The reason is that they are living as a very close, self supporting community so any newcomer must be known by the sheha leader as to why you want to visit the island.
The Island is located just off the northwest coast of Zanzibar Island, is populated by the Tumbatu people, one of the three original tribal groups on the archipelago. Although Tumbatu’s early history is unknown, ruins of a mosque have been found at the island’s southern tip that may date to the early 11th century.
While exploring the beauty of this island you will have the opportunity to visit and discover traditional and cultural activities which the people partake in, such as Voodoo, a local horoscope search that people use on their problems solving, business wise, good luck disease and other superstitions beliefs. Discover different tools used by the Tumbatu people such as a smooth piece of wood with sands and a little sharp pointed stick, after you will have a chance to visit a Baobab tree with about 900 year of age. Take a short break for your leisure before sailing back to your hotel.
The island has two villages, Jongowe in the south and Gomani further north. You won’t find cars or scooters as there is only one road to walk on throughout the whole island, although people travel frequently by boat between the villages and to Unguja.