Duration: Half Day
Located in the Indian Ocean, off the East African coast, the beautiful Tanzanian island of Zanzibar is a delight to explore, boasting a unique mix of African and Arab influences, diverse landscapes and unique wildlife. This memorable tour will introduce to the natural beauty of Jozani forest, the only natural forest in the world inhabited by the endemic Red Colobus Monkeys. This is an eye-opening day of discovery and learning.
Take a walk on the wild side during your holiday in Zanzibar as you embark on a journey through the Jozani forest, which is part of the Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park. Most of Zanzibar’s indigenous forests have been lost to agriculture or construction over the years, but Jozani Forest has fortunately been declared a protected nature reserve.
The area hosts a diverse range of habitats, including mangrove forests, ground water forest, coral rag forest, salt marshland, saline grassland and evergreen bushland, which are havens for a huge variety of wildlife. Not only will you get the chance to see the endangered Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey in the wild, but you will also see an abundance of other animals such as the highly endangered Zanzibar leopards, civet cats, bush babies, hyraxes, jumping shrews, bush pigs, red and grey squirrels, elephant shrews and Sykes monkeys, as well as hundreds of butterfly, bird and marine species.
The forest also hosts hundreds of tropical plants and tree species, including the Mama Mtondoo (Mother Mahogany), which is over 200 years old, and the raffia palm which boasts the largest leaves in the plant kingdom. Your specialist nature guide will teach you all about the native flora and fauna as you are led along a unique nature trail under the lush forest canopy. The tour includes popular areas such as the mangrove boardwalk, where you will see all sorts of tropical fish and other sea creatures. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of this wooded paradise as you gain a greater appreciation of nature.
The main purpose of the National Park is to protect the forest and its surrounding environment. The reserve is managed by local people who look after the park and act as rangers and guides. They also work hard to raise awareness of forest conservation through educational activities, whilst performing practical tasks such as replanting trees. Visiting Jozani forest will enable you to show your support for Zanzibar’s important conservations efforts, whilst giving you and your family some wonderful memories to take away with you.
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