GUIDE ON PEMBA ISLAND IN TANZANIA
A beautiful, verdant jewel set in the shimmering romantic azure of the Indian Ocean is the Pemba Island dubbed "El Huthera" or The Green by early Omani sailors. Although, located to the north of Zanzibar, a mere 50 miles (80 kilometers) away, Pemba has managed to retain her laid-back charm, unlike the bustle of her larger sister island. She is still unspoiled by modern civilization, and here you will find very few modes of transport.
There are limited accommodations here for your barefoot beach vacation, and the best night-time activity is to fall asleep underneath the twinkling heavens and to the scents of cloves augmented by the cool ocean breezes while being serenaded by the calls of resident fauna, from vervet monkeys, bushbabies to tropical birds. Pemba Island has a hilly landscape and is densely covered with vegetation, another contrast to Zanzibar.
Spend your days while on your Tanzania island holiday in this verdant expanse by exploring the Ngezi Forest Reserve with its unusual denizens or the tiny market bazaar festooned with exotic fruits like durian, fenesi and shoki-shoki. Bite into one and savor its taste to the sound of friendly amusement from the vendors as they watch your reactions to unfamiliar tastes. Sit with them a while and they will be happy to share with you the interesting history of this much-coveted island.
As you will learn on your day tour of Pemba with AfricanMecca, it is said that in the 17th century, the Sultan of Muscat, present-day Oman, was entirely captivated by the beauty of the isles and chose to move his rule to Zanzibar so he could control the Spice Islands. The coming of the colonial British Empire sowed the seeds to separate the natives of Zanzibar and sovereigns of Muscat allowing them to be protectorate rulers of the archipelago.
Arab dhows with their white triangular sails would be seen in the waters of the ocean carrying cloves, textiles, silver and wood between Arabian Peninsula, India and the Spice Islands. It is not difficult to imagine their charm because you can see them even today sailing between the Wete township on Pemba and Shimoni in Kenya or even all the way to Mozambique. But the most fascinating aspect of Pemba Island is clearly its awesome beaches with their powdery soft pristine white sands and amazingly clear waters.
Here, when on your dream marine trip with AfricanMecca, you can explore the stunning underwater kingdom of colorful coral reefs and their even more vibrant inhabitants, each more enchanting than the other. Or simply laze on the sands soaking up the warm tropical sun with cool drinks in hand. You are unlikely to be disturbed because there are very few beach visitors traveling on Pemba Island (read more on when is the best time to go).
You could spend your entire trip in complete tranquility reveling in solitude thanks to the island’s scant population. The Pembians have a quaint Swahili culture having evolved untouched by outside influences. They are fiercely protective of it and seem to resist all attempts of modernization. This spirit has succeeded in preserving the storybook charm of the island in which there are seafaring masters, marooned sailors and whispers of treasure hidden in the coastal valleys and hilly prominences. Natural treasures that can be uncovered by following ancient forested trails that lead down to the turquoise seashore of the Indian Ocean.
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WHERE TO STAY IN PEMBA
There are two main accommodations on the island. Fundu Lagoon affords a personalized and intimate boutique experience while Manta Resort is most suited to the travelers who are more restricted on their budget.
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PEMBA TOURS & ATTRACTIONS
Pemba offers varied island experiences, from a walking tour of the Ngezi Forest Reserve in search of the Flying Fox Bats to visiting sandbanks, scuba diving and snorkeling at pristine coral reefs to fishing and more.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT PEMBA
The best times to holiday on Pemba are its cool-dry seasonal months from July to October which typically sees temperate weather conditions and also the humid-hot dry seasonal months of January and February.
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WANT TO VISIT ZANZIBAR?
An exquisite Indian Ocean jewel, off the east coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar or the Spice Island is a laid-back little settlement where history whispers and pristine beaches sooth your mind, body and soul.
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The Fundu Lagoon Resort at Pemba was outstanding. All personnel there care and deliver great service. Beach dinner experiences and superb variations of meal menus plus changes of venue for dinners were wonderful.
Viv & Kirsty Turner - KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Jambo Altaf, We did enjoy the Manta Reef Lodge in Pemba. People were very friendly, food very good with lots of variety lunch & dinner. Diving was well organized, professional people and good infrastructure.
Michela Casaldi & Jason Haynes - Newbury, United Kingdom
AfricanMecca Safaris created a remarkable honeymoon tailored to our interests and desires. The quality of service and delivery of experience was unsurpassed. I highly recommend AfricanMecca Safaris to honeymooners, families, or any traveler.
Noorin & Jason Nelson - Maryland, United States
Greetings to you and our most fervent thanks for a wonderful trip of Kenya, Zanzibar, South Africa & Victoria Falls. Everything went very well. This was truly a perfect vacation. Thank you so much for all your arrangements.
Adrienne & Barrie Carter - Canada
We have returned from our African adventure and would like to thank you very much for your part in making this such a wonderful experience. We were lucky enough to time the Great Migration from the Serengeti, which was amazing.
Denise Paterson - Belmont, Australia
Ras Nungwi was a beautiful property, the pristine white beach not more than forty feet from our lovely room, the Indian Ocean sublime. Raza, it was the vacation of a lifetime, again, thanks so much.
Jamie Davis & Liudmila Kondakova - California, United States
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI & BEACH BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR PEMBA IN EASTERN TANZANIA
When beach vacationing in Pemba, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Pemba Island attractions and tour activities after your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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