TANZANIA REGION: ISLANDS
Zanzibar Stone Town
The only functioning ancient town in East Africa, Stone Town was an ancient trading port of the sultans of Oman in the 19th century. During your visit you can take a tour (self-guided or guided) of the historic sites such as the Arab Fort, the House of Wonders and the Palace Museum. A place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses where the original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their houses.
Zanzibar’s pristine white sand beaches lined with palm trees and surrounded by coral reefs provides a perfect paradise for the conclusion to a safari. There are numerous beach resorts at a variety of price points. It is likely that you’ll wish you could stay longer regardless of where you stay.
Pemba is an island just North of Mainland Zanzibar and is far-removed from the relative hustle bustle of Zanzibar. Because it is lush with plant life, it is also known as the green island. Often there are only a few dozen tourists on the entire island. Attractions include an ancient forest, archaeological ruins from the earliest Swahili civilizations, a few nice beaches and incredible scuba diving.
Secluded and seductive Mafia is a green wedge of land surrounded by turquoise waters, pristine islets and glinting white sandbanks. It has remained off the beaten path for years, undiscovered by all except deep-sea fishing aficionados and a trickle of visitors. The island’s tourist accommodation has grown from one hotel to over half a dozen in just a few years. For now, but probably not for long, Mafia remains free of the tourism that threatens to overwhelm Zanzibar.