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The 5 Best Kept Secrets of Zanzibar

Friday, January 7th, 2011
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Zanzibar Beaches

With its vibrant culture and great diversity of landscapes beneath the tropical East African sky, Zanzibar is Tanzania's ultimate paradise. The turquoise waters along the coast of Zanzibar are teeming with abundant sea life and stunning coral reefs for snorkelling and diving. Besides the narrow winding alleys and jostling bazaars of Stone Town, or the endless white soft-sand beaches with its many idyllic palms, Zanzibar has a few best kept secrets and I’m going to share a few with you.

The Zamani Beach Club Grill and Bar Behold the horizon and beyond. Freshly cut coconut, succulent grilled jumbo prawns and crescents of pearly white sand beach with it's crystal clear waters…  divine! Zamani Beach Club Grill and Bar is open everyday from 10:00 until sunset.

Diving in Zanzibar Top sites include Kizidi Reef, a mini wall just 10 minutes by boat from Kizimkazi – one of Zanzibar’s best-kept secrets. A wonderful display of soft and hard corals, loads and loads of fish including some big groupers and rays, and the occasional turtle make this an excellent spot for snorkelers, novices and experienced divers alike. Look out for the tiny critters such as Leaf fish and cute little Nudibranchs.

Stone Town Fish Market The best and cheapest place to eat in Stone Town, if not Zanzibar, is at the open air fish market in the Forodhani Gardens on the waterfront. The smell might put you off but definitely a must see as its a great look at local life in Zanzibar. Opens at night.

The House of Wonders The House of Wonders is home to the Museum of History and Culture of Zanzibar and the Swahili Coast. The building is the largest in all of Stone Town - four stories with huge verandas. It takes you through Swahili history, culture, and economy - from the beginning days to present. Visit this early on during your stay so you can appreciate better the experience of being in Zanzibar.

Sunset Bar at Africa House Hotel With history dating back 150 years the Africa House Hotel boasts previous owners who were a wealthy slave trader from Oman, and the Sultan of Zanzibar. From the Sunset Bar on the first floor you can chill out and relax, drink in hand, and watch the colorful sun set over the ocean while fishermen glide by in their dhows. Stunning. For further information on East Africa, Zanzibar or overland trips in Tanzania contact OverlandingAfrica.com or post your comments below.

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Tags: tanzania, top-5-beaches, zanzibar, zanzibar-island

Mozambique’s Top 5 Beaches

Monday, August 30th, 2010
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Mozambique is definitely one of Southern Africa's best kept secrets and is fast becoming one of the ideal holiday spots preferred by beachcombers, surfers and divers across the world. We choose the top 5 beaches so you can make the most of your holiday... vilanculos.beach

Pemba Pemba Beach is the gateway to the romantic Quirimbas Archipelago, on the northern coastline of Mozambique, and Niassa National Reserve. Pemba is also renowned as being a prime destination for water sport and diving enthusiasts with it house reef lying just off shore. Inhambane and Praia do Tofo Inhambane is a small town in southern Mozambique lying on Inhambane Bay, 470 km northeast of Maputo. The warm waters offer safe bathing and smooth and easy boat launching. Good fishing and beautiful coral reefs are nearby for you to explore.

Right next door, the beach at Tofo is a popular surfing spot (if not THE most popular surfing spot in Mozambique). If it's powerful right point break and warm water are not attractive enough then how about being able to check out the surf from your 'casa' overlooking the beach - without having to leave your front door!

Vilanculos 750km north of Maputo lies Vilanculos, the gateway to the romantic playground of the Bazaruto Archipelago. This idyllic archipelago consists of four islands (Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque and Sta. Carolina). Experience the wonder of a traditional sailing dhow gliding through the Bazaruto Archipelago. complete with azure waters, sandy beaches, palm trees and pristine coral reefs.

Ponta De Ouro This area is one of the best locations for scuba diving in the world and its waters are alive with many species of marine life including Dolphins, Manta Rays and the occasional shark for the more adventurous. The shoals of tropical fish fill the coral reefs with an ever-changing spectrum of color and the azure water and perfect white beaches will keep you coming back to this secluded holiday spot.

Bilene The village of Bilene is situated 160km north of Maputo on the shores of the Uembje Lagoon. The 27km long lagoon is ideal  for family vacations with long, bright, white stretches of sand for beach games and shallow, calm water for safe swimming. This resort is particularly popular with water sports enthusiasts, (for example jet-ski’s, water-skiing and parasailing), and more serene non-motorised sports (such as paddle-ski’s, and windsurfing). The mouth of the lagoon, usually blocked by a massive sand bank, is best reached by boat but a long difficult 4X4 track does allow access to the beach facing the open sea.

For all your Mozambique Overland trip requirements contact the Team at OverlandingAfrica.com or post your comments below.

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