Tanzania Island

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.

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