Saturday arrivals are used as a guideline for this package, however, daily arrivals are available. Our Destination Specialists can provide you with a price for your preferred arrival date.
Situated on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, the Pongwe Beach Hotel is a true paradise retreat. Set within a secluded bay on the east coast of Zanzibar; an island in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Tanzania, Africa. This is a modestly sized hotel, with sixteen traditional beach-side cottages, and an intimate atmosphere.
SAT: DAY 01
Fly from Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar. Upon arrival, you will be transferred from Zanzibar Airport to Pongwe. As you cross the Indian Ocean you will notice Zanzibar, which is only 20-30 miles off the mainland coast, with its white sand beaches and beautiful surrounding waters. Originally inhabited by the Portuguese, Persian, Indians, Arabs, and British- you will experience all of this through the architecture and tales in historical Stone Town. Overnight in Zanzibar. (D)
SUN: DAY 02 to WED: DAY 05
The days are at leisure. While on the island, you will have the opportunity to visit one of its many spice farms. Although simple from the outset, these acres of land have earned Zanzibar the proclamation of “Spice Island”. As the world leader in Clove production, Zanzibar has and continues to produce and supply spices such as clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and so much more to numerous pantries worldwide. It will be a great eye-opening experience into of the Islands several wonders. Overnight in Zanzibar. (B/D)
THU: DAY 06:
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Zanzibar Airport for your early flight back to Dar Es Salaam to connect with your return flight. (B)
The Perfect Beach
Pongwe Beach Hotel offers the perfect paradise island experience. The bay's clear blue waters — protected by the reef one kilometre from the shore — are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. If the midday sun becomes too strong you can retreat into the shade of the palm trees that line the white sandy beach, and sip a long, cool drink.
Pongwe Beach is a tranquil location; the ideal place to relax and enjoy Zanzibar’s distinctive, mellow pace. You can dive into the crystal clear waters of the Indian ocean, or stretch out and soak up the sun on the beach. It is the ideal retreat for those looking for that extra special honeymoon, or a holiday with an air of exclusivity.
We have our own traditional wooden long boat with which our guests may gain access to deep waters before and beyond the reef. This provides the ideal opportunity to go game fishing for tuna, marlin, barracuda and king fish. We also have snorkeling out at Mnemba Atoll where you can will find many coral species and marine life; and at Kizimkazi where sharks, dolphins and turtles can be found. Scuba diving can be arranged whether it be a day dive or a Padi open water course.
Dine in style
Our consultant chef from England — who has spent time in the kitchens of the Dorchester Hotel, London; and the famous Lucas Carton, one of Paris’ finest 3 star Michelin restaurants — has advised and trained our own in-house chefs, so you can be assured that the crab, king prawn, and other fine local food will be prepared and cooked to the highest of international standards.
The people of Zanzibar are based on diversity of cultures and races. The cultures stretch from the Original Bantu tribes that lived in East and Central Africa for millenniums and the several immigrants like Persia, Arabia and India who later settle on the island. The cohabitation exists peacefully despite the different religions and cultural backgrounds. The expression of religious tolerance be clearly seen by the calm coexistence of mosques, Churches as well as Hindu and Buddhist temples the same neighborhood even though Islam is dominate religion in Zanzibar.
The friendliness of the Zanzibaris is a striking and most dominant feature of the island. One can determine this by looking at the surrounding charismatic laughing faces which reflect over the local life slogan of the inhabitants: “Pole pole” take it slow, “Hakuna matata” No problem.
Stone Town in particular shines with white buildings built predominantly with Coral stone which boast manual wood work, one of which forms the stone town’s landmarks: The splendor carved “ZANZIBAR DOORS” the so-called Swahili Doors that can date back to the 17 Century. The carved ornaments bring together symbols of different intentions with one another, which tell a story about peace, fertility and prosperity.
Nungwi Beach, is located on the northern tip of Zanzibar. It is truly magnificient. With white sugary soft sand and amazingly clear turquoise waters, you can be sure that it must rank very high up on the world’s best beaches list.