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south_africa_holidayFloat and snorkel in the warm soothing waters of the Indian ocean.
south_africa_holidayWatch the traditional fishing dhows return after a days work out at sea.

Tanzania; idyllic beaches, crystal waters and spice markets

Following your exciting safari in the excellent game reserves you many wish to relax and sign off your African adventure holiday by a stay on one of Tanzania’s superb beaches. It will be difficult to choose between the whether you opt for a lodge on the mainland or on one of the exotic islands just a short hop away.

The coastline of Tanzania is steeped in beguiling and exotic history which is synonymous with the trade routes that have criss crossed the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia for thousands of years – spices and more infamously ivory and slaves. Over the centuries many nationalities have been involved with Tanzania’s coastal communities and that of the islands, particularly Zanzibar (or Unguja) and Pemba. It was the inter marriage between Shirazi Persian settlers and local people that created the language known today as Swahili.

After your Tanzanian safari for those short on time, a night or two at a beach close to Dar es Salaam would slot nicely into your itinerary before an international departure from the city’s airport. There are a number of stylish, boutique hotels set on golden beaches enjoying the ocean breezes within easy reach of the city including the quiet hideaway of Ras Kutani which is set on freshwater lagoon of the Indian Ocean which has a totally private beach, great food and snorkelling.

For many the charismatic island of Zanzibar is the epitome of what they imagine is a tropical island and there will be no disappointments here. The island is just a short flight from the mainland and from its long occupation has many interesting historical buildings as well as spice forests, Jozani National Park, coconut palm fringed soft sand beaches and excellent water sports. Stone Town itself is a melting pot of cultures, a legacy of the trading past – East African, Indian, Arab, Persian and latterly the European settlers of Dutch and British descent - each of whom have left their mark on the island in traditions, architecture of the major buildings and language. The sea ports are as busy with modern trade and vessels today as they have always been although the wooden dhows are still a major form of transportation between the mainland and island and the romantic sight of their billowing sails are often seen on the horizon. The harbour, market and artistically decorated mosques are enjoyable destinations to head for in the town and to wander down the crooked narrow streets you are immersed in the exotic smells the bustling daily life of the islanders and feel you have been transported back in time.

Lying off the north east coast of Zanzibar is the island of Mnemba which is one of the most exclusive islands in the Indian Ocean. It is encircled by a coral reef providing exciting snorkelling and diving activities and island’s romantic accommodation provides barefoot luxury at its best. Mafia Island is surrounded by tiny coral atolls and sandbars which can be explored by traditional sailing dhow and provides excellent fishing, snorkelling and diving opportunities in and around the natural features. With exclusive and intimate accommodation that is stylish and comfortable this is a very personal island experience.

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