Young Red Colobus Monkey, Jozani Forest, Zanzibar
Jozani Forest Walk, Zanzibar
On collection from your hotel, transfer to the Jozani Forest, a natural protected forested area near the centre of Zanzibar which makes up 3% of the island. On arrival, meet your guide and walk along the nature trails underneath the canopy which is home to many different species of animals, plants, birds and butterflies including the rare Red Colobus Monkeys. Your guide will chat with you as you walk through the trees, over the swamp and Mangrove forests. A highly informative and trained guide allows you to learn about the delicate ecosystem, its residents and the medicinal properties of the plants within it.
Jozani forest is famous for being a sanctuary to the Red Colobus Monkeys and thus the reason for its protection and preservation. These monkeys have been isolated from others on the mainland of Africa for a minimum of ten thousand years, leading to the development of this rare subspecies.
The forest was declared as a nature reserve in the 1960s, and since then it has provided gorgeous photo opportunities with clear sightings of the monkeys either in the trees, on the floor feeding or strolling along the pathways. The monkeys are wild, but it is possible to get close to them and observe their unique natural eating habits, calls and coat patterns. These monkeys were once endangered but since the opening of the nature reserve and its conservation efforts the numbers have increased, and it is now estimated that there are between 2,000-2,500 of them.
If you are looking for a full day experience it is worth combining the Jozani Forest with a Spice Tour. Whatever you choose to do; be sure to end your walk and transfer back to your hotel before dark as local legend says that the elusive Zanzibar leopard is said to feed in the Jozani Forest at night.