Jozani Sea Turtle Sanctuary

Jozani Sea Turtle Sanctuary

Jozani Sea Turtle Sanctuary
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Sanne G
19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
They call it a sanctuary, but actually it is a community-farm where they keep a few animals to get extra income for the villagers. That is literally how the guide explained it. It is cool to see and to touch a turtle, but it is a fake story and not worth the 15 dollar per person.
Written 20 September 2022
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Henriette R
Espergaerde, Denmark31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
Very nice place, and very caring for the animals. Alex shire has the heart in the right place, and you really feel his passion for the turtles, other animals, the local people and the nature sorrunding the place!
Written 12 February 2022
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Luke P
Norwich, UK23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Staff are really nice and the guide was very frieindly. However, it is a terrible place. The turtles are kept in captivity indefinitely. They say they are trying to keep them away from fisherman, but then they pay the fisherman to bring turtles to them and they keep them in a sad little brown rocky pool. It’s difficult not think that they are part of the problem. They also have other animals in there for no conservation reason too. Just to try and sell more entry tickets. We did ask, and that’s what our guide told us. Nobody else seemed to see a problem with this though. There’s absolutely no effort to recreate the animals natural habitat in the environment and they are isolated in concrete 1 meter squared enclosures. To top it off, people handle the turtles as if they are toys and one guy even sat on the giant tortoise.
It is honestly an awful place, which has no love for the animals they keep. It’s just for profit and a place where westerners can go to touch a turtle. Made myself and my partner feel a bit ill being here. I sadly recommend you don’t go here, stop giving these people money and maybe one day they’ll release the animals back into their natural environment… just to confirm, we are all for turtle conservation, hence visiting this place. But we were just shocked with what we found here. It really wasn’t acceptable. Have a bit of compassion and treat the animals with care. Exploitation at its worst.
Written 6 October 2021
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Volkmar
Austria5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
A great place to see turtles and tortoise, the guides are very knowledgable and friendly. They know everything about the hole natural ecosystem of Zanzibar, sea, land and agriculture.
Really recommend going there!
Written 2 May 2021
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Alexandra M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
Very beautiful place and an amazing cause! Don’t forget to stop in this place when you visit Jozani forest . In this sanctuary they save and keep safe animals close to extinction so every ticket bought and every small donation goes directly to the well being of this animals!
They are very beautiful and you will not be disappointed so go check them out.
This place is NOT A ZOO ! 😊
Written 5 March 2021
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Bidule05
France1,916 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We visited the Jozani Sea Turtle and Tortoise Sanctuary, in January 2018. The sanctuary is located close to Jozani forest.
This very interesting visit began in the centre, where a guide explains everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the life of turtles. After, we went to visit the ponds to see rescued sea turtles. During the visit, we gave lettuce to the sea turtles.
It was a fantastic experience!!! I highly recommend the visit for families with children. Moreover, visits of the centre help to support the endangered sea turtles conservation.
Written 23 February 2021
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Tamara O
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Friends
Sanctuary is the best option to see all kind of turtles and also other animals like snakes, lizards.

People here are really caring about the animals and it is not just another turistic spot like Prison island or Turtles in Nungwi where people don’t care about animals and they do anything they want, like sitting on them, swimming with them.

We had a great guide Shaury who explained us everything about the animals and about the work they do in the sanctuary.

If you really care about animals make sure to make a donation.
Written 12 February 2021
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Laura P
Birmingham, UK14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
The guide (shaury) was very caring and knowledgable. Really passionate about the animals and so were some of the other staff. This place could be better with investment. Bigger pools for the turtles for example, regular release programmes and maybe even some sand. The turtles were having to climb rocks in order to get to their food which is unnatural to them. Understandabley this is difficult to manage with minimal budget allotted but with the €10 entrance fee I'm sure more could be done
Written 5 April 2020
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cchanning1
Malmö, Sweden4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The start of the visit was a bit strange as they wanted us to pay 20,000 each for 4 of us. It says it costs 10,000 per person on the website, so that is what we paid and I think that was a fair price for what it is. In general the whole thing is quite shabby with small poorly maintained enclosures.
I’m not sure what the rationale is behind keeping green sea turtles in a concrete pool with no shade. After being fortunate enough to see these beautiful creatures up close in the wild, I know for sure that they shouldn’t be kept in a place like that.
The project with the ‘milk fish’ makes sense and is good to see.
We were all quite disturbed by the conditions the monitor lizard is kept and was depicted as an evil creature. Again, after seeing these beautiful creatures in the wild with their complex social groups, it was sad to see one living alone like that.
The highlight was the giant tortoises. Their enclosure was good and they seemed very content. We all really enjoyed seeing them up close.
The walk back to the main road was the best part. We saw a troop of Colobus monkeys walking across the road.
Written 3 January 2020
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Maxim P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Great guide with a lot of passion for the great work being done at the sanctuary. The place has turtles but also some reptiles.
Written 22 December 2019
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