Zanzibar Island Adventure
An exotic island off the coast of Tanzania
- Zanzibar, Tanzania
The three main islands off the mainland of East Africa are full of energy, each with its own appeal. They're perfect for relaxing after a safari or Kilimanjaro climb, offering a combination of white-sand beaches and activities. Zanzibar is the biggest and busiest of the three and rich in history. Pemba Island just to the north is less of a mainstream tourist attraction where diving is the main drawcard. The quiet island of Mafia lies to the south of Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, just across from the famous Selous Game Reserve’s Rufiji River mouth. A well-protected marine reserve, it's a peaceful honeymoon, diving and fishing destination. The 10km beach between Bwejuu and Jambiani Village starts relaxed and low key north of Bwejuu, swells with backpackers and kite surfers in Paje, then tapers off gradually into equally understated Jambiani. There’s plenty of excellent midrange and budget accommodation available, though only a handful of resorts that would qualify as exclusive. This stretch of coastline attracts families and a younger crowd, split between the quieter beaches to the north and south, and the relaxed beach bars, restaurants and water sports of Paje. Highlights Serious kitesurfing: Paje is Zanzibar’s hottest kitesurfing destination and there are a number of well-run kitesurfing schools offering lessons and rentals. Paje’s lagoon is ideal for kitesurfing, and some operators also offer organised excursions to scenic kiting spots up and down the coast. Wonderful snorkelling: The coral lagoon in front of Paje and Jambiani is particularly wide and beautiful, even by Zanzibar’s extraordinary standards. Masks and fins can be hired for a few dollars from just about any hotel along the strip. Just keep an eye on the tide or you’ll have a long walk back to the beach.
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