On a much simpler scale, the eco-lodge at the heart of a marine conservation on Chumbe island provides a blissful island hideaway, although the shoreline is sharp coral rock with not much of a beach. However, the marine life around here is outstanding and the snorkelling first rate. Chumbe should always be used in conjunction with another location that offers a good quality beach.
To the west of Stone Town is Prison Island (also known as Chapwani), which is renowned for its lack of prison. The main attraction here are the monstrous tortoises that are well worth a visit. Close to Prison Island is Bawe island, which is lovely, however the accommodation is rather overpriced and view is of the main shipping lane to Stone Town, so we do not really rate it.
We try and make our website as comprehensive as possible, but if you would like some more background information on Tarangire, or Tanzania in general, have a read through the Cadogan Guide to Tanzania and Zanzibar, written by our director Annabel. The most recent edition was published in 2005 so some of it is slightly dated but it remains pretty comprehensive.