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Tumbatu Island Cultural Village Tour

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8 hrs

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

15 people




The inhabitants of Tumbatu island on the North-East coast of Zanzibar live an isolated life and the island is powered entirely by solar panels, allowing them to be independent. Everyone who is not from Tumbatu, even people from Zanzibar, needs a written permit by the village eldest to enter the island. This trip is a rare opportunity to experience something really authentic.

Tumbatu Island is a dagger wedge-shaped and the third-largest island 14sq km lying Northwest of Unguja Island together making up Zanzibar, part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is about 30 minutes by boat from Mkokotoni and 1 hour from Nungwi. There are two common villages namely, Jongowe and Kichangani, both have an estimated 20,000 number of peoples living in and is surrounded reef rocks and corals that making it somewhat isolated from the rest of Zanzibar, even though its southern shore is only two kilometers (1.2 miles) from Mkokotoni on Unguja. Tumbatus are famed for their pride and safeguarding the Swahili traditions of which they strictly conserve. Historically who belong to the Shiraz ethnic group claim descent from Persian royalty which reputedly arrived in the ninth century, and there are important ruins at Makutani in the southeast of the island which were once one of Zanzibar’s main settlements.

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  • While exploring the beauty of this island you will have the opportunity to visit and discover tradition and cultural activities of the peoples experience, such as Voodoo a local horoscope search that peoples use on their problems solving, business-wise, good luck disease and other superstitions believes, tools used on this searching is a smooth piece of wood with sands and little sharp-pointed stick, after you will have a chance to visit a Baobab trees about 900 years of age. Take a short break of your leisure before sailing back to your hotel for overnight.


  • Experienced Professional Tour guide
  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel in a private car
  • Snorkeling gear (life jacket, mask & flippers)
  • All Entrances fees, taxes, fuel surcharges, and service fees included
  • Boat charter
  • Mineral Water during the tour
  • Transport waiting charge
  • Fast responsive Ambulance Services
  • Emergency Medical crew
  • Handling for medical evacuation
  • Medical Insurance if needed
  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • Airport Taxes
  • Expenses of a personal Nature


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It was really interesting to experience a culture so different from ours. We met the community leader of the village, We signed the guest book. We saw the local men fishing, we visited the fishermen's huts and we found out their stories. We took a tour of the village and we saw how the locals live and we found out what the local rules and customs are. The reef in the island area is spectacular, so we had a good snorkeling. We also really liked the nearby sandbank, where we admired the sea stars. It was an interesting experience for us and for our children. If this kind of place, not at all touristy, inspires you, we recommend this trip.
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