Karibu Zanzibar 2020

 

There’s no place on earth like Zanzibar. Our two unique islands offer distinct experiences that will entice any traveler.We warmly invite you to explore our islands

                    and discover your ideal travel experience. We invite you to get the most out of your vacation with the Zanzibar's official tourism website. 

 

 
 

M A S I N G I N I  N AT U R E  F O R E S T   R E S E RV E A N D  C I T Y PA R K

W E L C O M E T O M A S I N G I N I The landscape of the forest lead to the name of the Masingini forest (MNFR) that means gullies. Indeed the forest is characterized with more than 35 gorges. Masingini is located in the Western district of Unguja about 8 km from Zanzibar town. It is situated at the highest peak of Zanzibar; about 120 meter above the sea level. The forest area is 566 ha. The forest was established in 1950s for the purpose of conservation of water sources and soil.

Today Masingini forest is an essential part of water supply for Zanzibar town by creating large groundwater storages. Differing from the most of the forests in Zanzibar, Masingini has deep soil rich in nutrients that creates a lush living environment for large variety of plants and animal species. 

FLORA Masingini forest is a home for over 179 plant species including endemic and rare native species. Forest provides habitat for herbs and shrubs that are used in traditional medicine. For example Mimosa can be used for boosting memory, Mabola Palm is treats fever and Lesser Quinine is used as pesticide.

FAUNA   Some of the rarest species in the forest are native Zanzibar Red Colobus monkeys belonging to the taxonomic group of the most endangered primates in the world. They are known for using charcoal or clay in medicinal purposes to combat the cyanide from their leave diet.

Other monkey species of the forest include Velvet and Sykes monkeys. Masingini forest is a home also for a tiny antelope mammal called Blue Duicker that thrives in forest environments where it can browse leaves, seeds and fruits and find everything from small insects to rodents to consume. Small animals such as mouse kind of elephant shrews, snakes and reptiles as well as arthropods and insects roam around Masingini Forest floor. Here it is very possible to encounter with the African Giant Millipedes that can grow up to 40 centimeters long, have over 250 legs and a lifespan of 7 years. Forest has also big variety of butterfly species.

 

Chumbe Island Coral Park is nature reserve that was developed from 1991 for the conservation and sustainable management of uninhabited Chumbe Island, one of the pristine coral islands in the East Africa. It offer some of the most pristine and colorful coral reef to be found over 200 spicies of coral providing a sanctuary for 400 spicies of colorful fish. To protect this coral reef diving is not permitted in the area. The reef is shallow enough to see everything with a mask and snorkel fins. Accommodation on Chumbe Island is something really special. The bungalows themselves are so brilliantly designed that they provide both privacy and a sense of freedom of living in the open. Many of Chumba clients find these bungalows exceptionally romantic (honeymooners love them), but any individual with a passion for natural beauty will find these bungalows captivating beyond measure. All buildings and operations are perfectly blended with the surrounding nature and situated between the beach and the forest.

Chumbe has seven stunning eco-buildings each incorporating state-of-the-art eco-architecture and using local materials with coconut palm thatch. They are especially pioneering because they are all ecologically self-sustaining with zero impact on the environment. Each Bungalow has solar-powered lighting, private bathroom, cold & (solar-heated) hot water showers fed from a unique rainwater catchment system, compost toilets and greywater filtration through specialized garden areas. On Chumbe you can live in simple luxury on this paradise island in the knowledge that you are in no way damaging the environment of this spectacular nature reserve.

The Pemba flying fox has a charismatic fox or dog-like face which is covered with a coat of bright auburn fur. These bats represent the largest fruit bats in the world. Although they weigh just about 400 – 650g, their wings can span over 5.5 feet across. They live in large social colonies of up to 850 individuals. Their diet consists mainly of fruit such as figs, breadfruit, and mangos, as well as nectar, pollen, flowers, and leaves. They are an important species for seed dispersal because they carry fruit and plant seeds in their digestive system to other parts of the island. The conservation of this bat instills a sense of pride and progress in the local people who actively participate to preserve their local environment. The economic returns garnered through this small community tourism project have already proven to be a great help in strengthening their community.

Misali island consists of 90 hectares of 15,000 years old uplifted coral and is now covered by thick vegetative scrub. In 1998 the Zanzibar Government declared the island a conservation zone. The island situated just west of Pemba which have some of the highest recorded coral cover and high species diversity with 40 types of corals and 350 species of fish. The island is surrounded by a 9km ring of coral reef descending as deep as 64 metres. The one sq km of terrestrial supports endanger nestling turtles and the dense coastal thickest harbour population of green monkey, the endangers and endemic Pemba Flying Fox, globally endangered coconut crabs and various species of bird. Misali’s spectacular scenery and unique diversity has meant it is a must visit island in Africa.

Ngezi Forest Reserve covers an area of 14.4 square kilometers (5.6 sq mi) and is in the north-western tip of Pemba Island one hour tarmac drive from Pemba Karume Airport. It was declared a reserve in 1950 after most of the area had been denuded for cultivation of cloves. Ngezi Forest Reserve comprises a unique combination of vegetation types in Eastern Africa. The forest consist of coral bushes and thickets, thick grasses and bushes in the sandy-loam soils and Mtifutifu soils; dominant plant species are: Odyendea zimmermanni (Mjoho), riverine forest of Barringtonia racemosa (Mtomondo), Milicia spp (Mvule), Alexandrian laurel (Mtondoo), Erythropholem spp (Mwavi), Antiarus spp (Mgulele), Chrisalidocarpus pembanus. Visiting Ngezi is a must for any nature tourist and the cool, pristine beach at Vumawimbi on the north-eastern part of the forest is very tempting and rewarding. The forest line containing closed vegetation continues up to the beach at Vumawimbi giving visitors to the new tourist resorts a wonderful tropical experience

Jozani forest lies about 35 km south-east of Zanzibar town. It contains about 100 tree species from a total of 43 families. One of the most famous and endearing residents of the Jozani National Park is the Zanzibar Red Colobus monkey. Found only on the main island of Zanzibar, the Zanzibar Red Colobus is recognised as a separate species and is said to be endemic to Zanzibar. A visit to Zanzibar is not compete without seeing one of the rarest monkeys in Africa, with less than 2000 remaining in the world. Colobus Monkeys are leaf-eating arboreal spices and spend most of their time in trees. It is somewhat surprising to find, therefore, that the opposable thumb deemed most essential for dexterous arboreal primates, is reduced to a mere stump in the Colobus family (hence the name Colobus-from the Latin for “deformed”).

A local guide, who will take you on a walking trail inside the forest, can be booked in advance through your tour operator.

The Zanzibar Butterfly Centre is the largest butterfly enclosure in East Africa.  The tour can take 30 – 40 minutes where you can inspect the tiny butterfly eggs, touch and hold the hungry caterpillars and watch them nibble away at the leaves. Admire the beauty of the butterfly pupae before witnessing the butterflies hatching and opening out to become a butterfly. The visitor can roam around the magical garden, taking pictures of the butterflies and enjoying nature's treasures.During the tour visitors will be able to see many of Zanzibar's exotic butterfly species and witness, close up, every stage of their amazing life-cycle. Zanzibar Butterfly Centre is a popular Zanzibar tourist attraction, especially for school age children and their families. It is among the community based tourism attraction whereby revenue generated by visitors provides funds for local projects in the form of alternative livelihoods (Butterfly farmers were previously engaged in deforestation activities), conservation and poverty alleviation.

This Park has been established and designed to offer tourism attraction to the public and foreign visitors in twenty acres site. The Park also offers boundless attractions, diverse wild and domesticated birds and animals, spice farm with varieties of plants including medicinal   herbs. The park landscape is animated with big trees, flower plants and grasses provides spectacular remembrance into your life.