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Kiwengwa

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... is a section of the north-east coast of Zanzibar Island off the coast of Tanzania.

This part of the island features an absolutely stunning coral lagoon, with mile upon mile of broad white-sand palm-backed beaches. Amongst the palm trees at the back of the beach lie traditional fishing villages, where the interesting local culture can still be observed.

Unfortunately the area suffers from relatively heavy tourist development, with around a dozen vast resorts largely aimed at the Italian packaged holiday market. In places the development is now literally wall-to-wall. Furthermore the whole area is also backed by a relatively unattractive stretch of coastal highway across an open scrubby hinterland dotted with unsightly telecoms towers.

In terms of activities, the area is very strong for kite-surfing, sailing and reef-walking, but diving and snorkelling are not as strong as in the Matemwe immediately to the north. It is a little too distant for day-trips to Stonetown or Jozani Forest. There is virtually no night-life here other than that laid on by some of the larger resorts.


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