ZANZIBAR ISLANDS (UNGUJA AND PEMBA)
Zanzibar is one of the world ‘s most beautiful islands, set like a jewel in tranquil coral waters, only 20 minutes flight from Dar es Salaam. Its name evokes a romantic past. To the shores of these islands came Summerians, Assyrians, Hindus, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Arabians, Chinese, Malaysians, and the Portuguese, all sailing in on Monsoon winds. From these shores the great European explorers Burton, Speke, Livingstone, Krapf, Rebman, and Grant set out on their voyages of discovery into the East and Central African hinterland. Zanzibar is an archipelago consisting of two main islands of Unguja (also referred to as Zanzibar), Pemba and several other surrounding small islets.
Zanzibar is also the birthplace of the fascinating Swahili culture with its elegant architecture, full of balconies, courtyards, hand-carved doors and mosques. For centuries the historic Spice Islands of Zanzibar has evoked a mystical and magical dream. The different races that have settled in Zanzibar over the centuries have left an imprint on the people and the architecture. The “House of Wonders” and the narrow streets of the Old Stone Town are just some of the vivid reminders of the islands long and coloured history.
Fascinating history, exotic spices, sandy beaches and hospitable people this is the enchantment of Zanzibar. It is a safe country tourist can walk on the beach and town 24 hours, but we recommend that you should have accompanied if you walk after 10pm.
The best destinations on the Island for tours are the spice tour, Stone town tour (Zanzibar city), Nungwi, safari blue tour, dolpion tour, Prison Island, and Jozani forest,
Zanzibar is popularly referred to as the Spice Islands have earned its reputation over the centuries. Four hour guided tour, which starts at Kibweni Palace through to Kidichi. Here are the Persian Baths built by Seyyid Said Sultan for his wife the Princess Shehrzard, one of the family members of the Shah of Persia. You will then proceed to Kizimbani spice plantations. Here you can see, touch and sometime taste a wide variety of spices, fruits, herbs and ornamental plants and flowers. Detailed description of the spices is given, and their uses in cooking and cosmetics. Guests will be fascinated by the sheer number of spices produced, and by their incredible value for many ailments. This is also the cheapest place to purchase spices and oil extracts.
Pemba Island is located about 80km from Zanzibar Island (Unguja), about the same distance directly east of Tanga on the Tanzanian mainland. With its hilly landscape and altitude not exceeding 100 metres above sea level at its highest point, Pemba Island is by size smaller and a less known destination than Unguja. Named “The Green Island” by the early Arab sailors due to her dense and lush vegetation, Pemba has more natural forests, plantations and grows more cloves than her sister island of Zanzibar (Unguja) to the south. The interesting point about Pemba is its wealth of natural resources ranging from beaches to mangrove ecosystems to natural forests. The coral reefs surrounding the island protect a massive amount of marine species and offer some of the best diving spots in the world. While much of the coast is lined with mangroves, there are a few amazing stretches of shoreline and enough attractive offshore islands with pure, clean beaches and interesting bird-life.