Jozani Forest and Butterfly Centre

We booked the 3 in 1 tour through ZanTours. It was pouring with rain when we left but thankfully it stopped and we only had a slight drizzle during our tour. Nothing new to the local residence of Zanzibar.

The Jozani forest is best known for its Red Colobus Monkeys (kima punju in swahili), which are endemic to Zanzibar. They are very used to people so come fairly close to the visitors.

From here you walk through the forest on the other side. Our guide was very informative and told us quite a bit about the various trees and their uses. Every plant or tree cures something according to the Zanzibar people. It is a forest of very tall Mangrove trees and shade growing plants.

Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park
Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park

From here you drive to the Pete-Jozani Mangrove Boardwalk, which entwines through coral thicket vegetation, mangrove forest and across a creek. The mangrove forest is extremely crucial to Zanzibar’s ecosystems, providing a habitat for many lizards, snakes and bird life as well as preventing the coastal erosion.

The Zanzibar Butterfly Centre (ZBC) is an interactive butterfly exhibit near to Jozani-Chawka Bay National Park on Unguja island so it is worth your while to add it into the package to save you driving that way again. The ZBC promotes sustainable use of natural resources while providing extra income for the local farmers. Sadly we were a bit disappointed, but apparently it was due to the high humidity and heat.

Zanzibar Butterfly Centre (ZBC)
Zanzibar Butterfly Centre

A lovely morning with time to relax at home in the afternoon with my kids…

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