This is the only place in
Zanzibar to find the last remains of the indigenous forest,
which once covered much of central part of the island. It is
a protected forest, which is located at a low-lying land
linking the south and north. Although the forest has been
protected since 1952 , it was only in 1960 when the
government declared it as a "Nature Reserve" . The tropical
nature of the forest is due to the large moisture from the
sea and the flooding during the rain season which creates a
swampy environment. This environment nurtures trees such as
as palm, figs, mahogany, Sidney blue gums, ferns, and
mangroves. Much of the of wildlife in Zanzibar resides here.
This residence is home to a rare endemic specie of red
colobus monkeys (Kirk's red Colobus). The blue velvet
monkeys (Skes) are also found. Other animals include Ader's
duiker, which are found only in Jozani and Sokoke Forest
along the Kenya's coast. Leopards which are smaller in shape
live here, though is unlikely that you will see them.
Over 40 species of birds have been recorded in this forest,
that makes Jozani the best bird watching place in the
island. Species that are normally seen are: emerald spotted
wood dove, little and sombre greenbuls, Kenya crested guinea
fowl, wood hoopoe, cardinal woodpecker, red capped robin
chat, dark backed and golden weavers, olive sunbird and
crown hornbill, coucals, and fisher's Turaco.
by the government
has added the rich
mangrove forests of the Chwaka bay into the reserve making
the ecosystem the largest conservation area in Zanzibar.
It is strictly for walking safari
It takes an hour to reach Jozani from Stone Town
and can be combined with Paje Beach visit or stay in one of
the hotels in Paje or Chwaka.