Beauty, Culture, Exoticism and Uniqueness
Why the South East Coast?
While we admit our bias, we genuinely believe that the South East Coast offers a true and immersive Zanzibar beach encounter for visitors.
- On the way to The Zanzibar Collection, you'll encounter the Jozani forest, a habitat for the unique Red Colobus monkey, exclusive to Zanzibar.
- Our location falls within a relatively untouched portion of Zanzibar, characterized by a scarcity of hotels, picturesque fishing villages, and an awe-inspiring natural landscape.
- Without hesitation, we proclaim our beach to be one of the finest not just in Zanzibar, but also in East Africa, and dare we say, the world.
- The extensive coral reef that graces our coastline ensures safe swimming, mesmerizing snorkeling experiences, and contributes to the creation of our pristine white sandy beach.
- Within a short drive lies Kizimkazi, renowned for its Dolphin lagoon where you can engage in swimming alongside these magnificent creatures. Moreover, the region offers breathtaking diving opportunities, a plethora of water sports, and reef safaris, allowing you to immerse yourself in the exceptional marine life that defines the uniqueness of Zanzibar.
Our Proudest Contribution
Among our most significant accomplishments, we take immense pride in the incredible journey of imparting training and education to an entire
generation of Zanzibaris and Tanzanians, equipping them with valuable skills they can utilize throughout their lives. Our unwavering commitment is
evident through our Zanzibar hospitality education programs, which focus on training and employing local Zanzibaris. Our dedication extends to offering
English classes for our staff, and it's heartening to note that many of our exceptional managers have ascended the ranks to reach their utmost potential.
It stands as a testament to our efforts that esteemed international hotel companies based in Zanzibar frequently attempt to recruit our staff, an admittedly
bothersome occurrence that nonetheless underscores our achievement and recognition in the field.
The Mangrove Forest and Dhow Trip: The day begins with a leisurely cruise around the mangroves in a traditional Swahili Dhow where the guides will show
the guests some of the abundant marine and wildlife thriving in these forests. After the visit to the mangroves the guests are instructed on how to hand line
fish as it has been done on the island for hundreds of years. This is just one small way that the reefs and marine life are preserved on the island as there
is no trolling, dynamiting or mass fishing. The boats do not anchor but rather drift with the currents whilst the guests fish. The guest's catch is then
brought back to the hotel and after a short meeting with our chef, prepared for their dinner that evening.
A visit to our local village of Bwejuu: Guests pay $20 for the trip and The Palms provides the transport and tour free of charge with all proceeds
going to our charity The Palms for Bwejuu. Our guests have the opportunity to visit the local school, dispensary, mosque have a soda in the village and take a walk
through a typical Zanzibari fishing village. All the proceeds of this trip go to our charity, which is engaged in giving back to the village. (Please see what
this charity has done in the About Us section, "The Palms giving back").
Reef Safari: At low tide, guests are able to go for a reef safari where you take a walk out to our coral reef and see the spectacular marine life.
Guests will be accompanied by a member of staff out on the coral shelf in front of the hotel and will point out many of the juvenile fish
that seek refuge in the shallow waters at low tide. The guests will listen to how the coral itself is vital to the island and its inhabitants
as well as information about the sea life they encounter.
World Renowned Diving: The Zanzibar Archipelago features some of the best diving in the world and Baraza offers diving with the only National
Geographic affiliated Diving Center in Zanzibar.
Turtle Rescue Program: The Rising Sun which is based in Baraza founded a very successful Turtle Rescue program to discourage local capture of turtles
where they pay local fishermen to bring live turtles to our beach. They are then and marked and released back in the ocean.
Stone Town: Baraza organizes Educational visits to The World Heritage site of Stone Town, viewing of historic Spice Plantations, the slave
chambers, Maruhubi baths and Prison Island on the island of Zanzibar.
Jozani Forest: 25 minutes away is the Jozani Forest: home to the Red Colobus Monkey which is indigenous to Zanzibar and only found on the island.