With mangrove forests and saltmarshes to the north of the national park, the area is an extremely rich mosaic of Zanzibar’s diverse natural habitats, a haven for much wildlife, including rare, endemic and endangered species. Jozani Forest Reserve is located about 35 km south-east of Zanzibar Town on the road to Paje. The forest hosts a sizable population of the rare Red Colobus Monkey, found only on the main island of Zanzibar, and is recognized as a separate species (Piliocolobus Kirkii) and is said to be endemic to Zanzibar. A visit to Zanzibar is not complete without seeing one of the rarest monkeys in Africa, with less than 2,000 remaining in the world.
Other species which can be seen are Sykes Monkeys, Bushbabies, Ader’s Duikers, Hyraxes, over 50 species of butterflies, about 40 species of birds and several other animals. Your guide will take you on a nature trail, lined with eucalyptus and mahogany trees and explain the medicinal properties of various plants. He will also narrate to you about the animals, birds and reptiles that inhabit this tropical rainforest.
The main purpose of the National Park is conserving the forest and its surrounding environment. This is achieved, in partnership with local communities in many different forms, from educational activities through to practical tasks such as mangrove replanting.
The mangrove boardwalk takes you above the mangrove swamp, where, depending on the tide, you may be fortunate to see tropical fish between the mangrove roots and crabs. After a short rest, you will board your coach for the return journey to the pier, where you will see huge mango plantations, which span for miles upon end.