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Beach Breaks

Highlights

  • Perfect add on to conclude your safari adventure
  • Pristine turquoise coloured water and white powdery beaches
  • World class diving and snorkelling
  • Visit historical architecture
  • Marketplaces featuring products from local artisans

ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar is a stunning island destination in its own right. It is also perfect island break after a hot and dusty game safari in Africa. Zanzibar is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in the world and is remarkably unspoiled by mass tourism making it one of the worlds best kept secret beach getaways.

The Zanzibar archipelago is approximately 35kms offshore from Tanzania and only 6 degrees south of the Equator. It is comprised of 2 main islands Unguja(Zanzibar) and Pemba, along with other smaller islands and atolls. These islands provide miles and miles of powdery white sand beaches, turquoise waters and lush coral gardens perfect for diving and snorkeling.

You can choose to unwind on a choice of palm fringed beaches, go diving above offshore coral reefs, or hike through pristine rainforest and soak up the island’s heady mix of Arab, Persian, Indian, European and African traditions. There is something to interest everyone who visits the Zanzibar archipelago.

Full of surprises at every turn you can explore narrow labyrinthine alleyways crammed with Arab influenced architecture in the atmospheric old capital of Stone Town – the cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover bustling bazaars, mosques, palaces and grand Arab mansions decorated with ornately carved brass-studded doors and enclosed wooden verandas.

The history of this stunning archipelago is fascinating and when visiting Stone Town in Zanzibar you can almost imagine the hustle and bustle port and trade markets. From the 8th century Shirazi traders from Persia established settlements in the archipelago and between the 12th and 15th centuries Zanzibar became a powerful city state, exporting slaves, gold, ivory and wood, and importing spice, glassware and textiles.

Zanzibar has an array of world class accommodation that is perfect to spoil yourself after your safari. Let SafariHQ take care of the details for you so you can relax and enjoy this pristine paradise. Zanzibar – a perfect end to a perfect safari!

PEMBA ISLAND

Pemba Island lies approximately 80km’s to the notrtheast of Zanzibar Island(Unguja), which is a 30 minute flight from Stone Town airport. Pemba is much more hilly in its topography than Zanzibar. It’s gently undulating hills and deep verdant valleys are all covered with a dense cover of clove, coconut and mango plantations. Pemba relies on its trade of agriculture and is far less dependent on tourism than Zanzibar.

Food must be bought at the local markets and shops. Generally the only place to eat out is the stalls or at one of the few guesthouses.

Pemba is entirely surrounded by untouched coral reef making the diving nothing short of spectacular. There are plenty of dive sites and most of them can be dived by novice divers. If you are recently certified, Pemba is a great opportunity to upgrade your specialty dives, like the drift dive.

Pemba’s inhabitants are predominantly Muslim. It has a culture that is even more traditional than Zanzibar, and the island gets far less visitors – and hence sees less of the outside world. You can expect to see Pemba’s women wearing the veil, and few villagers who speak anything other than Swahili.

MAFIA ISLAND

Mafia Island is one of the five sleepy, tropical islands which are clustered together in the Indian Ocean, known as the Mafia Archipelago. They are a 35 minute flight from Dar es Salaam and, compared with Zanzibar, they are relatively little known – yet if you are seeking an undisturbed beach holiday, they are well worth considering.

The pace of life is slow on Mafia Island. Sandy roads lead through the one street capital of Kilindoni. At the coast you will find mangrove forests, a few short stretches of golden beach and a brilliant turquoise sea.

Vegetation is lush with coconut palms, baobabs, cashew, and papaya tress in the interior. These are home to bushbabies, wild pigs, blue duikers, genets, vervet monkeys and fruit bats. On the coast, mangrove forests and tidal flats attract endless sea birds.

In 1995, the Mafia Island Marine Park was formed to protect the archipelago’s reefs. Within Chloe Bay, the shallow reefs are perfect for snorkeling or learning to dive. Outside the bay, its entrance is guarded by a long coral wall, attracting more experienced divers. Here are more than 50 genera of coral, including giant table corals, huge stands of blue tipped staghorn corals, and over 400 species of fish.

You will always encounter something exciting when diving in these waters, from rainbow coloured clownfish to octopus, rays and gigantic grouper or large potato cod. Sharks and dolphins are found in the deeper water, and at night turtles crawl onto remote beaches to nest.

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