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

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Travel

Guests will fly from Dar es Salaam via Mafia Island to Songo Songo island. Coastal Aviation fly once 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. Upon arrival to the island you will step off the boat/dhow into the shallow water and straight onto the white sandy beach

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SEASONS

Honestly Fanjove island is wonderful to visit all season and its is the perfect destination after a safari journey. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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: Snorkeling off the beach, kayaking, SUP, Island walk, sand bank trip: half day / full day (lunch included), snorkeling by boat, Sunset dhow trip dolphin/whale excursion.

Add-on activities (at an extra cost): Scuba diving - Single & double dive (Guests do need to be PADI certified in order to dive with our Activity Manager/Dive master) & fishing.

*All activities are to be booked on arrival and are dependent on weather conditions.

* Please enquire about the cost of additional activities upon booking your stay.

*All activities are dependant on abillity.

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CHILD POLICY

Due to safety concerns on the island we accept children from six years old. 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.

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Due to H&S we do not travel outside radio contact.

Included activities: Snorkeling off the beach, kayaking, SUP, Island walk, sand bank trip: half day / full day (lunch included), snorkeling by boat, Sunset dhow trip dolphin/whale excursion.

Add-on activities (at an extra cost): Scuba diving - Single & double dive (Guests do need to be PADI certified in order to dive with our Activity Manager/Dive master) & fishing.

*All activities are to be booked on arrival and are dependent on weather conditions.

* Please enquire about the cost of additional activities upon booking your stay.

*All activities are dependant on abillity.

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MONEY

Rates include full room and board, all drinks except Champagne*, WiFi access in rooms and public areas,  laundry service (please note we are unable to launder underwear, but we do provide washing powder).* Please note this option is not available for local resident/Expat guests.

The rates exclude conservation and concession fees, gratuities of a personal nature and medical insurance.

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.

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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 Beach Villas 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.

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PACKINGS SUGGESTION

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.

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- 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

- Camera equipment, including plenty of memory capacity and waterproof cover/ziplock  bag

- High SPF sunscreen

- Basic first aid kit

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VACCINATION AND HEALTH

There are no mandatory vaccines required to enter the country.

It is important to consult your travel physician before you travel to Africa for advice on precautions against malaria, as well as any other required vaccinations.

Methods of prevention are encouraged to protect your health while on safari: legs, feet and arms should always be covered from 6pm onwards.

If you are taking any prescription medicines, be sure to bring the required dosage with you, so that you don’t run out while on holiday. It is also advisable to travel with copies of your prescriptions.

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Check out time

Check out time is at 12h00, departing on the morning flight. Guests who would like to leave in the afternoon need to book the next night or may be charged late departure fees (kindly check with the reservations team upon booking).

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BOOKINGS

For accommodation rates and seasonal offers, please email reservations@labalaba.co.tz

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