What to do in Pemba Island – Tanzania
Are you looking for that one destination with fun activities to excite you? If this is what you have always dreamt to have while on safari in Tanzania, then Pemba Island has got it all for you. It is that one area you need not miss to visit if you are looking for lifetime experiences and among the many exciting activities for you to engage in this area include;
Pay a visit to the ZSTC Clove oil distillery
If there is something that Pemba is more popular of, then it is its clove industry and this distillery is one place where clove stems can be changed into an essential oil. This distillery is run by the Zanzibar State Trading Corporation. It lies within the suburb of Machomane approximately a kilometer north of the town center and east of the main route.
Snorkeling and diving
These are some of the top list adventures that this island is famous for. They are conducted along the Tanzania coastline and the island is bordered by most of the coral reefs. Between the island and mainland Tanzania, there are Pemba channel shelves with a depth of about 2000 meters. This island is also popular for its sea fish species that include among others whales, barracuda, tuna, and sharks. The area is an ideal play site for experienced divers.
Explore Misali Island
This area can be visited by use of boat from Wesha although it is also easier for one to take excursions via travel agencies or hotels. This forms part of the Pemba Conservation Area and spans to cover the western coast of Pemba. Note that all snorkelers, divers have to pay for an admission fee. While inside this area, you will be surrounded by crystal waters and beautiful coral reefs and this makes it the best for diving experiences in East Africa.
Kidike flying fox sanctuary
This lies close to Kangagani approximately two kilometers east of the new primary road just between Chake-Chake and Wete. This sanctuary offers refuge to most of the wildlife species with its major highlight being the stunning colony of Pemba flying foxes, a huge bat indigenous
Visit Ngezi forest reserve
On the northeastern side of Pemba, you will be welcomed by the think and beautiful Ngezi which is one of the left areas of the native forests which formerly was covered by the island and it is near the rainforest. This sanctuary is preserved by a 1476 hectare reserve and its forest is full of vines with most of the vervet monkeys. There are also 2 nature trails that take you via the forest with off-trail walks which is ideal for nature lovers and birders can also take the easier route to spot out most of the endemic Pemba scops owl or embark on a bat watching walk.
The Pemba channel conservation area
Accessing this area also requires you to pay entry fees and you can plan your tour with recognized tour operator. A visit to this conservancy area rewards amazing sights at a variety of wildlife species and several natural attractions.
Explore Pemba museum
Just a few hours, you set off to explore more about Pemba Island’s history at its museum. This museum features well-organized and showcases the island’s history. The museum features an 18th Omani fort that is believed to have been constructed on the ruins of 16th-century Portuguese garrison.
Other significant areas for you to explore in Pemba Island include the Chwaka ruins that come with 2 sites-the Mazrui tombs which dates 17th century and the Haruni site, the Ras Kigomasha Lighthouse, ruins in Chake-Chake, Mkame Ndume ruins, Spice farm and rainforest, and many more.