The forest is a great place to encounter many indigenous varieties of flora and fauna, including the Zanzibari Red Colobus Monkey; unique to Unguja this species of wild monkey live on despite the best efforts of the former British rulers to bring it to extinction. Other species that you might catch a glimpse of include Blue Sykes’ Monkeys, Bush Pigs, Aders Duiker Antelopes, Elephant Shrews, Chameleons and numerous birds and butterflies. Visitors are advised to keep three metres between themselves and any wildlife and asked not to visit the forest if suffering any cold or flu like symptoms. The monkeys, though susceptible to human diseases, have practically no resistance to them. The Jozani National Park opens 07:30 – 17:00 daily. One kilometre to the West of the Jozani Park entrance is the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre. This enclosed tropical garden teaming with around a dozen species of butterfly is open daily 09:00 – 17:00. 5.5 km south of the park is Zala Park, another interesting nature reserve, this time for reptiles. This park is open 08:30 – 17:30 daily. This area of National Park offers a great way of seeing a very different side of Zanzibar. Rather than just white sand, blue sea, and crumbling palaces, Zanzibar is also very green. Arranging your Trip to Jozani Forest Jozani is a particularly common point to stop off at when returning from a Kizimkazi Dolphin Tour. If you decide to experience the life stlye of zanzibari people you may travel there by the use of public transport, Daladalas (public transport) number 3240, 309 and 310 all pass the gates throughout the day, all leaving from the Darajani terminal in Stone Town. It is best to be waiting for your return transport on the main road by 17:00. Car hire is the other option for a day out to Jozani as taxis will prove very costly and impractical.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Jozani Forest is located in the centre of the Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park, 38 km south-east of Stone Town. Our professional’s tour guide may come to pick you till the point of your destination. The best time to see the wildlife of Jozani is early in the morning when nature is at its most lively and man-kind at his least.