We start our tour in the early morning. Our first stop will be the Zanzibar Butterfly Center, a project that is supported by the WWF in order to save Zanzibar’s indigenous butterflies. Most of them are set free once they are grown up, few remain in order to produce future generations, and the villagers take the eggs home to tend to them until they turn into caterpillars, pupae, and at last new butterflies. In this way, the project not only helps protect Zanzibar’s butterflies, but also contributes to the villagers’ income. The Zanzibar Butterfly Centre funds local development projects and helps conserve local forests. A lot of forest is being destroyed in Zanzibar as local people cut down trees to make charcoal to sell. People need it for fuel because gas and electricity is very expensive, so people cook with charcoal. By growing pupae to sell to the center, people no longer have to earn money by making charcoal from the forest. It takes up to three months to train someone to farm butterflies. Farmers must learn to recognize the eggs and caterpillars of 30 species of butterfly, as well as learning their Latin names.
From the butterfly farm we continue into Jozani Forest, the last virgin forest on Unguja (Zanzibar) Island. A very knowledgeable guide will tell you about this unique ecosystem, and tell you about its fragile balance. From the forest you will go on to the other side of the main road, where Zanzibar Red Colobus
Monkeys swing themselves through the trees without paying much attention to either human visitors or their neighbors, the shyer Black Monkeys. A bit behind the monkeys, the unique mangrove forest of Chwaka Bay begins, in which three different types of mangroves live. On a walkway, we will be able to pass through the forest.
The last part of our tour will be a visit to Pete Village. Here the famous ‘Moto’ project takes place, involving many of the village women. Moto promotes the traditional art of weaving / plaiting with wild fig leaves. You will be able to see the careful selection of the most suitable leaves, their preparation for plaiting, and finally the plaiting itself into beautiful baskets, mats, etc. aT the end of our visit to Pete village we will enjoy a traditional Swahili lunch, prepared by one of the women. Enjoy!