Dance and disco into the new year with resident DJ Dullah at
the Sunset Bar and
Tradewinds while watching the fireworks from the legendary Africa House terrace.
In addition to traditional Maasai dancers we present the Safi Theatre Group, mixing
ngoma music, flute, barrel drums and shakers combined with their incredible acrobatics dance performance.
Entrance: Tsh 20,000 (includes a cocktail toast into the new year).
Call for reservations at 0774 43 23 40.
Zanzibar Butterfly Centre
The Zanzibar Butterfly Centre is located in the small village of Pete, only
five minutes by car from the entrance to the
Jozani Forest. The centre opened
in 2008 with the aim to show visitors the various colourful butterfly species
that are native to Zanzibar as well as to provide an additional income for the
villagers and to preserve the forest.
Several locals are trained to farm butterflies. After having been taught how to
identify butterfly species, the farmers built a small enclosure net and plant the
preferred food plants of butterflies inside. Female butterflies caught in the wild
are brought to the breeding cage to lay their eggs on the food plant. The farmers
collect those eggs and place them in a pest?free container. After hatching, the
caterpillars (larvae) are brought back to the breeding cage until they pupate.
After the transformation, farmers collect the pupae and sell them to the Zanzibar
Butterfly Centre. Thereafter, some of the pupae are sold to a zoo in South Africa.
The rest is kept in the centre and the resulting butterflies are exhibited in a
large, netted tropical garden.
The income of the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre is channelled back into various local
development projects, particularly those that are involved in conservation and poverty
At the moment visitors can observe about ten different butterfly species. Several
boards and signs explain the life-cycle of butterflies. Zanzibar Butterfly Centre is
open daily from 9am to 5pm. The admission fee is USD 4 per person and
includes a professional guide.
The centre works closely in association with Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park,
Jozani Environmental Conservation Association (JECA) and Pete Development Association
(PDA). More information can be found at
P.O. Box 3246, Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar
Tel.: +255 (0)774 43 23 40 or +255 (0)777 212621