Zanzibar & Pemba with Travel Wild Africa

Updated: Nov 23, 2019


Zanzibar is an island off the coast of East Africa and a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. It’s a luxury destination. This island paradise boasts idyllic white-sand beaches and hundreds of years of history as an Arab trading post for East Africa. Visit the Old Fort that dates back to 1700, the House of Wonders, Livingston's House and more. Take a tour of a spice plantation, swim with dolphins or head to the blue waters for deep sea fishing. Zanzibar's resorts come complete with pools, spas, world-class dining options, water sport facilities and amazing beaches just a few meters away.

An Arab trading post for centuries, this island combines Swahili and Arab culture in a very unique way. Warm weather year-round.

Dress & Behavior

The island is 95% Muslim and while alcohol and tobacco are freely available, visitors should dress modestly and refraining from public displays of affection. When in town, women should cover their shoulders and knees. Men should not walk bear-chested or wear swimming trunks.

Spice Tours

Visit a spice plantation to view and taste the many spices and fruits available. Spices include cloves, nut meg, lipstick, iodine plant, lemon grass, vanilla, henna & more. Fruits include jack fruit, rambutan, oranges, custard apple, guava, mango, papaya, bungo & many more.

Stone Town

The capital city of Zanzibar, Stone Town boasts centuries of history. Winding, narrow streets lead to markets, souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and more. Historical sites include: the Tip Tip House, the Old Fort, the Peoples Palace, the House of Wonders, the Kidichi Persian Baths and Dr. Livingston's House.

North Coast

Find a mellow atmosphere and the opportunity to swim at all tides. Excellent diving and snorkeling. Visit the Turtle Sanctuary, where injured turtles are nursed to health before being released. The north coast is the dhow-building capital of Zanzibar. Enjoy a party atmosphere at most of the bars and hotels at night.

East Coast

Less of a party atmosphere at night compared with the North Coast. There is no swimming at low tide, as the tide recedes 1-2 km. Great snorkeling and diving is available, with a barrier reef about 1 km offshore.


Pemba Island is part of Tanzania's Zanzibar Archipelago, off the coast of East Africa. It's known for its lush, green hills and clove plantations. The Pemba Channel, with its coral reefs and abundant marine life, separates the island from mainland Tanzania.

Pemba island is known as "The Evergreen Island" because of its lush vegetation and rolling countryside. Pemba is also famous for its immense and dramatic blue water drop offs along with pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life of all shapes and sizes. The Northern tip of the island is one of the world's great dive sites but only suitable for advanced divers due to the strong currents.

The island experiences monsoon weather - offers serene settings, close encounters with nature and an excellent getaway from civilization offering close knit family of locals people who look forward to sharing their small island with you. The island produces 70% of the world's cloves.

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