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Dhow on Nungwi Beach, The north-west coast, Coasts, Zanzibar
Dhow on Nungwi Beach

The northernmost point of the island, Nungwi Beach is also where you will find the artisans who work the wood for the boats.

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The north-west coast Tanzania
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The north-west coast

On the northern coast you can bathe in the coves, watch the sun set over the sea and, to the far north, see the huge Nungwi beach that curves round the island's coast. Here you find small guest houses integrated into the framework of the village. Nungwi, but also Kendwa are great destinations for backpackers and those on a small budget. Foreign children play alongside native children and the beach resonates to the sound of saws and hammers of those building dhows (traditional boats) and working in the shade of the coconut palms. To get there, go back to Mkwajuni and take the main road heading north.

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The north-west coast

A typical house nestled in the forest of the , The north-west coast, Coasts, Zanzibar
A typical house nestled in the forest of the

The forest covering the north-western part of the island once covered the entire surface of Zanzibar.

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The long Nungwi Beach, The north-west coast, Coasts, Zanzibar
The long Nungwi Beach

Known for its relaxed atmosphere, Nungwi is the biggest village in the north of the island.

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The dhow of Nungwi, The north-west coast, Coasts, Zanzibar
The dhow of Nungwi

In Nungwi you will likely come across artisans who produce dhow, typical boats from the area.

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A fisherman on Nungwi Beach, The north-west coast, Coasts, Zanzibar
A fisherman on Nungwi Beach

The island of Zanzibar is known for the wealth of its marine wildlife, despite the gradual impoverishment of the water due to tourism.

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A basket for fishing on Nungwi Beach, The north-west coast, Coasts, Zanzibar
A basket for fishing on Nungwi Beach

These elegant rattan baskets are traditional fishing tools.

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