Best Beach Holidays

Boat beach

Are you looking for a wonderful place to relax during your next holiday? Let African Traits make the arrangements for you!  We’ll arrange the most exquisite holiday for you on one of the most amazing beaches in or around the East African region. If you want to relax and enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets, sit back and let our professional team of travel experts handle the arrangements for you.  African Traits recommends several highly acclaimed beaches which you can choose from. Each of our beach experiences offers a multitude of activities which will make your holiday an unforgettable experience.

ZANZIBAR BEACH HOLIDAY

The word “Zanzibar” is derived from the old form “Zengbar” which initially meant the Eastern Coast of Africa. It probably comes from the Persian words “Zeng” meaning black and “Bar” meaning land or region. The Arabic version was Zinjibar.  Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania in East Africa. It is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean which is comprised primarily of two main islands:  Unguja (informally referred to as Zanzibar) and its sister island, Pemba, as well as about fifty smaller islets. The land area of the two main islands is approximately 2,332 square kilometers of which Unguja is 1,464 square kilometers. Zanzibar (Unguja) is mainly a low-lying island with its highest point at 120 meters above sea level.

The capital of Zanzibar, Zanzibar Town, is located on the island of Unguja.  Its Historic Center is located about 35 kilometers off the coast of mainland Tanzania. Until 2002, Zanzibar had a population of about 981,754.  On the Zanzibar Island of Unguja, the total population is about 620,957 and Pemba’s population is about 360,797. The population growth is about 2.7% – 3.1% annually.  The current population is estimated to be more than 1,200,000. The most commonly practiced religion is Islam.  80% of Zanzibar’s population follow the laws of Islam whose history was influenced by the Arabs, Persians, Indians, Portuguese, British and the African mainland. The remainder of the population are a mix of Hindus and Christians.

A white sandy beach encircles the island which is full of palm trees. Long beaches are found on the east and north coasts of Zanzibar Island. Other nearby island countries and territories include Comoros and Mayotte to the south, Mauritius and Reunion to the far southeast, and the Seychelles islands about 1,500 km to the east.

Access to Zanzibar

The African Traits team can assist you in making your Zanzibar travel arrangements.  Major airlines such as British Airways, KLM, South African Airways, and Emirates fly directly into Dar es Salaam.  From there, we can arrange a connection for you with one of the domestic airline companies such as Precision Air which will take you on to Zanzibar Island.   Zanzibar can also be very conveniently reached from Dar es Salaam via a short two-hour ferry ride which has regularly scheduled daily departures.  You can also fly straight to Zanzibar from Kilimanjaro International airport with domestic airlines.

PANGANI BEACH:

Pangani is a small town on East Africa’s coast located 50 km south of Tanga.  The town has a long history of cultural influences including Arabic, German, Asian, and British colonial rulers.  This is a diverse place where Swahili, Arabic, and British colonial traditions blend together with modern hospitality.

This town is located at the mouth of the Pangani River, which collects its water from Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru, flowing to the Indian Ocean. Here you will enjoy a coastline with clean beaches where endangered Green Turtles breed.  The area also has historical sites, coral reefs, the Old Port, and a great diversity of tropical marine dwellers.

At the point where the massive Pangani River empties itself into the Indian Ocean, a village has grown. The Pangani River passes through the village separating the old buildings and the present-day market on the northern side from the farms and small houses on the southern side. The river, with its dark brown waters filled heavily with alluvial silt, meanders slowly to the ocean.  Crossing the river requires a ferry.  On either side of this little village, coconut palms and sisal plantations undulate towards the horizon.

Once a center of Swahili trade with the African mainland; the town of Pangani is now a sleepy backwater with little memories of its days of splendor. The old German administrative boma still stands behind a colonnade of tall shade trees.  The former prison painted a fading ochre red looks over the river’s lazy waters. Old houses along the main road offer lived-in examples of colonial and traditional Swahili architecture.  The buildings are slowly crumbling against the monsoon winds. Visitors passing through the area would do well to explore what remains of the old town on foot. Even a short walk will reward visitors with a glimpse of a quiet life in the old trading towns along the Swahili Coast.

Accessibility to Pangani

Pangani is easily accessible by road. The Africa Traits staff can drive you to Pangani from either Dar es Salaam or Arusha via Tanga.  It is about a six-hour drive from Arusha or seven hours from Dar es Salaam. Pangani is 53km South of Tanga town.

Key Activities in Pangani with African Traits ltd

  • Historical Town Tour – explore the historic buildings of Pangani town, slave market, old port and slave routes.
  • Wonderful relaxing Beach
  • Pangani River Cruise
  • Boat Trip trip to Maziwe Marine Park Island for swimming, sun-bathing, snorkeling and watching dolphins
  • Green Turtle Experience – An opportunity to explore the nesting sites of the endangered Green Turtles where you’ll learn about their breeding behaviors.

MOMBASA BEACH:

African Traits will cross boarders to make sure our customers discover the beauty of Africa.  Now, let’s enjoy the beach together in Mombasa which is known as the city of salt and spice, of dreams and battles, of poetry and seafaring stories, and of wave upon wave of traders from faraway lands.  “It does not reveal the great secret it holds,” wrote the classical Swahili poet, Myakka, about his hometown of Mombasa. “Even those who are well-informed do not comprehend it.”

Indeed, the city dubbed Kisiwa Cha Mvita – the Island of War – in Swahili has many faces:   its muttered chants echoing over the flagstones of a Jain temple; the ecstatic passion of the call to prayer; the teal break of a vanishing wave; and, the sight of a Zanzibar-bound dhow slipping over the horizon.  There are also rows upon rows with purveyors of herbal medicine, cows dozing outside hair-braiding salons, birds swooping low over great piles of smoking trash, and buildings so scorched by the sun that their burnt skin has peeled away, just like ours.

Mombasa has more in common with Dakar or Dar es Salaam than Nairobi.  Its blend of India, Arabia and Africa can be intoxicating. But, it’s also grimy and sleazy with deep ethnic tensions and security concerns which threaten to boil over.  But, what else would you expect from East Africa’s largest port town? Cities by the docks always attract mad characters and Mombasa’s people come from all over the world.

Perhaps it’s best to let the Swahili people themselves describe their city in their native tongue with an old line of poetry and proverb: ‘Kongowea nda mvumo, maji maangavu. Male!‘ (‘Mombasa is famous, but its waters are dangerously deep. Beware!’)

Key Activities in Mombasa

  • Snorkel and Scuba
  • Relaxing on the Beach
  • Historical Town Tour

Other Safari Activities (Extension Safaris)

  1. Balloon Safaris
  2. Bird Watching Safaris
  3. Canoeing
  4. Water Games/Diving and Snorkeling
  5. Fishing
  6. Historical Sites
  7. Horse and Camel Riding
  8. Mountain Biking
  9. Museums
  10. Shopping and Nightlife
  11. Walking Safaris
  12. Night Game Drives