When you’re looking for adventure in the beautiful island of Zanzibar, Tazari caves is a must visit. Located in Northern Peninsular of Zanzibar - Nungwi, Tazari underground caves prove to be the biggest and most extensive caves in Zanzibar and among the largest limestone caves in Tanzania. The caves are believed to have been formed many centuries ago, covering an area of more than 100km2. The heights of the cave vary from 5ft to 30ft. The magnificent caves are located a few miles from the ocean shores; you can have a beautiful view of the ocean coastline from the peak of the caves.
The Tazari caves have magnificent carbonate and sulfate rocks – limestone and dolomite with decorative dripstones (speleotherms) that are believed to have taken thousands of years to form!
The caves were discovered a couple years ago by community members of Benderani, though they are believed to have existed for millions of years.
It is believed that in ancient days some people lived in the caves, there are evidences of broken pots, fireplaces and foot trails.
Also, the caves are believed to have been used as hiding places for slaves during the Sultan regime in pre-colonial Zanzibar era of the Arab slave trade. There are evidences of broken chains believed to be hundreds of years old.
The caves interior is composed of large cone-shaped stalactites that hang down from the ceiling and stalagmites that grow upward from the floor of the cave as a result of water dripping from the stalactites.
The cave passages are composed of sand, clay and stratified gravel.
Inside the caves, is a home to very huge African bats.
Our attractions include:
• Large stalactites and stalagmites.
• Popo flight - (Popo means bat in Swahili). Many of them live in the caves. Every evening at sunset they fly out of the cave entrance.
• Beautiful view of the coastline from the caves
Where we are located:
In Nungwi, Tazari village. 300metres from the main road at the corner before reaching the Fire Brigade Offices on your way from stone town. The caves are accessible on foot, bike and by car.
From stone town, board a car to Nungwi (about 40kms). Just before the Nungwi fire brigade offices, make a right turn at Kwa Juma Rama, you’ll see our signpost by the roadside.
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Contacts: +255 653 912 475
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