Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park

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Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park

Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Palek
Wroclaw, Poland557 contributions
Family
You may wonder, why there are signs on the road, not allowing you to take photos of the monkeys. That is why, you will be taken by the Park Ranger to this actual roadside, to make the same pics, having paid entry and guidance fee. In fact, I had seen even more, accidentally being driven nearby in the night (monkeys and bush baby observing the road). After maybe 20 minutes of watching monkeys you will be taken by your own car to have short walk over mangrove Forrest. Short speech about importance of this ecosystem (no doubt true) and ridiculous ending that “now according to the Park regulations you have to tip the guide”. As we paid 35usd for each 4 members of our Family, I could not say this trip presented any reasonable value for money.
Written December 18, 2020
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Ian W
Portsmouth, UK166 contributions
We did a 1/2 day tour from Pongwe, the 1st thing you have to do is get your ticket, thankfully it was included in the tour and our driver got us in quite quickly but for those that didn't it was quite chaotic. We were gathered into a group by one of the park guides and given an brief introduction talk, then we went into the forest to look for the monkeys. Thankfully it didn't take too long as it was a very hot day and the trees made it quite oppressive. But all that was forgotten when a troupe of them came into view and followed us, or did we follow them, along some of the paths, they were completely unfazed by us and we were able to get quite close to them with worrying them at all. After this we were picked up by our driver and taken to the mangroves for a walk out on the boardwalk, but this was closed for repairs so the guide just gave a talk on the bit we could get onto. Seeing the monkeys is why we went and were glad we did, but there was not much else there so it's a good job you are pretty much guaranteed to see them.
Written April 2, 2020
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John V
4 contributions
Couples
The forest is very green and attractive .most trees are planted here.
The walk was very nice in the mangrooves.many monkeys who are very friendly come very close but not allowed to feed them .we visited the park on our way to the rock restaurant with Babliy .
Very friendly driver and waited us two hours doing the tour .
For transfers to jozani and the rock contact Babliy through whatsaap +255756983368
Written May 27, 2022
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Petra P
Prague, Czech Republic5 contributions
Jozani forest as a place is an amazing and very unique area.
Unfortunately all of their guides are horrible, with very poor knowledge, talking about tips only.
They are not even able to answer basic questions about forests, the same as about monkeys.

What I learned is " these monkeys like to touch and kiss people and like to eat chocolate"
shame on you guys.

This was really horrible experience cost only by unprofessional guides ( i have been there several times last 2 month)

It is really a pity, as I mentioned, the place and animals are amazing there but spending 40 minutes with a guide who "doesn't know" or telling really liars is a waste of money and time.
Written August 22, 2021
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Michael Hon
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic2 contributions
Couples
Well, the forest and surrounding is fascinating, but efforts of guides to get the most of our money in their pockets was realy making it akward. We came here by dala dala and that was the first surprise for locals, bacause they could not charge us for parking. Unpleasant guys on reception charged us $12 each for a short walk with guide. Then we spent 20 min walking in the forest, another 20 min watching red monkeys by the side of the busy main road (what a place to watch monkeys in their natural habitat, really? We were also told, that watching the black monkeys is nonsence, because they live everywhere) and then they took us to mangrove forest for another short walk - you need your own car to get there, otherwise you have to pay for a taxi, clever. When we finished the tour, the guide (who was kinda akward joker, evethough he may know something about Jozani, but felt like he is acting some weird stand up comedy) embarrased himself by asking for a generous tip, cause he is working here as a volunteer and he has no other income (lies, lies, lies - entrance fee includes guides). When we paid a dollar each, he turned to be quite angry about stupid mozungus. You may get lucky and get a better guide, but this place is not running well in my opinion.
Written December 22, 2020
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lucyellwood
47 contributions
Couples
This is a tourist trap and a very very poor example of conservation. Bare in mind, the average wage in Tanzania is 3000 shillings a day, it costs 50,000 to enter. Where is the money going?

On arrival you have to wait for a guide. You then get back in your own vehicle and drive down an extremely busy, polluted dirt track. You exit the vehicle and walk about 10 metres into the bush or “forest” where you see the monkeys. There is litter everywhere and many tourists getting extremely close to the monkeys. You then get back in the car and drive to the mangrove which is okay but there is no wildlife there. Our guide was friendly enough but at the end he was asking people in our group for a tip.

You can see these monkeys on the side of the road to Paje with less tourists! I would never go back. It’s not a forest!
Written July 18, 2022
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Eman
United Arab Emirates35 contributions
Friends
Entrance fee is 25,000 shillings and FYI they only accept cash. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and great at explaining things but the experience wasn’t special at all. Make sure you go to the toilet before visiting the site as the toilets here aren’t pleasant. They have a restaurant but it doesn’t look appealing at all. There is A LOT of walking involved so wear comfy footwear!!! We learnt about the forest and saw the black and red monkeys. It was nice to see them roam around freely from afar - they didn’t get close to us. We also looked at the mangroves which was interesting. Overall, would only recommend if you want something to do for a few hours to kill time but don’t expect too much.
Written April 22, 2021
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Hanan333
Doha, Qatar97 contributions
In my opinion, the trip was not worth it, we saw the monkeys, yes, but if we noticed, we could have seen them on the trees while driving. After paying for the tickets, a guide will be assigned with u to do the tour, he literally took us back to the road where we saw the monkeys. Other than this, trees are nice but nothing much to see, except few mushrooms and we saw an ant killer. We skipped the mangroves at the end.
Written February 14, 2022
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esbenlyager1972
Qaanaaq, Greenland11 contributions
Family
10€ to look at some tame monkeys while a hoard of other people are taking pictures. The walk in the forest is actually nothing more than a 500 meter walk around the reception areal.
In the mangrove forest you walk 200 meters on a boardwalk. You see some black crabs.
Overpriced and not very informative. We didn't get any receipts, we suspect that they put the money in their own pocket.
Written February 3, 2020
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WorldCulture
United States69 contributions
The quality of the guiding made our birdwatching experience in/near Jozani Forest poor. The guide was a local resident and has been involved in development of Jozani Forest. It was hard to understand him when he was calling out the species of birds. When we asked him to show them in his bird guidebook, he was fumbling through the pages and couldn't find them. When a guide is struggling with the basics of bird guiding, you can't expect him to explain the environment and behaviour of birds.

A couple of other poor experience we had in Unguja agreed with the description in the travel guidebook we had. When comparing to the guiding we had on safari in mainland Tanzania, the quality in Unguja was extremely poor.

If you just want to see the monkeys, the quality of guiding doesn't matter since it's almost no way to miss them. However lack of quality guiding makes exploring the forest and birdwatching extremely challenging. At the end of our tour, we felt we had squandered our time and money.
Written January 13, 2021
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