The Tanzania Coast is a wonderful area of tropical white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, thatched villages, historic Swahili ports and magnificent marine life, islands stretching for 675km from Kenya in the north to Mozambique in the south. The region provides a stark contrast to the safari areas inland, with a completely different set of cultures, climates and landscapes. It boasts some of the most spectacular beaches and diving spots in the world. And of course, you can’t travel to the coast without a stop in the culturally-rich Stone Town located in the Old Quarter of Zanzibar. Made up of a myriad of winding streets and alleyways, the region was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000 for its remaining Arab and colonial architecture.
Zanzibar & Stone Town
Isolated from Arab and then European colonization, Pemba Island (just 50 kms north of Zanzibar) has remained completely untouched and unspoiled by any modern development. This sleepy island is an ideal place for a honeymoon or just to relax and unwind!
Made famous for its spices and the slave trade of the 19th century, Zanzibar Island is much more than a stopping point on an itinerary and can be seen as a destination in itself. The island offers a unique combination of outstanding beaches to relax on and, along its eastern edge, a variety of exciting spots to visit including spice farms, an historic slave market and the cultural delights of Stone Town, with its Arabian fortresses.
Due south from Zanzibar and opposite the river mouth of the mighty Rufiji, lies the small island of Mafia. Surrounded by a protected marine park, like Pemba, this is a good destination for those that are keen on spending a bit of time in the underwater world.
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