Pemba Island lies about 80km to the northeast of Zanzibar Island (Unguja), which is about a 30-minute flight away from Stone Town airport. Although broadly comparable in size to Zanzibar, Pemba is much less developed. Pot-holed roads lead through villages where women in bright kangas sit and chat, ox-drawn carts are stacked high with fruit, and the air is filled with the smell of spices.
Pemba is very fertile, and always seems greener and more arable than Zanzibar Island. It also produces far more cloves than Zanzibar - and its economy is still far more dependent on agriculture than Zanzibar, and far less dependent on tourism.
In Ngezi Forest there are monkeys, bush babies, fruit bats, all different kinds of birds, flowers, spices and natural lakes. Remnants of an old timber business can also be found in the forest. The forest is an experience for all the senses.
You can also request for a night walk to see the owls. Another special option is a full day hike in the forest – approx. 8 hours
You can have a cooking lesson for traditional foods, see how handicrafts are made and join the fishermen for fishing. These are just a few examples.
Pemba flying foxes (world’s biggest fruit bats) are conserved here, and you can always see them. The population in Mjini Ole has grown from 300 to 6000.
There are 11th century ruins of an old town near to the village. Mjini Ole used to be the capital city of Pemba. Pieces of Persian and Chinese keramics can still be found on the ground, along with pieces of human and animal bones.
There is also a mangrove forest, which can be seen by foot of by boat. The Kidike project is planting more forest to prevent erosion.
You can choose which of these activities you want to experience. This will be one of the best memories of your stay in Zanzibar!
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