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The Spice Island
A short flight off the coast of Tanzania is the historic island of Zanzibar. It original residents go back to about 1000AD and for over 200 years was home to Arabian traders. Stone Town is the ‘old city’, heart of the island and has changed little since Arabian times. You will stroll back in time making your way through the winding alleys, visiting open markets and viewing in awe the magnificent wooden carved doors that Zanzibar is famous for.
Day trips to islands off the coast of Zanzibar are Prison Island, Chumbe Island, Prison Island is a short 30 minute boat ride from Zanzibar. It originally was a detention center for disobedient slaves but today it is home to a large population of giant Aldabra tortoises. A great experience for families as you can walk amongst them and also feed them.
Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd is an award-winning private nature reserve that was developed in 1991 for the conservation and sustainable management of uninhabited Chumbe Island, one of the last pristine coral islands in the region. Just a short boat ride from Zanzibar it is a great ‘back to nature’ experience.
The park includes a fully protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve that harbors extremely rare and endangered animals including the giant coconut crab. The island offers a Vistor’s Center, Eco-lodge, nature trails and historic ruins.
All buildings and operations are based on state-of-the-art eco-technology aiming at zero impact on the environment (rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy and solar water heating, composting toilets, vegetative greywater filtration etc.
Day trips are possible to Chumbe Island, however, as a Marine Protected Area they carefully manage the numbers of guests on the island at any one time.