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Jozani Chwaka Bay Conservation Area

Colobo Red Monkey © marcveraart
Colobo Red Monkey © marcveraart

The largest conservation area in Zanzibar and the only remaining natural mangrove forest on the island, the Jozani Chwaka Bay Conservation Area is renowned for its hairy ape residents, the Red Columbus Monkeys. Endemic to Zanzibar, these entertaining creatures attract visitors from far and wide. The species is highly endangered, now numbering only about 1,500. Due to large-scale cultivation, firewood collection, harvesting building materials and charcoal and lime making, Zanzibar's forests have been largely depleted, making the Jozani Chwaka Bay conservation area a significant natural landscape and well worth protecting. Nature lovers can walk through the 100 different towering tree species and marvel at the rich variety of birdlife and other small wildlife that inhabit the cool woodland area. Exploring the mangrove forest is a refreshing break from the sunny beaches.

Address: 23 miles (37km) south of Stone Town