Water activity

Zanzibar: Jozani Forest National Park and Dolphin Encounter

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24 reviews

Activity provider: Zanzibar Local Experience

Zanzibar: Jozani Forest National Park and Dolphin Encounter

Activity provider: Zanzibar Local Experience

From US$ 146 per person

Gear up for the experience of a lifetime. Swim with Zanzibar dolphins in their natural habitat. Visit the only national park in Zanzibar and the home to the most popular indigenous monkey, red colobus.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Meet your guide at your hotel's reception

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a special opportunity to swim with, or to spot dolphins
  • Get an up-close view of indigenous monkeys
  • Discover a real jungle in Zanzibar
  • Feast on a Swahili table buffet
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Drinking water

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    •  Please note that there is no guarantee of a dolphin encounter. You will be taken to the spots where they are often seen and your guide will do their best to ensure you have a fun experience. Guests must respect that this is the dolphins' natural habitat, and that safety must always be the top priority.
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    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 24 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.7/5
    • Transportation
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.1/5
    • Service
      3.5/5

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    In itself a nice day tour with many impressions. Despite the early hour, the dolphins were all gone and the boaters agreed that you would generally have to leave much earlier for this. It was also not very idyllic to see 25 motor boats chasing a group of dolphins. However, the snorkeling and tour in the national park was amazing and highly recommended!

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    August 22, 2022

    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

    August 2, 2022

    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

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    June 15, 2022

    Product ID: 357790