Ruins in Chake Chake

Mkame Ndume Ruins

These atmospheric ruins (late 15th to early 16th centuries) were either a fort or a palace of the infamous Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman, who ruled Pemba prior to the arrival of the Portuguese. Locally, Rahman is known …
Beach in Chake Chake

Makoba Beach

The shore near Vitongoji town has several small attractive baobab-dotted coves with some weirdly eroded rocks and a little sand. Most beaches are notable for scenery rather than swimming (though you can take a dip a…
Ruins in Chake Chake

Ras Mkumbuu Ruins

Ras Mkumbuu is the long, thin strip of land jutting into the sea northwest of Chake Chake. At its tip are the ruins of a settlement believed to be Qanbalu, the oldest known Muslim town in Africa. It was founded in t…
Forest in Pemba

Ngezi Forest Reserve

The dense and wonderfully lush forest at Ngezi is one of the last remaining areas of primary, indigenous forest that once covered western Pemba. It’s notable in that it resembles the highland rainforests of East Afr…
Museum in Chake Chake

Pemba Museum

Filling what’s left of an 18th-century Omani-era fort, which was probably built on the remains a 16th-century Portuguese garrison, this is a small but well-executed museum with displays on island history and Swahili…
Wildlife Reserve in Pemba

Kidike Sanctuary

Kidike Sanctuary is home to some 4000 popo (bats), the island’s biggest roosting site. There's a large population here due to the proximity of a local burial site, which meant the colony was undisturbed. Kidike is 3…
Market in Chake Chake

Fish Market

The fish market is an important landmark in Chake Chake.
Landmark in Wete

Clock Tower

The clock tower is an important landmark in Wete.
Market in Chake Chake


An important landmark in Chake Chake.
Ruins in Tumbe

Chwaka Ruins

Beginning about 1.5km southeast of Tumbe, spread out amid palm trees and cassava fields, are the Chwaka Ruins dating back to the 9th century. The main destination is the Haruni Site, with remnants of a town that exi…