Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park

Jozani Forest is known for its Red colobus monkeys (red guereza), which are endemic to Zanzibar. About 10 years ago, monkeys were considered threatened with extinction, but this trend has reversed due to a special conservation project. There are about 6,000 monkeys of this species living in the Jozani forest.

The Jozani Forest has several habitats including marshy forest, evergreen thickets, mangroves, as well as various species of wildlife, including Red colobus monkeys, bush piglets, Ader Duiker and sun antelopes. Red Colobus monkey is also known as Kirk’s red colobus, named after Sir John Kirk, the British Resident of Zanzibar who had first brought it to the attention of zoological science.
Other species of fauna found in the park are the Sykes monkey, bush babies, more than 50 species of butterfly and 40 species of birds.After watching the monkeys, you will reach the Pete-Jozani Mangrove Boardwalk, which crosses the coral vegetation, the mangrove forest and the stream. Walking through the mangrove forest, which is particularly important for Zanzibar ecosystems, it provides a habitat for many lizards, snakes and birds. It also prevents coastal erosion.
Jozani Forest is located 38 km southeast of Stone Town. In 1995, the Jozani Chwaka Bay Conservation Project was set up to protect the largest remaining territory of the indigenous forest that covered Zanzibar.