The most popular dolphin spotting location in Zanzibar is in Kizimkazi village, located on the Southern coast of Zanzibar Island where you can see both bottlenose and humpback dolphins. The shallow coastal waters around Kizimkazi are a favorite hangout for dolphins that come here for the reliable food supply, to nurse their calves, rest and socialize. Several bottlenose dolphins stay at Kizimkazi year-round. There are also rather shyer humpback dolphins that put in an appearance here, although their schedule is a little more erratic.
This dolphin tour is best very early in the morning as in the afternoon, the sun rises seawater tends to become warm, therefore dolphins dive deep down the sea bottom to escape heat.
You can do the trip later in the afternoon but the probability to see dolphins is very small. There may be many boats at the dolphin sites which scares the dolphins. This is not good for their sustainability.
Although dolphin spotting is a popular activity, sightings aren’t guaranteed and actually managing to swim with dolphins is a rare occurrence. Like with other wild animals, spotting dolphins require time and patience as they are not confined in a cage or a zoo. They 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.
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