Originally Zanzibar was completely covered by forest. Tropical jungle and mangroves covered the island. As part of the settlement, and especially by the cultivation of spice plantations all of the jungle has been destroyed. Almost all of the jungle – there is still a part of the original vegetation, the 50 square kilometer Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, in short called Jozani Forest. It is approximately half way between Stone Town and Kizimkazi. It is the only National Park in Zanzibar and home to the endemic Red Colobus monkeys.
Guided tours take you into the forest and the monkey families who show absolutely no shyness can be observed excellently. On a small hike you can also discover the fascinating world of the mangroves.
In Jozani National Park, one can get an idea of how the area looked hundreds of years ago. In the mangroves is a tortoise breeding station where you can learn a lot about Zanzibar’s marvelous underwater world next to the park.
There is also the “Zanzibar Butterfly Centre”. An interesting project to protect the unique butterflies of Zanzibar.