Pugu & Kazimzumbwi Forest Reserve

Get Intimate with Nature: Hiking and forest dwelling in Udzungwa Mountains Forest 

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"Pugu and Kazimzumbwi are among the oldest forest in the world. Undisturbed coastal forests have a closed canopy in which a few pioneer species are found"

The Pugu Forest Reserve, few kilometers off the city, is the source of Msimbazi River, which run eastwards to the sea at Dar es Salaam. With Kazimzumbwi Forest Reserve are remnants of the coastal forests which are rich in endemic plants and animals. There 14 plants species, two mammals species and 1 subspecies of birds, which are endemic to this area. The forest coverage is regarded to be one of the oldest in the world.
The forest reserves covering a range of low hills running south-west from Dar es Salaam, Kazimzumbwi,  to the border with Selous Game Reserve attracting higher rainfall that precipitate the growth of evergreen forest.
There is a plan to create new National park that would include Pugu Hills, Kazimzumbwi and Ruvu South. This area of woodland would be the nearest National Park to Dar es Salaam, which would contain some families of Elephants, Giraffe, Zebra and Impala, as well as protecting Crocodile in Ruvu River.
The reserve encloses one of the world’s largest kaolin deposits. Kisarawe is the nearest town located immediately to the west of the reserve
The bird-life is excellent, with more than 80 species. Full of fox bats and other forested birds. Barred Owlet, Bohm’s Spinetail, Thick-billed Cuckoo, Speckle-throated Woodpecker and Lesser Seedcracker , Green Tinker bird, Red-tailed Ant Thrush, Fischer’s Greenbuls, Kretchmer’s Longbill, Little Yellow Flycatcher and Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird. Pugu Hill is also famous for Monkeys, snakes, bush pigs and elephant-shrews, leopards, hyenas and pangolins.
Though there are two well established natural trails for hikers, the main trail is along the Kisarawe-Kazimzumbwi road. Three types of Hiking are offered: The view point hike to see the City and the Indian Ocean; The water reservoir hike hiking to natural reservoir that once used ; the cave hike  visiting a cave that regarded as a sacred place for the Wazaramo. Hiking can vary in duration, from 2 to 5 hours.  Contact Us For one day Hiking and Bird watching