Zanzibar Turtle Conservation

Sea turtles around the world are facing real extinction even though they have been ecologically living on our planet since millions of years ago.

Be part of a sea turtle conservation project that is working towards helping sea turtles grow up in a safe environment where every year the endangered species are released into the ocean. This is where you can contribute to this project through a wide range of activities such as checking the water quality, maintenance of juvenile nets and much more!


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Program Description

Embark on a meaningful conservation journey with our Turtle Experience & Conservation Program, located in the picturesque lagoon of Nungwi, Zanzibar. This program offers a unique opportunity to actively contribute to the protection and preservation of endangered sea turtles while experiencing the beauty of this tropical paradise.

As a participant, you will work alongside local coordinators and fellow participants in various conservation efforts. Tasks include caring for injured turtles, monitoring hatchlings, and maintaining the sanctuary’s habitat. Every contribution plays a crucial role in safeguarding these incredible creatures and their delicate ecosystem.

The program combines conservation activities with immersive experiences, allowing you to explore the natural beauty of Zanzibar. You will have opportunities for beach cleanups, snorkeling around vibrant coral reefs, and engaging with visitors and local communities during educational tours.

Whether you are an experienced conservationist or new to the field, our program welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and skill levels. Comprehensive orientation and guidance are provided to ensure that you can make a meaningful impact.

Join us on this unforgettable adventure, where your passion for conservation and love for the natural world converge. Experience the magic of Zanzibar, connect with sea turtles, and contribute to a legacy of conservation for future generations. Together, let us create a world where turtles thrive, and nature’s beauty is cherished.

Your Role – General Information

This program offers participants a unique opportunity to actively contribute to sea turtle conservation. By engaging in various tasks and activities, participants play a crucial role in protecting and preserving these magnificent creatures.

  • Changing water of the Basins and Sea Turtle Hospital:
  • Checking the Quality of the water
  • General cleaning
  • Seaweed collection in the Indian Ocean
  • Filling of Tube Feeders
  • Cleaning of adult turtles
  • Feeding of adult turtles in the protected lagoon area while drifting around in its waters
  • Assist in treatment of injured sea turtles in the Hospital
  • Lagoon Cleaning (remove leaves and plastic)
  • Hatching measurements
  • Juvenile measurements
  • Beach cleaning
  • Inspection of nests
  • Maintenance of juvenile nests
  • Releasing of turtles to the ocean after full recovery and study & releasing of the young turtles to the ocean (this happens once a year):
  • Assisting in daily education tours for visitors at the controlled sanctuary

Please note that the daily tasks may vary to accommodate specific animal care needs, educational workshops, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Our program is designed to offer a comprehensive and immersive experience, allowing you to actively participate in conservation efforts while gaining a deeper understanding of the critical role we play in safeguarding our wildlife.

Aims & Objectives

  • Preserve Endangered Species: Contribute to the preservation of endangered sea turtle species by actively participating in conservation efforts and creating a safe and nurturing environment for their survival.
  • Promote Environmental Stewardship: Foster a sense of environmental stewardship by raising awareness about the importance of marine ecosystems, inspiring participants to take action in protecting our oceans and their inhabitants.
  • Support Rehabilitation & Recovery: Assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of injured sea turtles, providing them with the necessary care and support to recover and return to their natural habitats.
  • Conduct Research & Study: Contribute to scientific knowledge and understanding of sea turtles through data collection, hatching measurements, and juvenile monitoring, facilitating research and study to improve conservation strategies.
  • Educate & Engage: Play an active role in educating visitors and local communities about sea turtle conservation, creating meaningful connections and inspiring individuals to become advocates for marine conservation.
  • Maintain Habitat Quality: Ensure the maintenance of a clean and safe habitat for sea turtles through activities such as water quality monitoring, general cleaning, and beach cleaning, minimizing human impact and preserving their natural environment.
  • Contribute to Species Recovery: Contribute to the recovery of sea turtle populations by releasing fully recovered individuals back into their ocean home, promoting the growth and sustainability of these remarkable creatures.


Week 1:

Sunday: Arrival & Transfer to Nungwi

Upon your arrival at Zanzibar Airport, our friendly team will be waiting to warmly welcome you. You’ll be transferred to our accommodation center in Stone town where you’ll meet your fellow participants. Get ready to embark on an exciting adventure as you receive a comprehensive briefing that sets the stage for the incredible experiences to come.

Monday: Orientation

Begin your day with a delightful breakfast, followed by an orientation session that sets the tone for your journey. Our team will introduce you to the program, offer vital information, and acquaint you with the Nungwi center.

You’ll receive guidance on the dos and don’ts, our code of conduct, and media consent guidelines, along with completing necessary documentation. Embrace the local culture with a basic history lesson & Swahili language lesson. After lunch, embark on a walking tour to familiarize yourself with nearby shops, ATMs, and other key locations.

After the orientation, you will transfer to Nugwi and check in to your accommodation. You will be staying at this accommodation for the duration of your program.

Tuesday to Friday: Conservation Efforts

From Tuesday to Friday, dive headfirst into meaningful conservation efforts. Work closely with our experienced local coordinators as you actively participate in a variety of tasks. Engage in the vital cleaning and maintenance of the turtle basins and hospital, ensuring a pristine environment for the turtles. Collect seaweed from the Indian Ocean, contributing to the ecological balance. Check water quality to guarantee the well-being of these magnificent creatures. Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of sea turtles as you assist with hatching measurements, juvenile measurements, and nest inspections. Every action you take contributes to the preservation and protection of these majestic beings.

Saturday & Sunday: Free Time

Take a well-deserved break and explore the wonders of Zanzibar at your own pace. Wander along the sandy beaches, soak up the sun, or embark on a thrilling adventure to discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of this remarkable island.

Week 2:

Monday to Friday: Conservation Efforts

In the second week, build upon the progress made in Week 1 and continue your conservation efforts. Dive deeper into the treatment of injured sea turtles, playing a crucial role in their recovery. Maintain the nests of the young turtles, ensuring a safe and nurturing environment for their growth. Join hands in beach cleanups, contributing to the preservation of the pristine shoreline. As you participate in these activities, you’ll witness firsthand the impact of your dedication and the positive changes taking place.

Specific timings for each activity will be provided upon arrival, allowing for flexibility and adjustments to ensure a seamless and enriching program experience.

Please note that the schedule may vary to accommodate specific animal care needs, educational workshops, or other unforeseen circumstances. Our program is designed to offer a comprehensive and immersive experience, allowing you to actively participate in conservation efforts while gaining a deeper understanding of the critical role we play in safeguarding our wildlife.

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                 18

Maximum age:                 65

Minimum English level:         Basic

CRB required:                 On Signup

Passport copy required:         On Signup

Resume copy required:         No

Required qualification:         None

Additional Requirements

Participants below 18 should have parental consent and participants above 65 should have medical clearance to take part in this program.

Additional Equipment

To fully immerse yourself in the Turtle Experience & Conservation Program and make the most of your adventure, we recommend bringing the following additional equipment:

  • Water Shoes: Navigate the rocky terrain and protect your feet with sturdy water shoes. These will come in handy during lagoon activities and beach cleanups, ensuring your comfort and safety.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the day and reduce your environmental footprint by bringing a reusable water bottle. We encourage sustainability and provide water refill stations to keep you refreshed during your activities.
  • Sunscreen, Hat & Sunglasses: Shield yourself from the tropical sun with high-quality sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat. Protecting your skin is crucial during outdoor activities to prevent sunburn and maintain your well-being.
  • Insect Repellent: Embrace the lush natural surroundings while keeping insects at bay. Bring insect repellent to ensure a comfortable experience during your time in Zanzibar.
  • Comfortable Clothing: Pack lightweight, breathable clothing suitable for warm weather. Opt for quick-drying fabrics and consider long sleeves and pants to protect yourself from the sun and insects during certain activities.
  • Rain Gear: Be prepared for tropical showers with a compact rain jacket or poncho. It’s always a good idea to have protective gear on hand to make the most of your time, rain or shine.
  • Camera or GoPro: Capture the awe-inspiring moments of your journey and create lasting memories. Bring a camera or GoPro to document your interactions with the turtles and the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Personal Toiletries: Remember to bring personal toiletries, including soap, shampoo, toothbrush, and toothpaste, to ensure your comfort and hygiene during your stay.
  • Personal Medication / First Aid Kit: Carry any necessary personal medications and a basic first aid kit to ensure your well-being during the program.