The Swahili Coast And Zanzibar
The East of Tanzania faces the Indian Ocean and the islands of Zanzibar and Mafia. Tanzania’s coastline stretches from Kenya to Mozambique and is more than 1400 kilometers long. Most is undeveloped and unknown to the tourist world. Visitors mostly head to Zanzibar’s Unguja Island because it is easy of access and has a wide choice of accommodation and activities. This said, there are other less crowded areas on the mainland and on Mafia Island that are worth a visit.
Zanzibar (Pemba and Unguja Island) is what springs to mind when people think about the Swahili coast. Broad white sandy beaches, swaying palms trees and a rich culture. Lesser known Mafia Island, lies to the South and is a diver’s paradise. Mafia has a small number or comfortable establishments, but is otherwise devoid of typical tourist trappings – bars, restaurants, shopping etc. There is also a series of small, mostly undeveloped islands close to the shoreline spread out North to South, for which development projects are in motion or on the drawing board.
West: Stone Town, Fukuchani, Kendwa
East: Matemwe, Kiwengwa, Pongwe and Chwaka, Michamvi, Bwejuu, Paje, Jambiani, Makunduchi
South: Kizimkazi, Unguja Ukuu, Fumba