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Unguja, more divinely referred to as “Zanzibar Island” or simply “Zanzibar”, is the largest and most populated island of the Zanzibar archipelago covering an estimated area of 1,666km2 to the east of the mainland of Tanzania. The Zanzibar archipelago consists of four main islands. Unguja is the largest followed by Pemba then mafia. The fourth and smallest is a coral island that serves as an essential breeding ground for seabirds. Several other smaller islets surround these main islands. Collectively, this band of islands have been branded “the spice Islands” owing to the large number of aromatic plants that grow on this archipelago. These include, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom and cinnamon among several others.

Looking back in time, the islands were popularized by traders voyaging between the African Great Lakes, the Somali Peninsula, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, and the Indian subcontinent. With few products of value back then, Unguja Island had an advantage to it in that it offered a protected and defensible harbor. This was a favorable condition for the Omanis and Yemenis who settled on the island giving rise to the oldest city in Unguja, Zanzibar Stone Town. They then proceeded to establish garrisons and built the first mosque in the African Great Lakes region. Rolling on into time, Zanzibar was invaded by Portuguese explorers who became the first European power to set foot on the island. They held power and kept authority for nearly 200 years before losing it back to the Sultanate of Oman. Having realized the fertility of the land, the sultanate developed spice plantations which subsequently became an important strategic base for the highly profitable spice trade. Besides spices, Omanis also traded in ivory from elephant tusks hunted from the Tanzania mainland known as Tanganyika back then. With reinforced control over the African Great Lakes region and extensive inland trading routes, the Sultan of Zanzibar had great influence in establishing and popularizing slave trade as the third most popular form of trade on this richly historic island. Sporadically, the British Empire took control of Zanzibar and in 1890 the islands came under the British protectorate. In this tag-of-war for control over the Island between Great Britain and the Zanzibar Sultanate, a military conflict arose in what has gone down in history as the shortest war ever recorded. It took place on the 27th of August, 1896 and lasted between 38 and 45 minutes. The islands remained in custody of the British colonizers until 1963 when they gained independence as a constitutional monarchy. A month later, the bloody Zanzibar Revolution led to formation of the Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba which later subsumed into Tanzania after merging with mainland Tanganyika.

Zanzibar is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of the historic Stone Town – supposedly the only functioning ancient town in East Africa. Explore the forests, with their rare flora and fauna. Or visit some of the many ancient, archaeological sites. Spend a few days here immersing yourself and loved one in the magic that is Zanzibar. Key highlights to be wary of include wandering through Stone Town’s narrow, cobbled streets, relaxing on picture-perfect beaches, Island Excursions of the several islands surrounding the main Unguja Island, diving and Snorkeling amid shoals of colorful fish around Mnemba atoll, Misali Island or elsewhere around the archipelago, browsing for souvenirs in tiny shops fragrant with spices and relishing on the arab-swahili cuisine and sea-food in the Forodhani garden by the break of dusk.

Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia Islands experience ideal beach holiday weather for most of the year.  The heat of summer is seasonally often cooled by windy conditions, resulting in pleasant sea breezes, particularly on the North and East coasts. Being near to the equator, the islands are warm all year round, but officially, summer and winter peak in December and June respectively.

You can never go erroneous with accommodation in Zanzibar considering the heterogeneity in choice to decide on ranging from elite lavish resorts, sensuous boutique bungalows, luxuriously tailored stone town hotels to the voluptuous coconut thatched chalets styled to absorb both contemporary and the rustic ancient Arabic mood all considerate of their pricing, safety, security, activities and personalized services to meet your true island experience expectations

  • Beit EL-Ajaib (House of Wonders)
  • Beit El-Sahel (Palace Museum)
  • Old Fort
  • Anglican Cathedral & Old Slave Market
  • ST Joseph’s Cathedral
  • Mosques
  • Hamamni Persian Baths
  • Beit El-Amani (Peace Memorial Museum)
  • Livingstone House
  • Ruins of Mbweni, Maruhubi & Mtoni Palace
  • Old Dispensary
  • Victoria Hall & Gardens

BY AIR: Scheduled daily flights are available connecting Zanzibar with Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Selous Game Reserve, the Northern Parks and Tanga via Pemba.

BY BOAT: Hourly ferry connections are available from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar and vice versa

COVID – 19: Nisimulie Africa SOP’s

In light of the world opening up slowly amidst the current pandemic, we have been preparing to welcome tourists back to Tanzania by making changes to the way we provide our services. New SOPs are in place for every touch point and guest experience that characterizes your stay with us as your esteemed hosts. Our SOPs will be updated in line with the Government of Tanzania’s instructions to the tourism and hospitality industry. Our priority is to ensure that we provide the safest possible environment for our guests while providing top-notch safari experiences.


Standard Operating Procedures

1.     To keep social distancing, safari vehicles with 6-window seats will be redesigned to take only 4 people in the passenger cabin. Safari vehicles with 6-window seats will still be available for families wishing to travel together in one vehicle

2.   The driver-guide will be at hand to oversee guests observe the recommended physical distancing at park entry gates, museums, picnic sites, and while checking in at accommodation facilities.

3.   City transfer and safari vehicles will be regularly disinfected before picking up clients, especially the high-touch surfaces and seats

4.   Sanitizers (anti-microbial agents) will be provided in the vehicle for guests' use

5.   The driver-guide will take necessary personal protection precautions at all times. Guests are encouraged to come with their own masks; packaged masks will be available at an extra cost.

6.   Health condition of driver-guides will be monitored for not less than a week before being assigned to take clients on safari, including measuring body oxygen level (recommended 95% and above) and body temperature not exceeding 37.5 degrees centigrade.

7.   There will be three health centers dedicated to COVID-19 rapid response and support network; one center will be in Arusha town (Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre), one in Karatu near Ngorongoro, and the third in central Serengeti at Seronera. Ambulances will be on standby.

8.   For clients needing more medical attention, Nisimulie Africa Tours and Travel will arrange evacuation by Flying Doctors. The Flying Doctors package covers evacuation to a hospital in Nairobi. We can also arrange evacuation to Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam, a fine facility with high rate of recovery for COVID-19 patients. The evacuation to Dar es Salaam will involve some extra charges to be met by the patient. Clients are required to have medical insurance to cover hospitalization expenses. 

9.   The welcome briefing to guests will include details of our safety and hygiene measures in place and what is required of guests during their stay (including the use of masks and gloves and keeping safe distances from other guests).

10. Not limiting these procedures to ourselves, we work with other third-party suppliers who ensure and adhere to the set international standards of travel as defined by the Ministry of Tourism and WHO.


Game drives 

·      A maximum of four people will be permitted per vehicle with the exception of groups that   are travelling together.

·      Guides will wear face masks and gloves on arrival at the airstrip, when in the main area of the airstrip and when handling guests’ luggage.

·      Guests must also wear facemasks at the airstrip; however, this is optional while on the game drive.

·      Once the group has left the airstrip, the guide will remove the face mask and gloves to speak with guests, as the safety risk is greatly reduced outside of the airstrip.

·      Game drives will take place in safari vehicles, as usual, which will be disinfected after each game drive.

·      Hand sanitizer will be available for guests and guides and is to be used on arrival at the airstrip, on boarding the vehicle and throughout the game drive.

·      Guests are asked to sensibly practice social distancing throughout the game drive and if meals are served.


Communal Areas:

·      Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the camps and soap and individual hand towels will always be available in public bathrooms.

·      At the Bar: The barmen will wear facemask and gloves to handle drinks and snacks and serve on a tray. 

·      A staff member is assigned to regular sanitization duties of surfaces (including door handles, metallic surfaces, counters, etc).

·      Social distancing rules apply, and seating will be arranged to ensure at least one-meter distance between guests.

·      Dining:  All surfaces will be disinfected after each meal.

·      Pool water (where available) will be monitored to maintain a chlorine level between 1 to 3 parts per million and a pH level between 6.8 and 7.4 in order to provide a virus free experience.

·      In sitting areas and on sofas:

·      Guests will be encouraged to practice social distancing.

·      Around campfire: guests will be encouraged to practice social distancing.

·      Disposable towels and bins will be placed in strategic areas.

·      In harmony with our vision, our team has had a lot of fun working hard together to put our SOPs in place to ensure the safety of our guests. We are now ready to warmly welcome our guests back to Tanzania.


“Nature took a rest from the usual and is now more exquisite”

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