The Zanzibar Butterfly Centre (ZBC) aims to show visitors the islands fluttering friends close up as well as generating an income for local villagers and preserving the forest.

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Hundreds of colourful butterflies can be seen in the enclosure, making for a fascinating diversion and one of Africa's largest butterfly exhibits.

There are good guides and clear informative signs to explain the project and butterfly lifecycle, and experienced photographers can also get some wonderful shots.

The centre is open every day from 9am-5pm and charges $5pp. It's just 1 km from the Jozani National Park, making it a convenient addition to a forest trip, and it's a fun, worthwhile 30min stop.