Zanzibar is a flat, palm-clad coral island surrounded by a shallow warm sea, and over 20 other smaller islands to explore. These include Mnemba Island, Chumbe Island Coral Marine Park, Chapwani Island, Changuu (Prison) Uzi and Bawe Islands, Miwi, Nianembe, and Kwale Islands in Menai Bay and many more.
Swashbuckling adventure, mighty Sultans, and buried treasure! The ‘Spice’ Islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago certainly have a colorful history. As a major trade route for the empires of Greece, Rome, Egypt, Persia, Arabia, India, China and more recently Europe, everything from gold to slaves made their passage through these islands
The Zanzibar Archipelago is an extremely interesting island with Stone Town the only functioning ancient town in East Africa. Stone Town is a World Heritage Site with loads of history and culture.
There are also plenty of bars, restaurants, and activities on Zanzibar to keep you occupied. From swimming with the dolphins, long deserted idyllic beaches, sailing, deep-sea game fishing, scuba diving, cultural tours, and spice plantations – Zanzibar is just another example of why you should consider Africa for your next yacht charter holiday.
Pemba, lying north of Zanzibar is surrounded by exotic coral reefs of every form and description, beautiful smaller islands, deep channels and exotic white sandy beaches. Its interior is very different from the other islands in the region with gentle, undulating hills and deep verdant valleys covered with dense clove, coconut and mango plantations.
The Archipelago is made up of a series of smaller islands enclosing an incredible inner sea with islands, reefs, mangrove creeks and deep-water channels. The beautiful outlying islands off Pemba remain completely untouched, with un- trodden sandy beaches. Some have remote villages, others are uninhabited. Spending time on a yacht in these waters is superb, and you can sometimes have the whole place practically to yourself.
You won’t be surrounded by hordes of holiday makers on a “beach” holiday. Because of this ‘exclusivity’, the island remains a pristine tropical wilderness and this extends to the surrounding marine environment too.
Pemba is in short … Paradise!
The Mafia Archipelago Marine Park supported by the World Wide Fund for Nature, forms part of the coral reef protecting the coast of Tanzania. It is situated about 130 km south of Dar-es-Salaam and about 25 km from the mainland.
Less than a thousand tourists a year visit Mafia island, off Tanzania, which has ruins dating back to the 11th century!
Comprised of a number of islands and uninhabited coral atolls, Mafia is a spectacularly diverse natural environment. It offers a unique mix of Africa within a tropical setting. Large palm groves, mango & cashew trees dominate the island while impressive baobab trees are dotted amongst typical African savannah grassland. Monkeys, small antelopes, wild pigs, lemurs and dwarf hippos run wild while falcons, fish eagles, Comoro bats ‘flying foxes’ and giant turtles have also made it their breeding ground.
Mafia is little changed from ancient times. It retains a traditional, unspoilt non-commercialised friendly culture, where local people go about their business as artisans, farmers, fishermen and sailors.