Baraka Natural Aquarium - Nungwi

Baraka Natural Aquarium - Nungwi

Baraka Natural Aquarium - Nungwi
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8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
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Welcome to Baraka Natural Aquarium Come to Zanzibar's Best Turtles Aquarium and enjoy the chance to see,feed and swim with these beautiful native animals Our turtles are brought to us after they have been caught in fisherman's net and have been injured and once they reach a certain size we release them back into the Ocean
Duration: < 1 hour
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  • Haytham Abu Firas
    Qatar14,440 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A real adventure
    It’s a great and new idea to swim with turtles and feed them. About 20-30 turtles in a salty pond getting water from the underground leaking ocean. Had to swim to the rock in the middle. Kamal the tour guide throws me some grass makes all turtles come around. Great experience. Don’t put the food very close to your body otherwise you might get bitten as what happened to me.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 11, 2023
  • Ellie T
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique experience
    Guide was very knowledgeable. Amazing experience. £10 USD per person to get in. Can stay as long as you want but 1 hrs is probably more than enough. Bit grubby and it's a bit intimidating when turtles crowd you, but that's all part of a unique experience. Great restaurant just outside and an absolutely stunning beach.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Valerie8stars
    Paris, France83 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s nice, but be aware of a few things
    The place is small, but cute. The guide told us that this « aquarium » is connected to the ocean and the experience is indeed unique and interesting. However, a few things to be aware of before visiting: 1) On Google reviews we read that the entrance fee was $10 or 20,000 Shillings - that was like two / three weeks ago. When we went, they asked 25,000 Shillings and I told them that two weeks ago it was 20,000. They said that this variation depends on the dollar. Okay, we paid, but afterwards we thought this was a cheat, they should not vary the Shillings price based on the dollar rather there should be a fixed price. Pretty upsetting! 2) The place can get crowded. Too many people at once for such a small spot. 3) One of the guides was rude and kicked my boyfriend to get off his way because he was talking photos of another couple. Then, him and other guides threw very strongly the algae for the turtles at a lady. She wasn’t very happy. They were rude. 4) The turtles can bite, can bite pretty hard. They may not be happy with the amount of people entering the pool. I think this should be controlled. They should allow a specific number of people at each time. 4) They have a shower now, so that’s a plus. 5) They can give masks if needed. Have a joyful experience :)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 23, 2023
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MammaM
115 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
The taxi driver took us here, despite my instructions to go to the sanctuary. Once inside we paid $10 each and no receipt. They let you get into a small seawater pond and throw seaweed at you so the turtles all come to feed. The pond was full of what I suspected was turtle poo and we all got bitten. No first aid kit, and the man supervising was dismissive and patronising about the three nasty bites
on my daughters arm. Afterwards, I made the taxi take us to the correct sanctuary and the supervisor there showed us a much larger lake for the turtles and told us that Baraka doesn’t release these poor turtles as they
should. He said turtles rarely bite, but only if extremely hungry.
DO NOT support these Copycat cowboys.
Written July 21, 2020
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Lars D
Johannesburg, South Africa139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We really enjoyed spending a couple of hours swimming and feeding the turtles here. The sanctuary has come a long way since it started some years back and they have expanded and grown since those early days. Entrace is about $20 PP or equivelent in local currency.
Come in your costume as you can swim in the turtle pond with them while feeding them kelp and seaweed (which they supply). the turtles are really friendly. there are also some dogs there who are friendly too :) the water is crystal clear and nice and cool.
its best to come just as they open (we went at 9am) or late afternoon as its a popular destination with tour groups so can get a bit crowded at lunch time for example.
Overall we thought it was worth a visit.
Written December 16, 2022
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Dezso P
Budapest, Hungary37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This place is discretly hiding next to the road from Nungwi to Essque Zalu Hotel at the curve before the lighthouse
If you are not afraid ( why should you) to go into the water and swimm with real turtles - small and big - then this is your place.
It is a real adventure.
The water is clean- a bit rocky so wear swimming shoes.
After this you may visit the restaurant (Baraka restaurant) behind the turtles in the direction of the beach.The have cold beer and freshly made dishes: try the fried chili calamari.Excellent
Written February 10, 2020
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Alfredy Jackson
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The other name called Kwabaraka.
it's nice Aquarium where we can have time together enjoy the nature between human and animals.
it's well reserved and i would keep on visit at this place.
But: recommend, Please let's take shower before entering to swim with the turtles, sunscreen and other hair oil or perfumes can harm the turtles as well as loosing this place. let's maintain the nature resources we have for the benefit of our future generation too.
Other wise, Let's enjoy and have new experience also caring the big friendly chatu (Snake)
Written October 2, 2020
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HellyB
Ascot, UK24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
If I could give this place 0 then I would. It’s an awful place keeping turtles captive to earn money from tourists, that’s it.
The “lagoon” is filthy and grey with huge amounts of oiled up tourists in making lots of commotion.
You are allocated a “guide” who basically takes your phone and takes huge amount of pictures of you, all staged in certain parts. Enquired about the turtles welfare and told that they are caught in fisherman’s nets and when they are ready they are released back. The huge amount in the lagoon were more than ready and I asked more questions which he didn’t seem to be able to understand…conveniently!
The guide and the tourists are all feeding them in order to capture the best Instagram picture. That’s NOT preparing them to be rewilded.
Having just been on a safari through Kenya and Tanzania where it was all about conservation and animal welfare, this was very upsetting to see and needs shutting down. I’m VERY surprised at the naivety of the Travel Agent’s review below.

Please AVOID this place.
Written January 31, 2023
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Dzeny
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina589 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The visit was a horror!
This is not a conservation pond, this is a place to maltreat turtles!

We got a "guide" which gave us food for the turtles and took a lot of pictures of us. Nothing explained about the turtles, how old they are, when will they be released, what can and can not be done. I think if I asked they would have sold me one just to get some money.

The "guide" was also looking at guests and commenting who looks like a hippo and who is fat. And I have all that on video!

And they don't hurt just turtles, they hurt snakes too, because there is a small fenced shed that has 5-6 snakes inside. They don't have a place to live a normal life. One snake was actually hurt.

Please close this HORRIBLE PLACE!
Written December 27, 2022
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Alia A
Burbank, CA484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The aquarium is a nice experience, especially for turtle lovers. However, there isn't much else to do besides interacting with the turtles. If you're near Kindwa Beach, I recommend taking a small boat for about $10 round trip instead of driving to avoid traffic. It's a two-minute walk from where the boat drops you off.
Written August 7, 2023
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kozorok
Ljubljana, Slovenia55 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
while there are many must-do attractions in this world, the Baraka Natural Aquarium is certainly a must-not. In January 2021, the water was filthy, with visible human feces. There is no ticket issued at the entrance, so it is reasonable to assume, that it is a private and lucrative business (20.000 TZS per adult). Moreover, the divers diving at nearby dive sites reports that the number of turtles spoted around Zanzibar has substantially decreased. If you want to see turtles and contribute to the legitimate conservation projects in Zanzibar, visit the turtle conservation sanctuary nearby, not to be confused with this heart tearing misery. Btw, the murky water onsite is a total opposite of the clear water displayed on their web page. Highly disuasive!
Written January 12, 2021
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Kevin
Dubai, United Arab Emirates10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
One of the best experiences swimming with the turtles.

For only $10 per person you can enter the aquarium and chill with the turtles. They were extremely friendly but do crowd you if they see you have a lot of food for them otherwise it’s quite a relaxing experience just chilling in the water and petting them as they pass by.
Written July 4, 2023
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Nounours
11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
This is the worst place on Zanzibar - you'll find turtles that are indeed pretty, but crammed into a tiny pool.
You can behave absolutely as you like, even hitting the turtles, which will make the staff laugh, as they're only interested in the $10 entrance fee and selling you souvenirs.
There's no respect here for tourists or animals, and there are much better things to do on the island.
Written June 28, 2023
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