Welcome to Zanzibar Archipelago Properties



We are a small, locally-owned and licensed property sales and management company located in Zanzibar. My family comes from Pemba Island--my grandfather owned a spice plantation there and was a respected community leader. I know and love Pemba, its beauty, its people and its culture.


Like most treasures, Pemba is also fragile. Development is needed and desired but, for the future of the island, it needs to be to responsible, sustainable development.


I work with individual clients looking for retirement homes or vacation retreats, NGOs, and developers who are interested in planning tourist facilities and other projects that respect the ecology and culture of Pemba and contribute to the economic well-being of the island.  If this is your goal, I'll do my utmost to help you find the property you require, assist you in acquiring it and help you get established on the island.  

My Commitment to You


There are many beautiful plots available on Pemba but most are sold by 
word-of-mouth. I identify these properties for you and advise you about the communities where your proposed use will be welcomed. We don't inflate the prices or charge commissions to the buyers.


After negotiating an agreement on price and conditions between the buyer and seller, I take a "hands-on" approach to obtaining the necessary community approval, sales agreements and property transfer approvals.  We work with an independent and respected legal firm and local banking establishments to ensure that the sales contract, financial arrangements and property transfers are handled in a legal, secure and transparent manner. You are always welcome to use your own lawyer to represent you if you prefer.

My involvement doesn't end when the sale is complete. I'm there to assist you with getting acquainted with the community, obtaining a formal property title if required, the logistics involved in moving and building, and you are always free to call on me if you have questions. If I don't know the answer, it's likely I know someone who does.  



Chidy Darweish


My wife, Nanette, and daughters, Rauhiya and Leila 

Some resources for you...

The Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority promotes and regulates investments in the islands.

Responsible Tourism Tanzania,  a voluntary association, provides support to the tourism industry through guidelines and a certification process. Their website has useful information.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization offers detailed  guidelines for sustainable tourism  in their Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.

"Top Five Tips For Buying Property Abroad"  The Telegraph,  July, 2013

Looking For a Specific Type of Property?


If you don't see what you are looking for on my current listings,  please feel free to contact me with your specifications (e.g., size, characteristics, location, price range and whether it is for personal use or tourist development.) There are many plots available and I can usually find an appropriate property for you. 


Zanzibar Archipelago Properties 

Chidy Darweish,

Zanzibar Archipelago Properties


mobile:  +255 777 45 57 57

mobile2:  +255 759 14 66 64


Email: info@ZanzibarProperties.com