A unique experience!! Tumbatu is one of Zanzibar’s best kept secrets, as the vast majority is forbidden to set foot on the Island. To enter the island you need special permission from the elders of the community on Tumbatu. People call the Watumbatu – inhabitants of Tumbatu
Leaving from Mkokotoni by boat you are heading to the fishing territories of the Watumbatu, the citizens of Tumbatu. One of the oldest fishermen within the Watumbatu will show out at sea, towards the sandbank of Tumbatu how they fish with nets and traps. Fishing is the major revenue of the island, though the Watumbatu don’t eat too much fish themselves. Thereafter you move on and head towards the village Jongowe, on the South of Tumbatu Island.
After arriving at the beach of Jongowe, you will see how the Watumbatu prepare their fishing nets, fish traps and also how they build and maintain their boats – all by hand! You will see the difference between new and old sections of the village and you will visit the house of a fisherman’s family. We will show you the unspoken secrets of Tumbatu, as they are world famous for witch craft.
TUMBATU – special information:
– Please note that you may have to walk knee deep in the sea, while entering the boat or reaching the island, depending on the tide
– Therefore you need waterproof shoes and clothes which can be wet, but no beach wear! The Watumbatu are very religious and do not accept our type of clothe
– Therefore you have to wear a Kanga around your hip and for women a scarf/ kanga to cover your hair! NOT allowed is beachwear or shoulder free T shirts! Best is a wide trouser or long pair of shorts with a Polo Shirt or T Shirt!
– Bring sun protection and a hat
– Photographs are only allowed after you get the permission from our guide
– Only packed lunch with soft drinks
Water & packed light lunch
All entrance fees and tour guide
Transfer to and from your hotel
Dress code: Kanga and scarf (for women)
Note: Price of the excursion depends on the location of your hotel on the island.