Jozani-Chakwa Bay National Park

Jozani forest lies about 35 km south-east of Stone Town in the south of the Island and lies between the Chwaka Bay in the north and Uzi Bay. Jozani was officially declared a forest reserve in 1960 and until recently only the forest was gazetted. The conservation area has been expanded in 1984 to a gazetted area over 2512 ha that includes the whole ground water forest, coral rag forest and salt marsh area.

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The reserve contains about 100 tree species from a total of 43 families, the only remaining natural mangrove forest on the island and hairy ape residents, the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey endemic to Zanzibar. The reserve is known as  Jozani Chwaka Bay Conservation Area (JCBCA). It's the largest conservation area in Zanzibar (about 2 % of Zanzibar) and was put in 1997 on the Tentative List in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative. We encourage you to have a guided nature walk through the rain-forest which is uniquely beautiful and very peaceful. You can observe a rich variety of bird-life, have the monkeys at a close range and visit adjacent mangroves. These monkeys are full of character and they are incredibly photogenic. Opening time: Daily 7.30 a.m to 5 p.m.

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