Most people likely think of Zanzibar (Tanzania) for its beaches and resorts. Or perhaps also for its very unique history and architecture. Or maybe as the birthplace of Freddie Mercury. However, get off-the-beaten-path and you will discover Zanzibar has other interesting places to explore. The Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park is one such place.
The park is a great example of conservation efforts that involve the adjacent communities that otherwise would tap the park for its natural resources, over time depleting them. The efforts to conserve the park were part of my visit there and it was great to see how the neighboring communities, once brought on board, understood the long-term considerations and began adapting their own approaches.
The park is west known for its red colobus monkeys. Quite comfortable with humans (which may be a concern), they are amusing to watch for sure.
Besides the monkeys, it is neat walk around and look at the flora native to the area. A bit humid but otherwise a great walk!
So if you ever head to Zanzibar, enjoy the beaches, Stone Town, and the local contribution to world music but do not miss the Jozani-Chwaka Bay Park!