Frequently Asked Questions



Q: Is Tanzania a safe destination for travelers?

A: Tanzania, including the picturesque Pemba Island, is generally considered safe for travelers. The local communities are welcoming, and crime rates are relatively low. Like any travel destination, it’s essential to take common-sense precautions, such as safeguarding your belongings and being aware of your surroundings

Q: What health precautions should I take before traveling to Tanzania?

A: Ensure you’re up-to-date on routine vaccines and consider vaccinations for diseases like yellow fever and typhoid. Consult your healthcare provider for personalized advice and carry any necessary medications with you.

Q: How do I get to Waterfall Retreat on Pemba Island?

A: Pemba Island is reached by flying into Julius Nyerere International Airport (Dar es Salaam) or Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (Zanzibar) and then taking a connecting flight to Pemba(40 mins from DAR and 20mins from Zanzibar)

Our team will arrange all transportation from the International airports to the retreat.

Q: Are there safety measures in place at Waterfall Retreat?

A: Your safety is our priority. We have 24/7 s personnel on-site, and our retreat is equipped with safety features. We provide information about local customs and guidelines to ensure a respectful and safe experience.

Q: : Is Pemba Island a Muslim-majority island?

A: Yes, Pemba Island is predominantly 99% Muslim, with a rich Islamic heritage. The local culture and way of life are deeply influenced by Islamic traditions and customs. Visitors are encouraged to respect local customs, especially in attire and behavior, to ensure a harmonious experience within this vibrant Muslim community.

Q: What is the local culture like, and how can I be respectful as a visitor?

A: The culture on Pemba Island is deeply rooted in Islam, and residents are known for their warmth and hospitality. Dress modestly, respect local customs, and ask for permission before taking photographs of people or their property.

Q: What safety measures are in place for volunteer projects?

A: Safety is a priority during volunteer projects. Our team provides orientation and safety guidelines before you start your project. We also ensure that necessary safety equipment is available for specific tasks.

Q: How can I stay informed about any travel advisories or updates for Tanzania?

A: Stay updated on travel advisories from your government and relevant authorities. Register with your embassy or consulate before your trip so they can reach you in case of emergencies.


Q: What should I do in case of a medical emergency?

A: We have access to medical facilities on Pemba Island with a modern hospital within 20 minutes from the retreat. In case of a medical emergency, our staff will assist you in obtaining the necessary medical care.


Q: Can I contact my family back home while at Waterfall Retreat?

A: Limited Wi-Fi is available in common areas for communication. However, we encourage a digital detox during your stay to fully immerse yourself in the  experience.

We hope these FAQs provide you with the information you need for a safe and enjoyable visit to Waterfall Retreat on Pemba Island. If you have any specific concerns or questions, please feel free to reach out to our team, who will be happy to assist you. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities.