Month: December 2016

Amani Nature Reserve

Amani, once a botanical garden, is located in the Usambara Mountains approximately 50 kilometers northwest of Pangani. A visit to Amani offers a chance to hike through beautiful montane forests viewing forest animals, flowers and plants. Amani is part of the Eastern Arc mountain range that stretches from southern Kenya to southern Tanzania. The range has been listed by Conservation International as one of the world’s twenty hotspots of biodiversity and there have been many efforts in recent years to protect the range’s forests. The Usambara Mountains are possibly the most diverse mountains in the Eastern Arc Range and...

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Mafia Island

Mafia Island The Mafia Archipelago consists of one large island and several smaller ones. Although Mafia is one of the Spice Islands, it was never part of semi-autonomous Zanzibar – including Unguja and Pemba Islands – and is instead governed by mainland Tanzania. As Mafia Island did not have a single paved road as of 2011, the island is recommended for travelers wanting to avoid Unguja’s crowds. We recommend a stay of at least four nights as it is more difficult to get from Arusha to Mafia due to the stopovers in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. There are two flights...

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Jozani Forest Zanzibar

Jozani Forest Unguja’s only indigenous forest, Jozani is home to the endemic Kirk’s red colobus monkey. As the monkeys have adapted to humans, it is possible to see them at close range. There are several nature trails that wind through Jozani, exploring mangrove forests and evergreen thickets. The forest can be visited in combination with another tour or en route to a beach hotel. Day Trips There are many other day trips available on Zanzibar, including snorkeling and diving excursions, dolphin tours and island...

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Spice Tour Zanzibar

Zanzibar, once the world’s largest producer of cloves, continues to produce many spices as well as coconut products. A spice tour includes a visit to a local spice farm that grows cloves, cardamom, saffron, cinnamon, cumin and lemon grass. Tours last about two hours and can be combined with other day trips – it’s also possible to stop on the way to a beach...

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Zanzibar Stone Town

A World Heritage Site, Stone Town is the capital of Zanzibar and center of Swahili culture. There are Swahili cultural events throughout the year including a film festival and music festival in Julyand February. Swahili culture is evident throughout the town, in the streets, historical buildings and museums. A center for shopping, eating and accommodation, Stone Town is always lively and can be visited...

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Zanzibar – Island of Spices

 Zanzibar, an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, is one of Africa’s best-known destinations. The islands of Zanzibar are surrounded by transparent, blue-green waters, and are bordered by miles of white-sand beaches. A spot of paradise in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar offers everything from world-class diving to rich local culture. Zanzibar is primarily made up of the two main islands, Unguja and Pemba, and is surrounded by several other small islands. This page is about the main island Unguja, which will now be referred to as Zanzibar. Interesting destinations and excursions: Zanzibar Archipelago Beaches, dolphins, honeymoon, safaris, and maasai Jozani...

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