Archive for March, 2011

Pemba Island – A Wonderful Place to Visit

Friday, March 25th, 2011

The Zanzibar Archipelago located in Tanzania is a treasure trove for tourists and locals alike.  It offers a wide range of activities and sites that will surely quench the thirst of anyone up for some adventure and thrills.  Not only will you get a good dose of history from the quaint towns but the appeal of Zanzibar will captivate you once you get a taste of its hidden treasures, let’s start with Pemba Island.

Natural Beauty

When it comes to natural beauty, Pemba Island definitely does not disappoint here, abounded with lush forests and small scale farms, you will get more out of your trip than you ever expected.  The island boasts of their large production of Cloves, an aromatic spice which is often used in cooking and as a natural herbal medicine for common ailments such as toothaches etc, or immerse yourself in the breathtaking beaches that Pemba has, perfect for that time out you have been planning!  At Pemba Island, the unique mix of nature and simple living might make you want to stay just a wee bit longer!

Water Sports and More

If you enjoy your water sports then Pemba Island will not disappoint you as you can participate in water activities with the beauty of your Tanzanian backdrop.  Aside from the obvious fact that Pemba is surrounded by water, the list of activities will make any water lover’s head spin.  From diving to snorkeling, Kayaking to leisure fishing, Pemba will quench your thirst for that water action.  Rest assured that all of these activities come with able staff and reliable equipment.  These are just some of the many things you can do on the island.  Even something as simple as walking along the beach will give you some time to relax and be one with the sea.

Mud

One of the unique attractions that Pemba offers is its famous Mud Bath.  This may sound a bit weird to those who have not tried this sort of thing yet, all you have to do is let loose and release that inner kid in you.  This activity does actually have some health benefits for you, for starters, the mud is rich in minerals and nutrients that will not only remove toxins from your body but also release some if not all of the stress you have hidden within.  So aside from healing yourself you actually get to enjoy the process as well, a double win for Pemba Island.

Pemba Island is indeed a wonderful place to visit since it has all the things that a tourist might want.  Enjoy nature’s best while immersing yourself in the simple life unique to Zanzibar’s Pemba Island.

Come to Mafia Island

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Although the name may sound a bit intimidating, there is certainly no need to worry as Mafia Island offers the best activities and tours for whatever adventure a tourist may crave.  Come to Mafia Island and see for yourself what this hidden beauty has to offer:

Corals, corals and more corals!

When it comes to biodiversity and marine tourism, Mafia Island has one of the richest collections of marine life species including corals.  The Zanzibar archipelago is actually a collection islands, but Mafia takes the top award when it comes to marine biodiversity, making it the perfect place for divers to go and explore the world underneath.  The booming industry of deep-sea fishing is a testament to the abundance of marine life in the area and among the things you will see in these waters are the adorable manatee and the gentle giants – the green sea turtles which have nesting sites on the island, even the non-divers will enjoy a trip out to sea since there is a lot to see and do while out on the water.  You can snorkel or just immerse in Mafia’s cool, clean waters.

Birds!

Since the island is relatively new in Tanzania’s tourism scene, it has an ‘untouched’ appeal to its landscape making it ideal for tourists who just want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life or just relax and lounge about in a resort or lodge on Mafia Island.  Another quiet and more passive activity you can do on the island is go bird watching, the lush forests and plains of Mafia is an ideal nesting ground for birds and the best times to go bird watching is at night were the rare and exotic birds come out to feed and play.  Here you will see unique courtship displays and mating rituals that will surely awe you Mafia Island is indeed the ultimate bird watcher’s paradise!

The Easy Life

Mafia Island is the perfect go-to place for those who are in need of some peace and quiet it can be your own private getaway when you book your stay in one of the inns, lodges, or resorts that are present on the island.  Accommodation is well-equipped with whatever amenities that a tourist may need, while providing a relaxed atmosphere environment.  Stress and all the things that have been worrying you will be forgotten once you immerse yourself in Mafia Island’s solitude.

These are just a few examples of the things that you can do while staying on Mafia Island.  Boredom is non-existent here, and surely everyone will find something to do on this island.

Zanzibar – An Exotic Must Visit Country

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Zanzibar may be a relatively new African tourist destination, but when it comes to lodging it definitely has lots to boast about.  Hotels and lodges which offer quality service can be found here.  From the lone traveler to a family of tourists, Zanzibar is sure to have some place cozy for you.

The inhabitants of the country are melting pot of cultures both modern and ethnic. Hadimadu ethnic group is considered as majority. It is noted however that in addition to Sunni Muslim Zanzibaris, there are also those who are Hindus. While lesser percentage is Christians. But despite the differences of cultures and ethnicity in the land, its unique mix complements the Zanzibari culture as a whole. And it is by its culture that its famous festivals are so lively and displays a fun environment to be in.

When you find yourself planning to visit yet don’t know what to do and what places to visit, it is a wise choice to pick a dedicated and trustworthy tourism firm or a tour-guide to assist you in your visit. Not all people have the luxury of time to spend weeks or more in the island. If you’re one of those vacation-seekers, it’s best to avail of the services of a guide. You’ll need it because in Zanzibar there are so much places to visit and attractions both for its natural heritage and cultural heritage.

One of the top of the list is the coastal shores. This part is easily notable for its clear waters and beautiful beaches especially if you arrive at Zanzibar via ferry. Its coastal tourism is boasts abundant marine life while in places that are more remote such as Mangapwani, the environment is more tranquil and peaceful.

The island takes pride in three of their forest reserves, the Jozani forest reserve, the Ngezi forest reserve, and the Kiwenga forest reserve. Wildlife and plants are in such an array that the biodiversity is high in these areas. Exotic trees tower over the forest while some of them are considered to be unique to the place in such as they are no found anywhere else. While nature tripping and viewing may be what you like, you must also take part in the Spice tour experience. Tourists are guided to visit plantations of spice and the places where it is processed into medicines, beauty products, food spice, and as dye as well.

Zanzibar is truly the tourist’s dream for a tropical tour in the Indian Ocean.  From lively festivals to unique culture, and its natural environment, this place indeed has something for everyone!

The Great Wildebeest Migration

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

In the animal kingdom, migration is just a natural part of some species’ lives.  Migration happens for a lot of reasons; it can either be caused by the scarcity of food.  Harsh weather conditions or changing seasons, lets look at birds, they travel almost the span of the globe just to avoid the winter frost.  Another common reason why some animals prefer to travel across wide distances is to avoid their natural predators, such as the great wildebeest migration, this is a breathtaking site that happens yearly in Africa around the same time and is a great safari holiday to experience.  Another huge factor is the intervention of humans, with the development of land being re-zoned into industrial or residential often forces some of the natural inhabitants to search for another home, displacing a species or worse, causing their number to dwindle.

On a lighter note, let us focus on the wildebeest migration that always attracts and gathers a lot of interest. The Wildebeest are a common sight in Africa and they rarely travel alone unless sick or dying but rather they travel in groups, and by the word ‘group’, we mean this might reach up to a million in number!  Of course the wildebeest is well known for this yearly migration so what makes their migration so unique?  For one, they travel by the million, so you can just imagine that huge number of buffalo-like animals travelling in a group it really is a breath taking sight to behold!  Your view is filled with the mass movement of wildebeest, sounds of thousands calling to each other and dust billowing into the air from them all moving together in a mass spotting other animals that may travel with them such as the zebras and gazelles that are also traveling to literally greener pastures in search of more food.

Wildebeest are the so-called nomadic animals where the famed wildebeest migration is already part of the African savannah.  It is their way of adapting to Africa’s harsh conditions which entails that they constantly change location every time the food in an area is scarce for the large number of the group.  Wildebeests are also a favorite of one of Africa’s great predator – the Lion.  Lions are very able hunters, but have a hard time catching wildebeest as they travel in a huge pack. So it takes a lot of lion’s, strategy and patience to single out a wildebeest from the group and is nature’s way of culling out the week and sick.

Witnessing an actual wildebeest migration isn’t so hard to do since they are constantly monitored; it is known where they are along Africa’s savannah. All you have to do is book your migration safari with us and prepare for to witness one of the animal kingdom’s greatest travelers, the wildebeest.

The Basics of African Elephant Migration

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

When thinking about Africa, one of the first ideas that pops into our mind is a safari, many people tend to associate Africa with adventure-filled safaris and exotic animals. Nothing seems more exotic or African than the giant gentle elephants.  Although elephants are not only found in Africa, it has come to be one of Africa’s well known symbols as they roam over many African forests and deserts freely.  Elephants are known to live in groups or herds; they do almost everything in groups, one of the habits that Africa’s elephants are known for are their migratory travels. Here are some basics of the African elephant migration:

The group is usually led by the oldest female or the matriarch; she guides the group on where to go and what do and is constantly on guard for whenever a threat to the group’s safety is detected.  She sees to it that the little ones are kept well fed and safe and that the group remains intact.

African elephants are natural travelers. They love to travel with their group over large distances in search of a land where there is plenty of food. Elephants are herbivores and can live on chewing grass of the ground and leaves from the trees, but with the African weather or low rainfall, it means that plants don’t grow quickly enough where it can feed a family of elephants for very long without having to change location, thus the great African elephant migration.

Although migration is not a new thing for elephants, there can also be a time that unnatural circumstances may be the reason for an African elephant migration.  There are a lot of factors that could cause elephants to move to another location.  For starters, a lack of food due to human expansion may be a cause for elephants to seek safer and more peaceful lands; drought and fire are other reasons why a herd moves on.

Although thankfully to a lesser degree now the Ivory trade and human’s greed was also another reason for an African elephant migration to happen. It used to be that an elephant’s tusks were valuable, especially in the black market now it is illegal. There had been a time when almost two-thirds of Africa’s elephant population was wiped out due to massive poaching and it was only when the Big Ivory Fire was done that poachers started to think twice before doing any ivory harvesting.

The beauty of the African elephant migration is something that should be enjoyed; it should serve as an example of what we could miss if we keep on doing what we do to destroy mother earth.