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Zanzibar the Quiet Beaches

Traveling to Zanzibar needs to be planned. Some areas of Zanzibar are commercialized and have lost the charm they once had. The quiet beaches are easy to find if you take a little time to plan where to go before you set sail for this spiced archipelago.The main island usually referred to as Zanzibar Island is a tropical and east from the mainland of Tanzania; measuring 60 miles long and 20 miles wide.

Zanzibar is popular because of its beautiful beaches and coral reefs, its palm trees, its seafood and the magic of historic Stone Town, which was recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.The northeast part of the island is an area that is unspoiled and is known as Matemwe. This part of the island is well known for its natural beauty and closeness to the beat diving sites - the contrasting colors of the Indian Ocean, the white sand beach, the extreme beauty of the coral reef of the Mnemba Atoll and the wild bush vegetation.

There is a small village of fishermen, who go out sailing with their army of traditional dhows every morning.Zanzibar has an international airport with direct connections to Europe and regional destinations (o/a Dar es Salaam, Nairobi). Travel by sea is also possible: there are regular ferry services between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. We can arrange transfers for you to/from the airport, the sea port or Stone Town.Seafood is the specialty of the area, with all produce bought daily from the local market. Meals offering a delicious mix of African and European flavors.

The early mornings and the sunrise is a sight to savor - as you enjoy tea or coffee served at your veranda. In the evening, the full moon rising out of the sea is a wonderful romantic experience you're not likely to forget. On moonless nights gaze and get lost in the star-filled sky.

Local snorkeling and diving sites are suitable for all levels of experience, from beginning snorklers or experienced divers. Variety is the key word on the reefs around Matemwe. Soft and hard corals, sponges and anemones abound, and you will be amazed by the sheer range of fish species to be found in these waters.

You might find dolphins in the water or ? for the lucky ones - even spot a whale passing by the reef (best chance for whales in the period August ? October).Visit the neighboring village to explore the local Zanzibar culture and village life and for those who wish to learn about the community projects that the Matemwe lodge is involved in: Matemwe Bungalows has created strong, mutually beneficial relationships with its neighbors and has undertaken various community projects, including the building of a local library.This location is ideal for visits to Stone Town, Jozani Forest, Prison Island and spice tours.

.For more information on Tanzania and Zanzibar look at http://www.tanzania-info.

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