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Jozani, located in East Zanzibar, is an untouched and preserved area of forest (shamba in Swahili). It is a popular destination for tourists, especially those on their way to the beautiful East Coast beaches of Paje and Jambiani.

Upon arrival at Jozani Forest, you will be introduced to your guide, who will show you around the area by foot, and also provide you with lots of relevant information and facts about the park and its wildlife inhabitants.

As well as the forest being a beautiful and amazing place to visit in terms of its surroundings, there is also the appeal of the wildlife which exists there, the most famous of which is the red colobus monkey – native to Zanzibar. You can take your time to observe their habits and watch how they eat, climb and even how the younger monkeys play and pretend to fight with each other.

As you explore Jozani, your senses will be awakened – your nose will pick up natural scents, your ears will pick up the sounds of the forest, and your eyes will be spoilt for choice with so much wildlife and vibrant shrubbery surrounding you.

I recommend a visit to Jozani for anyone staying in Zanzibar. It may not be the same as going on a mainland Tanzania safari, but it offers a totally different and fascinating experience anyway.