"Jambiani Village - Zanzibar" Jambiani by DAO

Jambiani Travel Guide: 33 reviews and 114 photos

THE ROAD & THE BEACH

The 2 most striking features of Jambiani are THE ROAD and THE BEACH. About 7000 people live here and the road is the centre of activity. It stretches about 3 miles, north to south. You get to Jambiani by taking a right turn when the paved road ends. All along the road you will encounter small children, ducks, cows, goats, chickens and more small children. The road alternates between sand, rock and large pools of water (during the rainy season). It is lined by coconut tress and you can watch local men harvesting the coconuts. Also along the road you will find quite a few local shops, the post office and the Cultural Village.

You will also see the main product of Jambiani – seaweed. This is cultivated in the sea and then harvested. It is laid out on the ground where is dries into many different colours including purple and mustard. This is then bagged and sold to the Far East.

The beach is breathtaking. A coral reef protects the beach area and keeps the waves at a distance from the beach. It transforms the water into about 10 different shades of blue and makes this one of the prettiest beaches in the world. During high tide the dhows and fishing boats ply the waters and local men catch fish. At low tide the surf goes out about 1 kilometre and the local women walk barefoot to gather the seaweed. The tide recedes past the coral reef and you can walk out to the seaweed beds. Sometimes you can watch some of the men walking in the shallow water with nets and another using a stick to drive the fish into the hand held nets. Be careful if you walk out, there are many sharp shells and sea urchins. Because of the mud and suction normal flip-flops will not do.

Jambiani is a friendly and welcoming place. You will be greeted by "Jambo" and "Karibu Jambiani" wherever you walk. Paradise!

THE JAMBIYA

Jambiani was named after the Arab knife known as a ‘Jambiya’. It is a dagger with a broad curved blade that the men carry on the belt. The story has it that one was found on the beach many years ago and the village took the name.

SEAWEED

Seaweed (Mwani) is one among the important marine resources of the Zanzibar Islands. The Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources finds partner companies to buy the seaweed through poverty reduction programs. The coastal Communities of Zanzibar receives equipment for developing their farms from Japanese Social Development Fund (JSDF). This programme means that locals are less likely to damage their own natural resources through the collection of seashells, cutting down Mangrove trees and illegal fishing methods.

You can find more information about Seaweed Harvesting here:

http://www.isaseaweed.org/

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:FRIENDLY VILLAGERS, FANTASTIC NATURAL BEAUTY
  • Cons:YOU HAVE TO WALK A LOT IF YOU NEED TO SHOP
  • In a nutshell:UNSPOILT PARADISE OVERLOOKED BY MANY TOURISTS
  • Last visit to Jambiani: May 2005
  • Intro Updated May 29, 2006
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    May 27, 2009 at 2:38 AM

    I suppose he can charge whatever he likes for the water - clever- only way to get change!

  • Dester's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2009 at 2:09 AM

    Looks like a place you could be happy forever. I'm dying to know what bushbabies is......

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Jambiani looks like my kind of paradise- unspoilt & natural. Good tips-great pics. I loved the Swahili language tip! Would be handy for a visit there

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Another great page. Excellent hotel tips. Interesting games children can come up with when there is no Toysarus.

  • glo39's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Beach looks lovely. Relaxes me just to see it. Thanks for the post card. Funny thing that clock tower you can walk through.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    another page of lovely pics here - I dont know how/when Im going to fit all these lovely places into my schedule! but the inspiration is certainly there. Thx also for the visit to my Tallinn etc pages.

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    May 15, 2008 at 7:05 AM

    I forgot how lovely Zanzibar is! Peter

  • Anne-Lieze's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2007 at 5:55 AM

    This is really a nice tip ! Never thought of going that way but you gave me an idea.Thank you

  • Feb 1, 2007 at 3:31 AM

    wITH MODERN ANTI-MALARIALS LIKE MALARONE, IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO TAKE THEM FOR "WEEKS BEFORE" YOUR DR WILL INSTRUCT YOU, BUT GENERALLY, MALARONE NEED ONLY BE TAKEN 1 OR 2 DAYS BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOUR HOME COUNTRY

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