Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park was established in 2004 and covers an area of 5,000ha. It is the first and only National Park in Zanzibar. The park vegetation is a mixture of ground water forest, ever green mixed forest, dry bush land, shrub land and mangroves.
This habitat is home to many animals, the most famous being the Zanzibar red colobus (Piliocolobus kirkii). This primate is endemic to Zanzibar and listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List. There are approximately 1200-1500 individuals on the island with the largest groupings in and around the park.
On most days there are near guaranteed sightings very close to the park headquarters. Other primate species commonly sighted at the park include Skye’s monkey and at night time bushbabies (Galagos).
The park is also very good for birding and there are there are many trails through the forest to follow and explore, including an elevated board walk through mangroves.