ZANZIBAR ISLAND








beach & holiday Safari

The coast of Tanzania is perhaps most famous for the Zanzibar Archipelago, a cluster of islands that saw the growth and survival of Swahili civilization and trade until the mid twentieth century. The Beach Start from Tanga to Mtwara with a lot of beautiful beaches to Zanzibar Archipelago (Unguja Island, Pemba Island and Mafia Island. Mgunga Expedition will be happy to book you a memorable beach holiday, weather only beach, safari and beach, mountain and beach or mountain, safari and beach.

All of Tanzanias Coast Beach offers a series of activities from Water Sports, Diving and Snorkeling, Sunbathing, Canoeing and Boating Tours, Festival Tours, SPA Treatments, Volunteerism, Wildlife Safaris, Cultural Tourism, and Archaeological and Historical tours.

Zanzibar Safaris

SPECIAL: One of Tanzanias little secrets is its coast line. Ushongo Beach is comparable to amongst the best beaches in Africa. There are three small lodges on the Tanzania coast 200 kms north of Dar es Salaam. Its a far cry from mass tourism and commercialism and is offered as an alternative to Zanzibar.

Zanzibar

The main attractions of Zanzibar include historical ruins, spice plantations, Old Stone Town, snorkeling, diving, canoeing, cycling, and just relaxing. It is worth spending at least two nights in the old Stone Town.

Zanzibar can be combined with a seven or eight day wildlife safari. This safari itinerary has been arranged to maximizes the time on both the safari and on Zanzibar. The flight from Arusha/Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar takes an hour. If you are on a safari to the national parks, consider flying from the Serengeti to Zanzibar. It takes a little over two hours. There are twice daily flights from the Serengeti to Arusha with a connecting flight from Arusha to Zanzibar.

Sporting Activities

Be careful of sea urchins: their prickly points can be painful. Wear suitable beach shoes (not flip flops). Wear a T-shirt when snorkeling and exposed to the sun.

Sasa Africa Safaris will book deep sea trophy fishing only on a catch-and-release basis or fishing for personal consumption.

Diving & Snorkeling

Mnemba Reef, is probably the best place for diving and snorkeling on the Zanzibar coast and one of the best anywhere on the East African coast. The Pemba Channel and Ushongo is also excellent.

Bawe Island, Situated on the West coast of Zanzibar town. Good marine life for snorkeling, diving and swimming.

Maziwe Island, situated in Pangani is a marine reserve and has a lot to enjoy in diving and snokerling.

Grave Island, In 1879, Sultan Bargash selected this island to be the graveyard for the British residents of Zanzibar. People who died during The First World War as well as the anti-slave traders were also buried here, Hence the name, Grave Island. These graves can still be seen. The island has a restaurant by the beach, an excellent spot for snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing.

Getting to Zanzibar

Baggage 15 kgs inclusive of hand luggage. Flights Arusha to Zanzibar are usually non stop.

By Air:

Arusha to Zanzibar one way daily morning and afternoon scheduled flights. Serengeti daily morning and afternoon scheduled flights. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar one way. Daily morning and afternoon scheduled flights.

By Sea From:

Dar Es Salaam: daily Boats, One hour. Mombasa: Boat thrice weekly. Three hours.

Transfers:

Zanzibar Airport or Port to town. Stone Town to Coast.

Zanzibar Climate

Zanzibar experiences ideal holiday weather for most of the year except during April and May which is the period of the Long Rains. The Short Rains occur in November. They are characterized by short showers which normally occur in the late afternoon.

The heat of summer is often cooled by windy conditions resulting in pleasant sea breezes. This is particularly so on the North and East coasts. Being near to the equator, the island is warm all year round. Hot months are October to March. Warm months June to September a lovely time to be on the coast: cloudless skies pleasantly warm temperatures, and little rain.

The following chart gives temperatures in Centigrade. Main rainy season starts in late March and lasts until mid-May. The short rains, characterized by short heavy showers normally in late afternoon, occur in November and December.

Averages: Jan-Mar Apr-May June-Sep Oct-Dec. Temperature: 28 27 25 27 High: 32 30 28 31 Low: 24 32 22 24 Rainfall (cms) 5 32 3 14 Rain Days. 5 11 3 9

Sample Itinerary of Zanzibar for 7 days / 6 nights
Day 1: Arusha / Serengeti / Dar Zanzibar

Zanzibar and transfer to Dhow Palace situated in the Old Stone Town. Evening at leisure. B&B Dhow Palace.

Day 2: Zanzibar

Breakfast at Hotel. 09:00-12:00 City tour of Stone Town seeing the famous Zanzibar doors, The Old Slave Market, House of Wonders, and the local market. Get to know some of the fascinating history of Zanzibar. 12:00-13:00 Shopping or at ones own leisure. 13:30 Drive to Mangapwani for lunch. Mangapwani is 18 kms north of Zanzibar. It has a beautiful beach and a good restaurant where you can enjoy a wide variety of seafood. The afternoon can be spent relaxing on the beach, visiting the slave chambers and/or enjoying a Dhow trip. 17:00 Return to Dhow Palace

Safari Blue Tour

Safari blue is a whole day trip that starts from Fumba, the perfect starting point to explore Menai Bay, an official Conservation Area. Home to beautiful uninhabited islands, the area is stunning, frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins.On arrival at Fumba, clients are given a briefing on the Safari Blue adventure In the morning you will set down on one of the beautiful sandbanks where one can relax, swim or snorkel. We have plenty of good quality snorkelling equipment and our experienced snorkelling guides will show you the pristine coral reef, which teems with tropical sea life. Instruction is also available for beginners. After snorkelling enjoy cold drinks, fresh coconuts and local snacks..

After snorkelling we go to Kwale island where we have our "desert island" restaurant. The buffet lunch includes fish, slipper lobster, calamari, rice and sauces all served hot from the grill. Our crew also prepares and presents a gastronomic fruit tasting with a large selection of delicious tropical fruits.When the tide permits we explore the natural lagoon found on Kwale island. The lagoon is surrounded by a mangrove forest and we will take you swimming in the lagoon for an unforgettable experience.

Stone Town City Tour

Stone town and its buildings are full of history and stories of the old times on Zanzibar, when Sultans, Arabs, Europeans and Zanzibari wrote the history of this beautiful island. The Stone Town of Zanzibar is a fine example of the Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. It retains its urban fabric and townscape virtually intact and contains many fine buildings that reflect its particular culture, which has brought together and homogenized disparate elements of the cultures of Africa, the Arab region, India, and Europe over more than a millennium.

It is an ancient town, impoverished and dishevelled with much to recommend it and much that could be improved! The ancient palaces and forts, balconies and ancient carved, wooden doors tell some of the story of its great past. Any visit to Zanzibar island would not be the same without a little explore here.

Spice Tour

If you travel to Zanzibar, you are bound to go on a spice tour. And you should look forward to it! You will learn where the spices come from that you use so naturally when preparing your everyday meal at home. The history of Zanzibar would be incomplete without the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which are essential ingredient in a Zanzibaris everyday life, it is the islands connection to spices and herbs.

Walking along small paths, seemingly plain plants turned out to be lemon grass, vanilla, cardamom, and co. Our guide explained how the plant grows and what we use it for. You get the chance to not only smell but taste a small sample of the plant. You can keep the samples for later and carry them in a small bowl made of palm leaves.