Reasons to Visit
Zanzibar, an island located just off Dar es Salaam, is blessed with a coastline of picture perfect beaches. There are miles of white sand leading into shallow turquoise water lined with offshore reefs and dotted with small fishing villages sheltering under
At high tide all the dhows sail in to the various beaches and harbours on Zanzibar and lively bartering for the day’s catch ensues. Cruising around the islands on a traditional dhow boat is one of the best ways to experience Zanzibar.
Mafia is the site of Tanzania’s first marine national park, covering 800 square kilometres and with over 460 species of fish and fantastic corals. There are a wide variety of dive and snorkel spots in the Archipelago with something to offer for all abilities.
There are some very busy beaches, backed by large resorts which we don’t use. We have driven all round the island and found quiet beaches with small boutique hotels and simple lodges. We’ll drive you across the island to these and you can relax in peace.
Flanked by the sea, Stone Town is exotic and steeped in Swahili history. Laden dhows sail in to the port, crumbling buildings cast shadows over labyrinthine streets and the smell of spices fills the air. Much of Stone Town was built in the 19th Century and remains unchanged to this day.
The most commonly found turtle in Zanzibar is the green turtle, followed by the hawksbill. Both nest in Zanzibar and Pemba is one of the best places to see them. There are several projects being run to help protect these endangered animals and their nesting sites.
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Stonetown on Zanzibar.
Chumbe Island Lodge is a perfect example of responsible tourism, with all the profits from the lodge returning straight into the local communities.
Much of Stone Town was built in the 19th Century and remains unchanged to this day. There is no room for cars in these streets, so they’re perfect for exploring on foot.
The beaches in Zanzibar are some of the best beaches in the world, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life, virtually unchanged in centuries.
You leave Fundu at around seven thirty and head off in a speed boat to look for spinner and bottlenose dolphins you spend some time with the dolphins and then return to Fundu for breakfast.
A conservation area was set up around Mesali Island in 1998 following El nino which had a bleaching effect on corals elsewhere in the Indian ocean. Mesali retained its dense coral cover and coupled with its dramatic drop off reefs have made it a fantastic location for diving.
The heavenly beaches of the Zanzibar Archipelago and the Mafia Islands, the tangled streets of Stone Town and the sensory delights of the spice market have been tempting ocean-going traders for 2,000 years. Whether you visit them for a spot of relaxation after a safari on the mainland or as destinations in their own right, you’ll find their charm as strong as ever.
You walk through the nature trail of the forest which is a habitat for many species of animals, and birds. It is famous for its Red Colobus Monkey; the rare species.
11 3/4 hours (Zanzibar, via Nairobi)
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