Jozani Forest & Spice Route
Jozani Forest is part of the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park is a 50 Km2 expanse thriving with a wealth of native wildlife in diverse forms – from swamp forest to evergreen thicket and mangrove. In this sanctuary, you can spend a couple of hours wandering amidst the exotic vegetation, closely sight the indigenous flora and approach the Red Colobus monkeys that are endemic to Unguja. Good-natured and good-humoured, they allow visitors to get close them as they frolick playfully around.
Arabs started large spice plantations making Zanzibar the world’s biggest exporter of cloves at the time. Arabs started large spice plantations making Zanzibar the world’s biggest exporter of cloves at the time. After the abolition of the slave trade in the 19th century, Zanzibar was one of the worlds’ reputed and most important producers of spices. Today, Zanzibar is still acknowledged for its clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, chili and pepper. The Spice Route is a unique opportunity to see and buy them at source.
As you will discover, spices are woven into the very fabric of culture and everyday life in Zanzibar. Their pungent wafts and zingy tastes, organic colours and textures weave a sort of magic, tantalising the senses.
Cool down with a deliciously fresh coconut or sugar cane juice and buy some fresh fruits straight from the plantation before heading on to visit the Ancient Persian Baths of Kijichi. This historical building was completed in 1850 to be offered as a token of love by the first Sultan of Zanzibar to his Persian wife.
Half-day excursion. Starting around 8:00 am to 12:30pm
It is advisable to wear walking shoes and a hat or cap and to bring your swim gear, towel, insect repellent and sunscreen. You might also want to bring some money if you wish to buy spices, oils and fresh fruits on offer at the plantation and souvenirs on the way.
Lunch is not included.