To the south of the island, Jozani Forest is a wonder and delight, with tales of Zanzibar leopards, medicinal cures and stunning scenery. Currently under consideration to become Zanzibar’s second World Heritage Site, the Jozani-Chakwa Bay area is a hotspot of biodiversity.
The forest is home to a number of unique species, including the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey. Your park ranger will take you on a nature trail, lined with eucalyptus and mahogany trees and explain the medicinal properties of various plants as well as tell you about the animals, birds and reptiles that make their home in the various habitats of this tropical rainforest.
Troops of monkeys can be found scrambling from branch to branch, in search of food. The mangrove boardwalk takes you above the swamp, where, depending on the tide, you can see tropical fish flitting between the mangrove roots and crabs scuttling across the mud.
Mangroves play an important role in environmental conservation and as a resource for villagers and community life. Your ranger will explain the different plant species found in the swamp and their uses.