A gem of an island- Mbudya Island Marine Reserve, Tanzania

A tropical beach at Mbudya island
Tanzania is a diverse land that ranges from the plains in the north near its border with Kenya; Hills and rainforests in the west; And, picturesque beaches along its coast in the east. Although people connect the country more with the plains of Serengeti National Park and its unending stream of animals migrating to Kenya as well as Mount Kilimanjaro- the tallest free standing mountain on earth, the country's numerous islands and the countless beaches are equally spectacular.

Fortunately for tourists, many of the country's islands are within a short distance which can be reached by boat or air in about half hour. One such island is Mbudya Island Marine Reserve. Located about 20 minutes away by boat from the popular Jangwani Sea Breeze resort, this is a tropical paradise within easy reach of Dar es Salaam.

Here are some images that I took during my visit to the place in November 2015.
A screenshot of Mbudya island from Google Maps.
The crystal clear water at Mbudya island.
The crystal clear water at Mbudya island.
The place is a popular trip for residents of Dar es Salaam

The place is a popular trip for residents of Dar es Salaam
Tourists visit the island from Dar es Salaam in boats of various shapes and sizes.
Tourists visit the island from Dar es Salaam in boats of various shapes and sizes.
The place is a popular trip for residents of Dar es Salaam
An empty sea shell
The scene is magical when the sun hits the water around noon
The place is a popular trip for residents of Dar es Salaam
The crystal clear water at Mbudya island.
The island is a marine reserve and has some amazing baobab  trees (Adansonia) which can grow up to nearly 100 feet tall and 45 feet wide and live for well over a 1,000 years. They are well recognised by their swollen trunk which is due to them storing water. The baobab tree can store as much as 31,700 gallon (120,000 litres) of water to withstand drought conditions.
Boats of various shapes and sizes can be found at the island.
Location of the Mbudya island near Dar es Salaam, as seen on Google Maps

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