Uzi Island – Mangroves, Village Life & Many Friendly Smiles

Uzi Island – Mangroves, Village Life & Many Friendly Smiles

If you love nature, a bit of adventure, and would like to experience rural Zanzibar far off the beaten path, this unique day out is perfect for you!

A scenic drive takes you to the southern part of Zanzibar, past the famous Bi Khole's mango alley (ask your guide to tell you some stories!) and on to Unguja Ukuu. This friendly and unassuming village has once been Zanzibar's urban centre and the seat of ancient kings and queens.

Here, we will leave the air-conditioned minibus for more rustic means of transport: a ngalawa (wooden outrigger canoe) and a daladala (local bus).

Uzi Island is separated from Unguja Ukuu by an intertidal zone with a mangrove forest that, as part of the Menai Bay, provides a habitat for a variety of birds and maritime creatures.
You will explore the mangroves by ngalawa. Gliding through the labyrinthine waterways, the timeless tranquility is an experience you are unlikely to ever forget.

Your guide Dulla was born and raised in Uzi. He will show you around the village of N’gambwa, where the people still live in alignment with nature and each other, largely untouched by modern developments. Their mainstays are fishing and, unusually, bee-keeping. Dulla's wife Thuwaiba will prepare a delicious Zanzibari lunch for you, which you will enjoy in the traditional way, on mats in the shade of a big tree.

Of course you will also have time to relax and enjoy a refreshing swim on one of Uzi’s remote and beautiful beaches.

Please note that, due to Uzi’s unique location, the exact sequence of the day will depend on the tides.

After a day rich with impressions and adventures, you will return to your hotel with lovely memories (and photographs!) to take home.