Tanzania Travel Challenge: A dolphin tour in Kizimkazi, Zanzibar in 24 hours

At the end of last year we challenged ourselves to find fun things to do in Tanzania that involved travelling with a budget of TZS 100,000/= ($55). At first it felt like an unlikely ambition but here is our first travel idea that is about the target budget.

A dolphin tour in Kizimkazi, Zanzibar in 24 hours for two people (if you are a resident in Dar)

1) 07:00  board the ferry to Zanzibar for a resident fare of 23,000 Tanzanian shillings/TZS ($12.50) each for an economy class ticket. The journey duration is an estimated time of 1 and a half hours.
2) 9:00 – 10:00  at a cost of TZS 2,000 ($1.10) each board a bus to Kizimkazi which takes about 1.5 – 2 hours
3) 12:00 – 15:00 At TZS 35,000 ($20) for the boat rental, climb the engine powered boat and start the dolphin chase
4) 15:30 – 16:30 board the bus ready for your return trip at TZS 2,000 each
5)16:30 – 18:30 back to town for the night stay
6) 19:00 – 06:00 get rested at a hotel for around TZS 40,000 to 60,000 for a double room shared.  Consider an additional TZS 20,000 each for the trip additional expenses such as water and food.
7) 07:00  and  at a resident fare of 23,000 Tanzanian shillings/TZS ($12.50) each for an economy class ticket board the ferry back to Daressalaam

Total damage for a dolphin tour in Kizimkazi for an adventure traveller in a group of two – TZS 117,500/= ($63)

A dolphin tour to Zanzibar in 24 hours for an individual

When you travel alone you will have to bare all the costs alone with no opportunity for shared costs. This works out to about:

Total damage for a dolphin tour in Kizimkazi for a lone adventure traveller – TZS 155,000/=


1) Always book your tickets in advance. You can do this by going to the ticketing office at least 2 days in advance or booking online.
2) Travel as a group and enjoy costs savings as a result of shared costs. We find groups that are in even numbers work best. We recommend a group of 4 as a minimum for great cost advantages as long as the group can be equally divided into 2s for accommodation arrangements.
3) Travel during off peak days and you will find that the price is always negotiable
4) Research about the best months to visit in order to enjoy your activity e.g. for the case of dolphins what months are the best to visit to increase your chances of encountering the animal
5) If you have access to dollars then keep them handy as usually the exchange rates offered at service points is higher than what you would get at a bureau or bank. You may also find that sometimes you are better off paying in dollars than shillings especially where businesses quote their prices in dollars
6) Trip Advisor and booking.com are very handy tools for your accommodation planing however always contact your desired hotel first before booking with the sites and see if they can negotiate a better deal
7) Travel like a local as much as you possibly can as this will not only save you money but it will give you the opportunity to have a connection with the area your visiting
8) You are out there to have fun so by all means do but keep safe and respect the communities that you visit  🙌


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