Duration: Half Day
The majority of travellers visiting Tanzania are drawn to its dramatic landscapes and fantastic wildlife viewing, which is amongst the best in the world. The beautiful island of Zanzibar, which is part of Tanzania and lies just 20 miles off the coast of East Africa, is no exception. The Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park boasts some of the most diverse wildlife on land, but if you want to get a glimpse of Zanzibar’s beautiful native marine mammals, head down to the South Coast for a memorable encounter with dolphins.
Dolphins are frequently spotted around Zanzibar’s coastline, but several locations on the southern coast offer the most reliable opportunities for seeing and even swimming with these beautiful creatures. This tour will take you to Kizimkazi village on the far south of the island, where you will be taken by boat out onto the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean in search of pods of bottle-nose and humpback dolphins. The shallow coastal waters surrounding this area of Zanzibar’s coastline are particularly popular with the resident dolphins due to the reliable food supply. They also come here to rest, socialise and nurse their calves.
You will have an 80% chance of a dolphin sighting on your trip, and with a bit of luck you may even get the chance to swim amongst them in their natural habitat. This is a wonderful experience not to be missed. Dolphins are intelligent, sociable creatures, which makes your encounter all the more amazing. Watch them play, flip, dive and entertain observers with their graceful acrobatic displays. If you want to swim with the dolphins, you are advised to enter the water as gently as possible and let them approach you. This way you can build up their trust without scaring them away. If you are lucky, you may even get close enough to actually touch the dolphins.
The best times for close encounters are during high or low tide, particularly in the morning. Swimming alongside the dolphins is usually done wearing snorkelling equipment, which will be provided on the trip. Out at sea, you may also be able to spot marine turtles, manta rays and sharks. Although dolphin sightings are not guaranteed, the chances are high and it’s a wonderful day out nonetheless.
Please note that the tour is subject to weather conditions.
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