Snorkeling in Mnemba
island is located 4 km north east from Zanzibar and is surrounded by a turquoise and crystal clear sea and an intact coral reef
with a great variety of marine species.
That is an unforgettable experience for snorkelling lovers. Mnemba
is also one of the best diving
, the typical type of boat in Zanzibar, leaves from Matemwe
village or from the beach, depending on the tide.
Since it is a marine park
, it is not allowed to land on the island, but you can snorkel all around it.
The first site to dive is in the western part of the island, not far from the beach. The sand is really white!
Then the tour goes on in the southern direction to reach the second area. Coloured fishes, tunas, barracudas, clown fishes, anemones and turtles: a very rich sea life
! If there is low tide you can see the rocks coming out of the water and fishermen with their harpoons sailing with their Ngalawa
to the land, to the market in Matemwe
for the fish auction sale.
After snorkelling you come back to Matemwe
within lunch time. You can relax on the beach and see the seaweed cultivation and women picking it up until the tide allows them.
Rate - 35€ (all inclusive)
Chumbe island – the eco-friendly island
The coral park in Chumbe
island is located south west from Stone Town
, it is a private and untouched marine park with a very rich coral reef full of fish and madreporas.
Together with the Chumbe Island Coral Park
we organize an all inclusive
day to discover the island leaving from Mbweni
beach. Guests will be welcomed by the Rangers
for a briefing
on the activities. Every couple has a special bungalow facing the sea and built following eco-friendly rules
, with local materials without an impact on the environment. Lunch at the restaurant in the lighthouse is included. The Rangers will guide the guests to snorkel
on the Reef Sanctuary
, a beautiful coral garden inhabited by 400 fish species, turtles and dolphins, and to visit the charming Closed Forest Reserve
, a coral forest. Walking on a variety of paths you will discover a unique fauna and flora.
The tour will end on the Mbweni
beach at 5.30 p.m.
Rate - 85€ (all inclusive)
is the third biggest island in the Zanzibar archipelago and it is located north west from Unguja
. Historically it is a poor and isolated place, even if it is only 2km far from the Zanziba coast and therefore it has maintained all Muslim traditions, especially related to the Shirazi tribal costumes
coming from the ancient Persia. The transfer to the island on a typical boat leaves from the Mkokotoni
fishermen village, where one of the most important fish auction sales in Unguja
You are allowed to visit the island only if you have the permission from 3 different authorities: the tourism office, the local police and the mayor of the Jongowe
village, who will explain the hard life of fishermen. After the meeting the tour goes on visiting the main village, where you can observe the inhabitants of the island, their houses and work. Tumbatu
is famous for the witchery
: the Waganga, Bantu doctors, still use magic rituals to cure diseases, negativity and to make nature forces favourable. Meeting a witch doctor will be useful to understand their activities and importance in African societies.
After coming back to Mkokotoni
, the excursion will bring you to Pwani Mchangani
on the eastern coast for lunch and to relax on the beach. You can pay a visit to the local village and come back to Mangrove Lodge.
Rate - 30€ (all inclusive)
It is advised to those who want to bone up on the local world
at least for a day and get to know Zanzibar daily life, following a path far from the touristic places, respecting their costumes and traditions.
Starting time is at 8a.m., first stop will be at the bar in the village, where you will have a typical breakfast with the inhabitants in Chuini. Visit to the Catholic mission in Kitope
where Sister Marina will guide you between the school and the hospital. Then you will discover the wood and coconut handcraft
Lunch is prepared by Zanzibar women and the guests will be involved in the preparation of spicy rice, coconut sauces, vegetables, beans and chapatti… That is a way to observe women’s costumes and activities, Ndagaa
mud houses, children’s games and men’s relax after working in the fields. You will also visit the Muslim school
where children learn the Koran and the mosque
during prayer time.
You will come back to Mangrove Lodge on time to enjoy the sunset on the beach.
Rate - 25€ (all inclusive)