Zanzibar & Mafia Islands
Think of Zanzibar and images of romantic dhows with white sails, veiled women, ancient ruins and exotic spices float before your eyes. Zanzibar is known throughout the world as the jewel of the Indian Ocean and consists of two main islands; Zanzibar and Pemba.
It has a romantic, colourful history of seafarers and explorers, of riches and tragedy, and the dark stain of slavery. Once the trading centre of East Africa, Zanzibar attracted Sumerians, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Arabs, Chinese and Malays. The great explorers, Burton, Speke and Livingstone continued their journeys from these shores.
Our sister hotel, Sea Cliff Resort & Spa in Zanzibar is the perfect base for exploring the island. It is located just 20 minutes south of the historical capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonetown.
Some 160 km south of Zanzibar lies Mafia Island, a favourite haunt of big-game fishermen and scuba divers. Following the tradition of Ernst Hemmingway, sports fishermen come from all over the world for the superb specimens of kingfish, marlin, sailfish and huge rock cod.The rare and exotic Dugong breeds in the Mafia Channel and giant turtles lay their eggs on the smaller islands east of Mafia.
No trip to Tanzania would be complete without a visit to these paradise islands.