This beach escape will take you to two of Zanzibar's best-sought islands: Unguja also known as "Zanzibar" and Pemba. Unguja is the largest and most populated island of the Zanzibar archipelago and therefore has the most developed tourism industry. Here you will find cozy restaurants with quite a number of accommodations to choose from and activities to occupy you with. Pemba is less developed but nothing short of exotic beauty. It is known for its lush, green hills and clove plantations. The Pemba Channel, with its coral reefs and abundant marine life, separates the island from mainland Tanzania.
Welcome to the beautiful island of Zanzibar. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will take you to Zanzibar Stone for your overnight on bed and breakfast. You have this time to relax from your long journey and enjoy the pristine waters of this haven.
Accommodation: Dhow Palace Hotel
After breakfast, get ready to explore the most scenic parts of the island as you head to Stone Town, known as the cultural heart of Zanzibar. After experiencing the rich history of the city, we head to the bustling markets, alleys and what was formerly a slave market. In the afternoon, we proceed to a tour of the countryside to the spice plantations where you will be welcomed by the rich aroma of spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon.
Meals: B, D
Accommodation: Dhow Palace Hotel
At mid-morning, transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Pemba Island. Overnight at Pemba Island on Bed & Breakfast Basis. Pemba Island, known as "The Green Island" lies within the Swahili Coast in the Indian Ocean about 50 kilometers north of Unguja, the largest island in the archipelago. Pemba's inhabitants are predominantly Muslim with a much strongly retained tradition than Zanzibar. It gets fewer visitors - and hence sees less of the outside world. Here you get to see women wearing the veil, and might come across villagers who only speak Swahili. Pemba is home to several dive sites, with steep drop-offs, untouched coral and very abundant marine life.
Meals: D, B
Accommodation: Manta Resort
On leisure at Pemba Island on Bed and Breakfast. There is an option to do a tour of Pemba towns or go to Misali island for snorkeling and diving.
Most of the island, which is hillier and more fertile than Unguja, is dominated by small scale farming. There is also large-scale farming of cash crops such as cloves. There is a quite large Arab community on the island, who immigrated from Oman. The population is a mix of Arab and original Waswahili inhabitants of the island. A significant portion of the population also identifies as Shirazi people.
The most important towns in Pemba are Chake-Chake (the capital), Mkoani, and Wete, which is the largest city. Pemba is, with the exception of a strip of land along its eastern coast, a very fertile place: besides clove trees, the locals grow mainly rice, coconut, bananas, cassava and red beans (called maharagwe in the Swahili language).
Meals: D, B
Accommodation: Manta Resort
We take a flight back to Zanzibar Town. As this is your last day, we let you take in the beauty of this island and do as you wish. You can enjoy a cocktail while admiring the sunset, walk along the shore, or simply read a book while you take in the beauty that surrounds you. Overnight at hotel in Stone Town on Bed & Breakfast.
Meals: D, B
Accommodation: Sunset Kendwa hotel
Transfer to the ferry/airport to catch your flight back home.
Accommodation: Can be arranged at an extra cost
It is of course impossible to predict exact weather conditions, and mountains are notorious for creating their own, localized conditions. The highland areas of East Africa, including Northern Tanzania where Kilimanjaro and the parks of Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Lake Manyara are located, have a pleasant, temperate climate throughout the year. There is a long rainy season in April/May and a second, shorter rainy period in November/early December. Temperatures vary greatly with altitude. At the foot of Kilimanjaro it’s usually approximately 25- 28⁰C, dropping to 15⁰C at night. At 3000m, daytime temperatures can be around 15⁰C. Above 4000m, the night-time temperatures will fall below freezing and it is usually no more than 10⁰C in the day. For more information we recommend visiting www.worldweather.org
It is recommended that you do not photograph Tanzanians without their express permission. However, you will find that many people enjoy having their pictures taken especially if they can see the instant results of a digital image. If individuals do refuse to be photographed, please respect this decision
In some cities and towns in Tanzania, expensive-looking clothing, jewelry and electronics could put you at an unnecessary risk for robbery or worse. Individuals with electronic equipment such as laptops, cameras, and music players are asked to use them discreetly.
Tipping is not a common practice in Tanzania, with exception of the tourism industry. It is customary for visitors climbing Kilimanjaro or going on Safari to tip the guides and crew. This is discretionary and should depend on the level of service you received and be a mirror of your satisfaction of the professionalism of the team.
We strongly feel this should not depend on whether or not you reached the top. Whilst discretionary, many of our guests ask us for a guideline so we suggest the following percentages:
Kilimanjaro Expeditions: 10-15% of total sum shared across the crew
Safaris: 5-7% of total sum shared across the crew
Local Excursions: 10% of total sum shared across the crew
Though Tanzania is a rather tolerant country, people tend to dress rather conservatively and it is a sign of respect that you dress the same. Women should never dress in what the local people might interpret as a provocative fashion. We recommend that skirts or shorts at or below the knees or long pants should be worn at all times. Spaghetti strap tops, halter tops, or tank tops are not worn by local women very often, but are definitely seen more now than they used to be. Tight fitting or revealing clothing should be avoided – mainly to avoid stares from local men rather than any other reason.
Men can wear shorts or trousers, although you will find the local men rarely wear shorts. It is also advisable that men avoid wearing sleeveless shirts. It can be rainy between November – April, so we’d suggest bringing a raincoat and a sweatshirt. At other times of the year, light cotton clothing is best for the heat, though you should be prepared and pack a light sweater just in case.
We recommend that you make 3 photocopies of each of the below documents; you should scan them and email them to yourself as well.
- Passport (valid for at least 6 months after your intended return date)
- Tanzania Tourist Visa (you can also get this at the airport in Tanzania)
- Flight Tickets or print out of e-ticket (please also email these to Muzuri Tours so we can keep copies together on your file)
- Travel insurance details (again please email to us)
- Check/Debit/Credit Card
- Vaccination records/certificates
We recommend that you make 3 photocopies of each of the above documents; you should scan them and email them to yourself as well. On your journey to Africa, you should keep one copy in your backpack, one in your day-bag and give one set to your parents or a friend back home (in case you need to contact them in case of an emergency). To be extra safe you should also bring with you photocopies of the following:
- Driver’s license from your home, and international license if you have one
- Your embassy phone number in the countries you will be visiting
- Serial number on valuables e.g. cameras
- Credit card numbers & emergency numbers to report theft
It is strongly recommended you secure travelers insurance for your upcoming trip and if climbing Kilimanjaro with us, be sure to include this additional coverage. The nearest hospitals of western standards for severe and life-threatening emergencies are located in Nairobi. For a minimal fee we can arrange Emergency Air Evacuation coverage to be transferred via helicopter to accredited facilities. Medical evacuations often cost tens of thousands of US Dollars
There are many options for this, including AMREF Flying Doctors, Air Med, Medjet Assistance, International SOS, Patriot Travel Medical Insurance and Foreignsure. Before your trip, we recommend that you consult with an insurance provider about these and other options to decide what is best for you.
As a developing country, health care costs are considered fairly low for local and basic services, and International travelers usually have to pay cash for any required medical care during travel. Few places will bill your home health insurance direction. And many health insurances plans do not cover medical care outside of your home country