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  22 June 2020       Salma Amin       5 min read

East Africa is home to many private island getaways where you can get complete privacy and luxury! Whether you’re going on a honeymoon or want to spend some exclusive family time, these islands are perfect for you!

These pristine East African islands provide you with an unforgettable experience and lavish comfort that will take all your stress away. Here are East Africa’s most secluded islands that should be on your must-visit list:

Thanda Island, Tanzania

Thanda Island is a private island located near Mafia Island. This almost exclusive island is perfect for a getaway with your family/friends. With just one luxurious villa and 2 bandas, it offers privacy like none others! The villa on the island redefines luxury. With a giant living room, 5 bedrooms, a swimming pool, an exotic wine collection, musical instruments, gym, and a library, this villa offers an unforgettable lavish experience.

Thanda Island, Tanzania

Thanda Island, Tanzania, Image Source: SignatureLuxuryTravel.Com.Au

Mnemba Island, Tanzania

Mnemba Island is a private island with the most luxurious bandas you can find! It has only 12 bandas, which means it can accommodate only 24 guests. It’s perfect for a luxurious getaway from your stressful daily routine.

Watch the beautiful sunset as you sip on your freshly-prepared tropical juice and have a candle-light dinner at the beach. The luxury, privacy and rustic experience you get here are unparalleled by any other island!

The island is also known to be an excellent scuba diving and snorkeling hotspot with abundant coral reefs and marine life.

AndBeyond Mnemba Island

AndBeyond Mnemba Island, Image Source: TheSuiteLife.Com.Hk

Fanjove Island, Tanzania

Fanjove Island is a private island just off the coast of Tanzania. It’s a secluded island where you can find luxury, peace and nature, all-in-one! There are only 6 bandas (huts) on the island, which means you’ll get an exclusive experience! The staff on the island takes care of all your needs.

The meals are prepared by the Lodge on the island and every meal is cooked to perfection! For special meal requests, you need to inform them in advance. It’s the best place to spend your honeymoon at and they make exclusive honeymoon arrangements at the shore too!

It can’t get better than munching on your meal by the Indian Ocean on a private island away from everyone!

Fanjove Island, Tanzania

Fanjove Island, Tanzania, Image Source: TimbuktuTravel.Com

Lupita Island, Tanzania

Lupita Island is situated in Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania. It is a pristine island with 10 beautiful, luxury cottages that let you enjoy scenic views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

The facilities available on the island include:

  • Gymnasium
  • Fine dining
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Game room
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Beach shack
  • Boma

You can also take part in various activities like fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking!

Dine at the highest point of the island where you get panoramic views of the beautiful scenery around you. Lupita Island combines luxury, beauty and comfort to give you a much-needed vacation!

Lupita Island, Tanzania

Lupita Island, Tanzania, Image Source: LupitaIsland.Com

Chumbe Island, Tanzania

Chumbe Island is a pristine, beautiful island aimed at protecting nature and wildlife around it. The island is home to 10 bungalows, each of which is constructed to be eco-friendly. The eco-bungalows allow you to indulge in luxury without leaving a negative impact on the environment!

You can also snorkel in the Chumbe Island Coral Park, which aims to protect corals and other marine life.

Chumbe Island, Tanzania

Chumbe Island, Tanzania, Image Source: AfroTourism.Com

Bawe Island, Tanzania

Bawe Island is at a 30-minute boat ride away from Stone Town. It’s a small and beautiful island and as soon as you step on it, you can feel the white sand soothing your feet. The island gives you a lavish barefoot luxury experience. There are 15 beautiful luxury cottages on the island.

A restaurant on the island serves delicious meals. You can also find a unique bar which is basically a dhow boat turned into a bar. It gives off unique Tanzanian vibes!

Watch the beautiful sunset on a dhow sunset cruise or go fishing and let the Indian Ocean take all your stress away with its soothing waves.

Bawe Island, Tanzania

Bawe Island, Tanzania, Image Source: FaceAfricaAdventures.Com

Changuu Island, Tanzania

Changuu Island, also called Prison Island, has immense historical significance and its historic buildings have been renovated and transformed for practical use. The island was used as a prisoner for rebellious slaves in the past and then served as a quarantine island for the sick.

Today, the island has a total of 27 cottages. 12 of these have been constructed on the previous quarantine facilities while 15 cottages have been constructed on the other part of the island.

Enjoy some alone time with your family and friends at this wonderful and pristine island!

Changuu Island, Tanzania

Chunguu Island, Tanzania, Image Source: Booking.Com

Chale Island, Kenya

The Sands at Chale Island is the only resort located on Chale Island, which is just off the Kenyan coast. The resort offers different accommodation options including:

  • Standard rooms
  • Bandas
  • Penthouse suites
  • Overwater Suites
  • Suites on the rocks (Honeymooner’s suites)

The different accommodation options let you choose whatever you’re comfortable with!

Furthermore, The Sands at Chale also offers 3 pools, a spa, a fitness room, a restaurant, bars, and diving, snorkeling and fishing facilities!

Chale Island, Kenya

Chale Island, Kenya, Image Source: GetLostMagazine.Com



So, what are you waiting for? Head over to these exclusive island getaways and have an experience of a lifetime! Nothing beats sipping on wine or cocktail while you’re watching the sunset from a beautiful island. Head over to our “Flights” section for more information on flights to East Africa!

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