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Located on the northern edge of Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania, Constance Aiyana is the newest addition to the Constance family. Designed with simple luxury in mind, the hotel opens out onto the beach and ocean beyond.
Often described as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and around 300,000 zebra is a natural phenomenon like no other. Following the rains, the wildebeest and zebra travel in search of lush grass and grazing lands whilst moving in a clockwise rotation up through the Serengeti. They will spend a couple of months in the Masai Mara before heading back to Tanzania in time for calving season – all whilst trying to evade the many predators en route.
During a recent stay at Selous Impala Camp in the Selous Game Reserve, Matt was lucky enough to spend some time with one of the region’s finest guides – Gerard Mwakila. They took some time to discuss the area’s uniqueness and the importance that tourism plays in protecting the wildlife. Here’s what Gerard had to say…
Whilst Tanzania's blockbuster sights attract the lion's share of its safari visitors, it is still possible to find your very own corner of this incredibly vast and varied country. Venture away from snow capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sweeping plains of the Serengeti and the palm fringed coastline of Zanzibar, and you will discover a Tanzania much less travelled. We've handpicked our favourite spots which take you unequivocally off the beaten track in Tanzania.
Deciding whether to go on safari in the north or south of Tanzania very much depends on what you’re looking to get out of your trip – the two areas offer vastly different experiences but both have so much to offer. We've broken down what to expect where on a safari holiday in Tanzania.
Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania
Best for: Beach, Honeymoon, Imagine Favourites
Unguja Lodge is a gorgeous boutique beach lodge on Zanzibar’s southwest coast. Unguja Lodge's cool Swahili interiors are the essence of beach chic, and Unguja's warm service makes it a great place for both couples and families to unwind after a safari.
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Unguja Lodge is a wonderful owner run lodge on the southern tip of Zanzibar. This lovely small beach lodge is tucked away amidst lush tropical foliage and baobab strewn gardens with views out across the Indian Ocean. The atmosphere is extremely relaxed, and the service warm and personal. Unguja is ideal for both families and couples, with twelve thatched villas decorated in a traditional Zanzibari beach chic style. The 7 sea view villas, each have direct sea views and a private terrace overlooking Menai Bay, from which you can watch local fishermen sailing the Indian Ocean, while three garden facing Baobab Villas have a spacious bedroom, a baraza style sitting room, a large bathroom and a private plunge pools. For families, there are two houses, each with two bedrooms.
Alongside the wonderful accommodation and service at Unguja, skilfully prepared food by the lodge's resident chef, Nyerere, will delight you, since he doesn’t only prepare the most delicious gourmet feasts, but has an incredibly infectious personality too. Relaxation can be enjoyed by the large swimming pool, and in the cocktail bar.
Unguja Lodge is also home to a 5-star PADI dive centre ‘One Ocean’ which operates the resort’s snorkelling and diving activities. Enjoy traditional dhow trips to the Menai conservation area, walk along the short nature trail to the small beach, or go on a guided village tour. Private barbecue lunches on a small deserted island with diving, snorkelling and dolphin watching can also be arranged.
When to go
Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal holiday weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.
There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.
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Things to do
Prison Island visit
Prison Island lies just off the coast of Stone Town, and was one where rebellious slaves were exiled to. Today it is home to endangered Aldabra giant tortoises with a small beach and reef for snorkelling - a half day here will allow you to explore.
Diving in Zanzibar
Located off the eastern coast of Africa, in the warm and clear Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is home to some great diving locations. Head to the tiny atolls off the north coast of Zanzibar and discover what the crystal blue waters have to offer.
Historic walk through Stone Town
Visit Zanzibar Town's old quarter, Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar. Here you will find beautiful architecture and historic buildings dating back to the 19th century, revealing the complex history of Zanzibar and its links with the slave trade.
Sailing in a dhow, the traditional sailing boat used in Zanzibar is the best way to view the island's coastline. Take a private cruise in a dhow whilst sailing in the late evening to watch the sunset in Zanzibar, a beautiful island destination.
Jozani Forest, in the forested interior of Zanzibar, is home to the rare red colobus monkeys. A visit here is an excellent half day visit which offers a chance to not only see monkeys but also a lot more too!
Spice Plantation tour
Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island and a tour of a plantation is an interesting way to learn more about this industry and sample fruits, spices and other plants.
Snorkelling in Zanzibar
Pick up a snorkel mask and head off into the azure blue ocean to explore the reefs and coastal line of Zanzibar. See how many of the colourful fish and different types of marine life you can spot hiding below the waters.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Experience the Selous in Southern Tanzania with an exciting safari in one of Tanzania's most unspoilt reserves before having the chance to enjoy Zanzibar's picturesque beaches and unique culture for a great value safari and beach holiday.
The paradise islands of Zanzibar provide the perfect destination for honeymooners looking for that sublime combination of culture and relaxation. While away the days soaking up culture on Zanzibar Island before retreating to the idyllic beaches of Mafia.