This half day tour takes you into Zanzibar’s quiet interior, and offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing.
The first stop is Jozani Forest, home to the island’s most famous and photographed resident, the Zanzibar red colobus monkey, as well as the ader’s duiker, sykes monkeys, bush babies, African civet, giant elephant shrews, and chameleons as well as around 83 species of birds.
Next door to Jozani Forest is the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, an interactive butterfly exhibit consisting of a netted tropical garden with hundreds of butterflies, all of which are native species to Zanzibar. The enclosure is one of Africa’s largest butterfly exhibits and provides residents and tourists of Zanzibar with an interactive and visual environment to learn about butterflies.
You will also visit the Jozani Sea turtle sanctuary which is located within the Jozani forest. The aim of this community initiative is to help local people benefit from tourism and conservation. In three large pools you can observe sea turtles and fish-farming side by side. It’s also a great place to see giant tortoises, translocated here from Chunguu Island as a gift from the president of Zanzibar.
A helpful guide will show you around.
After exploring the lush indigenous forests, take a breather and stop at Red Monkey Restaurant and refuel.