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We can propose you packages specially made for you
Either alongside the Tanzanian coast or to Zanzibar Archipelago
Going on safari is an experience of a lifetime during which most travelers want to make the most of their time on the often too bumpy roads.
To end your journey by a few relaxing days, on endless white beaches, is a quite pleasant reward for all these hours spent in a four wheel drive vehicle.
Tropical Trails can organize your stay and help you find the right accommodation, no matter your budget or your personal taste.
Just send us an email and we will get back to you to organize a perfect getaway for a few days or a longer stay. Our team will show imagination and dedication to make a success of your dream holiday
Zanzibar Islands offer a wide variety of great locations and charming accommodations from the simplest to the most luxurious. No matter if you just want to relax or wish to have a cultural or sportive stay, there are dozen of possibilities to choose from.
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The Tanzanian coast remains off the beaten tracks but it has a lot to offer. If you are looking for a quiet time away from the main touristic stream, you will find happiness here.
Excursions on Zanzibar Archipelago
Any for these excursions can be booked as part of your extension stay
Zanzibar is actually an Indian Ocean archipelago located off the eastern coastline of Tanzania; it includes three large islands (Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia) and a number of smaller ones.
Once under British control, it gained independence in 1963, and one year later it merged with the former African state of Tanganyika, forming Tanzania. Although part of the country of Tanzania, Zanzibar elects its own president and House of Representatives and benefits from a large independence with their internal matters.
Usually called the “Spice Islands,” Pemba and Zanzibar islands (or Unguja) are renown for cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg production. Zanzibar (the island) has a growing tourism industry. Zanzibar Town (or city) is a popular destination, and its old quarter, Stone Town, is a United Nation’s World Heritage Site, famous for its whitewashed, coral-rag houses, quaint shops, bazaars, mosques, courtyards and squares. Although many places have become very developed on the island, there are still some quiet spots left to discover, mostly on the East coast.
Verdant Pemba, in contrast, is hilly, densely vegetated and seldom visited. Voodoo flourishes amid its hilly terrain, winding creeks lace the shoreline, and the mangrove-lined coast opens occasionally onto hidden, pristine coves and bays the color of emerald.
Mafia island, though part of the archipelago, is governed from the mainland, and known for its world-class fishing and idyllic scuba diving venues.
On Zanzibar Island:
Take a Tour of Stone Town and discover the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, little changed in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners challenged each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This one-upmanship is particularly reflected in the brass-studded,carved, wooden doors; there are more than 500 different examples to be seen. You can spend hours wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways. A walking tour will take you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. You will visit to the House of Wonders, the former slave market for East African Slave trade, and the Arab Fort amongst others. The architectural style of Stone Town buildings is a unique mixture of various influences and culture.
You will explore Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques! Stone Town also has some excellent shopping opportunities with plenty of souvenirs and handicrafts to choose from.
Enjoy a Spice Tour to unfold the history of spices such as cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which are essential ingredients to the unique richness of Zanzibar; it dates back to the 16th century. This tour, undertaken by a naturalist, is also a fantastic opportunity to see the countryside and rural areas of Zanzibar and connect with local people and their daily life. It will give you in-depth information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and detailed descriptions about their uses in traditional dishes, pharmacopeia and even for dyeing traditional ceremonial textiles for weddings and festivals. A guided walking tour passes through villages and spice plantations, where farms workers climb trees, seek out specific plants and cuts off various barks, letting you see, feel and taste everything. At the Spice farms you will have an opportunity to taste some of the most exotic fruits of Zanzibar. A tour is usually combined with a traditional Swahili lunch served in a local house, where you will get a really taste of the spices in a cooked meal.
Visit Prison Island a former prison for slaves and a past quarantine station for Zanzibar and the mainland, nowadays the island gives you the chance to escape for some peace and quiet. The island lies just off the Old Stone Town, it is also a home to giant land tortoises that were imported from Seychelles in the late 19th century. Now it is more commonly known as a home of Zanzibar’s Giant Aldabran Tortoise colony, some of which are over a hundred years old! This endangered species came to Zanzibar as a gift from the government of the Seychelles. Once on the island, you have the opportunity to feed the tortoises, if you have time you may also like to take a stroll through the forested interior where you will see a wide variety of birds, colorful peacocks, bats, and beautiful butterflies. Keep your eyes peeled too for the shy and elusive Duikers – an unusual tiny antelope specie.
Explore the Ancient Caves of Zanzibar and discover the rich archaeological past of the island. Kuumbi, Machaga and Mwanampambe are caves found in the village of Jambiani on the East coast, while Makunduchi is in the southern region of Island. A whole day should be reserved for this trip. These caves are archaeological sites that include bones, stone tools, ceramics and many other cultural materials. There are cultural findings dating back to 10,000 BC or before. Caves of Zanzibar do not only contain findings of this Neolithic period, but some of them provide findings dating back to about 30,000 years ago. Zanzibar caves are extensively decorated with lime stone formations. The animal life includes a large population of bats, fresh water birds and tropical birds. All of the caves have been used or are still used by people. Many of them still have ritual shrines for local villagers.
You have interest in the World War II History? Then take a tour to Mangapwani village, only thirty minutes from Stone Town. You can visit old bunkers of the World War II in the company of an historian who will share stories about this unknown chapter of Zanzibar history and you can also visit a cave with presumed healing waters. These bunkers were constructed by the British during the World War II in 1939-1945. They used them as a defensive military fortification. They were also sometimes used as hospitals to attend the wounded soldiers. Before reaching Mangapwani you can explore an old slave chamber known to have been used to keep slaves as they were waiting to be loaded on the slave carrier ships.
Meet the Red Colobus in Jozani Forest, one of the last remaining sanctuaries for these lovely monkeys. The forest is 2,512 hectares (6,207 acres) in size and was declared a nature reserve in the 1960′s. You will have wonderful photographic opportunities and sightings of these rare creatures living in the forest, as they will let you come very close to them. While attending to their daily activities. A naturalist guide will tell you about the plants and trees to be seen in the forest paths. You can also discover a Mangrove swamp area.
You want to relax while on sea, take a daily scheduled trip (Subject to Tide of the Day and Weather Conditions) to the Sandbank of Bawe Island. This wonderful excursion is suitable for anyone, from those who wish to completely relax to those who want adventure and excitement. You board on a dhow, a traditional wood boat, and then set sail off. On the way, you can enjoy snorkeling with a guide to see the stunning array of colored corals and tropical fish of the islands. Then hop back on-board and sail away to a sandbank where brilliant bird life exists. After a picnic lunch, you will relax on the sandbank listening to the bird life around you and the hush of waves lapping against the shore. For the more active discover more underwater life around the sandbank and listen to stories from our crew about sailing the seven seas.
Alternatively, you can take a Sunset Dhow Cruise. You will leave the coast by means of an engine, once out in the sea the engine is shut off and the skillful crew put up the sail, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the ocean as you hear the ripple of water on the sides of the dhow as it glides swiftly through the clear turquoise water. The sunset cruises leave Stone Town in the late afternoon. On board, you will be served with a drink and light snacks while the sun sets down with its beautiful orange colors.
Discover the wonders of Chumbe Island situated 8 miles southwest of Zanzibar Town. This marine protected area is self-funded through an eco-accommodation located on the Island. Here you can experience world-class snorkeling, relax on an empty beach and savor Chumbe’s most famous Zanzibar cuisine. It is an uninhabited island dominated by coral rag forest and bordered, on its western shore, by a fringing coral reef of exceptional biodiversity and beauty. Based on the initiative of Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd, a private company created for the management of Chumbe, the island was declared, in 1994, a protected area by the Government of Zanzibar. Lots of activities are waiting for you on and around Chumbe Island. The Island can be reached in 45 minutes boat ride from Mbweni Beach, It is the sanctuary hundreds pristine stone corals, about 400 species of fish and turtles & dolphins regularly passing by. As a Marine Protected Area (MPA) the Island carefully manage the numbers of guests on the island at any one time (maximum 14 guests only). As the facilities are primarily focused towards those guests who book an overnight trip, day trips can be done only when there is availability in the lodge. If you would like to book a day trip it is best to contact us so that we can check on availability.
Take a Dolphin Tour close to Kizimkazi village, located on the Southern coast, were you can see both bottle-nose and humpback dolphins. A dolphin tour should be done very early in the morning, because in the afternoon sea water gets warmer, therefore dolphins dive deep down the sea bottom to escape heat. Although dolphin-spotting is a popular activity, sightings aren’t guaranteed 100%, and actually managing to swim with dolphins is a rare occurrence, like with other wild animals spotting dolphins require time and patience as they are not confined in a cage or a zoo, they are in their natural environment. A dolphin trip typically lasts two to three hours. Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa, and is thus worth a visit for both natural and historical reasons.
On Pemba Islands:
Take a Rain Forest Tour on Ngezi Peninsula is the northernmost point on Pemba. Much of the area is taken up by the Ngezi Forest, which is the last remains of a huge patch of indigenous forest which used to cover most of Pemba. Ngezi is home to the Pemba Flying Fox, a bat endemic to the island. The forest itself is a protected area. On the east side of the Ngezi peninsula is Vumawimbi Beach, an immaculate beach with miles of white sand flanked by a pristine forest. On the western side is Verani Beach with the ‘Pango ya Watoro’ or ‘the cave of the fugitives. If you are interested, you can check out the sacred place called “MIZIMU” which are used for prayers, requests and offerings to the spirits of the dead. Local villagers recognize five such sites.
The Bull Fighting Tour will initiate you to a famous tradition on Pemba. Unlike its Spanish counterpart, this sport does not involve killing the bulls, but is a sportive context dating back when the Portuguese ruled in the 16th and 17th centuries. The tradition, as it is practiced today, involves professional toreros who execute various formal moves which can be interpreted and innovated according to the bullfighter’s style or school. Toreros seek to elicit inspiration and art from their work and an emotional connection with the crowd transmitted through the bull. Such maneuvers are performed at close range, which places the bullfighter at risk of being gored or trampled.
A Pemba Creek Safari will take you to the calm waters along the extremely picturesque Gando creek; you will see mangroves, the flora, and beautiful birds as the dhow sails along. During this time you’ll be entertained with local drums and some traditional African songs. On your way back, you will envoy snorkeling. This trip typically lasts 3 to 4 hours.
On Mafia Island:
Watch the turtles hatch, between June and September hundreds of young turtles make their way from Mafia archipelago’s beaches into the Indian Ocean after hatching from their nests, carefully dug between 45 and 60 days before by their mothers. Juani Island is the preferred location as its secluded eastern beaches provide idyllic peaceful conditions for the turtles to start their lives. The island is reached from Mafia by a traditional dhow.
Discover Mange Reef one of the archipelago’s most beautiful coral reefs with a strip of fine white sand, which stay above the water during the low tide. The trip includes snorkeling and diving activities and allows time for walking along the reef, sunbathing or swimming in the natural pools formed around the sandbanks.
Take a trip to Chole Island, the oldest, still inhabited settlement in the archipelago, with the ruins of old Arab buildings used by the Germans during the World War I. The island is covered by extremely varied lush vegetation.
You can visit a shipyard where traditional construction methods are still used to build dhows, the typical East African sailing boat.
Among the island’s curiosities are a number of trees containing colonies of Comoro Flying Foxes, a rare protected species of fruit eating-bats.
Sport Activities on Zanzibar Archipelago
Any for these activities can be booked as part of your extension stay
Zanzibar Island is bathed by the warm currents of the equator. The coral reefs offer exhilarating scuba diving and snorkeling within a short boat ride from most beaches. Some spots are ideal for beginners, others most suitable for experienced swimmers. The best place for snorkeling in Zanzibar is Chumbe Island one of the most spectacular garden to be found any where in the word. Chumbe is the best for snorkeling only, diving is not allowed here due to the fact that the corals are not so deep and can be easily damaged if diving is to be allowed. For scuba beginners the safe calm waters of Zanzibar main island are recommended, the Eastern barrier reef encloses a series of shallow and sheltered tidal lagoons home to an abundance of colorful marine life. On the opposite, the current off shore from Pemba can be strong which makes it a destination for confirmed scuba divers only.
A diving paradise in East Africa, Zanzibar has a wealth of varied dive sites with different topography and conditions. There are sites with wall diving, continuous reefs, jigsaw coral formations, and of course there are the historical wrecks in Stone Town. With such an array of dive sites, there is something for every skill level of diver – from the first time beginner, to the seasoned advanced level open-water diver. As is almost always the case with diving, maximum depths vary with location, and the visibility around the island can reach up to 35 meters. The conditions on the west coast tend to be a little more calm – which is ideally suited to beginners, and on the east coast the surface conditions and currents can test more skilled divers. With Zanzibar being close to the equator, water temperatures do not vary much – the year average is 27C, with a maximum of 31C and a minimum of 25C.
In terms of marine life around the dive sites of Zanzibar you will always find a myriad of tropical reef fish, blue spotted rays, moray and ribbon eels, and other regularly seen species include octopus, barracuda, green turtles and hawksbill turtles.
For some lucky divers they also get to see white-tipped and black-tipped reef sharks, and the whale-shark migration season runs from September until the end of the year. The diving around Zanzibar is also a fantastic area for macro photographers – various nudi-branchs, pipefish and whip gobies can be found by those with a keen eye for the smaller stuff.
Kite surfing is the fastest growing sport in the world and also on Zanzibar. Enjoy the crystal clear waters and try your first kite surfing in the best conditions in the world! Learning against the stunning background of endless blue Indian Ocean is a unforgettable reward. We believe Zanzibar is a truly unique place in the world to combine this extreme sport, with relaxing and discovering the raw beauty of this relatively untouched island. We collaborate with a team of professionals who also owned a very charming guesthouse where you will stay while learning your new sport activity.
There is a training for everyone. You can follow an introductive beginners’ course to first taste what this sport is about before continuing with the full course. First you will practice on the beach and later in the water. On the beach you will learn how to set up the kite, to control the power of the kite, its reaction, the theory behind landing and launching. Then, you will go in the water with the big inflatable kite where you will practice; steering/controlling the kite, safety releases, and body. If you like it so far, you can go on and really learn to ride by taking more hours and go for the full beginners’ course. The Advanced course is for those who are able to stay upwind and want to learn tricks to bring themselves to the next level.
Zanzibar also offers many other opportunities if you like water sports:
windsurfing, waterskiing, parasailing, jet ski, kayaking…
Contact us if you have a specific sport interest and we will find the appropriate location
and training facilities for you and your family
You choose a beach holiday to relax and rejuvenate yourself? Why not include the yogi retreat into your package?
We can help you book the perfect package for you no matter if you are a beginner or a well-trained yoga practitioner. We work in collaboration with Marisa Van Vuuren, the one and only yoga Master in Zanzibar offering yoga retreats throughout the year since 2009. Marisa is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the worldwide Yoga Alliance. She teaches dynamic Hatha based on Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini Yoga, bringing awareness into mindfulness and energy flow.
Marisa has been practicing yoga for over 11 years. She completed her teacher’s training in India, Vrindavan through the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. She studies and practice Ashtanga Yoga with various Ashtanga Yoga Teachers around the world and did her Kundalini Yoga Training with Guru Rattana in Turkey.
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Excursions and Activities on the Tanzanian Coast
Pangani or Tanga Area
Any of these activities can be booked as part of your extension stay
If you wish to relax on the beach while staying on the mainland, you can choose to explore the Tanga or Pangani coastline. Tanga is an important seaport city of Tanzania, located just south of the Kenyan border. Tanga is a fairly developed coastal destination famous for its beaches and sailing facilities. It is an ideal stopover and make sure that you do not miss the chance to explore the tourist attractions in Tanga. The serenity and magnificent beaches make it a perfect retreat for travelers looking to spend relaxing holidays.
You can choose to visit the Amboni Caves, the most extensive limestone caves in East Africa. They are located 8 km north of Tanga. The caves were formed about 150 million years ago during the Jurassic age. It covers an area of 234 km². According to last researches the area was under water some 20 million years ago. There are altogether ten caves but only one is used for guided tours. You can also explore some World War I remains or visit Tongoni; a small fishing village 17km south of Tanga, famous for the 15th Century ruins of a mosque and forty tombs that were excavated in the village.
Pangani is sometimes referred to as the home of Swahili culture. It is about 45 km south of Tanga on the estuary of the Pangani River which flows from Mount Kilimanjaro. Pangani was the main centre for the slave trade, exporting thousands after the collapse of the neighboring Sambaa kingdom. After the British banned the trade in 1873, Pangani was a centre for smuggling slaves to Pemba. There are several Arab and colonial buildings remaining in town. This piece of coastline has fantastic beach on which you can find ancient fossils and good access to Maziwe Island Marine Park which has some of the best snorkeling spots in the country.
Both areas can offer fantastic accommodation opportunities for every budget, from great camping grounds to exquisite hotels or rental residences.
You can also pay a visit to the Saadani National Park, the only wildlife park bordering the sea and offering a great combination of both marine and mainland flora and fauna with amazing possibilities to view wildlife on the beach!