Zanzibar - Swahili Coast

Zanzibar - The Spice Island..

Zanzibar is a Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. On its main island, Unguja, familiarly called Zanzibar, is Stone Town, a historic trade center with Swahili and Islamic influences. It’s winding lanes present minarets, carved doorways and 19th-century landmarks such as the House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace. The northern villages Nungwi and Kendwa have wide beaches lined with hotels

SIGHTSEEING/THINGS TO DO IN ZANZIBAR

Visit Pemba Island, which is known as "The Green Island" in Arabic, it is an island forming part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, lying within the Swahili Coast in the Indian Ocean.

Visit the Old Fort, also known as the Arab Fort and by other names, it is a fortification located in Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. It is the oldest building and a major visitor attraction of Stone Town.

Visit the House of Wonders or Palace of Wonders is a landmark building in Stone Town, Zanzibar. It is the largest and tallest building of Stone Town and occupies a prominent place facing the Forodhani Gardens on the old town's seafront, in Mizingani Road

Visit the Hamamni Persian Baths which are historical buildings of Stone Town, Zanzibar. The name Hamamni is also used to refer to the neighborhood where the building is located.

Visit the Kizimkazi Mosque which is a mosque situated on the southern tip of the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania and is one of the oldest Islamic buildings on the East African coast.

The spice tour, visit spice plantations where you will have the opportunity to pick, smell & savor fruits & spices that you have probably never seen on the supermarket shelf.

Jozani forest tour, Jozani Forest lies about 35 km south-east of Zanzibar township in Zanzibar’s South Region. It is a narrow neck of land between the Chakwa Bay in the north and Uzi Bay to the South, is the only remaining natural forest on Unguja Island

SOUTH EAST COAST

ACCOMMODATION

DONGWE OCEAN VIEW (3*)

Located on one of Zanzibar’s most beautiful beaches, Dongwe faces stunning views of the ocean along the Southeast coast of Zanzibar, 10km south of Paje and 50km from the historical Stone Town, 50 minutes’ drive from the airport. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.dongweoceanview.com/

KICHANGA LODGE (3*)

Situated on the South East coast of the Island of Zanzibar, in a privileged quiet position, Kichanga

Lodge faces a stunningly beautiful sea with hundreds of different color shades on a wonderful white tropical beach. It takes about 1 hour by car to get to the Lodge from the airport. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.kichanga.com

ARABIAN NIGHTS (3*)

We are located in the south east coast of Zanzibar, in a beautiful village called Paje. A 40mins drive from the airport and Stone town, away from the hustle and bustle.

The hotel has the most convenient spot among the other neighboring hotels in the area. Our guests have easy access to the outdoor entertainment services, tour guides and a souvenir shop stocked with memories of Zanzibar. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.zanzibararabiannights.com

KARAFUU BEACH RESORT & SPA (4*)

Karafuu hotel beach resort Zanzibar is located on the South East Coast of Zanzibar, approximately 65km from Stone Town.Karafuu hotel beach resort was built on 7 hectares of beautiful tropical garden and opened in 1995 and is an International 4-star hotel. The buildings were thoughtfully designed to blend in with the environment and were built with local materials. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.karafuuzanzibar.com

BARAZA BEACH RESORT & SPA (5)

Located along the Bwejuu – Paje beach that was named as one of the top 30 in the world by the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Baraza is Zanzibar’s most exclusive boutique resort. Baraza Resort and Spa is 5 stars all inclusive hotel voted as one of the 60 best new hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, a prestigious worldwide travel magazine. With just 30 villas, this stunning fully inclusive resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: baraza-zanzibar.com

CENTRAL EAST COAST HOTELS

UROA BAY BEACH RESORT (3*)

The Uroa Bay Beach Resort Superior, directly on the beautiful Uroa beach, on the east coast of the island of Zanzibar. This is a full new construction Resort, taking the name from the village existing before in the same area. The private beach of the Zanzibar Resorts, about 400 meters long, is white, raised and equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds in local style, and Indian Ocean in front is crystal clear; during low tide, a sandbar emerges just outside the village. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.uroabay.com

NEPTUNE PWANI BEACH RESORT (4*)

This large 4 star resort is situated on Zanzibar’s east-coast. It offers superb Ocean views and a comprehensive range of facilities and services. The resort offers B&B, half-board, full-board and all-inclusive packages. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.neptunehotels.com

DREAM OF ZANZIBAR (5*)

Dream of Zanzibar is a superb 5 star all inclusive resort, proud member of The Emerald Collection. Dream of Zanzibar is nestled in the midst of exotic gardens on the beach front at Pwani Machangani overlooking the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean.

Dream of Zanzibar is located on the north eastern coast of Zanzibar, this exclusive and luxurious 5 star all inclusive beach resort is set on the beach of Kiwengwa about 45 km from Stone Town International Airport. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.dreamofzanzibar.com

NORTH EAST COAST

ACCOMMODATION

MATEMWE BEACH VILLAGE (3*)

Located on the north east coast of Zanzibar, close to the Mnemba Atoll, the Matemwe area is a very special part of Zanzibar. At Matemwe Beach we have guests and not clients, they relax; make themselves at home amongst our books, games and huge cushions.Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.matemwebeach.com/

AZANZI BEACH RESORT (4*)

The hotel is situated on the North Eastern coast of Zanzibar, and approximately 45 minutes from the airport in Stone town. Azanzi is a luxury boutique beach hotel which boasts 35 rooms comprising of 8 suites, 12 luxury suites, 9 villas, and 6 deluxe villas. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.azanzibeachhotel.com

PEMBA

Pemba Island, known as "The Green Island" is an island forming part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, lying within the Swahili Coast in the Indian Ocean

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN PEMBA

Pemba Museum: Filling what’s left of an 18th-century Omani-era fort, which was probably built on the remains a 16th-century Portuguese garrison, this is a small but well-executed museum with displays on island history and Swahili culture.

Umoja Children’s Park: Kiwanja cha Kufurahishia Watoto (‘Fairgrounds for Making Children Happy’) is a relic from Pemba’s socialist days. Surprisingly, most of the remaining rides still work. It’s now opened only twice a year: around Eid AL-Fitr and Eid AL-Kebir

Pemba Misali Sunset Beach: Dine seaside on a mix of local (coconut curry with prawns) and international (macaroni and cheese) food. It’s 7km west of Chake Chake in Wesha

Balloon Brothers :This is a local haunt which offers snacks such as samosas, sugar-coated ubuyu (baobab fruit) and bungo juice, the latter being very popular on Pemba

Pemba Essential Oil Distillery: Visitors to this factory just out of town to the northeast can see the tanks where clove stems, cinnamon leaves, eucalyptus leaves; lemongrass and sweet basil are turned into essential oils.

ACCOMMODATION

MANTA REEF (4*)

Pemba is probably as far away from civilization as you’ll ever get. We offer something different from most tropical islands and it’s not about five-star luxury. If its serenity, close encounters with nature and a family of staff you crave, The Manta Resort might be just the place for you. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.themantaresort.com

FUNDU LAGOON (5*)

Fundu Lagoon is a small privately owned boutique hotel in Pemba offering natural barefoot luxury in a unique Tanzanian setting and reached by plane or boat from Zanzibar. There are eighteen tented safari style bungalows, some on the beach and some on the hill side, but all with breath taking views of the Indian Ocean. Fundu has some of the best diving in the world and was recently voted Best Marine Safari Property in Africa. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.fundulagoon.com

MAFIA

Mafia Island ("Chole Shamba") is part of the Tanzanian Zanzibar Archipelago, together with Unguja, Pemba and Latham Island. As one of the six districts of the Pwani Region, Mafia Island is governed from the mainland, not from the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar, of which it has never been considered to be a part.

According to the 2002 Tanzania census, the population of the Mafia District was 40,801. The economy is based on fishing, subsistence agriculture and the market in Kilindoni. The island attracts some tourists, mainly adventure scuba divers, game fishermen, and people wanting relaxation.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN MAFIA

Chole Islan: This is a good place to start exploring, especially around its crumbling but atmospheric ruins, which date from the 19th century.

Hakuna Matata; A large, makuti -roofed place near the market with grilled chicken or fish and chips, plus fruit juices. Take the first left after coming up the hill from the port. It’s about 50m down to your right.

Jibondo: Sparsely vegetated Jibondo, while less aesthetically appealing than the other islands, and with inhabitants who are traditionally somewhat unwelcoming towards visitors, is intriguing in that it supports a population of about 3000 people although it has no natural water sources. At Ras Mkumbi, Mafia’s windswept northernmost point, there’s a lighthouse dating to 1892, as well as Kanga beach and a forest that’s home to monkeys, blue duikers and many birds.

Juani: The much larger and heavily vegetated island of Juani, just southeast of Chole, has overgrown but evocative ruins at Kua, including the remains of several mosques dating from a Shirazi settlement during the 18th and 19th centuries, and crumbling palace walls.

Big Blu: A friendly place on the beach just north of Mafia Island Lodge, and under the direction of Moez, a veteran diver with long experience on Mafia.

ACCOMMODATION

KINASI LODGE (4*)

This intimate and lovely resort, situated in an old cashew and coconut plantation, provides a luxury stay amidst stylish décor and magnificent natural surroundings of the protected marine park.

We have stamped Kinasi with a personality, ambience and originality that ensure guests know that Kinasi is much loved by its owners. And this extends to the service that we offer you, a personalized caring and happy blend of African hospitality with the unique touch of "Island Life. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.kinasilodge.com/

BUTIAMA BEACH LODGE (4*)

Come and experience true relaxation with us at Butiama Beach. Our unspoiled location in a tropical palm grove on the beach has everything you need to unwind, let go, and be yourself.

Watch the morning sun glint on the turquoise surface of the Indian Ocean from your bungalow as whale sharks come to rest and feed. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.butiamabeach.com

RAS MBISI LODGE (4*)

Welcome to Ras Mbisi Lodge, the first bespoke, sustain ably-built lodge on the west coast of the beautiful island of Mafia, Tanzania. We believe in offering our guests ‘barefoot luxury’: a retreat that is effortless, stunning and relaxed. We combine good food, striking accommodation and outstanding natural beauty in this untouched part of Mafia Island, to give you a taste of an informal, but luxurious, piece of paradise. We also have ready access to some truly astounding wildlife in season, including whale sharks and humpback whales. The area also has a rapidly regenerating reef, and a wealth of marine life. This is reflected in Mafia’s Marine Park in the Chole Bay area; the largest marine protected area in East Africa. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.rasmbisimafia.co.tz/

CHOLE MJINI (4*)

Part of the virtually unknown Mafia archipelago that a lie south of Zanzibar, Chole is a tiny tropical island located in the largest marine park in East Africa, a few clicks off the Tanzanian coast. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.cholemjini.com

POLE POLE MAFIA LODGE (5*)

Pole Pole is located in the Chole Bay area, near Utende village on the southeast coast of the Mafia Island Marine Park. It lies on the beach, within a tropical garden, overlooking a spectacular view of the Mafia Archipelago and the Indian Ocean. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.polepole.com


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