The Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park is approximately 12,000 acres and is located on the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania. Uncommon Red Colobus Monkeys can be seen here, as well as the Zanzibar Sykes’ Monkey, an extremely rare monkey species found only on Zanzibar island. Since the mid-1990s, the Red Colobus has been designated as the flagship species for conservation in Zanzibar. Bushbabies, more than 50 species of butterflies, and 40 species of birds are among the other animals present in the park. The nocturnal Zanzibar tree hyrax has four toes on its front feet and three on its back and is thought to be the first hyrax to adapt to the forest.
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The Red Colobus monkey
The Red Colobus monkey was once considered endangered, but in recent years, its numbers have increased. There are now between 2,000 and 2,500 monkeys in the area. They are wild, but you can go near to them, and they go about their daily activities as if humans don’t exist. The elusive Zanzibar leopard is supposed to graze here at night, which could explain why the area is only open during daylight hours.
What to expect
For your protection and the safety of the monkeys, park staff urge that you observe them from a distance. To conserve the species, walking off the pathways without an authorised guide is prohibited. Visitors can walk through the woodland on a network of several nature trails. The main route begins at the park’s entrance and is a one-hour enjoyable walk.
On the other side of the park lies a mangrove habitat. Several medicinal plants and trees are utilized as natural treatments. On the boardwalk, there is no need for a guide because it only goes one way. The mangrove boardwalk provides travellers with a unique opportunity to view the distinctive mangrove environment, which is thoroughly interesting. Apart from other Zanzibar attractions, Jozani woodland is an excellent spot to recharge and offers an excellent opportunity to get back in touch with nature.
The park’s entrance gate and information centre, together with a tiny cafe and a few craft shops, are located about 35 kilometres southeast of Zanzibar Town, on the road to Paje. If you’d like to book a tour, you can do so right here.