GUIDE ON MNEMBA ISLAND IN NORTHEAST ZANZIBAR
AfricanMecca guests can reach the island by taking a 15-minute boat ride from the northeast end of Zanzibar Island at Matemwe Beach. Surrounded by more than 10 miles of stunning reefs that create a sheltered lagoon, Mnemba is a veritable paradise on earth that hosts a number of birds and smaller terrestrial fauna but no snakes or scorpions that might mar the pleasure of your castaway beach tour in Africa.
Explore the white beach strip at high tide and you will see many wading birds like curlew sandpipers, ruddy turnstones, sanderlings and the lesser and Mongolian sand plover. Watch as they join other birds like crab plovers in feasting on sea lice, sand shrimps and other invertebrates on the sandbars by the seashore. You will be amazed to know that many of these wading birds have migrated to Africa from the Arctic Tundra biome. Mnemba Island Lodge is the only lodging on the isle.
Explore the miniature forest while beach holidaying here, and you will spot delightful creatures like the rare Zanzibar suni antelope while white forest vagrant butterflies flit among the bushes. Your guide will inform you that the whistling pines you see are not endemic to the island, but their dune stabilizing properties have probably contributed to protecting the island from erosion by the ocean. But your dream trip to Mnemba Island has more in store for you.
You still have to discover the underwater world hidden below crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean on a diving and snorkeling trip to its atoll. The filter-feeding oceanic coral forms a complete eco-system that supports a number of colorful sea creatures, their shapes and forms creating a wondrous, unique environ. Look for moorish idols, long-horned cowfish, semicircle angelfish, hawksbill turtles, powder blue surgeonfish, green turtles, vagabond butterflyfish, manta rays, starfish, anemones, crabs and scores more. You could swim with the striped dolphins and view massive whale sharks alongside rays.
In the deep seas outside the marine park, try your hand at fishing for barracuda, sailfish, swordfish, yellowfin tuna and marlins, and enjoy tagging and releasing them back into the ocean. Or simply lie on the pristine, white sands and let the warm rays of the tropical sun wash over you as you take long languorous siestas at on sun loungers. These are only some of the allure that you will experience on your AfricanMecca beach vacation in Tanzania.
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BEACH VACATIONING IN ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar is a tranquil, beach paradise for an idyllic Indian Ocean vacation in Africa, amidst soft, white sands and the shimmering turquoise waters dotted with picturesque traditional fishing dhows.
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WHERE TO STAY IN ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar has varied beachfront and Stone Town hotels located in distinct areas of the island. Option include staying in the north, east, south and west seasides to distinct, private islands like Mnemba and Chumbe.
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ZANZIBAR TOURS & ATTRACTIONS
Zanzibar Island has something to offer every kind of traveler, from the history enthusiast to the underwater realm explorer, coastal wanderer, the spice cuisine aficionado or active-water buff and many more.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT ZANZIBAR
Thanks to its southern equator location, Zanzibar has a tropical climate allowing you to plan your seaside vacation in Eastern Africa at any time of the year without any extreme variability in temperatures.
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The Zanzibar Stone Town tour guide was superlative. He was outstanding and gave us undivided attention. We felt that was great value and to be escorted round the market place and slave stations was like walking in a living museum.
Viv & Kirsty Turner - KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
Shelley Roberts - Hemel Hempstead, 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
Dear Raza, I want to thank you for being the very best travel partner to design and arrange our spectacular trip to Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. I have already recommended you to several of my friends and colleagues.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI & BEACH BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR ZANZIBAR IN EASTERN TANZANIA
When beach vacationing in Zanzibar, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Zanzibar 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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