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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.

 
 
 
 
 

ZANZIBAR ISLAND

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.

Zanzibar is the majestic spice island of the Indian Ocean. These are two main islands of Unguja (commonly referred to as Zanzibar Island), and Pemba and about 51 other surrounding small islets. Zanzibar is a partner state in the United Republic of Tanzania with the Mainland. Pemba is the second largest island of the Archipelago, named Al-khudra "The Green Island” by the Arabic mariners. It is famous for its clove production and its channels offer some of the best diving experiences in East Africa. Zanzibar is famous for white sand beaches and pristine environment which make the country a leader for ecotourism. There’s a myriad of activities you could indulge in and being an island, beach sports feature strongly. Windsurfing (including kite surfing), snorkeling, dhow cruises, kayaking, parasailing, and stand up paddle boarding can be enjoyed all the year round.

Unguja Island

Unguja, also known as Zanzibar Island, is the main island in the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar. Unguja is the home for most of Zanzibar’s population. Nowadays Stone Town is the main port and commercial center of the whole Zanzibar. It also hosts many cultural events and festivals. Stone Town, part of Zanzibar City, is an old trade center, with mosques and winding lanes. The 1883 House of Wonders is a former sultan’s palace with a clock tower. The Old Fort now houses a cultural center and a stone amphitheater. Underground aqueducts fed hot water to the late-19th-century Hamamni Persian Baths.

Unguja is the island of the Zanzibar Archipelago that has the most developed tourism industry. This accounts for a substantial part of Unguja's economy. Agriculture (including the production of spices such as cloves) and fishing are other relevant activities. All along the east coast, most villages also rely on seaweed farming.

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.

Chumbe Island

Chumbe Island is an ecological showcase in the struggle to combine tourism and nature. Chumbe Island is a small privately owned island a few kilometers off of the main island of Zanzibar, known for its ecological innovation and exceptional coral reefs. Chumbe Island is an idyllic tropical island that is situated about 6 km west of the larger island of Zanzibar and about 30 km off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. A short boat ride takes you to this small, magical island where hospitality is not just a way of business, but a way of life.

Explore the island’s stunning coral reef sancutary and coral rag forest, rest assured in our exclusive eco-bungalows, savor traditional Zanzibari cuisine while supporting our conservation and education efforts.

 

The private island is surrounded by one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. This paradise is the perfect location for romantics and nature-lovers alike. Only a few steps separate the bungalows from the Indian Ocean.

Mafia Island

Mafia Island is located in the magnificient southern circuit of Tanzania and Zanzibar and is part of a fascinating array of parks, wildlife reserves and Indian Ocean islands.

The Mafia Archipelago is scattered over the Indian Ocean 21 km off the Rufiji River Delta in central Tanzania. The largest of a score of islands, atolls and tidal sandbars, Mafia itself is approximately 50 km long by 15km across, and is surrounded by a barrier reef teeming with marine life. Almost half the coastline of Mafia, some 822km², has been gazetted a marine park by the Government. To date over 50 genera of corals, more than 460 species of fish and five different species of turtles have been recorded in the waters around Chole Bay.

Natural vegetation on Mafia ranges from tidal mangrove thickets and scrubby coastal moorlands to palm-wooden grassland and lowland rainforest. Magnificent baobabs are prominent along with the native Albizia. Patches of coastal high forest remain in localities all over Mafia; one of the most picturesque, the Chunguruma Forest, is a dense tree canopy interlaced with palms, lianes and epiphytes and has an abundant floor covering of ferns.

Other island fauna includes a colony of flying foxes, several species of bushbabies, a type of pygmy shrew and a monitor lizard known as kenge. Monkeys and squirrels are common.


An official bird list kept by Kinasi Lodge records sightings of more than 120 different species, including five different types of sunbird, living in and around the hotel gardens. There are also thought to be at least five endemic species of butterfly on the island.

 

 

While Mafia makes an ideal holiday for people interested in nature and outdoor activities, its big attraction for many visitors is that it remains locked in a time warp of the early 20th Century.

Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island is part of the Quirimbas Archipelago. Vamizi and the surrounding islands represent one of the world’s most important regions of bio-diversity and a sanctuary for some of the most significant and threatened wildlife habitats in the western Indian Ocean. Over 180 different species of coral and more than 300 species of reef fish have been recorded.

Blessed with a tropical climate and offering immaculate powder-soft beaches that rival those of the Maldives, Vamizi is the perfect escape for families and groups.

Seemingly endless stretches of wild, deserted beaches lend themselves to quiet hour-long walks, as pristine Indian Ocean waters lap along the coastline, enticing snorkellers and scuba divers to explore its kaleidoscopic reefs. Tuck into a mouth-watering castaway picnic, toast the sunset from a traditional dhow, try your hand at deep-sea fishing and welcome the seasonal arrival of baby green turtles as they hatch from protected sites along the island. This is a destination to be explored at your own pace. A setting to not only reconnect with loved ones but with yourself, and the opportunity to enjoy island living at its finest.

Mnemba Island

For true barefoot luxury, Mnemba Island is the perfect escape. Less than a mile in circumference, the island offers a remote and serene beach experience; surrounded by some of the best dive sights in Africa, guest can enjoy the company of prolific marine life, with turtle season around April to August time. Ardent divers will fall in love with the coral reefs around Mnemba and watersport enthusiasts will love the scuba diving, windsurfing and snorkelling. The island is ideal for honeymooners, remote, private and very romantic.

 

There are only 10 rooms at Mnemba, which offer rustic simplicity. The private island is surrounded by crisp white sands and lush tropical forest. 

Vundwe Island

Vundwe Island is a island and is located in Zanzibar Central/South, Tanzania. The estimate terrain elevation above seal level is 17 meters. Variant forms of spelling for Vundwe Island or in other languages: Nundwe Island, Wundwi, Vundwe Island, Nundwe Island, Vundwe Island, Wundwi.

Vundwe is relatively isolated and it is not a protected area, unlike the  nearby Kiwengwa/Pongwe Forest Reserve. The island has a high coral rag forest with tall trees like Adansonia digitata baobabs, which has, in recent years, started to be subjected to extensive clearing. This impacts the habitat of the Zanzibar red colobus, an endangered species of red colobus monkey which the island houses. The species population also declines because of poisonings.

Changuu Island

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. Getting there after a comfortable 20-minute boat drive from Stone Town by a traditional dhow (fishing boat) takes you to the most unique experience in life.
This peaceful island today drives us through its historical buildings to its past intense history. 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. The Mathew's Restaurant is an artfully restored building that was erected in the late 1890s; its wide veranda, enjoying the invigorating sea breeze, overlooks the irresistible swimming pool at which fresh water is available for the first time in the history of this islet. This awesome renovation has been achieved whilst maintaining the perfect balance between nature and culture.
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.

Prison Island had been, centuries ago, a prison for slave trade; at the end of the 19th Century, it became the Quarantine Station for Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika territories. Moreover, when there were no quarantined passengers, it was the favourite resort of Zanzibaris to enjoy the suntan and bathing. Today, the intense history of this quiet island can be seen and enjoyed throughout the many natural and cultural activities and possibilities that the island offers. If that is your option, relaxing can be the main activity at Prison Island; lie by the pool facing the magical Stone Town of Zanzibar, and let time pass…

 

Making the best of this natural and cultural paradise, join the nature trails through the dense tropical forest, organized by the friendly management of Prison Island, with entertaining lectures on fauna and flora, the Giant Tortoises and the projects for their welfare, as well as an illustrative journey through the history of the islet through its artfully restored buildings.

Explore the clear sea, a thousand species of fish, with sea turtles that swim around just two yards from the shores with incredible corals. To protect these treasures, collecting shells from this island is forbidden.

 

In the incomparable setting of the Prison Ruins, under the clear and unspoiled African skies, enjoy the legendary venues of cultural dances with the most romantic candlelit dinner.

Day trips to Zanzibar Stone Town are the perfect chance to discover the Swahili culture, a happy mix of Africa and Arabia. Explore the winding narrow streets of Stone Town, classified as World Cultural Heritage, with ancient buildings, superb balconies, amazing sculptured doors, mosques, palaces and Livingstone’s House, among many other remarkable features.

Tumbatu Island

Tumbatu Island is the third-largest island that makes up the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar. The island is located off the north-west coast of Zanzibar's main island, Unguja. The inhabitants of Tumbatu island on the North-East coast of Zanzibar lives an isolated life and the island is powered entirely by solar panels, allowing them to be independent.

Everyone who is not from Tumbatu, even people from Zanzibar, needs a written permit by the village eldest to enter the island. This trip is a rare opportunity to experience something really authentic. Tumbatu, has more than 20,000 inhabitants but no functioning roads or cars.

Uzi Island

Uzi is a small island in the south of Zanzibar’s main island Unguja. Little has changed in Uzi during the last centuries. Most of the island's 5000 people are fishermen and farmers. Visitors to Uzi can experience pristine rural Zanzibar like it cannot be found elsewhere on Zanzibar’s main island Unguja.

The island is located in the Menai Bay Conservation Area which forms an important ecosystem of mangrove forests, sea grass beds, islands with fresh water forest, coral reefs and a large diversity of plants, land and water animals, including dolphins, African Sea Eagles, and protected marine turtles - a heaven for anyone enjoying nature.

A visit to Uzi might include a guided ecological tour to the Sea Turtle Lagoon and mangrove areas, and visiting Uzi village where traditional activities such as weaving, carving, henna painting, local crafts, seaweed farming and home cooking can be experienced.

UZI ISLAND ECOTOURISM & CULTURAL TOURISM

For those interested in ecotourism and cultural tourism Uzi Island has a lot to offer!

The Menai Bay, which since 1997 is a protected area, forms an important ecosystem of mangrove forests, sea grass beds, islands with fresh water forest, coral reefs and a large diversity of plants, land and water animals, including dolphins, African Sea Eagles, and sea turtles.

On the beach, some 2 km west of Uzi Village, we have created a Sea Turtle Lagoon on a 2500 sqms terrain, where marine turtles are kept, both for educational purposes, particularly for local children and youth, and as a major environmental tourists attraction in Zanzibar. We buy all turtles from local fishermen who without our intervention would slaughter the turtles to sell their meat. We keep the turtles in the lagoon for a limited time and release then them on the open sea between Unguja and Pemba, where chances are lower that they will get caught again.

Bawe Island

Elegantly lying 5 miles off Zanzibar Stone Town, a 30-minute boat ride, Bawe Tropical Island is an island not bigger than a football pitch. A beautiful island that takes the breath away; acres of lush, sexy paradise haven so skillfully done that you will think it all happened naturally.

Arrival at Bawe is something truly unforgettable; a spectacular private island, a haven of peace and silence, cut off from the chaotic outside world. 
This lost corner of the world offers a very elementary place with no air conditioning. When choosing Bawe, simplicity, anonymity and freedom are the determining factors for the guests - 30 people cut off from the rest of the world, for whom clothing is optional… Ofcourse, it is your private stretch of sandy beach with barely anyone on it. Only footprints; maybe your own.

Life is so sleepy on this island… It is said that the clock strikes twice – the second time is for those who weren’t awake for the first.
Bawe is the love beach. Simply too good to be true.
Relax on the beach, pampering yourself with a massage and a delicious cocktail. Relax, forget about the madness of the day-to-day life. That is the main activity at Bawe Tropical Island. 

Nearby the islands, discover mythical treasures:

Day trips to Zanzibar Stone Town are the perfect chance to discover the Swahili culture, a happy mix of Africa and Arabia. Explore the winding narrow streets of Stone Town, classified as World Cultural Heritage, with ancient buildings, superb balconies, amazing sculptured doors, mosques, palaces and Livingstone’s House, among many other remarkable features.

Spend a day at Bawe’s sister island, Prison Island, which is a contemporary style island resort for nature lovers, with a tortoise sanctuary for the Giant Aldabra Tortoises and artfully restored 19th Century colonial buildings.

This once upon a time Quarantine Island was formerly owned by an Arab and used as a private place of detention for slaves. It was bought by General Mathew's and the jail (recently fully restored) was built in 1893 as a central prison in Zanzibar. It was, however, never utilized as such. The island was later on the Quarantine Station for Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika territories. There are small gazelles in the bush and birds and fauna which are not to be seen in other parts of Zanzibar.

Latham Island

Latham Island, known locally as Fungu Kizimkazi, Fungu Mbaraka is a small, relatively isolated island in the Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania which is historical under the Government of Zanzibar since 1898. After the Arab who had the right to collect wreckage there in the reign of seyid Barghash who was the (Sultan of Zanzibar). The island was featured on an early sixteenth century Portuguese map. It derives its present name from the East Indian man Latham who rediscovered it in 1758.

Latham Island – Prime Fishing Destination

Fishing Latham Island offers the ultimate fishing experiences and  holds dear to many anglers. Markedly for one incredible species of fish, the Giant Dogtooth Tuna. Incredibly this island has produced some World Record size Dogtooth Tuna over the past few years. It is no wonder that anglers around the world dream of getting the opportunity to fish this fantastic oceanic island. Furthermore the Island and surrounds also produces some good Swordfish. Known in Latin as “The Gladiator of the Sea”, the Swordfish will test your skills as an angler and will put up a tremendous fight. We target Swordfish by trolling rigged “natural deadbeats” with light sticks or by drifting.

Best Seasons

We fish Latham during the calmer months of October through to mid December. Than again from late February through to end of April.

Fundo Island

Fundo Island is located off the northwest coast of Pemba Island, one of the two main islands of Tanzania's Zanzibar Archipelago. It is one of the larger minor islands in the archipelago, and the largest of those surrounding Pemba. Fundo Island is nine kilometers in length, though barely a kilometer in width, and is surrounded by a reef.

Together with the smaller Njao Island, which lies immediately to the north, and several smaller islands to the south, Fundo forms a natural barrier and breakwater for the harbor of the town of Wete, which lies six kilometers to the east.

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Beaches

Zanzibar is famous for white sand beaches and pristine environment which make the country a leader for ecotourism. There’s a myriad of activities you could indulge in and being an island, beach sports. Zanzibar is famous for white sand beaches and pristine environment which make the country a leader for ecotourism. There’s a myriad of activities you could indulge in and being an island, beach sports feature strongly. Windsurfing (including kite surfing), snorkeling, dhow cruises, kayaking, parasailing, and stand up paddle boarding can be enjoyed all the year round strongly. Windsurfing (including kite surfing), snorkeling, dhow cruises, kayaking, parasailing, and stand up paddle boarding can be enjoyed all the year round.

Be enchanted with its idyllic natural beauty where the sun gently caresses the white powdery sands as the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean create a striking contrast.