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Pemba Island

 Pemba Island

Is well known as “The Green Island” in Arabic, is an island forming part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, lying off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. With a land area of 988 square kilometres (381 sq mi) it is situated about 50 kilometres to the north of Unguja, the largest island of the archipelago. In 1964, Zanzibar was united with the former colony of Tanganyika to form Tanzania. It lies 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of mainland Tanzania, across the Pemba Channel. Together with Mafia Island (south of Unguja), these islands form the Spice Islands.

Pemba is a destination for brave tourists who want to experience Swahili culture without any assistance from tour guides or road signs and the conveniences of a typical tourist destination; abundant flush toilets, ATMs and 24/7 electricity are left on Unguja. Pemba is a travel destination for those who want to explore Zanzibar without any of the tourist traps. It will evoke your inner Swahili, challenge your sense of direction and seduce you to one of the most remote beaches in the world.

Also it is both mysteriously inviting and unforgiving to under-prepared backpackers; if you are one of the only 6000 tourists a year who decide to make the 50km leap from Zanzibar Island, you’re probably the adventurous type. A distinct backpacker’s trail is something yet to be trod on Pemba; tourist infrastructure is minimal but the rough edges are eclipsed by the attitude of Pemban locals. Being part of an exclusive minority of tourists, you’re greeted by people happy to hear tattered swahili and kind enough to escort you to your destination.

Local guides will give you 5 different schedules for the same ferry or bus, which is often leaving different ports at the same time depending on who you ask. If you do decide to travel solo on the island and embrace the wilderness, abandoning the few up-market resorts for an authentic backpack around Pemba

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