This guided excursion to the forest is an interesting alternative to the sea. The protected forest Jozani covers an area of 10 sq km between Chwaka Bay and the Bay of Uzi on a bed of coral paleo. Together with the mangroves to the north and to the salt marshes to the south, is a rich set of different natural habitats of the island.
Walking along the paths meet huge specimens of Red Mahogany, palm oil, Pandanus Rabaiense whose amazing aerial roots act as support of heavy plant and provide oxygen even when Masika during the monsoon season, the forest is flooded and bustling of many small animal species like the water beetle, dragonflies and Ditischi.
There lies the Palma Rafia (raffia farinifera), whose fiber, derived from the leaves, is used for a myriad of purposes, both in the textile than in other sectors. The Ficus Sycamore stand, tall, against the sky.
Even here the roots have powerful support function. Other Ficus, said stranglers (ficus natalensis) firmly intertwined trees of the forest: this is not a collaboration between plant but rather a struggle for survival. Here and there, clumps grow cardamom, mint and other fragrant spices wild. Even Liane Todalia, plants typical of tropical countries belonging to the same family of Rattan Asian exploit tall trees to climb towards the light.
Pausing, the silence of the forest emerge the songs of birds Jozani: l ‘Akelat (Erithacus Gunningi, a robin on the east coast) the babul greenish Zanzibar (Pycnototus Zanzibaricus virens) the Nectarine olivacea, the crowned Hornbill (Tockus alboterminatus) and sounds and calls of animals Jozani: the shrill whistles of Colubus Red Zanzibar (precolubus kirkii) and recall penetrating the Vervet Monkey; fangs of Patacomero (distant relative of the Boar) that the soil to unearth roots and tubers, the noise produced by black pygmy frogs leaping in pools of water. In all, over 40 species of migratory and resident.
The forest is then extended to a ‘area of Casuarina equisetifolia: all specimens were planted by man in 1980 after a fire destroyed part of the forest. All efforts are aimed at bringing the disaster areas to pristine condition, while protecting and conserving the natural residual forest.
Duration: 3/4 hours [depends on your desire for exploration]
Cost: € 50 p.p. includes transportation and admission ticket.
Jozani forest, mangroves and Butterflies
It s’can extend the visit to the nearby center of the Butterflies, born for the conservation of endemic species.
Duration: 4/5 hours.
Total Cost: $ 50 p.p. includes transportation and all entrance fees.