Luxury high-performance cruising 50 foot catamaran available for charter in the safest waters in the Indian Ocean.
Six berths available with indoor/outdoor living. Full cruise design available to provide an end-to-end holiday in the turquoise waters of the Spice Islands, or a seamless add-on to your African Safari over Ngorongoro crater or the Serengeti, or even a relax down at sea-level after scaling Mount Kilimanjaro.
Fully crewed, yet discreet for you to relax tranquilly, enjoy the the exhilaration of cruising, fishing, sailing, diving, snorkeling, kitesurfing, or swimming with dolphins or just alone; the ocean provides.
Delicious catering using the best local produce will introduce you to the flavours of the region.
Spectacular sunsets on the foredeck are mandatory.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 en suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||CD player, Safe|
|Furniture||Double Beds (3)|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Just 20 miles from the airport, you can be aboard your floating holiday home. Full pick-up from airport and departure from Dar es Salaam to the destinations of your choice, whether it be Zanzibar, Pemba or Mafia, or wherever!
The Tanzanian coast in general and the Islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia in particular offer a very viable alternative to the more recognised charter destinations such as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. With a coastline of nearly 500 miles rich in natural harbors and protected anchorages, and blessed with numerous offshore islands, Tanzania has a lot to offer.
With a stable government and a healthy economy, Tanzania has become a popular tourist destination particularly with the European countries. Zanzibar and Pemba offer some of the water-based holidays in the Southern Hemisphere. Couple this to the game parks that abound in Tanzania and you have a holiday destination that cannot be matched anywhere else in the world.
Zanzibar was an independent collection of islands comprising of Unguja (better known as Zanzibar), Pemba, Latham and Mafia. Mafia Island was wrested from the Sultanate by the British in the late 1800’s and was traded to the Germans in a land swap deal in the early 1900’s. After the First World War Mafia Island fell under the League of Nations mandate and was administered by the British until independence where after it was governed by the mainland.
In 1969 Zanzibar joined Tanganyika and the country became known as Tanzania. Zanzibar now comprises of Unguja and Pemba, although they still lay claim to Latham Island as well. Of some significance is that there is essentially a separate government on Zanzibar, they have their own elections, President, Ministries and so on and are the opposition to the government on the mainland.
Over the past two thousand years the fortunes of Zanzibar have changed. Although there is written reference to the islands as far back as AD 60, the first real records of trade and occupation begin around the year 900 with the arrival of the Shirazi Arabs. Their influence seemed to peak around the 1500’s when the islands where the gateway for gold, ivory and other goods from the African mainland. There was a well established trade route with China as early as the 12th century.
The Portuguese then made their presence felt for around 200 years up until the 1700’s when the Arabs kicked them out again. During this period, clove trees were introduced to the islands and these along with some other crops are what gave rise to the common referral to Zanzibar as the ‘Spice Islands’. Whilst it had long been a factor of commerce on the island, it was during this second period of Arab influence that slave trade reached its peak.
This of course offended the British who, after the shortest war in history – 40 minutes – took control of the islands and put an end to the slave trade. In the intervening years the importance to the economy of the clove industry has declined and today has largely been superseded by tourism which now contributes 75% of the FDI and over 40% of the GDP.
The wet season being from mid April through to mid June.
The waters around Pemba and Zanzibar Islands offer good opportunities for a variety of top water game fish whilst Latham and Mafia Islands are renowned for huge Dogtooth Tuna.
Zanzibar and the surrounding islands are world renowned for the quality of the diving on offer. Visitors to Zanzibar also enjoy spice tours,snorkeling, Stonetown City tour, swimming with dolphins, dhow excursions, and walks through Jozani Forest to see the wildlife, conservation projects and ancient trees.
For a more cultural experience the Festival of the Dhow Countries is now the largest annual cultural event in East Africa, and among the eight major festivals in sub-Saharan Africa. It is scheduled annually around the first two weeks in July. The festival celebrates the arts and cultures of the African Continent, India, Pakistan, Gulf States, Iran and the Indian Ocean islands. It features an international film and video competition, music, theatre and performing arts, workshops, seminars, conferences and other related arts and cultural programmes. The festival programme is centred in a variety of magnificent venues near the seafront in the historic Stone Town; with a Village Panorama that extends the festival to rural communities; Womenâ€™s Panorama, which provides a focus for womenâ€™s issues; Childrenâ€™s Panorama, which provides for the participation of children and youths.
The Zanzibar Cultural Festival takes place towards the end of July each year, shortly after the international ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries. Drawing cultural troupes from different countries and many from Zanzibar, the festival is marked with strong traditional customs and a rich heritage of culture. It is decorated with "taarab" music, traditional dances, arts and crafts. It is held in various venues around Zanzibar Town, as well as incorporating street carnivals, fairs, canoe races and the bull fight from Pemba.
There is the Sauti Za Busara Swahili Music & Cultural Festival in February.
A four-day-long celebration, Mwaka Kogwa is best observed at Makunduchi, a village in the south part of Zanzibar. The origins of this holiday are Zoroastrian (a Persian religion older than Islam). It is a celebration of the Shirazi New Year and some of the events include the burning of the hut and mock fights. These fights are between men who defend themselves with banana stems (in place of the sticks that were formerly used), and this fighting, in which everyone gets a chance, is said to let everyone air their grievances and so clear the air as the new year rolls in. As the men fight, the women stroll through the fields singing songs about life and love. They are dressed in their best clothes and taunt the men after the fight is over. The festivities vary from village to village but Makunduchi is where the biggest events take place. All are welcome for the festival because it is a local belief that anyone without a guest for this holiday is unhappy. The holiday is held every year around the third week of July,
For a sporting experience, there are annual International Triathlon and Marathon events scheduled to take place in early November. Over the past five years, both events have been successful in drawing participants from East Africa, Asia and Europe, Both the Triathlon and the Marathon are Olympic distances and take place in some of Zanzibar's finest locations