As one of the first tour operator companies in Zanzibar, Gallery Tours and Safaris now provide ethical and responsible humpback whale watching tours.
These are carried out in association with local fishermen and the villages of Kizimikazi. Tours are conducted between July and August when whales are typically found in the coastal or shelf waters.
You shall have a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch these majestic creatures In a local jahazi or dhow. The tours are conducted by an experienced fisherman and guide who has an in-depth knowledge of the whales’ conservation.
As an endangered species, the humpback whale is found in most oceans across the globe. Reaching lengths of 50 to 55 metres in length, the humpback whales are dark in colour with distinctive nodules on their rostrum and have pectoral flippers that are nearly a third of their body length. It is easily one of best known and most recognizable of the larger whale species and is notorious for its frequent acrobatic behaviour and occasional tendency to approach vessels.
At close range, humpback whales are easily distinguished from any other large whale by their remarkably long flippers. In recent years, humpback whales around Zanzibar have often approached boats for “friendly” encounters. This phenomenon has increased over the years and could probably be related to a new generation of whales curious about boats.
Our Director, Javed Jafferji, has spent many hours looking for these special creatures and it is a privilege to introduce this excursion of a lifetime. Kizimkazi will soon become a worldwide hub for watching humpbacks whales, which will be a valuable asset to the tourism industry and local villagers alike.
Please note: The chances are very high during the summer months to spot Humpback whales but there are no guarantees.