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“interesting place worth seeing” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Zanzibar Butterfly Centre

Zanzibar Butterfly Centre
Pete Village | Jozani, Tanzania
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Ranked #6 of 29 Attractions in Zanzibar
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Vienna, Austria
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“interesting place worth seeing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

This was the first time that I have been on a butterfly farm. I did a short tour where they took me to the cage with the butterflies and explained the breeding process. I found that quite interesting. It was easy to get there from Stone Town, and they have fun t-shirts too ... just when the caterpiller thought he'd die he turned into a butterfly :) The place is worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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“A wonderful and peaceful place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We cycled to this from Bwejuu and was so pleased we did.

The centre is run to offer alternative green employment to locals (who are often tempted into making charcoal) by collecting pupae and selling them to the centre.

The pupae themselves are fascinating (check the golden ones).

The range of butterflies you will find depends on the season and what can be found by the collectors - regardless of how many are there this is definitely worth your time and money.

Visited August 2013
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“Definitely worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Possibly overshadowed by the nearby Jozani Forest, this is actually far more interesting and absorbing. Pandu, the project director, is very knowledgable and engaging. The farm is a designed to encourage the local communities to farm butterflies at the pupa stage rather than cut down trees for charcoal, so it has a positive impact on the environment and local economy. For the visitor, for your $5 entry fee you receive a brief explanation of the project and a shirt tour and then you are left to take pictures for as long as you wish. It is truly magical to be in the butterfly house surrounded by exotic butterflies. Don't miss the chance to visit.

Visited August 2013
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“I brilliant project.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Small but beautifuly put together. The staff are very knowledgeable and passionate about thier work.
The butterflies are the stars of the show, from hairy caterpillar to golden pupas to flying beauty.
It's a great project which benefits the local community's. Well worth a visit.

Visited June 2013
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“Where did the butterflies find the gold?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This is a welcome stop between Stone Town and Paje. One great Italian convinced the locals to stop converting the trees in charcoal (see Haiti) and instead be paid for butterfly egg collection. The tourists get to see for a minimal fee all life stages of butterflies. Some chrysalis (or pupas) appear to be made of gold or have gold specs in them. You can keep them in your hand and watch their slow movement.

Visited July 2013
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