South-West Zanzibar Island beach holiday Vacation destinations Africa

South West Zanzibar Water Sports


 South of Stone Town airport is the Fumba Peninsula. It's probably the most relaxed and friendly corner of the island, but until recently it has really only been used as venue for short few day-trips, to see the famous Zanzibar dolphins at the bay around Kizimkazi or the red colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest.

The Beaches of South-West Zanzibar Island Coast.

Kizimkazi Village Lagoon Beach

Kizimkazi is a small fishing village made up of two villages: Kizimkazi Dimbani and Kizimkazi Mkunguni. The coral-floored lagoon runs up onto decent sandy beaches. The beautiful white sandy beaches are quiet and un-crowded and for those in search of a no fuss peaceful quiet relaxing time this is the place.

Fumba Peninsula

Further north on the Fumba peninsula, there is a much less pronounced coral cliff and more conventionally sandy beaches, although the quality of the sand itself is not so white and powdery as elsewhere and the lagoon floor is largely coral rather than sand in most places. But somewhere like Fumba Beach Lodge does enjoy a real sense of remoteness and, more importantly, access to the islands around the area.

Chumbe Island

Meanwhile a few kilometers offshore, Chumbe Island is a tiny coral island about six miles southwest of Zanzibar Town. It is surrounded by the protection of a marine park, and under the water's surface you'll find some of the best coral gardens anywhere in the world. The Island is served by the Chumbe Island Lodge is at the heart of the tiny island.

Places to Visit on South-West Zanzibar Island Coast.

Dimbani Mosque

This place of worship dates from 1107 AD. Though disappointing from the outside with only a small plaque indicating its significance, and a rusty unimpressive roof, the mosque retains a tranquil charm within. Guests must remove their shoes, ask before taking photographs and be respectful. Visits are not permitted during prayer-times.

Miza Miza Caves

This cave which is associated with many legends, one should certainly not call out a person’s name in the cave on account of an ancient king’s wife who was turned to stone when her name resounded within.

Why visit South-West Zanzibar Island.

  • To experience an area that offers of some of the best marine, animal and historical conservation projects and sights on the Zanzibar Island.
  • Go to a place where fewer people head, so that you can have utter seclusion away from the crows and it all.
  • South-West Zanzibar beach is the easiest and quickest to get to (excluding Fumba!) of all the beaches in Mainland Zanzibar Island from Stonetown.
  • 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 or within the Island of Zanzibar and surrounding island archipelagos.
  • For the plenty of scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities and other activities available off the Indian Ocean Sea Coast.

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