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Zanzibar: North Coast and Turtle Sanctuary Tour

1. Zanzibar: North Coast and Turtle Sanctuary Tour

The most popular beaches of Zanzibar are in Nungwi. This is mostly because the tides do not have such a huge impact on the beach. But, did you know that Nungwi is also the capital of local dhow manufacturing? Find out all about how these impressive sailing vessels are made and get the chance to see local craftsmen in action. Later, enjoy lunch including one complimentary drink at a local restaurant. After that, experience a real turtle sanctuary. Here, turtles are treated and healed of any illnesses before being released to the ocean. Get the chance to swim with these incredible animals and feed them.  All fees paid here contribute towards turtle welfare and the education of tourists on their impact on the local environment.

Nungwi Village Tour with Lunch and Optional Sunset Cruise

2. Nungwi Village Tour with Lunch and Optional Sunset Cruise

Discover Nungwi Village and its natural beauty at the northern end of the Tanzanian island of Unguja, familiarly known as Zanzibar. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the people wth a local guide and learn about what the village is doing for nature conservation. Start the tour with being picked up from your hotel and make your way to your first stop, Mnarani Aquarium. See green and hawksbill sea turtles, sheltered in the tidal lagoon of the Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond. Off the coast, there are coral reefs teeming with colorful fish including Hunga and Leven Bank. Then, take in the beauty of the wide, palm-lined Nungwi Beach. Visit a nearby boat-building yard where traditional dhow boats are built. See how these local boats are made from scratch. For lunch, sit down to a delicious Swahili meal and try local flavors. Choose the sunset cruise option to experience riding in a traditional dhow. End your day tour with sailing out from Kendwa and see the unmissable Zanzibar sunset.

Zanzibar Buggy Adventure

3. Zanzibar Buggy Adventure

Start your day with a convenient hotel pickup before heading to Nungwi. On arrival, have an introductory briefing and receive your bandanas and protective goggles. Then, hop on your 2 seater buggy and let the adventure begin. First, drive through Nungwi's remote areas and discover its non-touristic side. Drive into the jungle and explore the different jungle tracks. Visit some of local houses and learn about different activities and Swahili lifestyles here before heading back.

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What people are saying about Nungwi

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4.2 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Picking it up worked perfectly, we were alone while swimming with the turtles and could really enjoy it, then we still had time and went to the small zoo (admission not included). It was a very nice experience, everyone was very friendly and courteous.

It was really unique and very nice staff. We saw the ships on the coast, where the water had just run back very far. The two hotels there have blended in wonderfully with the village surroundings.

We went to the turtle sanctuary then to the beautiful beach of Nungwi where we had a good meal Then we went to the small zoo of Nungwi, small but worth the detour

Excellent experience with the turtles , really one of a kind .Also people are so sweet the person there took such amazing pics for us and so did our guide .

A unique experience. It's a mixture of sensations never felt to swim together with turtles and feed them in their natural habitat. Wonderfull.