Sitting easily off the northeastern coast of Tanzania is Pemba Island. Pemba is also known as the Green Island because of its fertile landscape.
Agriculture has been a vital way of life for the island’s inhabitants for hundreds of years. Clove trees grow in abundance, here, and you can often smell the homey aroma wafting over the hillsides. Fishing, also, is of the upmost importance on the island. The channel running between the island and the mainland is renowned as having some of the best fishing in the region.
Indigenous people practice traditional medicine and Arab immigrants from Oman go about their daily business, together creating a mix of cultures, cuisines, and mindsets.
Tanzania is an incredible country. Don’t miss out on a trek to Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa.
While on Pemba Island, head to the Jozani Forest Reserve for an in depth look at the isle’s interior. The mangrove forests give way to jungled terrain where you are more than likely to spot a troupe or two of monkeys.
Fly to the island or take a ferry. It is highly recommended to avoid the night ferries for safety reasons. Once on the island take the “dala dalas” or minibuses, to get from place to place.