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Mawimbi is a private oceanfront retreat on the North Eastern coast of Tanzania. Meaning ‘tides’ in Swahili, Mawimbi takes on a figurative meaning to encompass the natural ebb and flow of life.

Developed in harmony with its stunning coastal vistas and the rich nature that surrounds it, Mawimbi has evolved in the pursuit of laid-back luxury into the contemporary villa it is today.

Mawimbi Villa is a sister property to and managed by The Tides Lodge, located a short walk away on Ushongo beach.

Your stay

The team at Mawimbi looks forward to welcoming you to Ushongo beach. Some information about your stay can be found on the following pages.


With convenient access by road, sea or plane to some of Tanzania’s most celebrated destinations, Mawimbi is the perfect spot from which to take in historic coastal trading towns, fantastic game viewing regions, and more.

Mawimbi was conceived as a family retreat with a unique take on hideaway relaxation. Designed as a home away from home, the villa sleeps twelve people across six spacious bedrooms, each styled in tune with the surrounding beachfront and gardens. Every bedroom looks out to the Indian ocean, and further benefits from two entrance points, granting patrons the freedom to opt between the house’s spacious interiors and direct access to the outdoors

1. Nyati

• Swahili for ‘buffalo’ • 35sqm • Sleeps 2 • Master bedroom • King bed • Ensuite (shower) • Dressing room • Located in the south wing, first floor • Facing east (ocean), south (gardens), and west (gardens) • Sofa • Balcony terrace with outside seating • Flat screen TV • Air conditioning • Mosquito net • Safe

2. Twiga

• Swahili for ‘Giraffe’ • 26sqm • Sleeps 2 • Double or twin configuration • Shared bathroom (bath) with Heroe • Located in the north wing, first floor • Facing east (Ocean and Pool), north (gardens) and west (gardens) • Balcony terrace with outside seating • Air conditioning • Mosquito net • Safe

3. Kasa

• Swahili for ‘turtle’ • 20sqm • Sleeps 2 • Double configuration • Shared bathroom with bedroom Faru • Ground floor, north wing • Facing east (ocean and pool) and north (gardens) • Veranda • Air conditioning • Mosquito net • Safe

4. Heroe

• Swahili for ‘flamingo’ • 15sqm • Sleeps 2 children • Bunk bed with pull-out trundle • Shared bathroom (bath) with bedroom Twiga • Located in the north wing, first floor • Facing east (ocean) • Balcony terrace with outside seating • Air conditioning • Mosquito net • Safe


• Swahili for ‘elephant’ • 22sqm • Sleeps 2 • Double or twin Configuration • Ensuite (shower) • Located in the south Wing, ground floor • Facing east (ocean) and south (gardens) • Veranda • Air conditioning • Mosquito net • Safe

6. Faru

• Swahili for ‘rhinoceros’ • 25sqm • Sleeps 2 • Double or twin configuration • Shared bathroom (shower) with bedroom Kasa • Located in the north wing, ground floor • Facing east (ocean) • Veranda • Air conditioning • Mosquito net • Safe

Mawimbi is fully staffed with a host, a butler and a private chef who provide a high level of service at all times. Discreet and helpful, they employ their local knowledge to manage every aspect of your stay, tailoring menus to your taste and serving meals wherever and whenever you wish to enjoy them.

1. Kitchen

The villa’s open plan kitchen, located on the ground floor of the house, enjoys great views out to the ocean. Meals are prepared by the villa’s own chef unless guests elect to cook their own meals, which they are welcome to do either alone or with the help of staff on hand to assist.

2. Ingredients

Fish and seafood is fresh, bountiful, and sustainably caught by local fishermen. Top grade meat is equally plentiful, along with locally grown fruit and vegetables. The kitchen is fully stocked and replenished daily with ingredients that, wherever possible, are cultivated in the vicinity, including milk, coconuts and free-range eggs.

3. Drinks

In keeping with the fresh ingredients used in the kitchen, an array of raw juices, blended smoothies and exotic cocktails can be made to order at any time of day. A selection of wines and spirits are also readily available at the villa.

4. Locations

From breakfast in bed to dinner on the beach with the water lapping at your feet, where you eat is entirely up to you. Let your host arrange picnics for a trek, poolside tea, or set the table at any one of the three dining areas on the property that takes your fancy.

1. Nature

Mawimbi’s stillness and privacy belies its energy. There is much to do, see and enjoy in the immediate vicinity for sports, nature and culture enthusiasts alike.

2. Villages

Greet fishermen returning to shore with the day’s catch, visit the community library and pop into its shops on a cultural tour of one of several nearby villages. Engage and learn about the many facets of local life and customs and gain a meaningful understanding of elements that define this incredible country.

3. Sports

Activities abound on Mawimbi’s oceanfront, from kayaking and scuba diving, to big game fishing and snorkelling the splendid reefs off a nearby sand atoll. The waters here are safe and a pleasure to swim in, and the pool remains an inviting alternative and accessible at any time of day or night.


  • Valid from 1st January 2016 – 1st January 2017
  • Rates are in USD per person per night
  • Mawimbi Villa is sold on an exclusive basis only


USD 300 per adult

USD 150 per child (6 – 12 yrs)

Minimum charge USD 1’800 per night


High Season Rates (July, August, 20th December – 10th January) USD 330 per adult

USD 165 per child (6 – 12 yrs)

Minimum charge USD 2’000 per night


Special Offers

  • Stay 5 nights, pay for 4 (January – June & October – 20th December)
  • Stay 7 nights pay for 6 (July & August)



  • Inclusive rate–all meals and drinks(excl. some premium wines & spirits)
  • The maximum number of guests is 12
  • Minimum stay 4 nights.

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