Posts Tagged ‘Zanzibar’

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!

Sauti za Busara ‘Sounds of Wisdom’ Music Festival in Zanzibar

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Corto, the Partner of your Safari in Tanzania, is very glad to share with you the list of Musicians who will be performing this year at the African Music Festival, Sauti za Busara 2011.

This very unique Festival is both a real Musical and Cultural Feast.

Visit our web page for more infos:

http://www.cortosafaristanzania.com/zanzibar-music-festival.php

Link to the Festival’s website:

http://www.busaramusic.org

Provisional Line Up

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou (Benin)  Blick Bassy (Cameroon)  Cheikh Lô (Senegal) Otentikk Street Brothers (Mauritius)  Kassé Mady Diabaté (Mali)  Kwani Experience (South Africa) Mlimani Park Orchestra (Tanzania)  Culture Musical Club (Zanzibar)  Mohamed Ilyas & Nyota Zameremeta (Zanzibar)  Maulidi ya Homu ya Mtendeni (Zanzibar)  Sukiafrica Sukiyaki Allstars (Various)  Yaaba Funk (UK)  Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal / Sweden)  Sinachuki Kidumbak (Zanzibar) Swahili Encounters Group (Various)  Les Frères Sissoko (Senegal)  GEATA (Ethiopia) Djeli Moussa Diawara (Guinea)  Groove Lélé (Reunion)  NEWS Quartet (Various)  Vusa Mkhaya & Band(Various)  Nomakanjani Arts (Zambia)  Maureen Lupo Lilanda (Zambia)  Les Go de Kotéba (Cote d’Ivoire) Djaaka (Mozambique)  Muthoni The Drummer Queen (Kenya)  Lelelele Africa (Kenya)  Bismillahi Gargar (Kenya)  Atemi & the Ma3 Band (Kenya)  Black Roots (Zanzibar)  Sauda (Tanzania)  Tunaweza Band (Tanzania)  Wanyambukwa Artist Group (Tanzania)  Tom Diakité (Mali) and more.

The Festival in Video

Documentary on Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

A very nice documentary on France 5, also online until the 6th July. Subject: Zanzibar and the Kilimanjaro region, both presented by Tanzanians. A true invitation to travel.

http://documentaires.france5.fr/documentaires/vu-sur-terre/tanzanie

You want to find out more on Zanzibar or the Kilimanjaro? Visit our pages on these 2 famous regions in Tanzanie: