Overview of Tanzania
Zanzibar is located about 40 Km (25 miles) off the coast of East Africa,in the Indian Ocean, approximately 5 degrees south of the Equator. The northern tip of Pemba is almost adjacent to the Tanzanian port city of Tanga while the southern tip of Unguja lies alongside the historic mainland city of Bagamoyo. mainland city of Bagamoyo.
On Unguja most of the population live in the more fertile regions of the north and west. The eastern part of the island is covered in interesting coral rag (rock made of coral) making it unsuitable for farming. The eastern coast also has spectacular beaches and the reefs make it ideal for fishing villages, tourist guesthouses, and resorts. Pemba, located about 50 kms north of Unguja, is far less populated. Known also by its Arabic name, 'Al Khudra' meaning Green Island, Pemba is covered in steep hills full of palms, clove and rubber trees, rice paddies and the Ngezi Forest in the north. There are many pure, beautiful beaches in and around the numerous islets and coves. Tourism is not as developed on Pemba as it is on Unguja but resorts are being built and the infrastructure will undoubtedly improve as tourism increases.
Sun-bleached sands, jade waters and palm trees burnished gold by the tropical palettes of eternal sunshine make the Zanzibari coastline a Paradise regained. We believe that Zanzibar holidays are one of the most relaxing and 'time out' experiences that money can buy. After an East Africa safari the best way to unwind is just to relax on an island paradise. Zanzibar travel offers stylish, comfortable accommodation, with ocean views that will invite you to explore the coral reefs effortlessly. A jewel in tranquil coral waters of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is one of the world's most beautiful islands. From the shores the great European explorers Burton, Speke and Livingstone set out on their voyages of discovery into the hinterland. In Zanzibar we recommend spending a couple of days in the old historic and pittoresque Stone Town, from where also all excursions depart. After that, you can relax a few days on the beach at the north or east coast.
Explore Zanzibar and leave refreshed, with a wonderful story to tell. Ending your safari holidays with an island style experience on Zanzibar will definitely leave you wanting to come back for more.