Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond

Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond

Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond
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O Clayton
Beckenham, UK11 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Brilliant cause helping injured turtles recover if they are caught in fishermen nets or are sick. You also see where the babies are kept until they are released too. In the main area you can feed the turtles seaweed and touch their backs but this place shouldn’t be mistaken for another local turtle ‘aquarium’ as they aren’t looking after the turtles ethically. Mnarani is the best place to go to see and support the turtles!
Written February 10, 2020
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WeeStepherz
Dubai, United Arab Emirates105 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is not a sanctuary. This is a money making tourist trap and quite simply filled with posers taking the best shots for their social media. There is NO care for the turtles at all. People picking them up above their heads, kissing them, constantly touching them. If this was about the care of the animals, none of these things would happen. If I could pay to release the turtles back to the ocean I would. Poor things do not deserve the treatment here. Any genuine animal lovers would be horrified at this place.
Written July 27, 2021
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Ioana D
London, UK2 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
This isn't the real turtle sanctuary, but a business where the turtles are kept for profit. I had my doubts about the whole venture when I saw the number of turtles kept in a very small pond, that tourists wearing sunscreen and mosquito repellant (harmful for turtles) are allowed to swim with them. Also, the turtles appeared to be constantly hungry, fighting for whatever seaweed tourists would throw at them to get them to approach.

My doubts were confirms when I left, walked around the corner and saw the real sanctuary. There they explained that the other place is a business that has nothing to do with turtle preservation and release. I was very disappointed with myself for supporting what is in fact a scam. I'd recommend you avoid this place if you care about the welfare of the turtles and support the real sanctuary.
Written March 6, 2020
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Francois T
Johannesburg, South Africa955 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Having the opportunity to swim, touch and feed the turtles were absolutely amazing and at $10 per person not too much for the experience. It was too crowded and they try and sell the use of snorkel gear for extra $5. Take your own if you have but it is not needed. Would also recommend they manage the number of people.
Written December 18, 2021
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Michael T
San Jose, CA24 contributions
Mar 2021
If you're in Zanzibar, I'd say this place is worth a visit. Not sure where else you can swim with turtles in a pond. Price was $10 per person. If you needed snorkeling gear, you had to pay extra for it. The staff had attitudes. The turtles were cool. We spent about 40 minutes there. It got crowded, they should probably limit the crowds. The water was dirty.
Written April 24, 2021
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diana c
115 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
I have given this a 5 star because the conservation is what it's all about rather than the experience. Having said that for $10 dollar entrance its informative and fun you can feed and swim with the Turtles , the guides speak good English and know their stuff. Of course litter plays a huge part of trying to preserve this species ,on the walk along the beach the area around the local boat/fishermen is absolutely full of plastics of all kinds !! horrendous, there are many excuses made for this but noone seems to take responsibility especially the locals who are among the worst offenders !!. We visited Timbatu the Island the Turtle eggs are taken to where they are un disturbed , there are no tourists there except the occasional day visitor and they are few and far between ,it is absolutely full of litter of all kinds . Zanzibar needs to get a grip on this to preserve wildlife and encourage Tourisim.
Even the beach just infront of the Sanctuary has lots of litter, the guides seem oblivious to it even though it is a main cause of death to the Turtles.

Have add I am a litter picker back in the UK so do put my money where my mouth is !!

The restaurant at the entrance Mixed Seafood is lovely, had a great breakfast there.
Written December 11, 2022
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Pierrevz
Hartbeespoort, South Africa1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Couples
Totally over commercialized and over crowded - the more tourists they can push thru per day the better!
Rush in, try to squeeze thru to the pool, feed a few turtles some seaweed and snap a few quick photos.
Did not get any impression of a sanctuary or rehabilitation being done.

For what they are charging per person, they can also fix the horrible access road.

Felt exploited!!
Written October 19, 2022
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Charlotte paris
France8 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
This was an amazing experience.we had opportunity to swim,feed and touch the cute sea turtles .
This place is very crowd but the staffs manages this well.turtles here taken good care of ,we stayed in matemwe which was very far 50 mins drive .
The idea of visiting the turtle sanctuary came from our driver and guide babli +255756983368 after we finish mnemba snorkeling.
We spent the day in nungwi beach for sunset after our two hours in mnarani aquarium.
The beach in nungwi is very incredible but crowded and crazy compared to matemwe.
The beach boys here are very aggressive and try to sell you all stuffs.
The beach is very beautiful but the beach boys ruin it by forcing touristic to buy trips, souvenirs and drugs from them.
Written December 19, 2022
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Mabs
11 contributions
Oct 2021
We went in October 2021, I was thoroughly disappointed by the entire experience. the location was full of people, the water was murky, and dirty, the stench of the water still haunts me until today. the turtles are actually quite scary and one even took a bit of nip on one of my friends. it's one of those experiences one needs to see to fully understand.
Written January 10, 2022
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ES
1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Couples
What a horrible place this is. I would highly recommend everyone to avoid this place at all cost! We were being told that this is a natural place where you might be able to see turtles. Unfortunately, as we didn’t have access to internet, we couldn’t check what the place was really like. It is so sad to see animals that belong in the wild being used as some kind of theme park amusement.
Written January 2, 2023
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