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Check out our travel themes to help choose or perhaps inspire you. There are endless opportunities to explore, activities and themes to consider and plenty of room for relaxation. With over 54 stunning countries to choose from the possibilities play like an uncontrolled imagination. Whether you are an adventure seeker rolling along a golden landscape, your eyes plying the plains for a spectacular sight of wildebeest, or you seek peace, relaxation and tranquility for a safaris, or you want to awaken your taste buds with culture rich cuisines and heritage, beautiful beaches or luxury filled experience, we are here for you. The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences that suites your preference.

 
 
 
 
 

TANZANIA ISLAND

Tanzania is the combination of two lands; Tanganyika and Zanzibar islands, which formed Tanzania on April 26th. 1964. Mwalimu J.K. Nyerere, became president of the two countries. Mr. Nyerere was the leader of Tanganyika. Tanganyika had its independence from Great Britain on September 12th. 1961 peacefully without any bloodshed. Zanzibar on the other hand, was led by the late Mr. Karume who led Zanzibar as a constitutional monarchy under its Sultan. On 12 January 1964, the African majority revolted against the sultan and a new government was formed with the ASP leader, Abeid Karume, as President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council. In the first few days of what would came to be known as the Zanzibar Revolution, between 5,000 and 15,000 Arabs and Indians were murdered.

On 26 April 1964, Tanganyika united with Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The country was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania on October 29th of that year. The name Tanzania is a blend of Tanganyika and Zanzibar and previously had no significance. Under the terms of this union, the Zanzibar government retains considerable local autonomy. Also, both countries speak the same language SWAHILI, despite having over 200 tribes and dialects. On this website we treat them separately for the simple reason that it is a semi-autonomous.

Tanzania is home to two renowned tourism destinations - Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, and wildlife-rich national parks such as the Serengeti. However, due to the vast nature of the country there is a lot more the country has to offer besides its superb big game and safaris. Tanzania is blessed with the winning combination of both stunning tropical beaches and rich culture.

Thanda Island

Thanda Island is one of the world’s most exclusive island getaways, a paradise to enjoy in complete privacy with family and friends. Thanda Island is a tropical island with a single luxurious villa and two traditional Tanzanian Bandas in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Tanzania.

Thanda is situated in its own marine reserve where you can bathe in blue heaven with the gentlest giant of the ocean, the whale shark, and watch sea turtles nesting. Here, you can rest, rejuvenate and enjoy adventure sports, where shades of turquoise infuse your days and tropical spices your nights. If marine life isn't your thing, there's still plenty to do. Sea-kayaking is also a popular activity. Thanda also has its own tennis court, for those who prefer to see the sea from a safe distance. 

Thanda Island was voted the World's Leading Exclusive Private Island by the 2016 World Travel Awards and features on the Condé Nast Traveler ‘Hot List 2017.’

It is located 16 miles off the coast of Tanzania. Travelers can access the island from neighboring Mafia Island, which is a 45-minute helicopter journey from Dar des Salaam on the mainland. The best way to reach Thanda is by helicopter. It takes between 15 and 45 minutes to fly from Mafia Island, dependent on weather conditions. The island's rate also includes free transfers from Mafia Island by boat. 

Once guests have checked in, they get exclusive use of the whole island, while private chefs and staff cater to their every need. The seafood is spectacular, too, with fresh lobster, grilled tiger prawns as big as langoustines, red-snapper ceviche and seared tuna on the menu. The chefs are happy to prepare a Swahili feast of samosas, prawn and coconut curry, and mini doughnuts drenched in a spicy syrup served with milky chai tea.

Pemba Island

Pemba Island, known as "The Green Island" in Arabic is an island forming part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, lying within the Swahili Coast in the Indian Ocean. Pemba is located 5° South of the equator and 43° East of the prime meridian. It is 50 Nautical miles south of Mombassa and 25 miles off the Tanzanian Coast (Tanga). The Southern tip of Pemba is 22 miles from the northern most tip of Pemba.

In previous years, the island was seldom visited due to inaccessibility and a reputation for political violence, with the notable exception of those drawn by its reputation as a center for traditional medicine and witchcraft. There is a quite large Arab community on the island, who immigrated from Oman. The population is a mix of Arab and original Waswahili inhabitants of the island. A significant portion of the population also identifies as Shirazi people.

The most important towns in Pemba are Chake-Chake (the capital), Mkoani, and Wete, which is the largest city. The centrally located Chake-Chake is perched on a mound with a view to the west on a bay and the tiny Misali Island, where the tides determine when a dhow can enter the local harbor. Pemba is, with the exception of a strip of land along its eastern coast, a very fertile place: besides clove trees, the locals grow mainly ricecoconutbananascassava and red beans (called maharagwe in the Swahili language).

Pemba is home to several dive sites, with steep drop-offs, untouched coral and very abundant marine life. Pemba is also famous for its rich fishing grounds. Between the island and the mainland there is the deep 50 kilometer wide Pemba Channel, which is one of the most profitable fishing grounds for game fishing on the Swahili Coast.

Mbudya island (Dar es Salaam)

Mbudya Island (or simply Mbudya) is an uninhabited island in Tanzania, north of the country's capital city, Dar es Salaam and is one of the four islands of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve (DMRS).

The island lies close to the beach resort and fishing community of Kunduchi and is reachable by means of a 20-minute motorboat ride crossing from the mainland. It is therefore a popular day trip for both tourists and Tanzanian residents alike, serving as a location for a variety of leisure activities, including snorkeling, sunbathing and hiking. Mbudya marine reserve is open to tourists where one can hike, camp or just enjoy a picnic on the beach. Many tourists come here to see the coral reefs while snorkeling; we also offer a nature trail walk to see snakes and the rare coconut crabs which weigh about four kilos. Some camp here for weeks while doing research on particular animals like the coconut crab.

Bongoyo Island (Dar es Salaam)

Bongoyo Island (or simply Bongoyo) is an uninhabited island in Tanzania, situated 2.5km north of the country's largest city, Dar es Salaam. It is the most frequently visited of the four islands of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve (DMRS) and a popular day trip for both tourists and Tanzanian residents alike for snorkeling and sunbathing.

The island lies close to the Msasani Peninsula (in the Kinondoni district of the city) and is reachable by means of a 30-minute boat ride from the mainland. The point of departure for most visitors to the island is 'The Slipways' hotel complex on the western side of the Msasani Peninsula.

The island has a very rocky shore and only two beaches. All visitors visit the beach at the northwestern tip of the island, where the boats moor and where there are some huts, drinks and food. The much longer but narrower beach along the northeastern side has no facilities and is mostly deserted. The entire island (apart from the beaches) is covered in dense forest and has a few walking trails, so only a few people venture there. The terrain is somewhat treacherous with sharp rocks. In the middle of the island one finds the remains of a German colonial building

Prison Island - Changuu Private Island (Stone Town)

Changuu Private Island Paradise (Prison Island) has been described as a Small Paradise on Earth, with its private white beach surrounded by the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. The islet lies 3 ½ miles to the northwest of Zanzibar Stone Town, and it is oblong in shape, about ½ a mile and 250 yards wide at the broadest part.

 

 Prison Island - Changuu Private Island has a long and intriguing history. Used in the late 19th century as a slave prison and then a quarantine zone for yellow fever, today the island caters to tourism with several recently developed guesthouses looking out over its pristine northwest beaches. Arrive by boat and discover this small but characterful spot, home to a group of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises--some of whom have taken up residence in the old abandoned prison. Today, Changuu Private Island Paradise has restored these historical buildings to make them living structures, adapted to new uses while preserving their authenticity. The prison ruins have now been converted into a bright living structure, offering a host of entertainment facilities, such as a café, boutique and library. 

For the most romantic breakaway, the 15 exclusive cottages built in the northwest of the island offer an unrivalled, luxurious experience; and in the southwest side of the island, the former Quarantine Area built in 1931 has been converted into 12 elegant sea-facing rooms. 

Only the ancient Giant Tortoises that inhabit the island, brought from Seychelles almost one century ago, are witnesses of the most private and exclusive experience.

Misali island (Pemba Island)

Misali island is located in Pemba Island. Misali is considered one of the diving paradises of East Africa, if not the world. It was once thought of as a safe haven by the pirates of the olden days and it is still believed that the local treasure of the notorious Captain Kidd might be awaiting discovery somewhere around here. Beautiful and extensive coral reefs, containing myriad fish and other marine life, surround the island, which hosts a rich inter-tidalecosystem. 

Note that, on Misali, which has been gazetted as a Marine Conservation Area, landing fees are payable. These fees go towards the upkeep of the island.

Misali as a Marine Conservation Area is characterized by unique marine and terrestrial ecosystems of remarkable species diversity. about 350 fish species and 40 genera of hard corals have been recorded. The 1 Km sq. of terrestrial area supports the endangered nesting turtles and the dense coastal thickets harbor populations of green monkeys, the endangered and endemic Pemba flying Fox, globally endangered coconut crabs and various species of birds. Economically Misali provides direct livelihood supports to 11,400 people through fishing at Misali.

Kilwa Kisiwani

The ruins of these two medieval city-sates, Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara, are found on two adjacent islands off the coast of Tanzania, about 200 km south of Dar es Salaam.  At its height, in the 14th century, Kilwa Kisiwani was the single most important trading centre on the East African coast and its ruins include a number of mosques,  a well-preserved Omani fortress, graves, and the remnants of a Great Palace that was, in its day, the largest permanent building in sub-Saharan Africa.  Its great wealth was founded on its control of the gold trade with the Monomotapa kingdom with its capital at Great Zimbabwe.

On another island to the south the ruins of Songo Mnara include another palace complex from the same period, as well as houses, graves and a number of mosques surrounded by a defensive wall.  These ruins are of prime importance to our understanding of the development of the Swahili culture and the spread and influence of Islam along the East African coast for 1000 years from the 9th century.

The ruins are becoming overgrown and rather dominated by some impressive baobab trees.  The largest of the ruins featured here is the Husuni Kubwa (Great Palace), which occupies a raised position 2km to the east, overlooking the mangroves.

Saanane Island National Park (Mwanza)

Saanane, the rocky Island in Lake Victoria was named after its former owner Mzee Saanane Chawandi, who was a farmer and fisherman. The Island was established as the first zoo in Tanzania in 1964 whose objectives were to promote interest in wildlife conservation education and provide recreation to Mwanza people. Between 1964-1968, the Island was stocked with an array of wildlife species, many of which were released into Rubondo Island National Park.

In 1991, the Government declared the Saanane Island as a Game Reserve to promote and strengthen conservation. It was fully fledged as the 16th National Park in July 2013, covering an area of 2.18 Km2including aquatic environment, dry land. The Park is made up of other two smaller islets; “Chankende Kubwa” and “Chankende Ndogo”, which lie in the south. The Saanane Island is the smallest and first ever National Park located within Mwanza city Tanzania.

Stepping into the city of Mwanza (the rocky city) is much easier by air, road, train and water transport means. Saanane Island is easily accessed using a boat skip taking five minutes from a dock located a walking distance about 15 mins. from the city center. The park is open all year round is possible: birdlife is most varied and scenery greenest over November-March. June-August is the dry season and great for iconic, game viewing and rock hiking.

Fanjove Island

Fanjove Island is one of the six small islands in the Songo Songo Archipelago, just off the coast of Tanzania. The wonderful uncontaminated nature of Fanjove tropical island, 20 miles from the coast, is a tourist destination still unexplored. Once landed on SongoSongo Island, 40 minutes flight from Dar es Salaam, after a short boat trip, guests will live an unforgettable experience steeping in an exotic sensations, Robinson Crusoe’ style. Here you enter in a paradise dimension; time slows down detaching you  completely from every day life.
 
Surrounded by beautiful, powder-white, sand beaches and the crystal clear turquoise water, the light unrolling of the waves, the whistling of the wind that caresses the palms, the unique, shy and colored Coconut Crab specimens that come out at night, the multicolored species of birds that stop during the migrations will be only one of the several frames and colors. The island is also filled with enormous lagoon and 11 km of coral reef. 
There are six Eco Bandas, each with an ensuite bathroom open to the sky for hot showers under the stars. The individual Bandas are distributed along the main beach to guarantee privacy, each with a view of the ocean. All have been designed with the environment in mind, specifically to have the lowest impact on the island and are powered singularly by solar power.The Banda’s path will lead you to the dining where delicious meals of Fusion Cousine will be served reflecting the multicultural influence from the historical past of the area.

During the day it will be possible to amuse one self with various water activities, including diving in the crystalline water to discover a yet unexplored paradise.