Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, also known as Jozani Forest, is the only national park on the beautiful island of Zanzibar. The forest reserve covers an area of ​​no more than 50 km2 but there are many wonderful things to see here.

Where is Jozani Forest?

This park is located in the southeast of the island, so it is easily accessible by many island tourists Zanzibar beach resort. The southern entrance to the park has a 1km boardwalk and is a source of hunting, farming and firewood for the residents of the nearby village of Jozani.

Flora and fauna

Jozani Zanzibar monkey
Image via Wikimedia Commons (Niceley, Jozani-Zanzibar-monkey, CC BY-SA 4.0)

If you are an avid bird watcher, Jozani is a paradise. More than 100 species of birds live in this park. You can see pigeons, doves, doves, lapwings, sandpipers and many more beautiful birds among the trees. There are more than 50 species of butterflies here.

Things to do

If you are staying at a nearby luxury resort, e.g Residence Zanzibar, you can easily come here for a change of scenery as they offer amazing tours of the park. Guided walks are best for visitors who want to gain an in-depth knowledge of the park’s many animals and trees. Even if you are at such a resort, be sure to hire a guide to accompany you, as tourists are not allowed to walk the trails alone.