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Zanzibar: Jozani Forest National Park and Dolphin Encounter

1. Zanzibar: Jozani Forest National Park and Dolphin Encounter

Begin your experience early, as the morning is the best time to spot dolphins. Start in the Matemwe fishing village, which is one of the oldest capitals on Zanzibar Island. While looking out for dolphins, dive in to snorkel among the wonderful coral reef and the variety of colorful fish and marine creatures. If the dolphins are in a good mood, you can witness them goofing around.  As you will be in their natural habitat, there is no guarantee you'll have the chance to swim with the dolphins; your guide will do their best to ensure they are comfortable so you can enjoy their beautiful energy, whether up close or from a distance.  The trip to Zanzibar Jozani Forest national park involves a visit to the high, dense groundwater forest. Home to the red colobus monkey, a rare species only found in Zanzibar, take the opportunity to get up close to the wild animals. Other animals within the park include blue monkeys, elephant shrews, and bushbabies. Proceed then to the mangrove, through which the conservation authority has built a bridge to allow visitors to observe the wildlife without trampling on it.  Next, stop at a local restaurant for a Swahili table buffet lunch. Before heading back to your hotel, make a short stop at the community project, Zanzibar Butterfly Center. Even though the site is not so big, it is a lovely place to relax and enjoy the moment before ending your experience.

Zanzibar: Swimming with Dolphins and Snorkeling Private Tour

2. Zanzibar: Swimming with Dolphins and Snorkeling Private Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle and head to the Matemwe fishing village or Kizimkazi village depending on conditions and hotel location, where you will be met by the captain. Here, start your journey to meet and have a chance to swim with dolphins. The captain will take the boat to locations well-known for dolphin spotting while maintaining a respectful distance. The well-equipped boat will travel to several spots to ensure time for dolphin watching and scenic snorkeling. Enjoy the beauty of the coral and the brightly colored fish. Along the way, savor some delicious snacks and fruits. After the tour, you will be brought safely to shore before being dropped off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Zanzibar Archipelago

The tour was perfectly organized. Great experience with the dolphins, snorkeling, staying on a big sandbar. BUT: The booking page contains incorrect information. The tour lasts 6 hours instead of the specified 3 hours. The tour was only booked for us, without other passengers. The pickup location options on the map are also incorrect. They pick you up from anywhere in Stonetown. The map entry where the boat starts is also wrong. Correct: North of Matemwe Beach. Who is responsible for the presentation of the booking page on Getyourguide? Conclusion: Everything was much nicer than described on the booking page.

I had the most wonderful experience and I’m so grateful to my guide Zuma. He was prompt in picking me up from the hotel at the agreed time. I got to snorkel and got to see the dolphins. Please note there’s a possibility that dolphins won’t be seen on the day; but my guide and the man who drove the boat communicated well and were resilient in ensuring I saw dolphins. The Jozani reserve tour was great with an attentive guide too. Lunch was delicious and relaxed. I really recommend this. Finally, as a solo female traveller, at no point did I feel unsafe

It was amazing. We moved to another place because there was more chance of dolphins there. That worked! Snorkeling was great but the dolphins swimming under you top it off. Both men did a very good job and had fun doing it themselves. Jozani forest guide was in a hurry and rattled off his story. It was beautiful, yes

We did not expect much but we were totally surprised. Everything was planned perfectly. Very friendly driver and also the captain really tried his best so we could see the dolphins. He tried all he could and we have been very lucky and have unforgettable memories from that trip. Thank u!!!

Both the Dolphin encounter and the forest were fun, gave an opportunity to see animals that my children love and spend the morning outside the hotel