Spicy Island of Zanzibar and Pemba

Safari Itineraries with Beach Holidays in Dar-es-Salaam, Pangani, Mafia and Spicy Island of Zanzibar...

Zanzibar Island is the most well known of the islands in this area, but the archipelago also consists of the lush Pemba to the north and numerous smaller islands and islets poised in luxuriously turquoise seas in the south. The beauty of this area has tempted travellers, traders, slave-traders and colonists for centuries, but there are still many areas on these islands that remain unexplored, pristine and untouched!

Forodhani gardens
Zanzibar is famous for once being the commercial centre of East Africa and has been known as "the Spice Island" because of its many spice plantations and spice tours. It combines ancient Islamic ruins, noble Arabic houses with miles of white sandy palm fringed beaches and coves.

The ocean offers warm clear blue waters with excellent reefs for; snorkelling and diving, fantastic deep sea fishing, water sports and delicious fresh fish! The activities available on Zanzibar include: spice tours, dhow trips, diving, deep sea fishing, sailing, walking safaris, ballooning, bird watching, dolphin-watching, and visiting a number of interesting sites such as Jozani Forest, Chumbe Islands, or the historical ruins of Mbweni Palace.

The spice island, pristine beaches, Arabian dhows, colorful bazaars, a mystifying network of narrow alleyways-Zanzibar evokes images of mystery and romance. Even now the island of Zanzibar is of Africa but not in it, a superb choice for a beach element of a longer safari but also a good destination for a sun and sand holiday in its own right. Stone Town is the only significant city, an atmospheric meandering capital busy with markets and traders that echoes, five times a day, with the calls to prayer from countless muezzins.

The city beaches are more used for informal games of football than for lounging in the sun, so after a day or two sun lovers should head out of town, to a selection of resorts set around the coast, or to the other islands, Pemba, Mafia, Mnemba and Chumbe. The emphasis here is on relaxed barefoot luxury, and most of
these resorts and islands offer superb snorkeling and scuba diving.

Known as Green Island, the lush, tropical island of Pemba is charming and enchanting. Clove plantations, rice fields, hilly terrain, green valleys and palm-fringed beaches make it a land of variety and contrasts. the Pemba channel offers excellent opportunities of fishing and diving, you can get chance to look on Chwaka Ruins, Herouni Site, The Old site Tumbe, Mazrui Site, Ras Mkumbuu Ruins, Msuka Mjini Ruins, misali Island and Ngezi forest.