Zanzibar Islands

Zanzibar Islands – If you love the idea of relaxing to the great world’s holiday white sands beaches, the freedom of swimming, diving with dolphins, fishing, snorkeling, trips famous spice farms, historical building, culture, the open road, driving where you want, when you want, then we have just the thing for you, we are introducing Zanzibar Beach Holidays to Zanzibar Islands from African Dahlia Tours & Safaris.

Unguja Island

Unguja (also referred to as Zanzibar) is the largest and most populated island of the archipelago. Unguja is a hilly island, about 85 kilometers long (north-south) and 30 kilometers wide (east-west) at its widest, with an overall area of about 1,666 square kilometers and separated from Tanzania mainland by the Zanzibar Channel. Surrounded by a number of small islets, with only two of them, Tumbatu and Uzi, being inhabited, the archipelagos population including Pemba island is in total just over 1 million.

The capitol Stone Town, on the west coast of Unguja, is the islands cultural and historical heart. Here you can see and feel the fascinating and turbulent history in its labyrinth of narrow twisting streets, bustling bazaars and historical monuments like The Old Fort, Sultan Palace or House of Wonders. UNESCO declared Stone Town in 2000 to a World Heritage Site with the words “it is an outstanding material manifestation of cultural fusion and harmonization”. But of course Zanzibar offers a number of other attractions to fill a week’s program – visiting the famous Spice Farms, Jozani Forest with its Red Colobus monkeys, beautiful atolls for scuba diving and snorkeling or chilling cruises on a local Dhow.

Generally the climate in Zanzibar is warm all year round. The heat of summer (corresponding to the Northern Hemisphere winter) is often cooled by strong sea breezes associated with the northeast monsoon, particularly on the north and east coasts. Rains occur in November but are characterized by brief showers. Longer rains normally occur from March to May in association with the southwest monsoon.

Pemba Island

Pemba Island, known as “The Green Island” in Arabic (الجزيرة الخضراء), is an island forming part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, lying within the Swahili Coast in the Indian Ocean. Traditionally part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, Pemba is fast becoming a unique destination in its own right.  Visitors flock to Pemba’s shores, dotted with desert islands and throngs of coconut palms, for some of the best diving in the Indian Ocean. The Pemba Channel drops off steeply just off the west coast and the diverse species of marine life and coral are truly exceptional. Because tourism is still in its early stages, a trip to Pemba’s unspoiled shores and pristine waters is the underwater adventure of a lifetime.

With a land area of 988 square kilometers it is situated about 50 kilometers to the north of Unguja, the largest island of the archipelago. In 1964, Zanzibar was united with the former colony of Tanganyika to form Tanzania. It lies 50 kilometers east of mainland Tanzania, across the Pemba Channel. Together with Mafia Island (south of Unguja), these islands form the Spice Islands (not to be confused with the Maluku Islands of Indonesia).

Most of the island, which is hillier and more fertile than Unguja, is dominated by small scale farming. There is also large scale farming of cash crops such as cloves.

Mafia Island

Mafia Island is a popular destination for visitors to relax after their safari and the island’s relaxed secluded beaches, offer privacy and comfort for discerning travelers. Mafia’s incredible and unspoilt dive sites have remained a well-kept secret of diving aficionados and beach recluses for years, but now the island is fast becoming a preferred destination. Is the largest protected area in the Indian Ocean – to include surrounding villages in its conservation efforts means that the millions of fish and coral species that thrive in the warm waters of Mafia’s beaches will survive for decades to come.