Jozani National Park [Zanzibar]
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|The Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park was established in 2004, occupying an area of 5000 hectares. It is the only National Park of its kind in the Zanzibar and a rich mosaic of the island’s diverse natural habitats.
For the casual visitor, the Park offers most notably three points of interest:
a) Red Colobus monkeys, an endangered endemic primate of the island, with which visitors can have close contact on their natural environment;
b) The Mangrove Boardwalk, a man made wooden boardwalk which will take you deep inside a Mangrove Forest to appreciate an otherwise inaccessible typical wet tropical ecosystem;
c) The Jozani Forest itself. Consisting of marked trails that will allow you to have close contact with the fauna and flora which once covered most of the island and today are to be found nowhere else.
:: Getting There
The park lies 35 Km SE from Stone Town and is easily accessible by private car, Daladala or taxi. The entrance gate is 2 Km after the village of "Pete", along the road to Paje.
:: The Cache
The geocache consists of a rectangular wooden box (15x25x15 cm - see photo) which can be asked for at the park’s RECEPTION. To claim the cache you do not need to visit the park but you are strongly advised to do so since it’s surely one of the most valuable points of interest in Zanzibar.
The ticket fee (Sept. 2006) is of 8 USD per person, including guidance. The park is open all year around, from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. If you go there during the rainy season make sure you take appropriate footwear, since the Jozani forest naturally becomes somewhat boggy.
:: Word of Gratitude & Further Info
We would like to leave here a special word of gratitude to the park’s chief, Mr. Ali Mwinyi as well as to Mrs. Maimuna for their prompt and enthusiastic adhesion to the idea of hosting the geocache. For further information on how and when to visit the park et cetera... feel free to contact them:
Phone(s): +255 777428033 or +255 024 2238628
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum