How to swim with dolphins

Today I’m going to write about one of my “dream come true” experiences: swimming with dolphins! I know for some of you this is something special you have always dreamt of! Well guess what…you can do it right away! What are you waiting for? Got your mask, snorkel and flippers…ready for an unforgettable swim?

The destination I’m taking you to is one of the most well-known islands in the world: the heavenly Zanzibar island! Zanzibar is famous for its ancient slave trade, its endless beaches and turquoise sea, its spices and exquisite fresh fruits, its unique coral reefs, AND…its dolphins!

Kizimkazi, in the far south of the island, is one of the best places to view and swim with these amazing creatures!

There are two main species of dolphins that live in the area: bottlenose dolphins (most common), and the Indo-Pacific humpback species.

Play time!

When to Go

Zanzibar is accessible all year round, and Kizimkazi trips can be planned on a yearly basis. Notice however that dolphin sightings are NOT GUARANTEED (although highly probable). My recommendation is to choose the dry season (rather than rainy months) when planning your trip. Weather conditions are more suitable, the sea is calmer (fewer waves), which ultimately makes the experience more enjoyable!

My Experience

I’ve had the chance to visit Zanzibar on various occasions, and Kizimkazi has always been one of the highlights of my stay! Swimming with dolphins is “unique“, and incredibly exciting! It’s an amazing feeling to be able to experience their world for just a few minutes, to swim with them side by side, to feel their presence right underneath you…

It also demands a lot of efforts, as dolphins are always on the move. Be ready to jump on and off the boat quite often!

I’ve tried to touch them more than once, but never accomplished the task…they are so quick and agile…absolutely INCREDIBLE creatures!


I came across this really nice video from Youtube. Take a look at it: it gives you a great idea of what Zanzibar is all about, and shows amazing footage of dolphins at Kizimkazi. Enjoy 😉

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7 Responses to How to swim with dolphins

  1. nikola age 10 April 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    I feel sorry for the dolphins because lots of them probably get killed by the boats. I think it should be against the law to bother these intelligent animals. So if I were you, I wouldn’t go! THE dolphins want to escape but can’t.

    • Africafreak April 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Hi Nikola,

      Why would you say that lots of them get killed by boats? Although such unfortunate things “may” happen, they are very unlikely (at least at Kizimkazi). In fact, I have never heard of such happenings in the area.

      However, your reasoning is legitimate. Tourism can definitely cause harm to dolphins if not handled properly…this is a very interesting debate! 🙂

  2. Spots Kenya May 20, 2009 at 12:31 am #

    Cool we have seen similar dolphins in wasini kenya

  3. Wal December 28, 2008 at 5:59 pm #

    that’s right ! thank you and all the best =)

  4. Wal December 23, 2008 at 7:31 pm #

    Oh, can you remind me the name of these monkeys ? I’ve been there two years ago and have forgotten what kind of monkeys theye are.

    • Africafreak December 23, 2008 at 11:33 pm #

      Are you talking about the Red Colobus monkeys? 😉

      Thanks for visiting the website…

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