After a safari in Tanzania, which is often about early morning starts, the perfect antidote to a safari is some relaxation time on the beach at the end. Zanzibar really offers the best of all worlds here, together with its sister island, Pemba and neighbouring Mafia Island.
The most wonderful aspect of the East African coastline is that it steeped in rich history, as it was an important point for the spice boats that came from Arabia, carrying exotic spices and goods for trading. The Arab-Swahili culture is deeply entrenched which is what makes this island so fascinating.
You can swim with whale sharks on Mafia Island, perhaps learn to scuba dive in one of the top ten dive sites in Pemba at an exquisite Robinson Crusoe retreat or simply relax next to a swimming pool with a good book and a glass of chilled wine. You can even sleep in a treehouse on Mafia.
Go kite surfing on Zanzibar. We have a wonderful selection of places to stay, from intimate, boutique style lodges, to private villas and opulent, five star luxury hotels to wonderful, family friendly lodges offering an extraordinary array of water sports.
Explore stonetown with its fascinating cobbled streets and wonderful architecture, which is Moorish in style– a combination of Omani palaces and Arabian arches.Stay at charming, idiosyncratic hotels. Visit the markets and the spice plantations. The northern beaches of Zanzibar are the finest with white powder beaches.
Pemba takes you back to the old style Africa - it is the antithesis of Zanzibar. Uncommercial, small and personal with beautiful beaches and one of the best African style lodges on the coast of East Africa, serving fabulous seafood and offering the very best in diving - we cannot recommend it highly enough.
And for those in search of something a little bit different, we strongly suggest taking a catamaran and sailing around the islands. This is just perfect. The cabins and the interiors are tastefully decorated and the days are spent swimming, sailing and fishing off your own private islands. You can do this for a minimum of three nights or up to a week for a family that doesn’t care to stay in hotels. Otherwise, to combine it with a lodge or a treehouse would be really fun.
One can also go swimming with dolphins at certain times of year. Perhaps stay on your own private island too, just off Zanzibar, in another chic, Robinson Crusoe style retreat. Eat wonderful fresh seafood and enjoy fabulous spa treatments. The Tanzania coast offers so much and is the perfect complement in every way.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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