Golf and Other Sports


Bullfighting is a popular, traditional and annual sport in Pemba Island. Pemba bullfights are relic of Portuguse occupation of the island, which occurred during the16th and17th centuries. Drum beats, men and women sing local songs to make the event lively and spur on both bull and manador.

On the actual fight, the bull is brought to the small platform where women sing and clap their hands to arouse the bull’s anger. A special traditional trumpet is sounded adjacent to the ears of the bull for the same purpose. Then the bull is set free into the ground having one rope at its neck for emergence.. The man on the ground who want to fight the bull take a piece of mat, and as the bull moves head fast to him, he plays it off and the whole ground applaud. When one bull becomes tired it is replaced by another and sometime the whole fight may involve 4 to 6 bulls.

Unlike bullfighting elsewhere, in Zanzibar at the end of the fight the bull remains a live and is trained for the forthcoming game. There is no specific dates when the bullfighting’s are organized but sometime it is done after clove harvesting or during the state ceremony such as Revolutionary Day of Zanzibar.

Golf in Zanzibar started early back in colonial time. The first Golf Course was established in the 1890's as the Zanzibar Golf Club. The Zanzibar Golf Club members were also members of English Club. The English Club with its centrally located headquarter was established in 1888 as a facility for English Residents, together with officers of the Royal Navy stationed here in Zanzibar. Today the building of the former English Club is “The Africa House hotel" in Stone Town, the building of the Golf Club at Maisara is now a local bar which still retained its name “Golf Bar”. The ancient Golf course at Maisara had nine holes, the longest being the 9th at 336 yards, the shortest, the first hole at 157 yards. The course running along a sandy embankment next to the sea. It was one of the first golf spots in Africa.

The newly opened (2015) golf Course is located at Mangapwani on the west coast, around 30 minutes north of Zanzibar town; it belongs to the Sea Cliff Resort. The course has 18 holes.