathroom and a day bed/balcony only accessible up a ladder. Standard hotel activities are few and far between – snorkelling, diving and kite-surfing are all that’s on offer.
But if it’s an off-the-beaten track adventure or a romantic beach hideaway that you’re after, this is your place. The beach is absolutely superb – mile upon mile of soft white coral sand – we are beach snobs in the office and rate the beach at Fanjove as the second best in the whole of Tanzania (second only to Mnemba)
Like the rooms, the bar and restaurant merge with the outdoors and provide beautiful fresh food that one would not expect from such a far flung outpost of civilisation. Fanjove is as close to a Robinson Crusoe beach hideaway as we have seen. As long as you don’t expect anything more than this you will not be disappointed.