The Jozani Forest, inside the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, is a truly impressive and majestic green area. It stretches for around 10 square km and is the only remaining indigenous forest on the island, where you can admire this amazing example of tropical forest, rich with mangroves.
The Red Colobus monkey, native to Zanzibar and one of the rarest species of red monkeys, is the symbol of this yet unspoilt part of the island. This monkey species was at risk of extinction until 10 years ago but, thanks to a conservation project, today they number almost 6000.
As well as the more famous colonies of Colobus monkey, this little stretch of land is full of unusual creatures, such as the Ader’s Duiker, another endangered species protected by law in Zanzibar and one of the smallest species of duiker.
Jozani is a tapestry of numerous different habitats in which the seasonal floods and high concentration of water make for an almost surreal landscape.
The scrub slopes down to the mangrove swamp of Chwaka Bay, where these trees serve to filter the salt water and part of the brackish water that runs through it is a safe haven for hundreds of species of tropical fish that can reproduce there undisturbed.
In 1995, the Jozani Chwaka Bay Conservation Project was founded to safeguard the forest, which engages the local communities and devolves part of the entry fee to regional development projects.
Duration: half day