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PEMBA
Vacations and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languageSwahili
CapitalChake-Chake
Area980 kmĀ²
Population406,808  (2012)
CurrencyTanzanian shilling  (TZS)
Web.tz
Code.TZA
Tel.+255

Popular destinations TANZANIA

PembaZanzibar

Vacations and Sightseeing

The tourist industry is hesitantly getting off the ground. A few tourist hotels have opened their doors in recent years. Pemba is a wonderful place for diving. There are several reefs between three and twenty-four metres deep. Most hotels have a contract with a diving club and also provide lessons.

The Pujini ruins are located about 10 kilometres south-east of Chake. This was originally a fortified palace dating back to the 15th century. This was in fact the seat of the infamous Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman, who ruled Pemba during this period. The walled fortress can still be seen today. Within the fort are the remains of 3 large buildings and an underground sanctuary.

The Ngezi Forest is located on the Ngezi Peninsula at the northern tip of Pemba. This forested area is the last remnant of a massive indigenous forest that once covered most of Pemba. The Ngezi forest is home to the "Flying Fox", a bat found only on this island. It is a protected area with Vumawimbi beach, a pristine beach with kilometres of white sand.


Sources

Else, D. / Zanzibar
Bradt

Finke, J. / Tanzania
Rough Guides

Fitzpatrick, M. / Tanzania
Lonely Planet

Heale, J. / Tanzania
Marshall Cavendish

Skinner, A. / Tanzania & Zanzibar
Cadogan

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles

Last updated November 2023
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