Zanzibar Archipelago | Tanzania

Fundu Lagoon

Remote and peaceful, Fundu Lagoon has a distinct Robinson Crusoe air with charming rustic buildings nestling on the shore of the Indian Ocean, shaded by thatched roofs made from sundried coconut palms. While crowds flock to Zanzibar, few have heard of the Pemba island, her little sister to the north, which remains largely undeveloped.

Living up to the ‘Spice Islands’ nickname, cloves form a major part of the local economy. Magic is also embedded in the culture, with ju-ju witch doctors providing medicine and social cohesion. Only accessible by boat, the resort extends along a natural beach, where the lush jungle meets the sea.

Fundu Lagoon’s staff are almost all from the local villages and bush babies, vervet monkeys and dolphins also call Pemba home. Whether relaxing by the infinity pool, wandering along the shore and watching local women collect seaweed for the beauty industry, kayaking through the mangroves or admiring the pristine coral gardens around nearby Misali island, days here can be as relaxed or fun-filled as you make them.

A consistent winner of the Good Safari Guide ‘Best Marine Safari’ Award, Fundu Lagoon smoothly continues the safari experience for those arriving from the bush, as well as being a standalone destination for couples seeking a romantic bolthole or familes and friends seeking a place to unwind and switch off.

Time your visit with Tanzania's seasons

Tanzania is another country that is fantastic to visit year round, with every month offering something unique, however certain areas do become harder to access at certain times of year. As a general rule, Tanzania follows a typical East African climate, with the two 'dry seasons' and two 'green seasons'. A quick overview would look like this. Dry: June-October & December-February. Green: March-May & November.

The Great Wildebeest and Zebra Migration is constantly moving through the Serengeti so no matter when you visit, if you are hoping to see the migration you'll be in luck.

From March through to the end of May the 'long-rains' fall across Tanzania, while in November the 'short-rains' arrive. While on the outlook this seems rather daunting, many camps remain open during these months and visitors are rewarded for their bravery. Although you can be unlucky and be rained on a couple of days in a row, the typical weather pattern is for big storm clouds to build up during the day (a spectacular sight) which then breaks in a torrential downpour over the course of about half an hour. The sun then comes back out and dries everything out within moments. The Ruaha in the south is a notable exception where the dry season tends to start a little earlier towards April.

From June to late October the skies clear and there are glorious long days of dry weather. These are typically the busiest months in Tanzania as a result of the migration heading into full swing. Rates are often a lot higher during these months and availability for space can be tough to come by.

In January and February the skies are clear again after the 'short-rains'. This is a great season to go if you are keen to avoid busy National Parks and beaches.

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