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Safari Blue

The original Safari Blue tour (make sure you are booking the right thing!) is one of the most popular day trips from Stone Town (and a fair few other locations as well). Though not cheap it offers a full and fascinating day including all transport, snorkelling, food and drink etc. It also offers a far more nature-friendly way of possibly catching sight of some dolphins than the numerous ‘Swimming with Dolphins’ trips offered from Kizimkazi.

The Safari Blue Package

The tour starts on the Fumba Peninsula, a twenty minute (and rather hair-raising) drive from Stone Town. Upon arrival at the set-off point it takes a bit of time for the boats and gear to be prepped for travel, so expect some waiting around. It is advisable to wear shorts and water-shoes too as you may have to wade when boarding and disembarking your vessel and there are sea urchins and painful coral along the sea bed. But the slow start to the adventure shouldn’t mar the overall experience.

The trip takes you to a sandbank, cold soft drinks and beers are provided en route. From this bank you can snorkel. Guides set up a shade tent in which you can have a snack or a cool drink. The snorkelling is good and the location peaceful. If you are lucky you may spy some dolphins while sailing.

After this the boat sets off to a second beach location. Guides set up the extensive and fresh seafood BBQ while you relax on the beach. Dinner is followed by a beach walk to a fallen Baobab tree that serves as a climbing frame.

Finally the boat sails round to a mangrove glade and there is final swimming among the trees before the day is done.

This is a long and tiring day, but most travellers think it well worth it.

Making your own Safari Blue Arrangements

Safari Blue has a very comprehensive website which introduces visitors to every aspect of the tour and advises on bookings. It also provides information about the work done by Safari Blue to support the environment and the local community. The following links and contacts will be of use:

From on Zanzibar most Stone Town tour operators and many hotels will be able to book your Safari Blue trip. However, do make sure you are getting the real deal and be adamant. It is well worth taking the original tour and not settling for some of the other rival snorkel-safari trips. end_of_the_skype_highlighting

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