YOU CAN EDIT THIS PAGE! Just click any blue "Edit" link and start writing!

Editing Pemba Island

Jump to: navigation, search

Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits.

The edit can be undone. Please check the comparison below to verify that this is what you want to do, and then save the changes below to finish undoing the edit.
Latest revision Your text
Line 7: Line 7:
  
 
==Cities==
 
==Cities==
* [[Chake Chake]] is the largest town on Pemba. It is located on the southern half of the island. It has a small airport from which bush planes run daily flights to Zanzibar (Unguja) and Dar es Salaam, and several small hotels and guest houses.
+
* [[Chake Chake]] - Airport
  
* [[Wete]] is a town located on the northern half of Pemba Island. It is smaller than Chake Chake by a considerable margin, but is still a reasonably large town by Pemban standards. It has a few hotels and guest houses, but they are harder to find than the ones in Chake Chake.
+
* [[Wete]]
  
 
==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
Pemba Island is 99% Muslim and 1% Non-Muslim.  Though not a safety concern, it is recommended that women travel with long skirts, covered shoulders and a head scarf out of respect for the local tradition.
+
Pemba is mostly Muslim.  It is recommended that women travel with long skirts, covered shoulders and a head scarf.
 
 
Pemba is considerably poorer and less developed than its neighboring Zanzibar (Unguja). Public toilets are essentially non-existent, and toilet paper is only found in the high-end hotels. Bring your own if you're staying at a guest house, and always use the restroom before heading out for the day unless you're comfortable joining the locals in public urination.
 
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
Line 22: Line 20:
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
There is an often-used airport just outside of Chake Chake that has daily flights both to and from Zanzibar (Unguja) and Dar es Salaam for about 100,000 shillingi one-way. A cheaper alternative is a direct ferry from Dar es Salaam, although it leaves only twice a week and may not be suitable for strict schedules. There is also a direct ferry from Tanga that runs ''very'' infrequently and often stops running completely for weeks at a time. Note that the ferries are poorly maintained and have sunk before, resulting in massive numbers of fatalities. If you insist on taking a ferry, ''do not ride the night ferries.''
+
Rarely used airport just outside of Chake Chake for small planes. Another method of getting to Pemba which more commonly and widely preferred is by boat.
 
 
You can purchase tickets for both the planes and the ferries at ticket offices in Chake Chake and Wete.
 
  
 
The other option, for more adventurous travelers, is to hitch a boat from one of many fishing harbors on the mainland coast. If the ferry in Tanga is not going, you may try asking fishermen on the eastern coast (ocean side, 5.088°S 39.13°E). The fare depends on how you bargain and the travel time will be something between 6 and 18 hours, depending on tide and wind.
 
The other option, for more adventurous travelers, is to hitch a boat from one of many fishing harbors on the mainland coast. If the ferry in Tanga is not going, you may try asking fishermen on the eastern coast (ocean side, 5.088°S 39.13°E). The fare depends on how you bargain and the travel time will be something between 6 and 18 hours, depending on tide and wind.
Line 42: Line 38:
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
The food on Pemba is largely the same as the food on the mainland. For breakfast, a flat, dense pancake called chapati can be purchased from street vendors in the larger cities, as well as a thick porridge called uji and a sugared, donut-like bun called kisheti. Fried cassava or potatoes are very common for lunch, though fancier restaurants will offer rice, beans, and other typical Tanzanian fare. Chipsi Mayai (Potatoes and Eggs) is an ubiquitous street food that many foreign travelers find more palatable than the other comparatively bland options, and almost all places with a grill will make it on request. For dinner, you can find street vendors who sell arojo, a thin, tart soup into which potatoes, croutons, salt, and hot pepper is added. Deep-friend pueza (octopus) is also very common on the street at night, along with all the aforementioned Tanzanian fare.
 
 
Fresh fruit of one kind or another is almost always available. While all the fruit is seasonal, you will inevitably find ''something'' that is in season. Common fruits are jackfruit, breadfruit, mangoes, oranges, and bananas.
 
 
As with most developing countries, food (particularly beans and rice) may be inundated with sand or gravel, so eat carefully to avoid the dental misery that accompanies biting a pebble.
 
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==

You may have to refresh your browser window in order to view the most recent changes to an article.

All contributions to Wikitravel must be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. By clicking "Save" below, you acknowledge that you agree to the site license as well as the following:

  • If you do not want your work to be re-used on other web sites and modified by other users please do not submit!
  • All contributions must be your own original work or work that is explicitly licensed under a CC-BY-SA compatible license.
  • Text and/or images published on another web site or in a book are likely copyrighted and should not be submitted here!
  • Wikitravel has strong guidelines on links to external web sites. Links to booking engines, hotel and restaurant aggregator sites, or other third-party sites will be deleted.
  • Contributions that appear to be marketing or advertising will be deleted.

To protect the wiki against automated edit spam, we kindly ask you to solve the following CAPTCHA:

Cancel | Editing help (opens in new window)

Templates used on this page: