Pemba Museum


Filling an 18th-century Omani fort, which was probably built on the remains of a 16th-century Portuguese garrison, this small museum has well-organised (if a little dusty) displays on island history. You’ll get a lot more out of your visit to the ruins at places like Ras Mkumbuu if you stop at the museum first.

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1. ZSTC Clove Buying Centre

0.43 MILES

This is where the Zanzibar State Trading Corporation (ZSTC) buys cloves in bulk from local farmers (usually between July and February). To get here, go…

2. Umoja Children’s Park

0.89 MILES

This fairground was established in Pemba’s socialist days, and completely renovated (a gift from China) in recent years. The gleaming big wheels and…

3. ZSTC Clove Oil Distillery

1.26 MILES

Pemba is well known for its clove industry, and this distillery is where the clove stems are turned into essential oil. It's operated by the Zanzibar…

4. Mkame Ndume Ruins

4.44 MILES

The ruined palace of Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman, who ruled Pemba prior to the arrival of the Portuguese (late 15th to early 16th centuries), is an…

5. Kidike Flying Fox Sanctuary

7.18 MILES

Kidike Sanctuary is home to a spectacular colony of Pemba flying foxes, a large bat indigenous to Pemba (called popo in Swahili). About 4000 individuals…

6. Ras Mkumbuu Ruins

8.61 MILES

Ras Mkumbuu is the headland at the end of the thin strip of land jutting into the sea northwest of Chake Chake. It's also the name given to the ruins of…

7. Misali Island

11.05 MILES

Surrounded by crystal waters and stunning coral reefs, Misali offers some of the best diving in East Africa, while snorkelling is spectacular and easily…

8. Flying Fox Colony

13.17 MILES

Hanging in trees just up from the port is a colony of Pemba flying foxes (a species of large bat usually found in forest areas). Despite their proximity…