Off the Mainland of Mozambique is the Bazaruto Archipelago which includes the islands of Bazaruto, Benguerra and Margaruque. Further north is the Quirimbas Archipelago very near the southern Tanzania coast.
A jewel in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is over a thousand miles from the Seychelles and the tropical coast of East Africa. It is an island blessed with white powder beaches caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The dramatic mountain peaks watch over the gentle swaying fields of sugar cane, while the ocean hides the treasures of the coral reefs. The Islands natural beauty and charm are also enriched by a cultural blend of African, Asian and European heritage.
ZANZIBAR is only 22 miles from Tanzania mainland and is easily accessible from Dar-es-Salaam. Zanzibar and its sister island, Pemba grow over 75% of the world's cloves. The narrow streets and Arabic architecture of historical Zanzibar Stone Town are exceptionally mystical. The more pristine coral reefs off Zanzibar offer a superb diving or snorkeling experience. Islands off the Zanzibar mainland include:
PEMBA Located 16 miles north of Zanzibar close to the Kenya coast, Pemba is well known for scuba diving and deep-sea fishing in the Pemba channel.
MNEMBA A romantic, private island located 2 miles from the Zanzibar mainland. Only guests of the exclusive island lodge are allowed.
MAFIA A short charter flight from Dar-es-Salaam, the island has some of the best big-game fishing in the world.
CHUMBE Located 6 miles by boat from Stone Town, this nature reserve offers forest and marine nature trails, over half a mile of protected reef, great bird watching and snorkeling.
SEYCHELLES the individual islands of the Seychelles have a unique charm that provides a perfect add-on to the end of your safari. By island-hopping, you can combine both granite islands (Mahe, North, Praslin, La Digue, Felicite, Fregate, Silhouette, and Cousine) with coral islands (Denis, Bird and Desroches) that are unspoiled. Each island has a charm all of its own and is magnified by the friendliness of the Creole people, who are very hospitable.
An island-hopping vacation may include a variety of accommodations, from luxury and/or resort hotels to small lodges and guest houses. You can book scuba diving and snorkeling excursions from various islands and experience interesting flora and birdlife, as well.
MOZAMBIQUE off the mainland is the Bazaruto Archipelago, which includes the islands of Bazaruto, Benguerra and Margaruque. The island lodges have a barefoot-type of atmosphere. They are accessible using scheduled charter flights from Johannesburg.
MAURITIUS the combination of a cosmopolitan atmosphere, luxury resort hotels, virgin white beaches, crystal clear waters and exquisite cuisine makes this a top international destination. Scuba diving, snorkeling, sunbathing and big-game fishing are popular.