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Songo Songo Archipelago, Zanzibar Island Archipelago, Tanzania's Swahili Coast.

Songo Songo Archipelago Beach

 

 Made up of a collection of five tiny islands surrounded by reefs, these islands are wonderfully undeveloped and only one offers accommodation, adding to the remote, Robinson Crusoe appeal. Coconut palms, low shrub vegetation, about 3500 locals, lots of birds, a good beach and a major natural-gas field that is being exploited as part of the Songo Songo Gas to Electricity Project are the main attractions on this 4-sq-km island.

The Songo Songo Archipelago is made up of a collection of five tiny islands surrounded by reefs, located to the southwest of the Mafia Islands and is an ecologically important area for nesting sea turtles and marine birds.

A band of fringe reef protects the islands from the open ocean, stretching approximately 40 kilometers. The islands themselves boast white sandy beaches and palm trees, and are a haven for marine birds. Turtles nest on the beaches here, and can be seen floating gracefully through the turquoise waters. On shore, pale colored coconut crabs scuttle around the sand.

 The surrounding coral reefs offer a good variety of hard and soft corals and marine life to explore, and having the reefs so close allow snorkeling straight off the beach – nearly impossible elsewhere in Tanzania. These islands are wonderfully undeveloped and only one offers accommodation, adding to the remote, Robinson Crusoe appeal.

The archipelagos, together with the nearby Rufiji River delta, the Mafia Archipelago and the coastline around Kilwa Masoko have been declared a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. The best beach is in Songo Songo’s southeastern corner, reached through a coconut plantation.


Why visit Songo Songo Archipelago, Zanzibar Island Archipelago, Tanzania's Swahili Coast.

  • For the remote, Robinson Crusoe appeal experience.
  • The good deep sea diving, scuba diving and snorkeling locations.
  • The white sandy beaches and palm trees on the islands.
  • To see the turtles nesting or swimming or floating gracefully through the turquoise waters.
  • Just to relax and to get away from it all after an African Safari Expedition or as a weekend gateway from Africa, Europe, The Middle East and Parts of Asia.
  • As a stopping and resting place at the beginning or end of your safari holiday to Africa.

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