Make the most of your trip to Jozani Forest in Zanzibar
Jozani Nature Reserve.
While in Zanzibar one of the activity you can do is to visit Jozani forest which you can go anytime of the year between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Once arrived you will find a reception desk at the entrance where you can pay the entrance fee and get in. There are professional tour guides who will accompany visitors on a 30 to 45 minute walking tour.
The Jozani Forest is the only national park and rainforest in Zanzibar. It stretches for 50 square kilometers, between Chwaka bay (north) and Uzi bay (south), in a very humid flat area. The Annual rains and frequently floods make this an exceptional swamp forest.
What to see when visit Jozani Forest in Zanzibar
One of the basic thing to spot while taking a walk around this forest are the openings in the ground which were dug by little crabs to arrive at the layer of water 30 cm underneath the ground.
Another basic things to see are the red colobus monkey (colobus badius ), which must be found in Zanzibar and no place else in Africa. The island has around 2,000 monkeys of its species. It is in the Jozani woods that the voyager is well on the way to notice them very close.
There are 8 unique gatherings of colobus monkey in Jozani Forest: 7 gatherings are comprised of meek or bashful monkeys which are unfortunate of people and living somewhere down in the forested areas.
The eighth gathering unites more friendly ones, living by the roadside now and then, and hence more noticeable and simple to spot.
These red colobus are recognized by their long tail, their hair and their legs with 4 fingers. Since these monkeys dreading the warmth then they rest in the branches during the day, and wake up in the first part of the day and evening. They feed on fruits and leaves and don't drink water, and can live 22 years on average.
Jozani Forest is also home to a colony of blue monkeys (diademed) who they eat whatever they find around the forest. And they are also very unique around Africa.
During the walk, the guide gives various and fascinating clarifications on the vegetation, on the trees (100 species), the plants, and the tropical (medicine) spices.
Some of the most common trees include eucalyptus, red mahogany (mama mtondoo), tallest Jozani tree, oil palm , sycamore and casuarina.
Since the creation of this reserve (1960), what remains essential in the wildlife (animals) of the island of Zanzibar seems to have concentrated in this dense mystery of these lush and rainforest park. Arrange your tour to Zanzibar with us and visit this hidden gem in the heart of Zanzibar.