Zanzibar Island Tours
Nakupenda Beach Tour
4.5

Nakupenda Beach Tour

By Kiyzo
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$49.00
per adult (price varies by group size)
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Ages 5-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 4h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: German, English
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  • snorkeling gears
  • Boat fees, Captain & fuel
  • Bottled water
  • Fruits
What's not included
  • Bring sunscreen,hat,glass and towels


Start:
  • Old Fort, Mizingani Rd, Zanzibar, Tanzania
    Walk to the main entry door & stand BESIDE
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 140215P23

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 140215P23

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    • Kiyzo
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      Bangkok, Thailand
      Joined in April 2019
    • Curious10171102831
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful waterfall
      Beautiful waterfall this is a must see in Thailand. Was picked up and joined the group. Everything went well on the tour. Definitely recommend it
      Written June 9, 2024
    • 963kakik
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      amazing food
      I highly recommend the experience I had with kiyzo. I contacted them because I saw the positive reviews they had and right away they replied to me back and organized everything accordingly to what i asked for
      Written May 19, 2024
    • Road193120
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good day but not enough time at the falls
      I give this a 4 out of 5 because we had a fun day, enjoyed the rail, lunch was wonderful (it wasn't a picnic, it was a restaurant and it was really good food), swimming in the waterfalls was refreshing and they were beautiful. Having said that it was a very long day. Long ride up and back. There's 7 levels to the falls and we only had time to get to level 4 (we were given 2 1/2 hrs to explore the falls). If the image in the ad is a true depiction, it must be higher up then level 4 because we didn't see anything that spectacular. I would have preferred more time at the falls even if we missed the rail. After the heat of Bangkok, jumping in the falls and going behind the falls was so much fun.
      Written February 17, 2024
    • dranwb
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Unfortunate Circumstance
      Unfortunately, we didn’t get to take this tour. I filled out the form wrong indicating a different hotel than what we were staying (since it was not in the drop down list). The vendor form / tour description on Trip Advisor also mentioned that if we wanted a transfer (for a fee) from a different hotel, then we should contact them using the provided WhatsApp number (which i did, at least a day in advance) and I received no response on WhatsApp. The evening before the tour the vendor reached out on the TripAdvisor App (which was a first for me with a vendor), indicating they would meet us at hotel reception at 9:00am (and didn’t indicate which hotel). I assumed they were picking us up at our hotel, but this was not the case. The tone of the texts from the vendor were very unpleasant. I understand I made a mistake in the form, but also followed directions provided by the vendor and they didn’t follow their own procedure. I did not ask for nor expect a refund since it was clearly stated in the tour description. I would have had a better outcome (and provided a better rating) if they admitted they did not follow their own procedure and refrained from using an aggressive, unpleasant tone with me. The rating I provided is specifically for the exchange I had on TripAdvisor chat with the vendor.
      Written November 7, 2023
    • AstashaS
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Authentic African Experience
      We had a great time and felt the cost was well worth the experience. You’re picked up directly from your Stonetown hotel, get a tour of the market, the spice farm (which was very informative) and enjoy cooking with others in an intimate setting - experiencing authentic African culture. It took most of the day (we started around 9 and think we finished around 2-3pm). The food we made with our fresh market ingredients and spices from the farm was delicious! Some of the best we had while in Zanzibar. You won’t be disappointed in booking.
      Written October 30, 2023
    • Curiosity27678882683
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great and authentic experience
      Great experience and very friendly hosts! We spend a lot of time with our amazing hosts on the market and cooking, also great spice tour!
      Written October 27, 2023
    • Sunshine28382943789
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful day out
      I'm a solo traveler and got to join a small group and this was perfect for me. We went to the market to shop vest experience. Got to taste different spices and experience the local way of cooking good zanzibari food. Amazing day. Jambo to my new friends
      Written October 16, 2023
    • Sara V
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      If you like to cook, don't miss this tour!!
      Fabulous experience. I loved the spice farm and the cooking class. Shopping for ingredients was a lesson in itself. The spice farm tour was outstanding. In addition to seeing how common spices grow, we got to eat fruits from the tree and smell basic ingredients in medicine and perfume. Plus fun events and surprises. Best of all was the cooking class. I learned a lot from Lutfia - and was able to cook sitting on the floor. If you cook and want to learn about different cultures, don't miss this experience!
      Written September 4, 2023
    • HeavenCrawley
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Simple, delicious food that can easily be replicated
      I really enjoyed this cooking class with Lutfia. We purchased fresh ingredients form Stone Town market before travelling to the spice farm for a tour and then setting to work. The group was quite big (9 people) but there was lots of space and enough food to feed an army! Although the dishes we cooked were simple they were very delicious. The only thing that went slightly amiss was the timing....we didn't sit down to eat until 1.45pm by which time most of my group was getting very hungry!
      Written August 26, 2023
    • 927lauriee
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      NOT A CLASS
      This is NOT A CLASS, there was no instruction and we essentially spent 2.5 hours helping chop vegetables without a cutting board crouched on the ground to help the family prepare a large dinner which they will use to feed themselves for 2 days while we just paid to work for them. Our guide did not explain anything to us and was on her phone the whole time or chatting/joking in swahili to the other people around. We have been on other tours where we were engaged with and taught or explained at least some useful information.
      Written August 18, 2023
    • barbarasL4785MP
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cooking Class in Zanzibar
      The cooking class was such a fun experience! We made an entire meal including curry chicken, rice pilaf, cooked spinach, plantains, bananas with coconut milk, and salad. It was delicious!!!
      Written July 28, 2023
    • Djpowell30
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      5 star experience with lots of education.
      Absolutely so great! We had an amazing time. Please ignore the rude comments. Yes you will be eating as the locals do. The tour guide is very sweet. I will say to be sure to take a small snack if your hungry but you will get plenty of delicious fruit to snack on. I will say as a caveat, if you’re not going in March when we went I can’t promise what will be available at that time.
      Written July 20, 2023
    • Ccileacc
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing cooking time with Lutfia
      Amazing cooking time with Lutfia. First ingredients in locals markets Second time in the spice farm to discover a lot of fruits, spices.. Third time: cooling time with the so nice Lutfia. We cooked: banana vegetables and coconut milk, grilled fish, mixed vegetables and fresh coconut milk, pilao rice 😋
      Written May 4, 2023
    • christinac0penhagen
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      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Charming turist trap
      The tour starts at the market, where vegetables, rice, chicken and fish are purchased. It is fun if you haven't already been to the markets yourself. Thereafter a 30-40 min drive follows to the village. We did not know that the tour also included a spice tour which to us was the highlight of the tour, After that, the cooking started in an open hut with five firewood stoves. No chairs or tables. For the participants it was not exactly cooking but solely very, very basic tasks such as cutting potatoes, onions etc. while the tour guide mixed the vegetables/meat/spices in pots and pans. Therefore, do not expect this tour to be an actual cooking class - you do not learn to cook local food, but you see how they cook traditionally. The result was quite disappointing ... lacking spices ironically, overcooked and not at all at the level you experience in Zanzibar. Would not recommend. By the way - we never recieved the recipies ...
      Written February 8, 2023
    • ClementHM
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      A very long and disappointing experience
      The tour starts at the markets, where vegetables, rice, chicken and fish are purchased. It is fun if you haven't already been to the markets yourself. Thereafter a 30-40 min drive follows to the village. We did not know that the tour also included a spice tour which - in our opinion - was the highlight of the tour as we had not done a spice tour yet. After that, the cooking started in an open hut with five firewood stoves. No chairs or tables. For the participants it was not exactly cooking but solely very, very basic tasks such as cutting potatoes, onions etc. while the tour guide mixed the vegetables/meat/spices in pots and pans. Therefore, do not expect this tour to be an actual cooking class - you do not learn to cook local food, but you see how they prepare it themselves while helping with simple tasks. The cooking session took three(!) hours, not including the actual eating. The participants we were with kept the spirits high for the first two hours, however, during the last hour we - and the rest of the participants - started to feel restless and people lied on the floor. Unfortunately, the food we got was the least tasty of all of the food we had during our two weeks in Zanzibar. The spices just didn't come through. We had especially hoped to learn how to make the very delicious curry that is served in most restaurants in Zanzibar but were disappointed. We chose this cooking class because of the great reviews it has gotten. Maybe we were unlucky but the experience was very disappointing, especially considering the price. We have been to many cooking classes around the world, and this is the first cooking class where we did not learn to cook at all. In addition, the food was not even tasty. We were back in Stonetown around 16.30.
      Written January 23, 2023
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    Dave S
    15 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The main positive thing we got to Nakupenda before most of the people, so we had roughly 20 minutes with only 10 other visitors. It rained most of the time, but it is no responsability of the tour operator. The 2 boat staff who came with us spoke a very basic english, so we had almost no interaction at all. We had to tell them to find snorkeling equipment because otherwise there would have been none. We asked if there was water on board for the trip, and he was offering us his personal water, when there were indeed 8 bottles on, meaning he just understood "water". We bought the self-guided tour, so I have no idea if someone speaking proper english would have been sent for the guided tour. It is also astonishing compared to the average level of english of the other boat owners stopping us in Stone Town roads to sell the same tour. In addition to english, the captain was pretty careless of other boats' integrity, he "pushed" himself inside other two on shore to go back finding a second mask, and while leaving Nakupenda I had to help another boat owner to push our boat from hitting his engine.
    Written August 26, 2023
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    bas0921
    Charlotte, NC781 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s a beautiful sandbar until it’s completely PACKED with boats parked on both sides and people running across your area as well as the tide coming in. We had about an hour of tranquility until the obnoxious crowds from all nations arrived.

    We received great service from our captain on the “One Way” boat. He was more than accommodating.
    However the packed beach and the inconsiderate other beach goers make this an average experience.
    Written December 24, 2023
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    Lilmomo04
    Los Angeles, CA59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2023 • Friends
    Nakupenda is a beautiful sand bank surrounded by clear blue waters. It’s a short 20 minute boat ride from Stone Town. There are people selling beers, offering hair braid services, henna and massages on the beach.
    I had an amazing time! Highly recommend visiting this island!
    Written September 4, 2023
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    Jason t
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2023 • Friends
    Nakupenda island is a very beautiful place to visit, our captain took us there, and took care of all our needs, everything was prepared prior, we got to spend a couple of hours there swimming, it is indeed the island of love. i definitely recommend this trip
    Written October 12, 2023
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everything is beautiful with Zanzibar sandbanks.Early morning we board on a motorized boat to nakupenda island.It is is sooo beautiful 🏖️ sandbank.It was our first time to visit the sandbank in early morning where there is no one.Very calm we had few shots with our client from America she was so excited to have this experience.I will recommend if you want to have amazing experience with the sandbank visit it early around 9:30 or 10 am to have the best experience.
    Written March 14, 2023
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    Shaina Z
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing day at the beach.. amazing moment at the prison...felt amazed by the locals ...
    I trully recomend to visit.. the waters are so cristal clear.. endless blue
    Written January 17, 2023
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    claudio z
    Paderno Dugnano, Italy3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Couples
    Beautiful experience, we were able to experience the phenomenon of low and high tide and a wonderful sea. We arrived at 9.00 in the morning on this strip of sand and left at 1, when there was almost nothing left. Grilled lobsters and shrimps and lots of fun!!! Highly recommended!!!
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    Written December 27, 2023
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    frederic n
    Limonest, France18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023
    Magical place, we were able to fully enjoy this activity until sunset with a captain who shared with us the local culture, it was we who were able to decide the time of return
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    Written August 28, 2023
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