- See the dolphins in their natural environment
- Visit the oldest mosque in East Africa
- Swim with dolphins if you’re lucky!
The shallow coastal waters around Kizimkazi are a favourite hangout for dolphins as they come here for the reliable food supply, to nurse their calves, rest and socialize. There are also rather shyer humpback dolphins that sometimes put in an appearance here, although their schedule is a little more erratic.
The dolphin tour is best very early in the morning because in the afternoon as the sun rises, the seawater tends to become warm and the dolphins dive deep down to escape the heat. For guests who are staying in a Stone town hotel, we’ll pick you up from your hotel at 6:30 am. It is also possible to do the trip later in the afternoon, but the probability of seeing dolphins is smaller.
The dolphin trip lasts two to three hours. Although dolphin-spotting is a popular activity, sightings aren’t guaranteed 100% and sometimes spottings require time and patience as the animals are in their natural environment.
Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th-century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa, and is thus worth a visit for both cultural and historical reasons.
The dolphin trip can be combined with Jozani Forest, as the forest is on the way to Kizimkazi; we pass through the forest on the way back from dolphin tour.